Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Summit 2017

The Highland Dallas, Dallas, TX
October 16, 2017 - October 17, 2017

85 days left

One of the most important and challenging leadership roles within healthcare is the “Chief Medical Officer.” As senior physicians tasked with providing leadership to increasingly diverse medical staffs during times of unrivaled challenge and uncertainty, the leadership style of a CMO is absolutely essential for stability and sustained success.

The role of Chief Medical Officers is changing dramatically as they face a new set of challenges such as new Medicare & Medicaid rules, understanding what the Trump Administration means for healthcare, finance & technology in addition to their main role of Improving Quality of care while Reducing Costs and Developing a Medical Leadership Team.

This event is focused on the end-user Chief Medical Officer and told by other Chief Medical Officers in terms of topics/issues/perspectives and case studies to discuss these new challenges in a manner that allows the attendees great actionable takeaways.

Current as of July 20, 2017


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Get to Meet the CMOs Ice Breaker


Chairperson Opening Remarks


The Evolving Role of the Chief Medical Officer
In both healthcare providers and payers, the Chief Medical Officer has had more responsibilities thrown into their day-to-day affairs. The CMO is a crucial player to the organization’s bottom line. In addition to overseeing all the physicians, ensuring patients are safe and well-cared for; CMOs must be able to understand financials, data and communicate with executives throughout their organization as well as other throughout the healthcare ecosystem. This session, will examine the evolution of the role of the CMO and what leadership styles are necessary to be effective.

William Jones | Chief Medical Officer, Dallas Market | Tenet Healthcare

Gary Pablo | Chief Medical Officer | Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast


Population Health – The Move from a Sick-Care to a Well-Care Model as We Transition to Value-Based Care
This interactive session will take a look at how various hospitals and healthcare systems both in the US and abroad are approaching population health, particularly as most are feeling a push to move towards a value-based cared model versus FFS. We will look at a variety of issues, including:

  • An unregrettable strategy of transforming to value based care.
  • The key pillars to your strategy of moving from Fee-for-Service to value-based care.
  • Types of programs that keep your patients engaged (spanning from healthy to catastrophic patients).
    How your organization is approaching the idea of well-care and moving towards preventative and wellness strategies versus sick-care.
  • What roles do your EMRs play in population health? Where do you see challenges with this strategy, and how do you anticipate this evolving?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges you see and areas you think you need the most help?

Cheryl Shafer | Chief Medical Officer & VP Medical Affairs | Molina Healthcare of South Carolina


Build Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Care Teams Effective at Improving Outcomes


Morning Refreshment Break


Building a Clinical Integrated Network to Enhance Quality of Care
Clinical integration offers the opportunity to coordinate patient interventions, manage quality across the continuum of care, move toward population health management and pursue true value-based contracting. However, the path to a true clinical integrated network is far from clear. We will discuss best practices including:

  • Collaborative leadership
  • Aligned incentives
  • Clinical programs
  • Technology infrastructures
  • Valued partnerships across the ecosystem

From an aging population to a looming shortage of physicians, there is tremendous and increasing pressure on the healthcare system. If managed properly, the convergence of personalized medicine, rising consumer expectations, technological disruption and innovative payment structures will accelerate the move to a patient-centric health system.

In this presentation, Dr. Paz will posit that health care has moved from the first curve (fee-for-service) to the second curve (population health), and is now poised to embrace the third curve, which leverages technology and analytics to provide more patient-centered and patient-directed care. He will argue that payers, health systems, and physicians must work together to form a seamless healthcare ecosystem that truly puts the individual at the center.

Harold L. Paz | Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer | Aetna


Engaging the Entire Medical Community

  • Identify who you want to engage and why
  • Determine what outcomes you are hoping for with your community engagement program
  • Examine methods of reaching and each of the groups and demographics in the community
  • Discuss best practices and case studies



Staffing Shortages — Doing More with Less: Acting Smarter by Investing in the Capital of Your Hospital
The expected shortages of physicians and nurses has caused tremendous pressure on hospitals and healthcare systems, particularly now in a push for value-based care and a time of healthcare consumerism. This creates a huge need to “Do More with Less” staff and reduced budgets. This session will examine and discuss:

  • How do you do things differently and with less money and still get the same or better outcomes
  • What services are profitable? What do you keep? And, where do you go from here?
  • Learn what the “need to have” and the “nice to have” are for your hospital
  • Execute Leadership Development programs that create stars

Telehealth Will Need CMO Adoption and a Financial Gain to Thrive
Chief Medical Officers and other clinicians are often the primary gatekeepers to adoption of new virtual care technologies, and bringing about their widespread use of telemedicine technology is a challenge in many organizations.

