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Keynote Session/Breakfast
Friday, May 11 – 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

“The Buried Life: Six Steps to Crossing Anything Off Your List”

Ben Nemtin PhotoBen Nemtin has shown audiences from 200 to 20,000 how to dream bigger and achieve more. He energizes people to unbury the life they want in a high-energy message that will motivate you to shake off mediocrity and live up to your greatness. Nemtin’s poignant, inspirational and often hilarious presentation weaves the compelling story of how “The Buried Life” started with 100 impossible dreams scribbled down on a piece of paper in a dorm room and grew into a global movement of millions, connecting his story to the fabric of our daily lives. Nemtin also will share six signature steps to crossing anything off your list. He will leave you inspired and equipped to tackle any goal, knowing it’s never too late to start your list!

In this presentation, participants will be shown how to:

  • Use the experience of “The Buried Life” to achieve more through networking
  • Challenge and develop leaders at all levels of the health care organization

General Sessions

Thursday, May 10

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(ACHE Session)
“Maintaining Course While Traversing Turbulent Seas”
Sarah Freymann Fontenot, JD, BSN, CSP

Sarah Fontenot PhotoHealth care is, by nature, multi-faceted and responsive to forces as varied as the economy, societal changes, technological advances and shifting demographics. For decades, presidential administrations of all political ideologies have attempted to correct the barriers to standardization and access that are unique to the American system. With the guiding principle that history informs the future, this session takes a global view of American health care past, present and future. What was the design of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what did it accomplish, and not accomplish? Will the current congressional and Trump administration efforts to reverse the ACA and return the country to American medicine of the past or precipitate a more global change? Is a single-payer system the ultimate destination, and would that be a solution or an avenue to more disruption and unintended consequences? This presentation addresses global issues from the perspective of the hospital – a uniquely capable locus of change.

In this workshop, participants will be shown how to:

  • Evaluate current reforms in financing and delivering health care from a nonpolitical framework
  • Address regulatory reforms in their facilities and communicate new initiatives to all levels of the workforce in a pragmatic, constructive manner
  • Correlate their patient of today with changes that can improve their services for their patient of tomorrow
  • Realize and embrace the unique leadership potential of hospitals in improving the American health delivery system

(Approved for 3.0 ACHE Face-to-Face education credits)

Sarah Fontenot, a former nurse and practicing attorney, is a professional speaker who specializes in explaining how health care is changing and what those changes mean for health care providers. Since 1998, she has taught extensively for national provider organizations, joining the ACHE Faculty in 2006. Sarah’s ACHE involvement includes presenting at Congress, faculty of the Board of Governor’s Review course, the creator and instructor of ACHE’s online course “A Review of Health Law” and as faculty for the Executive Program and Senior Executive Program.

Fontenot has been the Health Law professor in the Department of Health Care Administration, San Antonio since 1997. Her twice-monthly newsletter, “Fontenotes,” provides concise information about the health care system and currently reaches approximately 20,000 readers.

Fontenot lives in Fredericksburg, Texas, and is currently serving in her fifth year as a proud Board Member for Peterson Health in Kerrville, Texas.

This session is brought to you by the Kentucky Chapter of ACHE.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(ACHE Session)
“Integration of Your Team: Are Laws & Regulations Your Friends or Foes?”
Sarah Freymann Fontenot, JD, BSN, CSP

Physician alignment is critical to succeeding in reimbursement reform, population health and adapting to new models of health care delivery yet remains an elusive goal for many, if not most, hospitals. This program will demonstrate how seemingly unrelated compliance requirements such as Value-Based Purchasing (VBP), MACRA, healthm information technology (HIT) Security and changing licensure parameters can facilitate the creation of an integrated team approach to health care delivery.

In this workshop, participants will be shown how to:

Identify how the demands of VBP and MACRA create a unique opportunity for alignment with physicians both within the hospital setting as well as in the community

Address the compliance requirements of HIPAA, the HITECH Act and HIT Security coupled with physician frustration with electronic health records (EHRs) as an opportunity for team building

Evaluate the impact of a recent US Supreme Court opinion on the evolution of independent practice of APRNs and PAs, how that may apply in Kentucky, and how those changes may also offer opportunities for alignment

(Approved for 3.0 ACHE Face-to-Face education credits)

This session is brought to you by the Kentucky Chapter of ACHE.


Friday, May 11

Keynote General Session
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
“The Health Care Tipping Point: Let’s Talk Strategy”
Maureen Swan

Maureen Swan PhotoHealth care is in the midst of transformative change. This session will highlight the key trends impacting hospitals and health systems. Participants will understand the strategic drivers of change facing their hospital over the next five years and leading strategies being used by players big and small to adapt.

