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2014 Conference

October 15-17, 2014 | Tampa, Florida

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About the Conference

The 11th Annual AHVAP Continuing Education & National Conference offers an outstanding program of continuing education, and a great opportunity for Value Analysis professionals to network and exchange ideas.

Included in this Year’s Program:

  • Preconference Session on Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Weighing the Evidence
  • Why Value Analysis Needs Physicians (and Vice Versa)
  • Aligning Clinicians and Physicians Using Evidence-Based Data
  • Improving Quality through Interprofessional Healthcare Teams
  • Streamlining Value Analysis
  • Using Collaborative Evaluation Techniques to Validate Product Claims
  • Future Best Practices in Value Analysis
  • Vendor Showcase — back by popular demand!
  • Networking Receptions
  • The “Wall of Success”
  • Nursing Contact Hours
  • And more!

2014 Conference Program

Wednesday, October 15 | Thursday, October 16 | Friday, October 17

Preconference Session

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

12:15 - 12:40p Registration

12:40 - 12:45p Welcome — Barbara Strain

12:45 - 3:00p Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Weighing the Evidence — Wini Hayes
Preventing surgical site infections are among health systems’ and hospitals’ top priority goals. Value analysis professionals find themselves on project teams charged with evaluating a variety of products that might (or might not) be more effective than current health technologies in use in preventing infections. This will be a hands-on educational program focused on enhancing each participant’s ability to evaluate relevant clinical research in the context of the preventive technology’s proposed use. Target populations, high-risk practitioners and patients, care bundles and standards of care will be considered in determining various health technologies’ value and comparative value as regards preventing surgical site infections.

3:00 - 3:15p Refreshment Break

3:15 - 5:15p Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Weighing the Evidence (continued) — Wini Hayes

5:15p Adjourn

5:30 - 7:00p Networking Reception with Colleagues and Vendors

Annual Conference

Thursday, October 16, 2014

7:30a Registration & Breakfast

8:00a Welcome — Conference Chairs & President

8:15 - 9:15a Why Value Analysis Needs Physicians (and Vice Versa): Integrating Physician Leadership into the Value Analysis Program — Jimmy Chung, MD
Health care reform is driven by the Triple Aim of optimizing the patient experience, improving the health of the community, and decreasing the cost of health care. Integrating the clinical knowledge of physicians into this process is a crucial element in a successful Value Analysis program.

9:15 - 9:30a Break

9:30 - 10:30a Aligning Clinicians and Physicians Using
Evidence-Based Data in Clinical Variation Decision Making — Kathy Chauvin
Driving organizational and cultural improvements by utilizing cost, quality, and outcome data in the decision making process is a top priority. Use of trustworthy clinicians and industry partners in the support role with physicians/decision makers leads to success.

10:30 - 10:45a Refreshment Break

10:45 - 11:45a Rounding Up Sacred Cows to Save REAL Dollars — Michael Neely
One of the areas with the greatest potential for savings is also one of the least understood in many facilities: Sacred cows are present in all healthcare facilities and often hidden from view and protected by misinformation and well-meaning employees. Sacred cows are those products and practices that have been deemed “untouchable” and are often consuming dollars and human resources without a clear understanding of what the expected outcome should be.

11:45a - 12:45p Lunch & Networking with Vendors

12:45 - 2:45p Vendor Showcase

2:45 - 3:00p Refreshment Break

3:00 - 4:00p Making Big Strides in Improving Quality through Inter-professional Healthcare Teams — Barbara Strain
In the current Accountable Care Act environment — especially Hospital Value Based Purchasing. Value analysis plays a large role in solidifying sound evidenced-based, data rich strategic initiatives. High-functioning, inter-professional healthcare teams focus on lowering the rates of three hospital acquired infections (HAPU, CAUTI and CLABSI).

4:00 - 4:15p Break

4:15 - 5:15p Streamlining Value Analysis: How to Accelerate Savings in the Face of Reform — Courtney Bohman
With the reality of healthcare reform setting in, consolidation across healthcare systems continues to proliferate. Given the rising importance of healthcare systems, value analysis leaders must determine how to standardize the approach across their system.

5:45 - 6:45p Networking Reception with Vendors

Friday, October 17, 2014

7:00 - 7:50a Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00a Physician Engagement Evolved
— Kevin Valis & Shannon Candio
As our Value Analysis process and influence increases, we must be better at bringing physicians into the discussion during real-time information exchanges, utilizing technology to encourage physician participation in value analysis decision making.

9:00 - 10:00a Business Meeting (members only)

10:00 - 10:30a Refreshment Break (check out)

10:30 - 11:30a Cost Saving does NOT Equal Care Shaving! Using Collaborative Evaluation Techniques to Validate Product Claims — Wanda Lane
Health care organizations want to save dollars while still providing the highest quality care, but cost saving is often equated by clinicians as care shaving. Strategies such as blind testing, objective benchmarking, and covert data collection used in formal research testing can be modified for your Value Analysis program! This will save you time, eliminate perception of vendor or product bias, and save money!

11:30a - 12:30p Future Best Practices in Value Analysis: Eliminating Practice and Process Variation
— Dennis Orthman, Mary Potter & Cheri Berri Lesh
AHVAP, in collaboration with Owens and Minor University (OMU) and Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI), has focused on defining Healthcare Value Analysis Practice Standards and identifying a standard data set required for value analysis. The goal is to eliminate practice variations and improve the efficacy of the Healthcare Value Analysis process. In this session we will recap the work with OMU on AHVAP standards and domains as well as the development of the educational curriculum and credentialing process of the future followed by an overview of our collaboration with SMI to develop an industry wide standard approach for requests for information (RFI) to facilitate a healthcare-specific, evidence-based platform for comparative analysis.

12:30p Adjourn

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