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October 21-23, 2015 | Frisco,Texas (Dallas)

Healthcare Value Analysis: Patient Centric and Outcome Driven

Mark your calendar now to join your peers at this educational conference! An exciting program has been planned to include a variety of topics that will inspire and educate healthcare value analysis professionals. The conference will also include a complete vendor showcase, excellent networking opportunities, and nursing contact hours – the recipe for a program you can’t afford to miss!

About the Conference

The 12th Annual Education Conference & Supplier Showcase 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 are:

  • Preconference sessions on Excel, clinicians’ lack of knowledge on value analysis, and reducing error within the healthcare supply chain
  • A best practice model for physician leadership in navigating toward outcome-driven patient-centered value analysis
  • Value analysis – a lean approach to supply utilization
  • The future of value analysis evidence outcomes and interventions
  • Everything old is new again – reclaiming conservative approaches to patient care
  • The pathway to provider/supplier collaborations
  • Reverse engineering value analysis: it’s not just about the product
  • Advancing your value analysis program: the power of data, integration and automation
  • Closing session on Humor in Healthcare
  • Supplier Showcase
  • Networking receptions
  • The “Wall of Experience,” formerly the “Wall of Success”
  • Nursing contact hours

Conference Schedule

Preconference Session

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

11:30a - 12:15p Registration

12:15 - 12:45p Welcome & AnnouncementsBeth Potter

12:45 - 1:45p Using Excel to Effectively Utilize Large Healthcare Supply Chain Data and Tell the Value Analysis Story Erin Laird
The use of Excel tools provide important metrics to help Supply Chain and C-suite make future capital and supply purchasing decisions.

1:45 - 2:00p Stretch Break

2:00 - 3:15p Clinicians’ Lack of Knowledge on Value AnalysisGloria Graham
Value analysis is a powerful resource in today’s healthcare economic awareness to address the issue of reducing cost without forsaking the quality of care delivered. Collaboration between administration, supply chain, value analysis professionals, and nursing is the new face of the landscape of healthcare reform.

3:15 - 3:30p Refreshment Break

3:30 - 5:15p An Innovative Scale to Anticipate Risk and Initiate Measures to Reduce Error within the Healthcare Supply ChainChristopher Fernandes
An innovative approach to risk rating using high reliability organizations (HROs) principles can be used to drive strategy and reduce or modify risk and harm to patients. Examples of risk recognition and reduction will be discussed.

5:15p Adjourn

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

Annual Conference

Thursday, October 22, 2015

7:00a Registration

7:45a Welcome & Announcements
Beth Potter, Sue Knapp, Melanie Miller

8:15 - 9:15a Keynote: Is There a Best Practice Model for Physician Leadership in Navigating Toward Outcomes - Driven, Patient-Centered Value Analysis?Jimmy Chung
As supply chain programs mature toward cost, quality, and outcomes as their main drivers, the role of the physician leader will be crucial within this evolution. Discussion will focus on the various physician leadership models and the role they will play in the transition toward a fully integrated patient-centered supply chain network.

9:15 - 9:30a Stretch Break

9:30 - 10:30a Reverse Engineering Value Analysis: It’s Not Just About the ProductBarbara Strain
As a result of the Accountable Care Act and its effect on reimbursements connected to quality/safety initiatives the focus of clinical value analysis has shifted scope to include utilization of services by MS-DRG/APC/Cost per case across the value management continuum.

10:30 - 10:45a Refreshment Break

10:45 - 11:45a Value Analysis - A Lean Approach to Supply UtilizationKimberley Barker
Embedding the use of lean strategies into value analysis programs and organizations will enhance already successful value analysis processes to better understand effective strategies for managing product utilization.

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

12:45 - 2:45p Supplier Showcase

2:45 - 3:00p Refreshment Break

3:00 - 4:00p The Future of Value Analysis: Evidence Outcomes and InterventionsLiz Fackina
A review of the evidence, credible and best sources of evidence and specific evidence leading to decisions on products and practice changes related to CLABSI and CAUTI reductions and the goals of patient centered care.

4:00 - 4:15p Stretch Break

4:15 - 5:15p Everything Old is New Again—Reclaiming Conservative Approaches to Patient CareWanda Lane
In this financial environment, many have lost sight of the mission to care for those who are ill or injured, instead placing a heavy focus on the business side of value analysis. This presentation is a reminder that the patient is the center of our profession.

