August 2013 - Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania


Nov 18, 2013 (4 years and 5 months ago)




August 2013

Vol. 3

No. 6

In This Issue

HCWP Fall Conference

Governance Institute Program

Special Member Program

Annual Medicare Update

Legionella Prevention Strategy Session

Stroke Webinar

MA Modernization Update

Medicare Wage Index

HCWP Surveys

Upcoming Member Meetings

Future Meetings

Past Meeti

Allied Members

Programs of Interest


Outstanding Line
Up for Hospital Council's Fall Conference

Physician engagement, the future of health systems and health
care, and the impact of health reform will
be topics at Hospital Council's Fall Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013,
at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.





Dan Collard, an executive with the Studer Group,

will serve as the conference's keynote speaker. He
brings his experience as chief operating officer and champion of improvement initiatives within a hospital
group in the Southeast along with his knowledge and experience with health reform to the Conferen
He also assisted three hospitals with successful turnarounds. Dan will also be the featured speaker at the
only CEO breakfast, which will be held prior to the opening of the Conference.

Capabilities for Success in the Post
Reform Heathcare
, will be presented by Connie Cibrone,
senior director of Client Services and Scott Pritchard, vice president of Client Development for Objective
Health, part of McKinsey & Company. Connie joined McKinsey in 2009 and held a variety of leadership
oles at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, including 10 years as president and chief
executive officer. Scott joined McKinsey in 2005 and has worked with both hospitals and healthsystems
as well as clients in the pharmaceutical, biotec
h and medical device industries.

Andy Carter, the president of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), will also
give an update on HAP initiatives, including legislative and policy initiatives.

A networking luncheon will immediatel
y follow the program. In addition, the western Pennsylvania chapter
of the American College of Healthcare Executives will be hosting their fall program following the

As in the past, Hospital Council's Fall Conference is free of charge to both f
acility and Allied members.
Hospital Council is able to offer this outstanding event to its members because of the generosity of
Conference sponsors.

This year's Platinum sponsors are Alpha Financial Services, Amerinet, Cowden & Associates, Corazon,
and C
ura Hospitality. Gold sponsors are Fox Rothschild, LLP, Highmark, and Littler Mendelson. Silver
sponsors include Carbis Walker, Clinical Financial Services, Mi
Jack Systems, ParenteBeard, Perkins
Eastman, and Strategy Solutions, Inc. Bronze sponsors includ
e Bottom Line Systems and Sanofi.

Members will receive an email "save the date" notice in the near future and an e
invitation will follow. For
more information contact
Pat Raffaele

Governance Institute Program

The Governance Institute and Hospital Council have partnered to bring members of both organizations an
outstanding program at Hospital Council's Conference Center on August 21st and 22nd. This two
program, featuring expert
faculty, is designed for teams from members consisting of chief executive
officers, Boards of Directors, and other members of the C
Suite team.

Conference sessions focus on healthcare financing, governance and quality, among others. Topics of the
s include health costs and pricing, the role of the Board in Patient
Centered care, and the Hospital
Consumer Assessment on Healthcare Provider Systems (HCAHCPS), the Baldridge Journey, and value
based purchasing. There will also be time to network at a re
ception on August 21st and at a luncheon on
August 22nd.

Members of The Governance Institute can bring up to five individuals to the program at no charge.
Hospital Council members, who are not members of The Governance Institute, can pay for three
pants and receive the fourth registration at no charge. Because of the generosity of sponsors,
Hospital Council can offer this special program at a reduced rate of $450 per attendee. Conference
sponsors include Amerinet and Cura Hospitality.

are also eligible to receive credits from several different organizations.
To register and for
more information click here
. For more information con
Jane Montgomery

Pat Raffaele



Hold the Date: Special Member Program on Reform and
Insurance Exchanges

Hospital Council members will be invited to a special member program featuring Joanne Grossi, Regional
Director of the Department of Health and Human Services for Region III. In her role, she oversees several
agencies and their work for several states incl
uding Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West
Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The program will be held on September 25, 2013 at Hospital
Council's Conference Center.

The program will also feature William England, the Pennsylvania directo
r for Enroll America. Bill will
provide information to members on enrollment tools and resources related to the insurance exchanges.

The program will be free of charge for Hospital Council members and more information will be available in
the near future
. Contact
Pat Raffaele

for more information.

Annual Medicare Update

Hospital Council and the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management
Association (HFMA) are once again off
ering the Annual Medicare Update. This year's program will be
held at Hospital Council's Conference Center on September 20, 2013 beginning with registration at 7:30
a.m. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m.

The program includes a
Washington/Federal Update presented by Julie DiFrancesco and Steve Burrill of
Deloitte. Julie is the director of the Cleveland Office for Deloitte and has extensive experience with
provider reimbursement. She has been a frequent speaker at HFMA's Annual Na
tional Institute and the
American Health Lawyers Association Conferences. Steve is a partner and national health care provider
marketplace leader for Deloitte and has been with the firm for more than 30 years.