In this presentation participants will be shown how to:

  • Discuss the importance of the changing market and strategic drivers over the next five years
  • Discuss strategies utilized by the industry and how that will begin to change

Maureen M. Swan is the President and Owner of MedTrend Inc., a consulting group she founded in 1998 that specializes in strategic planning and analysis for the healthcare industry. Swan has over 25 years of management experience. Prior to founding MedTrend, she was vice president of marketing and strategic planning for Allina Health System, a $3 billion health care organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While at Allina, Swan had system-wide accountability for market research, business development, environmental assessment and call center operations. She led efforts to understand key marketing and strategic opportunities for Allina’s one million member health plan, 18 hospitals and 60 physician clinics. Prior to joining Allina, she held positions with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, IBM and Eastman Kodak.

Swan has worked with large health systems, medical supply organizations, physician clinics, organ procurement organizations and hospitals across the country to develop strategies that drive toward market success. She has a national reputation for speaking on emerging health care and consumer trends and has been a keynote speaker for multiple national health care organizations.

Swan graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Quantitative Business Analysis from Indiana University and was the recipient of the School of Business Eastman Kodak Scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude with a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota where she was the recipient of the Douglass Scholarship and the James A. Hamilton Award.

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
“The 1115 Waiver and What You Need to Know!”
Stephen P. Miller

Steve Miller PhotoThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the “Kentucky Helping to Engage and Achieve Long-Term Health,” also known as the 1115 Waiver, for Kentucky in January. So, what does this all mean? Hear from Commissioner Miller on the program, timeline and implementation progress of the Waiver.

In this presentation, participants will be shown how to:

  • Articulate and understand the impact of the 1115 Waiver on hospitals
  • Discuss the Waiver’s implementation and timeline

Stephen P. Miller is the Commissioner for Medicaid Services with the Kentucky Department of Health and Family Services. Previously, Miller serviced as Vice President of Finance at the Kentucky Hospital Association. He was with KHA for over 20 yearswhere his primary role was to assist the Policy Team in developing KHA’s position on pending legislation and monitoring Federal and State reimbursement issues. Miller has over 30 years of health care experience serving as a hospital chief executive officer as well as a chief financial officer. He has a B.S. Degree in Accounting from the University of Louisville and is a member of the Kentucky Chapter of HFMA.

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

“Not Just Your Average 340B - Let’s Learn More”
John Bretz

John Bretz PhotoFor the past 25 years, 340B has helped provide low-cost medications and better health outcomes for millions of Americans and the non-profit clinics and hospitals who serve them.

In this presentation, participants will be shown how to:

  • Understand the 340B program and how your hospital can benefit
  • Be familiar with goals of the 340B program

John Bretz is an accomplished health care executive with extensive subject matter expertise in health care supply chain, distribution channel optimization, product development, population health, strategic marketing, and health care consumerism. Bretz has spent over 25 years in executive leadership with Assurant Health (Fortune 500 health plan) where he was responsible for 17 states. Bretz also has extensive experience in health care consulting as Vice President of Commercial Health with ICF International where he utilized his experience as a Lean Black Belt Six Sigma working in both commercial and government health care sectors for clients. Bretz is now responsible for leading strategic business partner relationships and strategy for SUNRx.

SUNRx has extensive experience implementing and managing 340B programs since 2006, and provides industry-leading support for hospitals and other 340B eligible contracted entities. Over 30 state hospital associations recognize SUNRx as their exclusive partners for 340B program management support. SUNRx also offers integrated pharmacy benefit management (PBM) through its parent company, MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc., an independent, trend-focused PBM.

“Collaborating to Make Communities Healthier”
Russell L. Holman, M.D.

Russell L. Holman PhotoLifePoint Hospitals are expanding what has traditionally been limited to the walls of the hospital to become conveners that bring together community partners to improve health outcomes in target populations and address important community health challenges. When considering health care costs, readmissions are an industry-wide challenge, but life happens outside the hospital. How can providers influence the personal lives of patients? This is where community collaborations become essential.

In this presentation participants will be shown how to:

  • Identify common factors that lead to preventable hospital readmissions among high-risk patients and develop initiatives to reduce them
  • Learn about this and other community coalition projects, all aimed at improving the health of target populations

Russell L. Holman, M.D. joined LifePoint Health as chief medical officer (CMO) in February 2013. As CMO, Dr. Holman oversees LifePoint’s quality and patient safety programs, clinical effectiveness, care management, patient experience and engagement, physician leadership, clinical informatics and telemedicine.