  • How can we provide value to the clinician and the patient with telemedicine?
  • How does the economic realities of current and future reimbursement and compensation models affect adoption?
  • Best practices of Telehealth Uses

Afternoon Refreshment Break


Collaboration Among Provider, Payer & Pharma CMOs = Innovation & Reduced Costs?
Payers and providers have had a complex relationship. Many assume that all payers want is to cut costs, while providers want high quality of care, regardless of cost. And, in the past the relationships have been suspicious at best. In fact, the same could be said for pharma-payer relationships. However, as providers become more responsible for cost in value-based payment models; payers are more willing to share information, data and expertise. Additionally, many payers have recognized that having a better connection with their providers gives them better tools to assess the quality ROI of a treatment over time. Almost all agree that pharmaceutical companies need to be part of this discussion as well as they are developing treatments. In this session, we will look at stories and case studies that:

  • Demonstrate a collaborative approach to healthcare that has improved quality of life and outcomes
  • Discuss what types of disruptive innovation has come from collaborative relationships among providers, payers and pharma CMOs
  • Examine how “coopetition” can improve the health of the community
  • Determine which types of relationships can reduce costs across the entire ecosystem

Opportunities & Strategies in a Provider-Owned Health Plan
Many Hospitals and health systems have been developing their own health plans. This interactive discussion will provide insight into the opportunities, investments, planning, strategies, challenges and lessons learned when a health provider decides to provide its own health plan. We will look at things like:

  • Evaluating current capabilities and necessary investments to move into the payer space successfully
  • Understanding the areas that impact this decision including market consolidation, the exchange environment, the current administration and network alignment
  • Identifying the role of the Chief Medical Officer in both the provider and the plan
  • Determining how to approach partners and vendors in this expansion launch
  • Overcoming issues to obtain actionable population and cost data
  • Assessing risk
  • Attracting and retaining the right leadership for this move to be successful
  • Examining the role of the C-Suite and Board of Directors in Such a product launch

What Can the CMO do to Improve Margins?

  • Embrace today’s emphasis on quality, safety and service
  • Monitor financial metrics closely
  • Examine your Coding Process
  • Initiate a compliant documentation management program
  • Assess programs for employees
  • Monetize certain areas of your hospitals – dialysis, rehab, imaging
  • Review your Chargemaster
  • Utilize your electronic health records in an effective and efficient manner
  • Examine energy costs
  • Create a “healthy community” program

Technology = Better Care & Reduced Costs
Technology — whether mobile, cloud computing, big data analysis, systems software, or medical device advancements — is a tool that can aid healthcare organizations in providing better care while reducing costs. However, choosing wisely and parsing through the promises of sales representatives requires expertise in house. Someone must be able to evaluate new potential systems, plan implementation programs, and know when and how to push back on vendors when problems occur. Providers and Payers also need to optimize the systems they currently have to be sure they are getting the most value possible and not searching for tools that should already be in place. This session will provide best practices and lessons learned from various CMOs and CMIOs.

George Daneker | Chief Medical Officer | Cancer Treatment Centers of America


Day One’s Closing Remarks

5:45 - 6:45pm

Cocktail Reception


Continental Breakfast


Opening Remarks


What Does the New Administration Mean for the Healthcare Industry?
This discussion will take a look at how the Trump Administration is affecting the Healthcare Industry. We will examine issues such as the recent Congressional Budget Office statements regarding the dramatic loss of healthcare coverage and the increase in the uninsured and how this will affect hospitals and healthcare systems. We will also present ideas and predictions as to how Medicaid and Medicare will look in the future under the Trump Administration’s health mandates. And discuss issues such as MACRA & MIPS and value-based care under the new administration. In addition, we will provide insight as to how FDA approval and life sciences innovation and costs will affect hospitals and healthcare systems under the new President’s hand.


Utilizing Data to Improve Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes
Data, analytics and predictive modeling have become a foundation for healthcare organizations seeking to deliver value-based care and improve their clinical outcomes. The purpose is to reduce costs, enhance quality and efficiency of care delivery, manage population health and improve every patient’s health outcome and experience.

Technology advances have permitted organizations to overcome challenges like data integration, large-scale data warehousing and predictive modeling; in addition, technology has allowed use of tools like machine-learning, physician dashboards and more.

This use of technology and data access presents new opportunities as well as creates new challenges for those throughout the healthcare industry as well as the patients. In this interactive session, we will discuss issues such as:

  • Functional uses for data to improve outcomes and manage the health of populations
  • Identify how to deal with an excess of data and prioritize information
  • Determine what type of data and analytics infrastructure is needed to support population health
  • Understand manners of incorporating data from wearable technologies into patient care
  • View examples and case studies of how organizations can utilize predictive modeling and big data solutions to advance community health and prevent hospital readmissions

The Data Sharing Conundrum: Best Practices of Sharing Data Among the Healthcare Ecosystem for Precision Health
The goal of tailoring all aspects of healthcare to specific individuals rather than adhering to a one-size fits all approach rests on the ability to pool and analyze data on large numbers of people. Precision health is the application of precision medicine to prevent disease before it occurs; rather than treating people who are sick; we focus on keeping people healthy. However, all of this requires big data and its ability to integrate not only medical data but also behavioral data. In this session, we will examine:

