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Rural ACOs in 2016: Challenges, Opportunities, Insights and Experiences 
 
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Overview
Although 20% of Medicare beneficiaries get care in rural America, rural health systems are typically far behind in population health management. Caravan Health, formerly known as National Rural ACO, provides population health programs for RHCs, FQHCs, hospital clinics and independent practices, and serves rural Accountable Care Organizations, Practice Transformation Networks, and Comprehensive Primary Care Practices across the country.

Caravan Health is in its third year bringing together rural providers across the country into 23 ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Those 23 ACOs include more than 6,000 clinicians in 159 rural health systems covering 55 rural PPS hospitals, 92 Critical Access Hospitals, 168 Rural Health Clinics and 39 rural FQHCs serving more than 500,000 Medicare patients. The three years of experience has helped identify whatís worked well and whatís been a challenge.

Rural providers are very diverse. Caravan Health's hospitals range from 4 to 250 beds. Their communities have anywhere from 175 to 8,000 attributed patients, with the average being about 1,000 attributed lives. One of the biggest differences is size. Almost all of these health systems donít have the CMS minimum 5,000 attributed beneficiaries, which is why Caravan Health worked to aggregate them into manageable units. The rural systems typically have extremely limited capital and very little IT infrastructure. Rural providers have kept up with rest of country on EHR adoption, but their EHRs are very simple. Caravan Health has provided a population management system to pull all their claims data together with their clinical data, providing analytical support so that their care coordination program can be built around claims data.

Caravan Health now has 159 communities with lean forward leaders who are not waiting for the path to value-based purchasing, but who have chosen to create their own path. The challenge for rural providers is often in commitment and alignment. Moving to a new care model requires commitment, and some hospitals and physicians, even when they share a common mission, have difficulty aligning resources, trusting each other in a common pursuit, or getting consensus to jump in before they have to.

Please join the Caravan Health's Lynn Barr on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 3PM Eastern as she discusses the state of rural ACOs and their lessons learned in the Healthcare Web Summit event: Rural ACOs in 2016: Challenges, Opportunities, Insights and Experiences.
 
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  1. Consider the unique environment and challenges facing rural providers in evolving to value based delivery systems and developing and operating accountable care organizations.
  2. Explore the experiences and lessons learned to date from with rural ACOs affiliated with Caravan Health.
  3. Ascertain the opportunities and success stories that participating Caravan Health affiliated rural ACOs have encountered.
  4. Examine Caravan Health's approach with aggregating applicable community health systems, providing population health management and information technology services, and performing analytics to yield actionable data for care coordination purposes.
  5. Share in the insights and perspectives offered by Caravan Health on the rural ACO experience in 2016, and what issues and strategies lie ahead in the path forward for rural providers.
  6. Engage in interactive learning through online question submission, attendee feedback and opportunity for follow-up questions, and networking with attendees, faculty and other professionals through a dedicated LinkedIn group.
Who Should Attend
Interested attendees would include:
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Accountable Care Directors and Staff
  • Medical Directors
  • Strategy and Planning Executives and Staff
  • Legal, Regulatory and Policy Executives and Staff
  • Health Reform, Transformation and Clinical Integration Executives and Staff
  • Business Intelligence and Research Analysts
  • Managed Care and Revenue Cycle Executives and Staff
  • Business Development Executives and Staff
  • Operations Executives and Staff
  • Provider Network Managers and Staff
  • Provider Contracting Managers and Staff
  • Clinical Executives
  • Care Management Executives

Attendees would represent organizations including:

  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Provider Networks
  • Medical Groups 
  • Health Plans 
  • Government Agencies
  • Employers
  • Business Process Organizations 
  • Solutions Providers 
  • Care Management Organizations
  • Associations, Institutes and Research Organizations 
  • Pharmaceutical Organizations
  • Media
  • Other Interested Parties


Registration
Rural ACOs in 2016: Challenges, Opportunities, Insights and Experiences 
 
  Individual Registration Fee: $195. Post-event materials, with video syncing slides and recorded audio, plus presentation pdf file: $45 for attendees; $260 for non-attendees after the event. Register online or download the event brochure. Attendees also receive a complimentary three month subscription to Accountable Care News.
 
 
 
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Faculty
Lynn Barr

Lynn Barr, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Caravan Health
  An energetic entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in healthcare, Lynn has shepherded four start-ups and twelve medical inventions through research, the FDA and to worldwide markets.

While pursuing her Masterís Degree in Public Health, she led the California Health IT and Exchange Strategic Planning Team under California Health and Human Services, formed the Rural Health Information Technology Consortium and assessed HIT status of California Rural and Critical Access Hospitals. She developed a $20 million rural hospital loan program with United Health Group and led 13 rural hospitals through vendor acquisition to meaningful use.

While acting as the CIO of a critical access hospital, she created the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium to overcome barriers for rural providers to participate in innovative payment models under healthcare reform. She currently serves on the board of this organization.
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