Success with Value-based Payments: How Reliable Best Practices Can Transform Care Delivery.

Success with Value-based Payments: How Reliable Best Practices Can Transform Care Delivery.

Seeking improved patient outcomes based on consistent, comprehensive, provider-driven and evidence-based care practices and pay-for-performance bundled payment program? If yes, join us at the ProvenCare® Conference!

ProvenCare® Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Results at Geisinger Health System
Source: Berry, SA, et al. ProvenCare: quality improvement model for designing highly reliable care in cardiac surgery. Qualilty Safety in Health Care. 2009;18;360-368.

What: ProvenCare®: Reliable Delivery of Best Practices for Acute Episodic Care

An intensive two-day conference that provides the strategies and tools essential for successful transition to value- or performance-based care through reengineered delivery of care for acute episodic conditions. The program addresses reliability science, establishing provider engagement for implementing standardized best practices, developing risk-based pricing, and establishing mechanisms for patient engagement.


Day 1: 8am – 3:10pm – Learning Sessions, 5:30 – 7pm – Reception & Dinner
Day 2: 8am – 3:35pm – Learning Sessions

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Attendees: This program is primarily designed for senior level healthcare provider and payer executives or leaders responsible for the strategic planning for and operational leadership of successful bundled payment programs.

Featured Speakers:

    • John B. Bulger

      Chief Quality Officer, Geisinger Health System

      Dr. John Bulger is the Chief Quality Officer for the Geisinger Health System.  In this role he leads Geisinger’s Division of Quality and Safety and is responsible for leading and disseminating Geisinger Quality.

      Dr. Bulger also served until the spring of 2012 as Director of Geisinger’s Hospital Medicine Service Line. He founded Geisinger Medical Center’s hospitalist model in 1999 and lead the program’s development.  This included innovations in resident and student education, participation in nationally recognized research and performance improvement projects and growth of the Geisinger hospitalist model.  The Geisinger Health System’s hospitalist program grew to employ over 60 physicians and a large number of advanced practitioners in six Pennsylvania hospitals (including both Geisinger owned and non-Geisinger owned facilities).

      Dr. Bulger serves on the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM) Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety.  Over the last several months he has helped lead SHM’s participation in the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely Campaign.

      Dr. Bulger is a 2003 graduate of the Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellowship.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) and a past-president of the Association of Osteopathic Program Directors and Medical Educators (AODME).  He is a past member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Board of Trustees.

      Dr. Bulger is a recognized leader in osteopathic graduate medical education.  He serves as the chair of the ACOI’s Council of Education and Evaluation and the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Program and Trainee Review Council – the national accrediting body for osteopathic graduate medical education.  He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Regional Assistant Dean at PCOM and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine.

      Dr. Bulger is a fellow of the ACOI, American College of Physicians, AODME and a senior fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is a recipient of the 2003 American Osteopathic Foundation Emerging Leader Award and the 2001 American Medical Association Emerging Leader Award.  He also received the ACOI’s Teacher of the Year award in 2005.  He received Juniata College’s 2009 Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award.

        • Al Casale

          Chairman of Surgery, Geisinger Heart Institute
          Co-Director, Cardiovascular Service Line
          Assoc. Chief Medical Officer, Geisinger Health System

          Dr. Al Casale is Chairman of Surgery for the Geisinger Heart Institute, Co-Director of its Cardiovascular Service Line, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Geisinger Health System and a member of the Board of Directors of Geisinger’s Insurance Operations.

          Dr. Casale graduated from an accelerated program at the Johns Hopkins University with a BA in human biology and his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He did postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University in general, thoracic and cardiac surgery, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in thoracic surgical oncology and at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Health Care Policy. He has held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins, UMDNJ, Misericordia University, King’s College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

          While on the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Casale attended on the Heart and Lung transplant service, establishing its lung transplant program, directed the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit and participated in many basic and clinical research projects while maintaining a busy clinical practice.

          Dr. Casale joined Atlantic Health System in New Jersey in 1990 and grew its Cardiac Surgery practice into the busiest in the state.  As a consultant to the NJ DOH and President of the NJ Society of Thoracic Surgeons, he was instrumental in creating New Jersey’s Cardiac Surgery Outcomes Reports.

          While on the faculty of New Jersey’s University of Medicine and Dentistry, as Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University Hospital, Dr. Casale continued his work on outcomes research and system optimization.

          Dr. Casale joined the Geisinger Health System in 2001 to establish the Cardiothoracic Surgery program at the new Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.  The Heart Hospital and its services have grown remarkably and its surgery program was named one of the nation’s 50 best by Consumer Reports.

          In 2004, Dr. Casale was named Co-Director of the Geisinger Heart Institute (Geisinger’s cardiac service line) and gathered its cardio-thoracic practitioners from throughout the system into a cohesive, quality focused, efficient team. Dr. Casale’s seminal work in establishing Geisinger’s ProvenCare® program as a model for effective redesign of complex acute surgical care, using comparative effectiveness principles to generate value and reduced unwarranted variation, has been widely acclaimed in professional and popular media.  The innovative bundled payment scheme, created in ProvenCare,®  presaged national events.

          Dr. Casale was named Associate Chief Medical Officer in 2009 and has been responsible for the hospital based and interventional practices in Geisinger’s rapidly growing Northeast.  He continues to evolve and create innovative care and reimbursement models as part of Geisinger’s Innovation team and disseminate them as part of its Consulting Group.

          In 2012 he was named to the Board of Directors of Geisinger’s Health Plans.

          Dr. Casale is active in local, regional and national surgical societies within which he has held leadership posts and serves on many committees, focused on effectiveness research, quality, safety and bundled payments.  He speaks often on clinical and policy topics.

          Dr. Casale maintains an active clinical practice in complex adult cardiac surgery in addition to his administrative activities.

          Henry Hood Center for Health Research
          Geisinger Medical Center
          100 N. Academy Avenue
          Danville, PA 17822

          Cost: $1,800 per person (Contact us re discounts for groups of 3 or more from the same organization.)

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