The Affordable Care Act was designed to alter the financing and delivery of health systems and target resources to our most vulnerable populations. While it is federal law, the implementation and actions necessary for change are at the state level. Our panel of national experts at the Primary Care Conference will provide invaluable perspective on: 1) the future of Medicaid and Medicare, key components of the Affordable Care Act, the anticipated and necessary changes in health care financing, structure, systems, design, primary care programs, and the future of State Medicaid programs; 2) the legislative, political, and public policy impacts as it relates generally and to the primary care workforce, the political and legislative effects to the Community Health Center program, federal resources, the latest information on Accountable Care Organizations and Health Information Technology, and; 3) a look at national trends of workforce, clinical and administrative leadership, emerging leaders, evolving regulatory practice, implications on state scope of practice (working to the top of license); and team practice.
Presenters (L-R): Dan Hawkins, Sara Rosenbaum, Merle Cunningham.
Bi-State Primary Care Association
25th Anniversary Recognition
Tess Stack Kuenning, Executive Director
In tribute to H. Jack Geiger, MD, MSci, Hyg, ScD (hon), undeniably the founding father of the Community Health Center movement and whose early work on the health of families and communities was the genesis of this movement, Bi-State will present a brief video retrospective to share his wisdom on the seeds and nurturing environment necessary for a healthy community.
Senator Bernie Sanders Leadership Award
Inaugural Recipient: H. Jack Geiger, MD, MSci, Hyg, ScD (hon)
Presented by: David A. Reynolds, Senior Health Policy Adviser, Senator Bernie Sanders
Bi-State Primary Care Association's Senator Bernie Sanders Leadership Award honors individuals who have made monumental and enduring contributions to the Community Health Center movement through public policy, innovation, leadership, excellence, and passion with a demonstrated, steadfast commitment to the core founding values of the Community Health Center program.
The Future of Our Health: Leadership Matters (9:30 AM-11:45AM)
Sara Rosenbaum, JD Chair of the Department of Health Policy, George Washington University; Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy
Daniel R. Hawkins, Jr. Sr. Vice President for Public Policy and Research, National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.
Merle Cunningham, MD, MPH Visiting Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Community Health Center Management, George Washington University; former Chief Medical Officer of the Sunset Park/Lutheran Family Health Centers in Brooklyn, NY
Moderator: David A. Reynolds, DrPH, Senior Health Policy Adviser to Senator Bernie Sanders
Awards Ceremony Luncheon (11:45 AM-12:15 PM)
Honoring those who have made significant efforts to improve access to affordable health care
The President’s Award
The President’s Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Bi-State’s mission to ensure access to health care for vulnerable populations in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Governor John Lynch
Governor Peter Shumlin
The Public Service Award
The Public Service Award honors Vermont and New Hampshire individuals whose position allows them to make extraordinary contributions in the area of public health and primary care access.
Joseph B. Reilly, President/CEO
Steve Maier, Health Information Technology Policy Director
Department of VT Health Access, Division of Health Care Reform
The Outstanding Clinician Award
The Outstanding Clinician Award honors primary care clinicians from Vermont and New Hampshire whose exemplary skills and service have made a significant impact on the health of underserved patients and the community in which they serve.
Mark Chag, MD
Al Lantinen, MD
Harbour Women’s Health
Robert Zelazo MD, Medical Director
Richford Health Center, Northern Tier Center for Health
Concurrent Educational Sessions (1:30 PM-3:30 PM)
Navigating the Health Information Technology Landscape
Δ Bonnie Walker, President, Tupelo Group, LLC, VT
Δ Elise Ames, MS, PMP, H.I.S. Professionals, MA
Δ Kirsten Platte, Executive Director, Community Health Access Network, NH
Δ Jeffrey Loughlin, Executive Director, Regional Education Center of NH
Networks in VT and NH have received funding under a recent HRSA Health Center Controlled Network opportunity to launch two very different HIT Projects. Each network will present an overview of its project and technology environment. Learn how VT Federally Qualified Health Centers are planning to leverage Health Information Technology to put state health care reform initiatives into practice.
With the end goal of ensuring “Data You Can Trust,” we’ll share our planning and implementation strategies for data integrity, Health Information Exchange, and enhanced reporting for quality improvement across the FQHC network. Learn about the existing NH HCCN (CHAN) HIT Infrastructure and services and role in the NH HIE project. Sharing lessons learned, barriers, and success stories along our journey will help guide others as they begin to navigate their own Health Information Technology landscape. We’ll provide an overview of tools used to assess the current state of data, the process for identifying gaps and issues at each FQHC, and the challenges of facilitating integration in a complex environment.
Recruitment Strategies that Work
Δ John Matthew, MD, Director/CEO, The Health Center, VT
Δ Sharon Beaty, Executive Director, Mid State Community Health Center, NH
Δ William Perket, Vice President Human Resources, North Country Health Systems, VT
Vermont and New Hampshire both offer a high quality of life for clinicians and their families and yet we face challenges to attracting, recruiting and retaining these needed professionals. Our practices are competing nationally for a limited pool of primary care physicians due to national shortages that are projected to continue through 2020.
Our panel of seasoned recruiters from the region will share best practices for attracting, recruiting and retaining primary care clinicians even in this time of national shortage. Panelists will discuss what has helped their recruitment efforts and what hasn’t. Learn how one practice successfully integrates health professional students into their practices to create a pipeline for recruitment and what one practice has successfully done to integrate J1s and their families into the practice and community. Strategies for successful recruitment to rural areas will also be discussed. Whether recruiting physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners or physician assistants this session offers practical tips that any practice can adopt to increase success.
Managing the Health Center Revenue Cycle
Δ Michael Holton, Manager, Health Care Services Group, RSM McGladrey, Inc., NY
Health centers are looking for ways to improve financial performance in order to continue to provide excellent service to their patients. Effectively managing the health center's billing, accounts receivable and collection processes is essential to this effort.
This presentation is designed to provide the attendee with the fundamentals needed to be successful in this endeavor. How does executive management communicate with the billing manager and department? What questions should be asked and what answers should be expected? What information should be routinely provided to executive management that will best illustrate the status of billing and collections? How should priorities be established? What is the best approach to developing written billing and collections policies and procedures? Hear the answers to these questions and more in this session.
Closing Remarks and Networking (3:45 PM-4:30 PM)