Prior to joining LifePoint, Dr. Holman served as chief clinical officer of Cogent Healthcare, where he served in executive leadership roles for eight years. Previously, he served as medical director of hospital services for HealthPartners Medical Group & Clinics in Bloomington, MN, and assistant director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Minnesota.

Among Dr. Holman’s professional accomplishments, in 1996 he founded one of the earliest hospitalist programs in the U.S. for Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2000, he created one of the nation’s first postgraduate Fellowship Programs in Hospital Medicine for HPMG&C. In 2007, he co-authored and edited the textbook, Comprehensive Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Holman is a past-president of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), which in 2002 honored him with the Outstanding Service Award in Hospital Medicine. In addition, Dr. Holman was the founder and course director of the SHM Physician Leadership Academies from 2004 to 2014. In 2011, SHM appointed him one of only 10 Masters in Hospital Medicine in the U.S. He has been named a Top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives, and in 2015 was named a Nashville Healthcare Hero for Patient Safety by the Nashville Business Journal.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
“Management and Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Infections”
(ACHE Session)
Panel Presentation of Senior Health Care Executives with the Cleveland Clinic

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the HHS Action Plan to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections. Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are associated with a variety of causes including the use of medical devices such as catheters and ventilators, complications following surgical procedures, transmission between patients and health care workers or the result of antibiotic overuse. They are among the leading causes of death in the U.S. accounting for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths in 2002. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that about 36% of these infections are preventable through the adherence to strict guidelines by health care worker when caring for patient. This discussion will seek to inform hospital leadership and administrators about the causes of HAIs and the impact leadership can have on the quality, financial health and safety of their organizations. Participants will also learn:

  • The most common types of HAIs and required public reporting
  • Leadership behaviors that are necessary for a successful HAl prevention program
  • The impact that HAIs have on health care organizations, including financial impact, ARRA and HAI Prevention, HHS incentives and CMS oversight

(Approved for 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face education credits)

This session is brought to you by the Kentucky Chapter of ACHE.

Patricia Dandache, M.D.
Cleveland Clinic, Infectious Disease

Patricia Dandache PhotoDr. Patricia Dandache is an infectious disease specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. After receiving her medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, she completed her medical residency at the University of Iowa and her Infectious Disease fellowship at the New York Medical College. Subsequently Dr. Dandache went back to Iowa as an Infectious Disease specialist at Allen Memorial hospital, where she also served as medical director of Infection Prevention. Later she moved to Kansas City where she was in practice for 5 years. Dr. Dandache has been on staff at the Cleveland Clinic main campus and Avon hospitals since 2016, and serves as the medical director of Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship for Avon hospital.


Andrew J. Streifel
Senior Environmental Hospital Specialist Department of Environmental Health and Safety
University of Minnesota

Andrew Streifel PhotoDuring work as a health care consultant, Andrew Streifel has been involved in the investigation of over 100 clusters of infection related to hospital air and water quality. He has served as a consultant in over 400 hospitals world wide on a variety of indoor air quality and water microbial contamination issues, and has investigated clusters of bacterial infections due to unsanitary clinical practice. His current research interests involve energy management impact on infection prevention and validation of the air and water safety in health care facilities.

John McCreary
Owners Representative, Buildings and Properties
Cleveland Clinic

John McCreary PhotoJohn J. McCreary is the owners representative for buildings and properties for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. McCreary is currently managing thirty-seven projects for the Buildings and Properties Division. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, McCreary worked as a project manager for Seritage Growth Properties, Flynn Restaurant Group and Veteran Construction and Development to name a few. Most of his time has been spent managing the Construction Division and working with architects and civil engineers. McCreary attended Akron University and served as a member of the Concord Township Comprehensive Plan Board.

Gregory Gagliano, BSN, RN, CIC
Infection Preventionist
Cleveland Clinic

Greg Gagliano PhotoGreg Gagliano obtained his BSN from Kent State University in 1991 and has been a registered nurse since then. He worked as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and as a research nurse and coordinator at Rainbow Babies’ and Children’s Hospital for 12 years. Gagliano has worked at the Cleveland Clinic main campus since 2003, first as Research Coordinator for the Department of Infectious Diseases, and in Infection Prevention since 2009. He has been certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology since 2011 and has served on the APIC Northeast Ohio board as membership committee member, treasurer and president. He is certified in ICRA Best Practices and works closely with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety to assure ICRA best practices are followed. He has collaborated with IKORCC on the annual Statewide Ohio APIC conference since 2014.

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