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2016 AHVAP Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase - Value Analysis: A Team Effort

Posted By Susan D. Knapp, RN, MS, CVAHP, Monday, February 20, 2017
ahvap conference recap 2016

It was another successful conference this year.  What a time we had!! The weather was perfect.  We had over 40 suppliers and 109 registrants in attendance. We had no major mishaps even though Terry Foster gave us a run for our money. Terry was the closing speaker on Thursday and his flight was delayed. We were all biting our nails waiting for him to arrive, trying to fill in time. But as usual he was worth the wait.  He is always entertaining and just lights up the room.

Several presenters are pioneers in health care value analysis:  Wanda Lane, Barbara Strain, Robert Yokl and Wini Hayes. They always provide insightful information that any value analysis professional can use in their daily work. They all offer unique perspectives on the Value Analysis (VA) process that is helpful to the novice as well as the advanced VA practitioner.  They are always a joy to listen to.

There was new talent presenting this year as well. Jennifer Maxwell is an Infection Preventionist who gave a very amusing and interesting look at the role of infection prevention and value analysis. Elizabeth Morgan’s presentation on VA process was well received and Elizabeth Meyers expanded on the psychology of decision-making.

David Bowman did a marvelous job on team lead development. He has vast experience as an actor and presenter and he did not fail to deliver, with added humor, his theories and reflections on building a team and leading it. Take it from me who was sitting in the seat right in front of him! He called on me a lot.

Dr. Julie Schulz provided insight and some data regarding physician preferences and how to engage as healthcare moves to value-based care. AHVAP’s Central Regional Director, Jane Torzewski, presented with a supplier partner about supplier relationships and supply chain management.

The receptions were well received. We met a lot of new members and new conference attendees, as well as renewed friendships from past conferences. Everyone looked to be having a great time mixing and mingling. 

The supplier showcase was the best yet. Registrants engaged the suppliers and the exhibit hall was abuzz with activity. The Bingo card game was fun, and several people won free registration for the 2017 conference in a drawing of the completed Bingo cards. We certainly thank the suppliers and you, the registrants, for participating in the showcase. We couldn’t have a conference without the support. 

The AHVAP mobile app worked well, and we hope to showcase that more throughout the coming year.  There were a couple of submissions for the Wall of Experience. Wanda Lane won 1st place for her submission and Donna Mitten from Mount Nittany Health won as Newcomer Wall of Experience. Congratulations to both for sharing your ‘good’, ‘bad’, or ‘ugly’ VA story.  I challenge you all to submit to the Wall of Experience next year.  It is a simple format and will not take a lot of time at all. You might win a one year membership!  And certainly the best part is the sharing and learning from others’ experiences.

As we move the conference a bit more east, the Frisco, Texas Embassy Suites will be hosting our Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase from October 17 - 20, 2017. The Embassy Suites received high marks when we were there in 2015 and we expect it to be just as wonderful in 2017. We are planning a fabulous conference with dynamic speakers for next year. Can’t wait to see you there!

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