  • Challenges
    • Overcoming privacy concerns
    • Lack of interoperability in the technology
    • Disincentives within the research community
    • Others
  • Opportunities
    • Utilizing mobile devices, wearables and telehealth
    • Integrated technology platforms that can share data among providers, payers, med-tech, pharma, bio-tech
    • Collaborative efforts across the ecosystem
    • More informed and healthier patients
    • Reduced healthcare costs
  • Best Practices

Morning Refreshment Break


The Price of Quality Care
Physicians are the cornerstone of hospital care delivery and the hospital’s most costly and valuable resource; their efficiency and effectiveness are central to any effort to maximize patient safety or minimize costs. Because of this, CMOs play a critical role in calculating, monitoring and counting numbers when it comes to quality care. This session will look at a variety of key areas that must be examined when determining the true price of quality care. We will look at things such as:

  • Physician turnover & replacement cost
  • Handling Physician burn-out
  • Patient flow
  • Satisfaction ratings
  • Physical designs
  • Gaps in technology and infrastructure
  • Organizational cultures and more

Pharmaceutical Costs and the CMO
Drug costs have become a burden on everyone, from providers to patients. Many factors stack the deck in the favor of pharmaceutical companies, but providers and payers can still consider what best practices can help them contain costs. That may mean performing a cost/benefit analysis on new drugs to be sure that the additional benefits claimed are worth the additional price. Physicians, health plans and pharmacists have to remain sensitive to their prescription practices and the impact individual choice can have on budgets. In this session, we will examine the role the Chief Medical Officer plays in determining the threshold of pharmaceutical costs.

Yvette Johnson-Threat | Chief Medical Officer | Bon Secours Health System


Light Their Fire: Preventing Physician Burn-Out
Physician burn-out is a hot topic these days, as the need for clinical productivity puts additional pressure on research, innovation and teaching and state and federal governments add additional requirements that take time away from patient care. Add to that, the push towards value-based care and physician shortages and that equals physician burn-out. In this session, we will examine how institutions look at this problem and manners to bring happiness and caring back to the practice of medicine.


Integrated Medical and Pharmacy Benefits: Understanding Potential Contracting Opportunities

  • Gain insight to some of the challenges payors face when trying to integrate these distinct benefits
  • Learn about third parties that facilitate this type of integration and their capabilities
  • Understand the needs of payors when contracts are being created for rebates on provider administered medications

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks


Conclusion of Summit

The Highland Dallas, East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX, United States

2 Double Beds $209
King Bed $209
*Prices exclude taxes, currently 15.26%
  • Rooms are available only to those participants who are registered conference attendees.
  • The name on the form will be the name of the guest room.
  • Rooms are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Room types/rates are subject to availability.
  • Rooms will not be guaranteed without a credit card.

Registration Pricing

Earlybird Rate (expires 8/31/17) Standard Rate
Service Providers $1,695 $1,895
*Long-term Healthcare Facilities, Outpatient Clinics, Healthcare Systems, Physician Group, Hospital, Government Employees $525 $895

Subject to approval. To qualify you must be currently employed by a non-vendor company. Eligibility will be verified by conference producer. Opal Group reserves the right to allocate places and to refuse applications.

*Health plans must be CMS approved as Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Medicaid health plans

*Includes one night hotel accommodations. Also inclusive of Continuing Education Hours.

***Registrations must be made online on the same date. Discount will be applied after all registrants have been received.

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  • Physician Leadership & Succession Planning
  • Patient Care & quality
  • Patient Experience
  • Medical staff affairs
  • Corporate strategic planning
  • Staffing, Recruitment and Retention
  • Physician Shortage Strategies
  • Patient Safety/Quality of Care
  • Patient Operations
  • Population Health
  • Patient Compliance & Adherence
  • Value-Based Care
  • The Cost of Quality Care/Cost Management
  • Physician Empowerment/Engagement
  • Budgets and Quality Metrics for CMOs

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Contemporary Forums and Opal Events. Contemporary Forums is jointly accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Chief Medical Executive
  • Chief Physician Executive
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Senior Physician Leader
  • Patient Experience Officer
  • Chief Patient Engagement Officer
  • Chief Medical Informatics Officer
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Chief Surgical Officer
  • Medical Director
  • EVPs, SVPs, VPs & Directors of:
    Physician Services
    Medical Care
    Clinical Care
    Physician Advisors
    Clinical Services
    Surgical Care
    Nurse Services
    Human Resources
    Physician Administration
    Patient Engagement
    Patient Experience

Geographic Breakdown

      The content was amazing along with the networking. Not just philosophy but the ‘How to’ CNO

      Medina Regional Hospital

      Great educational/networking event tailored to the unique group of CNO’s. Please continue next year! CNO & VP Patient Care Services

      Sinai Health System

      Awesome! Care-view Communications

      Director of Clinical Operations

      Energetic Presenters that engage the audience CNO

      Cornerstone Solara

      Fast paced with lots of content to work with, Loved It! VP & ACNO

      Children’s Health