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Third Annual HealthcareWebSummit: Readmissions Web Summit - 2014
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It has been reported that the all cause 30-day hospital readmission rate for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries is nineteen percent, and that 30-day hospital readmissions cost Medicare seventeen billion dollars annually. Reducing readmissions continues to be a critical indicator for hospitals to demonstrate improvement in health care outcomes for their patients.

Hospitals, attending physicians and other providers have been placing heightened focus on reducing preventable readmissions, not only due to Medicare policy and payment changes in this regard, but also due to overall stakeholder demands as health plans, employers, care management organizations and other others have a significant vested interest in managing readmissions for all applicable patient populations. 

The Third Annual Readmissions Web Summit features a 90 minute webinar with three national experts that will share their experience, insights and strategies and initiatives in reducing preventable readmissions. Jodi Smith CCM, NP-BC, ND with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado will discuss the PACT program and strategies to reduce readmissions. Rebekah Gardner, MD from Healthcentric Advisors and Brown University will address engaging Emergency Departments and Urgent Care for care transitions . Walgreens' Bobby L. Clark, PhD, MSPharm, MHA, MS, MA will explore the next phase of hospital readmission research.

The event also includes two on-demand sessions addressing collaboration initiatives. Laurel Pickering, MPH, President & CEO, Northeast Business Group on Health; Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Northeast Business Group on Health, Executive Director, NEBGH's Solutions Center, and Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health; and Michelle Martin, Vice President of Human Resources Specialty Services, CBS Corporation all discussing Reducing Hospital Readmissions through Stakeholder Collaboration. Pat Teske, ARC Implementation Officer at Cynosure Health discusses Avoid Readmissions through Collaboration - The ARC Initiative, a Cynosure Health project operated in partnership with the California Quality Collaborative and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, through the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative.

Position your organization for 2015 and beyond in the quest to manage hospital readmissions. Join us for the Third Annual Readmissions Web Summit on Thursday August 14th 2014, and participate in the live national webinar, additional on-demand faculty sessions, readmissions e-poll and more, featuring national experts providing key insights, trends, strategic recommendations, actionable intelligence and more on these critical topics, plus receive a three month trial subscription to Readmissions News for no additional cost.

Webinar Agenda
Thursday, August 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pacific)
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  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm  The PACT Program and Strategies to Reduce Readmissions  - Jodi Smith, CCM, NP-BC, ND, Hospital Operations Specialty Services, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado   
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm  Engaging Emergency Departments and Urgent Care for Care Transitions - Rebekah Gardner, MD, Senior Medical Scientist, Healthcentric Advisors; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brown University
  • 2:00pm - 2:30 pm  The Next Phase of Hospital Readmission Research - Bobby L. Clark, PhD, MSPharm, MHA, MS, MA, Biostatistician & Epidemiologist, Senior Director, Health Outcomes & Clinical Research, Walgreens Co.
On-Demand Sessions & More
On-Demand Video Presentations with audio and synchronized slide advancement:
  • Reducing Hospital Readmissions through Stakeholder Collaboration - Laurel Pickering, MPH, President & CEO, Northeast Business Group on Health; Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Northeast Business Group on Health, Executive Director, NEBGH's Solutions Center, and Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health; and Michelle Martin, Vice President of Human Resources Specialty Services, CBS Corporation (53 minutes)
  • Avoid Readmissions through Collaboration - The ARC Initiative - Pat Teske, ARC Implementation Officer, Cynosure Health (30 minutes)
  • Plus other Web Summit features including a Readmissions Article Library, an exclusive Readmissions e-poll, and a three month trial subscription to Readmissions News.
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  1. Gain an overall sense of selected applicable strategies, processes, challenges, resources required and results to-date in managing hospital readmissions.
  2. Understand elements of the Post Acute Care Transitions (PACT) program to manage readmissions.
  3. Explore how to engage Emergency Departments and Urgent Care facilities in the care transition process.
  4. Consider how to determine the keys to readmissions effectiveness by expanding the scope of readmissions program evaluations as the next phase of hospital readmission research.
  5. Find out about initiatives to reduce hospital readmissions through stakeholder collaboration during two on-demand sessions.
  6. Examine the readmissions case experiences from presenting faculty's organizations.
  7. Experience e-learning at the attendees' convenience, with downloadable on-demand sessions, article library, and other online Summit features available 24/7.
  8. Engage in interactive learning through live webinar providing online question submission, attendee surveys, feedback and opportunity for follow up questions, and networking with attendees, faculty and other professionals through dedicated LinkedIn group.
Who Should Attend
Interested attendees would include:
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Medical Directors
  • Hospitalists and Other Clinicians
  • Provider Contracting Executives and Staff
  • Care Management Executives and Staff
  • Case Management Executives and Staff
  • Nursing Executives
  • Discharge Planning Managers
  • Managed Care Executives and Staff
  • Network Management Executives and Staff
  • Analytics Executives and Staff
  • Health Benefit Managers
  • Planning and Strategic Executives and Staff
  • Business Intelligence Staff
  • Other Interested Parties

