REPORTER NOTICE: U.S. Healthcare Experts to Convene at National Conference in California to Prepare for Cornerstone of Fed

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Leading healthcare experts from across the country are meeting in Los Angeles, October 25 - 27, 2010 to answer the question: How will physicians, hospitals and health plans have to innovate their business practices and work together to form health care organizations that are held accountable for aligning financial incentives with patient interests and improving the quality and efficiency of patient care?

The California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) and the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) are co-producing the conference to provide an unprecedented opportunity to examine accountable care organizations -- which have become the centerpiece of federal health reform – and the specific models used in California.

What: The National Accountable Care Organization Congress

When: October 25 – 27, 2010 Full conference agenda and registration at:

Where: Century Plaza Hyatt Regency, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA

The event will also be available by webcast. Check

To obtain the registration code for onsite or online access,
please contact Kris Deutschman or Daniel Danzig

Highlights: [see full agenda and speakers at]

Monday, October 25, 2010

8 am – 9:40 amMeasuring Accountable Care
Speakers include: national quality assurance experts, Southern California physician groups, and health professors.

9:15 am – 10 amProfile of California Alliance
Southern California hospital and physician group discuss challenges and benefits of collaboration.

**1 pm – 2 pm — Key ACO Principles and Issues
Donald Crane, President/CEO, California Association of Physician Groups and Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform; Leonard D Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, former CMS Administrator

2 pm – 3:15 pm — Role of ACOs in Health Care Reform: Panel Discussion
Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs, Health Policy Analyst, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer
Peter V. Lee, Esq., Director of Delivery System Reform, US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Health Reform, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Business Group on Health

October 25-27 ACO Congress

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm — Keynote Panel: Policy Issues Relating to ACOs
Mark McClellan, The Brookings Institution, and Elliott S. Fisher, MD, MPH, Director, Population Health and Policy, Director, Center for Population Health, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm — Aligning Physicians, Hospitals, and Health Plans to Make ACOs Work
Elliott Fisher, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, leads strategy session with California’s hospital, physician group and health plan leaders to identify how they can achieve ACO goals and how it can be replicated across the country.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

10:45 am – Noon — A Community Model Case Study and Panel Discussion
California Bay Area pilot project includes Blue Shield of California, Catholic Healthcare West, and Hill Physicians Medical Group. Discuss tangible savings achieved to date and challenges ahead.

Afternoon Plenary Session

1:15 pm – 3 pm — Successful Case Studies in Accountable Care: California and Nationwide
Tom Williams, MBA, MPH, Executive Director, Integrated Healthcare Association, moderates strategy session with Southern California physician groups, and hospitals throughout the country on what works and what doesn’t in attracting physicians and hospitals to join ACOs.

4 pm – 5:30 pm — Federal/State Regulation of ACOs: Panel Discussion
Cindy A. Ehnes, Esq., Director, California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) leads conversation with Southern California physician group and federal regulators on anticipated guidelines for ACO formation.

About CAPG: The California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) is a professional organization of more than 150 of California's leading physician groups. These groups employ and/or contract with physicians who provide health care services to approximately 15 million Californians. More than 50 percent of California's health care is delivered by physicians employed by or contracted with CAPG members.

About IHA: IHA is a multi‐stakeholder leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability and affordability of healthcare in California. IHA is a nonprofit association working to actively convene all healthcare parties for cross sector collaboration on health care topics.

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for Integrated Healthcare Association or California Association of Physician Groups
Kris Deutschman, 916-444-8801
916-425-7174 (c)
[email protected]
Daniel Danzig, 925-254-6078
925-216-8153 (c)
[email protected]

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  California

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Health  Public Policy/Government  Healthcare Reform  Other Health  State/Local  General Health