As part of the program, Novitas Medicare audi
tors will provide a review of Medicare changes. Mark Hudak
and Dave Cipollone, audit supervisors, will provide the update from Novitas Solutions. The afternoon will
feature other topics of interest and will include presentations by the firm BKD CPAs and Ad

The registration fee for members is $125 and registration is requested no later than September 13, 2013.
For more information contact
Denis Lukes
. To register contact
Monica Palmer

Legionella Prevention Focus of Strategy Session

Legionella prevention, identification, and remediation is the focus of a strategy session on August 29,
2013. The program begins at 1 p.m.

and is free of charge. The session is a collaboration of the Jewish
Healthcare Foundation, Hospital Council, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Allegheny County Health
Department, and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

The program is designed to inform par
ticipants about the complexity of the threat posed by Legionella,
allow for discussion regarding Legionella prevention, and remediation best practices as well as any
lessons learned from past outbreaks. The program will also include a review of standards r
Legionella from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air
Conditioning Engineers



Speakers for the program include representatives from the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health,
the Allegheny County Health Department,
and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

For more information contact
Millie Greene

at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

Upcoming Webinar on Stroke Programs

Positioning Your Stroke Program for Succes

is the title of a special webinar that Hospital Council and
Corazon will offer to members from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday,

September 5, 2013. The program
will provide an overview of national trends in the neuroscience specialty with a focus on pro
development, new technology, the payor landscape and other topics.

During the session, participants will learn about legislative and regulatory changes and the impact of
these changes on stroke programs; development opportunities for both established

and new stroke
centers; how top performing programs are working to meet stroke quality benchmarks; and differentiate
between certifying bodies.

The session is designed for chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, and vice presidents of quality.
e session is free of charge to Hospital Council members, however, registration is required. Click here
for the
registration form
. For more information contact
Jane Montgomery

Pat Raffaele

Medical Assistance Modernization Update

Hospital Council continues to work on issues related to Medical Assistance (MA) Modernization with
members and the Hospital & Healthsystem Associa
tion of Pennsylvania (HAP). HAP has formed a
number of Committees to further pursue these efforts. Two areas of focus are MA payments related to
observation and also payments related to outpatient procedures. There has not been an increase in
outpatient pa
yments from MA since 1991. The goal of Hospital Council is to improve MA payments for its
members. For more information contact
Denis Lukes

Medicare Wage Index

Hospital Council is once again urging members to participate in a Medicare Wage Index Data Scrub this
Fall. Hospital Council is asking for 100 percent participation from hospitals in the Pittsburgh and other
core based statistical areas (CBSAs) so the wage

index for the region's CBSAs can remain above the
rural floor and potentially increase. In addition, Hospital Council is working with the Hospital &
Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) on a possible wage index data scrub for Pennsylvania's
l hospitals. For more information contact
Denis Lukes

Survey Update

Flash Survey

Hospital Council recently released its Flash Survey for the nine months ending March 31, 2013. Of
particular note in the survey is the decline of operating margins. Operating margins declined from 4.02
percent in the March 31, 2012 Flash Survey to 1.69 per
cent in this report. Also of note is that
sequestration occurred subsequent to the release of the Flash Survey and the Pennsylvania Department
of Public Welfare reduced their case weight retroactively to July 1, 2012 in May. Participating members


a copy of the Flash Survey. For more information contact
Denis Lukes

Benchmark Salary Survey

Hospital Council will release the next Benchmark Salary Survey in the near future. The Survey reflects
more th
an 50 positions and 60 Hospital Council members participated. Participating members will receive
their copy of the survey through email in the near future, as well as their compa
ratio reports. In addition,
Hospital Council offers custom surveys to partici
pating members for a small fee. For more information
about the survey contact
Pat Raffaele

Carmela Breslin

Upcoming Member Meetings

ity Committee

Disruptive behavior by hospital employees including clinical staff, will be the key topic of discussion at
Hospital Council's Risk/Quality Committee meeting on August 14, 2013. Bill Maruca, a partner at Fox
Rothschild, LLP will lead the discu
ssion and offer strategies to effectively manage disruptive behavior. He
will also review some court cases related to disruptive behavior. The meeting will be held at Hospital
Council's Conference Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. In addition, video conferenci
ng will be used to link
the meeting at Hospital Council with participants at Dubois Regional Medical Center. Participants joining
from Dubois will meet in the Assembly Room at the hospital's Central Resource Center. The meeting will
conclude with a roundta
ble discussion and networking lunch. For more information contact