Attendees would represent organizations including

  • Hospital Systems
  • Health Plans
  • Medical Groups
  • Provider Networks
  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Other Providers
  • Government
  • Third Party Administrators
  • Care Management Organizations
  • Pharmaceutical Organizations
  • Employers
  • Solutions Providers
  • Associations, Institutes and Research Organizations
  • Media
Third Annual Readmissions Web Summit - 2014
  Individual Registration Fee: $295. Audio Conference CD-ROM: $45 for attendees; $360 for non-attendees after the event. Register online or download the event brochure. Registration includes a three month subscription to Readmissions News for no additional cost.  
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Jodi Smith

Jodi Smith,
Hospital Operations Specialty Services
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado
  Jodi Smith is responsible for Hospital Operations Specialty Services with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. For the last three years, she has been responsible for developing and implementing the PACT (Post-Acute Care Transitions) home visit program to targeted, high-risk hospital discharges for Kaiser in Colorado.

Jodi graduated from University of Colorado Health Sciences School of Nursing Masters and Doctoral programs. For her doctoral residency, Ms. Smith was the lead interventionalist for the Care Transitions Intervention randomized control trial with Eric Coleman.

Rebekah Gardner

Rebekah Gardner, MD Senior Medical Scientist, Healthcentric Advisors; Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Brown University
  Rebekah Gardner, MD is Senior Medical Scientist with Healthcentric Advisors, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine for the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University.

Rebekah is interested in improving care transitions for patients across a variety of health care settings. Through her work at Healthcentric, Rhode Island's Quality Improvement Organization, she helps to implement and then analyze the impact of interventions to reduce re-hospitalization rates. She also collaborates on statewide public reporting of physician use of health information technology.

Initially incorporated as a non-profit in 1995, Healthcentric Advisors uses innovative and evidence-based strategies to assist health care providers in improving the quality, value, and safety of the care they provide. Healthcentric works with private and government clients and is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Rhode Island.

Brown University has long been regarded as a leader in all aspects of health care and teaching, including research. Over 70% of current research funding comes from federal programs such as NIH, HRSA, CDC, and DHHS.

Bobby L. Clark

Bobby L. Clark, PHD, MSPharm, MHA, MS, MA
Senior Director, Clinical Outcomes & Analytics

Dr. Clark is a Biostatistician and Epidemiologist by training and presently serves as a Senior Director in Walgreens Clinical Outcomes & Analytics department in Deerfield, IL. Formerly, he served as the President of Clark & Associates Statistical Consulting, LLC.

 He also served as the Manager of Epidemiology for Covidien’s Pharmaceutical division in St Louis, MO, and earlier as a Biostatistician for Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, TN.

Bobby’s past experience also includes the Disease Management Industry where he served as the Senior Director for Healthways’ Center for Health Research. Prior to joining Healthways, he served as a Biostatistician and Epidemiologist for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, MO, and jointly held an Adjunct appointment as an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Prior to joining Cerner he was employed as an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and jointly served as the Special Assistant to the Director, and co-investigator of the National Institutes of Health’s Jackson Heart Study.

His professional experience has been in the areas of Oncology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Stroke, Diabetes, Obesity, HIV/AIDS, Pain Management, and Specialty Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Clark holds 6 graduate degrees, 3 from the University of Michigan, 1 from the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health, 1 from the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy, and 1 from the University of Mississippi. His graduate degrees are in the following areas, Clinical Research Design & Statistical Analysis, Applied Pharmacoeconomics, Healthcare Administration, Demography, and Sociology. His undergraduate degree is in Mathematics.

Pat Teske, RN, MHA

Pat Teske, RN, MHA
ARC Implementation Officer 
Cynosure Health

Pat Teske, RN, MHA is the implementation officer for Cynosure Health. In her role she strives to implement the company’s vision through strategic planning and execution of projects on time and within budget that yield successful outcomes.

Previously she held the position of vice president of Quality Improvement and Care Management for Catholic Healthcare West, Pasadena, CA where she lead the regions: chief nursing officers, quality directors, case managers and medical staff directors to accomplish their annual goals.

As an independent contractor Pat supported BEACON, the Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative, as well as other state and local collaboratives. She is currently leading the Avoid Readmissions through Collaboration (ARC) effort in CA and working nationally with HRET on the Partnership for Patients HEN. A requested public speaker at national, state and local conferences, including; IHI, NPSF and TJC Ms. Teske has developed and offered numerous educational programs designed to support performance improvement and system reliability.

Pat received her MHA from the University of LaVern and her BS in Nursing from the University of Virginia.

Laurel Pickering, MPH
Laurel Pickering, MPH
President & CEO
Northeast Business Group on Health 


Laurel Pickering is President and CEO of Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH), a 200-member multi-stakeholder business coalition representing more than 2 million covered lives, committed to market-based health care reform, quality improvement and value-based purchasing. During her tenure at NEBGH, Ms. Pickering has focused on mobilizing employers, health plans, health systems, benefit consultants and other stakeholders to work together to improve healthcare quality and services while driving down costs. NEBGH provides the employer perspective on current health care issues to legislators and healthcare organizations.

