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NE Regional Meeting Update

Posted By Laura Polson, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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The first annual AHVAP Northeast Regional Meeting was held at the Philadelphia, PA Embassy Suites hotel on March 31st, 2107. Wow! What a great networking opportunity we had with some of the profession’s most innovative thought leaders.

I, Laura Polson, along with our AHVAP President, Sue Knapp, and AHVAP President-Elect Robin Lane, was so excited to help host my first event as the new Northeast Regional Director. Thanks so very much to all of our voluntary attendees, speakers, leaders and to our management organizers who all came together to make this such a memorable event.

Our Keynote speaker Winifred S. Hayes, PhD, RN, ANP, President of Hayes, Inc. started out the day with some valuable lessons regarding “Value Analysis and Evidence: The Keys to Bundled Payment Success”. The discussion focused on “Does supply chain and value analysis have a role in defining the products and procedures standardized within a bundle?” We also explored the current role of value analysis in bundled payment models, discussed the utilization of evidence in product acquisition, standardization, and utilization management and its contribution to cost containment and improved clinical outcomes.
Wini did an incredible job illustrating the utilization of evidence in combination with benchmark data, guidelines, and consensus data. She also sent additional statistics on behavioral health after the meeting which will be posted with her slides, as well as the other speakers, on the AHVAP website towards the end of the month.

Next Cindy Wiersma from Holland Hospital spoke to us about “Communication in Value Analysis: Who, What, Where and When to Cry” She was exciting and insightful with great examples of how they have made changes in their own program. We had a lot of interactive questions and fun with this topic.

After an amazing luncheon we started back with Elke Nelson-Nichols, the Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives for ECRI and Timothy Brown, who really helped us drill down into “Tracking Progress: Methods, Tools, and Ideas” of all the various sources of financial and clinical data as well as benchmarks that are currently available.

We did an interactive planning session on “How to Form High Performance Value Analysis Teams” facilitated by Sue Knapp, Robin Lane and Laura Polson where we broke up into teams and will be sharing lessons learned along with the slide sessions which addressed these topics:

  • Take a Step Back and Look Objectively at Your Team
  • Learn to Quickly Evaluate Your Teams
  • Set Goals & Objectives for Your High Performance Teams
  • Evaluate New Products and Technologies
  • Solve Problems
  • Recalls
  • Product Failures
  • Infection Issues
  • Improve Quality
  • Reduce Costs
  • Classic Functional Analysis
  • Eliminate Waste
  • Utilization Management
  • Review and Implement New Contract Offerings
  • Standardization

Bob Yokl then helped us with a panel discussion at the end of the day on “The Identity Crisis in Value Analysis: Are we Business or Clinical?” Colleen Cusik from John Hopkins and Sue Miller from Thomas Jefferson answered questions along with Laura Polson from Baptist Health. Such a perfect sized group to give everyone a chance to share and learn. We went away energized and excited about new tools and ideas to help our value analysis profession.  IamValueAnalysis#

FEEDBACK AFTER THE MEETING:

“I just wanted to tell you that I thought the NE AHVAP Regional Meeting was a great success!!   Outstanding work putting this program together.  It was informative and engaging for all!”
Robert W. Yokl  Sr. Vice President/COO   SVAH Solutions

“Thank you so much for your note and for the opportunity to speak at last Friday’s event—which was awesome, by the way. We were happy to provide the projector and will continue to support your initiatives however we can.

It’s so wonderful to hear that those in the audience found the content of our talk valuable. We are very excited about what’s to come from ECRI, specifically with regards to supporting value analysis initiatives. I look forward to submitting a proposal to present at the annual meeting; though we have a couple topics in mind already, I welcome any suggestions you may have for topics of particular interest to our AHVAP community.

Have a fabulous week and I will see you in Frisco later this year!”
Elke S. Nelson-Nichols, PhD Assistant Director, Strategic Initiatives Health Technology

Attendees

Last

First

Organization

Angeli

Marco

Hayes, Inc.

Barlow

Tonya

UC Health

Brown

Suzan

WellSpan Health

Browne

Tim

ECRI Institute

Carroll

Amy

Western Connecticut Health Network

Champagne

Sondra

LRG Healthcare

Cusick

Colleen

Johns Hopkins Health System

Devlin

Marie

Yale New Haven Health

Etzel-Hardman

Dana

Pensiamo

Feldman

Ron

Windber Medical Center

Fuller

Beth

Bayhealth Medical Center

Galloway

Thomas

The Johns Hopkins Health System

Gantalao

Maria

Penn Highlands Healthcare

Hogan

Susan

Vizient, Inc.

Hollis

Jim

Hayes, Inc.

Itaas

Lilia

Kennedy Health Systems

Knapp

Susan

University of Rochester - Highland

Lane

Robin

Pensiamo

Miller

Susan

Thomas Jefferson U. Hospital, Inc.

Miskowsky

Sheila

Bayhealth Medical Center

Mitten Long

Donna

Mount Nittany Health

Nelson-Nichols

Elke

ECRI Institute

Paul

Christy

Capital Health

Phillips

Glenn

Hayes, Inc.

Polson

Laura

Baptist Health Floyd

Rathmanner

Elizabeth

Christiana Care Health Services

Ricci

Beth

TJUH

Robertson

Diane

ECRI Institute

Samwel

David

Procured Health

Santana

Christine

Health Care

Simpson

Lois

Christiana Care Health Services

Singelakis

Lauren

Westchester Medical Center

Singer

Andrew

Boston Children’s Hospital

Toomey

Susan

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Wiersma

Cindi

Holland Hospital

Yokl

Robert

SVAH Solutions

Tags:  laura polson  northeast regional meeting  spring 2017 

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