Summit Sessions

The sessions in this year’s Leadership Summit cover a lot of ground—the keynote address on healthcare consumerism, breakout sessions on transformation, and sessions on health policy and politics.

  • Keynote
  • Breakouts
  • Policy
  • ACHE
  • Closing

Keynote Address

Getting to Health: A New Vision for Connected, Secure, Accessible Care
Sept. 25, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Professor of Internal Medicine and Population Health, University of Texas Dell Medical School; Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and Former National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Big Strategies: Learn the key ways healthcare leaders can meet patient needs in today’s consumer-driven healthcare marketplace.

Session Summary: As hospitals and health systems continue to move toward value-based care, leaders must carefully calibrate their care redesign efforts. Embracing digital health technologies, supporting clinical excellence across the care continuum, and addressing the social determinants of health are three essential components of care delivery models that can achieve both success and spread. In this keynote address, Dr. DeSalvo will explore the latest healthcare trends and identify the “big strategies” that hospitals and health systems must adopt to meet society’s demands in our consumer-driven healthcare marketplace.

Breakout Sessions—Transforming Your Future

Sept. 26, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. and repeated 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Digital Transformation

Healthcare Everywhere: Challenges and Opportunities for Hospitals and Health Systems
Presenter: Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Health Economist, Think-Health LLC, and Author, “Health Populi” Blog

The Big Questions: What if the in-person visit was a patient’s second, third or even fourth choice? Will smartphones and voice assistants become essential home health devices?

Session Summary: Hospitals are being challenged to deliver high-quality, patient-centric care as telehealth, digital health and other virtual care options grow rapidly. In the face of change, hospitals must sustain strong clinician-patient relationships and all-important patient loyalty. Learn about the latest trends in virtual care, key strategic considerations and opportunities that healthcare leaders should have top-of-mind while planning for the future.

Cost Transformation

When 5% Is Not Enough: Radical Cost Transformation in Hospitals and Health Systems
Presenter: Kristopher Goetz, Senior Vice President, Strategic and Financial Planning Practice, Kaufman Hall
The Big Issue: Financial realities in healthcare make cost transformation imperative for hospital and health systems.

Session Summary: In order to thrive, hospitals and health systems must deliver value and have a cost position that allows them to be competitive. For most healthcare organizations, reducing costs by a single-digit percentage will not be enough—radical cost transformation is needed. Get the key strategies in clinical redesign, service rationalization, workforce reconfiguration and other areas to bring about transformative cost reductions.

Care Delivery Transformation

The Innovation Challenge: Using Design Thinking to Drive Care Delivery Transformation
Presenters: Carl Zuhl, Partner and Business Designer, Do Tank; Matthew Kelly, Partner and Business Designer, Do Tank; and innovators from 2018 IHA Innovation Challenge Award recipients Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, and Saint Anthony Hospital

The Big Strategies: Cracking the code of what it means to be “innovative” and how to spread innovations across organizations and systems

Session Summary: Over the past year, IHA has embarked on an ambitious initiative to spread promising, high-impact quality improvement innovations across the state. Through IHA’s Partners in Progress Innovation Challenge, hospital and health system leaders are working to redesign systems and transform care delivery. Find out the key strategies, including design thinking methods, that IHA and participating member hospitals have used to lower costs and reduce harm for patients across Illinois. You’ll gain insights on integrating design thinking to spur innovation and you’ll learn how you can apply to become an IHA Partner in Progress in the Innovation Challenge’s second year.

Welcome and President’s Address

Sept. 25, 1 – 1:30 p.m.

Presenter: A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA President and Chief Executive Officer

Join IHA President and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi as he details the Association’s key priorities in advocacy, quality and patient safety, and business resources over the next year. He also will tell the story of IHA’s partnership with member hospitals and health systems this past year, particularly the success of member-driven advocacy efforts.

A Federal Health Policy Update and Look at the 2018 Mid-Term Elections
Sept. 25, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Presenter: Rick Pollack, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Hospital Association

The Big Question: How will the 2018 mid-term elections impact health policy at the federal level?

Session Summary: The nation’s opioid epidemic looms large, the administration seeks to lower prescription drug prices and uncertainty persists over the future of the Affordable Care Act. There’s a lot to unpack in health policy at the federal level. Add to that an election year with about 48 House seats considered competitive and the stage is set for an important and impactful discussion of the current state of health policy in Washington, D.C., as we approach mid-term elections in November.

A State Health Policy Update with Legislative Leaders
Sept. 25, 4 – 5 pm

Panelists: Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago); Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Westmont); Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago); Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford); and A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA President and CEO (moderator)

The Big Question: What health policy changes and initiatives are on the horizon in Illinois?

Session Summary: 2018 has been a big year for health policy in Springfield: Medicaid managed care has expanded throughout the state, the Governor signed into law the bi-partisan redesign of the Hospital Assessment Program, and the state’s 1115 Demonstration Waiver was approved to build a continuum of services for mental health and substance use disorder. On top of it all, statewide elections are this year. IHA president and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi will moderate an important discussion with key state legislative leaders about the current health policy climate in Illinois and what’s in store for the future.

ACHE Face-to-Face Credit Education Program

In collaboration with the Chicago Health Executives Forum

Population Health Management: Justice, Access and Financial Implications
Sept. 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

As reimbursements continue to shift from volume-based to value-based, healthcare organizations are becoming more responsible for providing the resources necessary to meet the needs of a given population. Aligning quality of care with the appropriate level of care and services becomes pertinent to healthcare organizations’ bottom line. With the growing emphasis on equity and access, it is also imperative for healthcare leaders to develop programs that offer underserved communities an opportunity for a healthier tomorrow. How to properly reduce costs while improving quality and access of care in economically challenged communities and prevent acute health issues and substantive chronic illnesses will be the focus of this panel discussion.

Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare Delivery
Sept. 25, 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

In healthcare delivery, disruptive innovations have the potential to decrease costs while improving both the quality and accessibility of care. Disruptive innovations can also enable new healthcare applications and changes in patient and provider behavior. This panel will explore the role of innovation in the medical marketplace and discuss examples of disruptive innovation in healthcare that will change patients’ lives.

ACHE Update
Sept. 25, 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.

In this special briefing, you’ll hear about ACHE’s latest initiatives as it works to enhance hospital and health system efforts to transform care delivery and improve individual and community health.

Closing Session

The Buried Life: Six Steps to Crossing Anything Off Your List
Sept. 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Presenter: Ben Nemtin, Author, Co-Star of MTV’s The Buried Life, Speaker, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Big Question: Only you can answer this one. What’s on your bucket list?

Session Summary: MTV star and New York Times bestselling author Ben Nemtin weaves a compelling tale of how The Buried Life started with 100 impossible dreams scribbled on a piece of paper in a dorm room and quickly grew into a global movement of millions. He skillfully connects his story to the fabric of our daily lives, imploring us to give up complacency and aim high so you can realize your dreams and have an impact on those you love, your workplace, your community or even the world. Nemtin will share his signature “Six Steps to Crossing Anything Off Your Bucket List,” leaving you inspired and equipped to tackle any personal or group goal. It’s never too late to start your list!