NEBGH represents employer interests in a wide range of projects and initiatives, including those undertaken by the Solutions Center, the organization’s platform for generating new ideas and practical solutions for the nation’s critical healthcare issues. Recent NEBGH initiatives include Weight Control and the Workplace, Reducing Preventable Hospital Readmissions, the New York Metro Mental Health Collaborative One Voice, and New Jersey Gaps in Care. Ms. Pickering is Board Chair of the NEBGH subsidiary HealthPass, a health insurance exchange for small businesses.

Ms. Pickering currently serves on NCQA’s Standards Committee, the Board of Directors of The Leapfrog Group, National Business Coalition on Health, the Foundation for Art & Healing, CDC’s Business and Labor Responds to AIDS Board of Business and Labor Partners, the Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Advisory Council, and the Community Advisory Committee of the New York State Health Foundation. She was selected as one of New York’s rising stars by Crain’s and featured in the 2007 40 Under 40 issue.

Ms. Pickering received her BA in Anthropology from SUNY Albany and MPH from Emory University.

Jeremy Nobel, MD
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Northeast Business Group on Health
Executive Director, NEBGH's Solutions Center
Adjunct Lecturer,
Harvard School of Public Health


Dr. Nobel designs health care management and delivery systems that focus on cost and quality concerns as well as the reimbursement models and user engagement dynamics that sustain them. Working with employers, government, and other purchasers, as well as health plans and providers, he develops and evaluates approaches to value based care delivery that coordinate critical aspects of healthcare delivery, support optimal practice patterns, and improve quantifiable outcomes including patient satisfaction. His contributions to this field span twenty five years, and include providing health policy insight to a variety of transformative initiatives including the landmark Institute of Medicine of 1991 study addressing the automated patient record, which helped launch the Electronic Health Record (EHR) movement.

Nobel’s work focuses particularly on the use of technologies to better coordinate information flow between patients, providers, payers and purchasers, including electronic health records, personal health records, interactive web-sites, remote physiologic monitoring, hand-held devices, “smart” registries, and related software applications. At a practical level, Nobel’s work has been the basis of significant acute care and chronic care improvements including improvements in diabetes care, cardiovascular care, as well as improvements in hospital quality and safety.

His recent activities have involved integration of emerging technology deployment, with personalized health insurance benefit design, to encourage user engagement and behavior change on the part of healthcare consumers, as well as innovative provider reimbursement models to encourage physician participation. In addition to working with payers, purchasers, and providers, much of his effort is focused on care delivery at the community level and in particular, the health care safety net; including homes and workplaces, community clinics, public health departments, the VA, and public hospitals.

He has worked in consultation to several major health plans, corporations, not for profit organizations and foundations in the design and evaluation of effective health care management programs, including Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, J&J, Mercer, Chrysler, GM, Safeway, Sanofi-Aventis, Pfizer, GSK, Verizon, Hannaford Bros., CAREMARK, IBM, iMetrikus, NaviNet, IHA, WebMD, SCAN Health Plan, Medtronic, McKesson, the Leapfrog Group, Blue Shield of CA Foundation, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and the California Endowment. He is currently Medical Director for the Northeast Business Group on Health, (NEBGH) formerly known as the New York Business Group on Health (NYBGH) and is also on the Board of Directors of the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA) formerly known as the Disease Management Association of America (DMAA). Dr. Nobel is on the adjunct faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health where he teaches and does research on the health policy and management issues related to improving care delivery processes through better electronic information management.

Dr. Nobel is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine with Master’s Degrees in Epidemiology and Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University within the Science and Human Affairs program. He received his medical education at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his internal medicine residency at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.

Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin
Vice President of Human Resources Specialty Services
CBS Corporation

Michelle Martin is a professional with over 10 years of benefit management experience encompassing all aspects of benefits. Ms. Martin joined CBS Corporation in 2006 as Director of Health & Welfare Benefits, and in 2011, was promoted to Director of Human Resources Specialty Services. She is responsible for strategy, design and performance of CBS’s health and welfare plans which include over 30,000 active members and 80,000 inactive participants related to legacy Viacom / Westinghouse operations. Michelle is also responsible for employee engagement and management of the employee portal, including total reward statements.

As a benefit professional with broad experience, Ms. Martin taught a CEBS course at Hofstra University that placed emphasis on key economic, accounting and financial concepts essential in the administration of employee benefit plans.

Ms. Martin is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist with a certification in Global Benefits Management. She holds an MBA from Adelphi University.

Michelle is an active member of the benefits community. She is on the boards of directors of the Northeast Business Group on Health and of HealthPass New York. She is Chair of the National Business Group on Health Pharmaceutical Council and member of the NCQA Purchasers Advisory Council.

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