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:

    • Michael Suk, MD JD MPH FACS

      Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, Geisinger Health System

      Michael Suk, MD JD MPH FACS is currently Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Geisinger Health System based in Danville, PA. Selected for the position in 2012, Dr. Suk became one of the youngest persons to head an academic orthopaedic department in the United States. Previously, Dr. Suk was Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida – Shands Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as Division Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma, Associate Director of the UF&Shands Regional Trauma System and Associate Director of the Orthopaedic Residency Program. While there, Dr. Suk established a highly specialized orthopaedic trauma division designed to maximize efficiency and enhance patient outcomes. Dr. Suk is on the editorial board for several orthopaedic journals, is the author of numerous scientific articles, and is the lead author of a landmark textbook on orthopaedic outcomes measures and instruments, now in its second printing worldwide. Dr. Suk has gained international attention for his groundbreaking work on the link between patient expectations and clinical outcomes in orthopaedic trauma surgery.

      Dr. Suk has spoken both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics relevant to orthopaedic fracture management, health care literacy, access and delivery. Stemming from his unique credentials as a fellowship trained orthopaedic traumatologist and health care attorney, Dr. Suk is frequently asked to speak on the interface between law and medicine and has received numerous awards for leadership and public service. In 2009, Dr. Suk was chosen to be a member of Leadership Florida (Class XXVII) – a statewide program to develop future community leaders in Florida. Most recently, Dr. Suk was selected as one of ten Leadership Fellows for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Prior to his current position, Dr. Suk was elected one of 5 representatives to the AAOS Board of Councilors representing the State of Florida and Secretary of the Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS). Dr. Suk currently serves as Chair of the Health Policy Committee for the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), and is a member of the AAOS Board of Specialty Societies representing the OTA.

      In 2003, Dr. Suk was selected as a White House Fellow by President George W. Bush and served as Special Assistant to Secretary Gale A. Norton at the U.S. Department of the Interior. At Interior, Dr. Suk spearheaded an initiative to develop the link between public health and recreation by coordinating five Interior bureaus which manage 1 in 5 acres of land in the United States and that collectively receive nearly 500 million visitors each year and co-authored with Secretary Norton the widely received law review article entitled “America’s Public Lands and Waters: Gateway to Better Health?” based on his belief that simple outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and camping on public lands and waters can serve as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle.

      During his tenure as a White House Fellow, Dr. Suk organized Get Fit with US, designed to support President Bush’s domestic initiative, HealthierUS, a federal interagency program based on the premise that increasing personal fitness and becoming healthier is critical to achieving a better and longer life. To date, Dr. Suk has spoken to over 100 organizations and has engaged over a thousand leaders in health care, recreation and public health across the nation on this important issue. Dr. Suk was featured as a speaker at the TIME/ABC Summit on Obesity, and an invited panelist for the Kellogg Foundation Thought Leaders Gathering on Obesity to share his ideas.

      In recognition of his unique set of interests and expertise, Dr. Suk was asked to serve as Senior Advisor on Health and Recreation to the National Park Service and is currently a Member of the National Forum on Children and Nature sponsored by the Conservation Fund – an initiative designed to transform the way we look at the interaction between children and their natural environments – nurturing future environmental stewards while promoting healthy lifestyles. the In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Suk is on the Board of Directors of America on the Move, the American Hiking Society and serves on the non-profit national coordinating body to develop a National Plan for Physical Activity. In 2011, Dr. Suk, was asked to serve on the National Parks Centennial Steering Committee to efforts celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the United States National Park System.

      Throughout his career, Dr. Suk has been a vocal leader on public health issues and has spoken nationally on the role of organized medicine, resident work hours, obesity prevention and a variety of public health issues. Dr. Suk has been long active in organized medicine, achieving distinction as the first medical student and first Asian-American to be directly elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Suk has served as a member of the American Medical Political Action Committee, the AMA Council on Medical Service and Chair of the AMA’s Resident and Fellows Section. Notably, Dr. Suk was recognized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea as an outstanding leader of Korean heritage worldwide.

        • 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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