Fund Development Committee

The impact of the new privacy regulations on fundraising will be one of the key topics at Ho
Council's next Fund Development Committee meeting. The Committee will meet on August 27, 2013 at
Hospital Council's Conference Center. Bill Maruca, a partner at the firm Fox Rothschild, LLP, will review
the new regulations with the group. The Commit
tee will also discuss best practices related to grateful
patient programs. The meeting will conclude with a roundtable discussion and networking lunch. For more
information contact
Pat Raffaele

Future Meetings

CNO Committee

The CNO Committee will meet on September 6, 2013 at Hospital Council's Conference Center. For more
information contact
Jane Montgomery

Compliance Committee

The Compliance
Committee will meet on September 13, 2013 at Hospital Council's Conference Center.
For more information contact
Pat Raffaele

Chief Medical Officers Committee

The Chief Medical Officers Committee will m
eet on September 13, 2013 at Hospital Council's Conference
Center. For more information contact
Jane Montgomery

Past Meetings

HIM Committee

The Health Information Management (HIM) Committee met by audio conference on July 24, 2013. The
meeting focused on ICD
10 preparation, planning and education. Other items on the agenda included a


presentation regarding the new HIPAA rules and discussion of

computer assisted coding. For more
information contact
Denis Lukes

Jane Montgomery

Practice Administrator Committee

The Practice Administrator Com
mittee met on July 31, 2013. Mark DeRubeis, chief executive officer of
Premier Medical Associates, discussed the strategies used to build their successful practice. He reviewed
some of the contracting and compensation issues involved with the practice and
discussed operational
challenges associated with a medical home model. He stressed the need for a strong practice
infrastructure. Additional agenda items included IDC
10 preparation and Hospital Council's recently
released benchmark survey on physician pra
ctices. For more information contact
Denis Lukes


New Allied Members

Hospital Council Welcomes New Allied Members

Management Partners

Altair provides asset management services for retirement plans, endowments and foundations. Altair's
investment objectives are to provide consistent, low volatility, and superior risk adjusted returns. For more
information contact
Mike Schenk

Washington County Health Partners

The mission of Washington County Health Partners is to educate, collaborate and advocate for better
health in southwestern Pennsylvania. Washington County H
ealth Partners is a State Health Improvement
Plan (SHIP)
affiliated partner that most recently completed a joint Community Heath Needs Assessment
for two of the region's hospitals. In addition, the Partners completed the implementation and strategy plan
r the joint assessment. One hospital has contracted with Washington County Health Partners to
complete the implementation and evaluation of the plan. For more information contact
Lee Rutledge
, exe
cutive director.

Other Programs of Interest

University of Pittsburgh Offers Certificate Program


graduate certificate in Health Systems Leadership and Management is being offered by the Department
of Health Policy and Management of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. The
certificate is designed for physicians and other he
alth care clinicians and providers. Many of the credits
earned through the program can be used towards an advanced degree such as a Master's degree in
Public Health or a Master's degree in Health Administration.

As part of the program, the Department off
ers a Seminar in Health Systems Leadership for both the Fall
and Spring semesters. The seminar can be taken separately and features several guest speakers who
are executives from hospitals and healthsystems throughout the region. The seminar offers 1.5 cre
and meets on Tuesday's beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the University's Graduate School of Public Health. For
more information about either the program or the seminar contact
Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP

Hospital Alignment & Communications Focus of ACHE Program

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), will hold
its next program on September 12, 2013 on
Hospital Alignment & Communications St
to Ensure Collaboration
. The program is offered in collaboration with Corazon, Inc., and will be held
beginning at noon at Hospital Council's Conference Center.



The program will help participants identify and address necessary steps to prepare for the evolving care
delivery paradigm in healthcare as the delivery system makes the transition to a specialty
driven, patient
centered approach.

For more information ema
il the
Western Pennsylvania Chapter of ACHE

Upcoming Clinical Engineering & Supply Chain Conference

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Healthcare Resources and Materials (AHRMM)
is sponsoring the Third Annual Clinical Engineering & Supply Chain Conference on Wednesday,
September 25, 2013 at The Four Points by Sheraton in Mars, Pennsylvania. The program is free of
charge and participants can earn continuing education credits.
Click here

for more information.

HCCA Offers East Central Regional Annual Conference

The Health Care Compliance Ass
ociation (HCCA) will hold the East Central Regional Annual Conference
on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. The
program begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m.

The program features a comp
rehensive line
up of speakers and topics. Topics include HIPAA Privacy
Compliance Audits by the Office of Civil Rights, Surviving and Thriving as a Compliance Officer, the
Evolution of Technology in Healthcare, and others. There are two panel discussions a
s part of the

one on Health Information Exchanges and the other on Compliance Operational & Program

The program was designed by a Planning Committee chaired by Linda Lattner, director of Corporate
Compliance and Insurance for St. Cla
ir Hospital. Linda also serves as co
chair of Hospital Council's
Compliance Committee and several members of the Compliance Committee served on the HCCA
Conference Program Committee. Continuing education credits are available. For more information visit


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