5:30 - 6:45p Networking Reception with Suppliers

Annual Conference

Friday, October 23, 2015

8:00 - 9:00a Business Meeting (members only)

9:00 - 10:00a The Pathway to Provider/Supplier CollaborationsDennis Orthman
With the evolution from reimbursement for covered events to covered lives, suppliers and providers are challenged to re-align their focus on patient outcomes, safety, and sustainability. This session will feature work conducted by an SMI Initiative Team in collaboration with AHVAP to identify the future buyer—seller collaboration in healthcare value analysis.

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

10:30a - 11:30a Advancing Your Value Analysis Program: The Power of Data, Integration and Automation
LaTammy Marks and Amin Vala
The goal of this discussion is to help value analysis professionals understand the current state of their organization’s value analysis process and how to leverage, integrate and automate their supply chain data to gain the insights they need to deliver the right products to the right patients in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

11:30 - 12:45p Closing: A Look at Humor in Healthcare
Terry Foster
This fun and enlightening talk will focus on the very “different” sense of humor in healthcare. Often used as a coping mechanism, this speaker will explain the appropriate uses of our type of humor. Our humor invokes a positive attitude and unites us, no matter what your area or era, of practice. Plan to be thoroughly entertained!

12:45p Adjourn

Speaker Bios

More details will be added as we receive them.

  • Kimberley Barker, BSN, MS, MBA, NE-BC, Regional Director, Value Analysis Program, University Health System Consortium, Chicago, IL
  • Jimmy Chung, MD, FACS, CHCQM, Director, Medical Products Analysis, Providence Health & Services, Renton, Washington
  • Liz Fackina, BSN, Ddirector, Value Analysis, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Christopher Fernandes, MD, BSc, FACEP, Professor of Medicine, Western University; Physician Advisor, Medbuy Corporation
  • Terry M. Foster, RN, MSN, FAEN, CCRN, CPEN, CEN, Critical-Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emergency Department, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, Kentucky
  • Gloria Graham, DNP, RN, Clinical Materials Specialist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Erin Laird, Clinical Value Analysis Specialist, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Wanda Lane, RN, BSHA, MaED, Value Analysis Professional, Regional One Health, Memphis, TN
  • LaTammy Marks, RN, BSN, MBA, Product Manager, Novation, Irving, TX
  • Amin Mokri Vala, BS, MIE, MBA, Senior Consultant, VHA, Irving, TX
  • Dennis Orthman, MBA, CRMP, Senior Director, Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI), West Roxbury, MA
  • Barbara Strain, MA, SM(ASCP), Director of Value Management, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA.



Conference Location: Embassy Suites Hotel

7600 John Q. Hammons Drive
Frisco,Texas 75034

The Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco/Hotel, Convention Center & Spa, is located in the north Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. Their all-suite Frisco hotel is connected to the Frisco Conference Center adjacent to the Dr Pepper Ballpark, and less than a mile from the future home of the Dallas Cowboy World Headquarters and Training Facility. Only 20 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), 15 miles from Dallas Love Field (DAL), and 10 miles from Addison Executive Airport, our Frisco hotel offers convenient highway access to restaurants, bars, shopping and sports facilities.

Thank You, Sponsors!


  • Avadim Technologies, Inc.
  • ECRI Institute
  • Exergen Corporation
  • Gore & Associates
  • Halyard Health
  • Health Care Links
  • Mercury Medical
  • Owens & Minor
  • Procured Health
  • Sempermed USA
  • SleepBelt
  • Tempo Medical Products
  • Welmed, Inc.


  • Advanced Medical Solutions
  • Baxter
  • Care Line, Inc.
  • Catheter Connections, Inc.
  • Data Leverage Group, Inc
  • Drip Drop, Inc.
  • C.R. Bard, Inc.
  • Innovative Healthcare Corp.
  • Magnolia Medical Technologies
  • Silver Lining Apparel
  • Supermax Healthcare, Inc.


  • Ansell Healthcare
  • Angio Dynamics
  • BLUE.POINT Supply Chain
  • Crawford Healthcare
  • Currie Medical Specialties, Inc.
  • EZ Way, Inc
  • GreenLight Medical
  • Hayes, Inc
  • ICU Medical|
  • Masimo
  • MedApproved LLC
  • Molnlycke Health Care
  • Sage Products
  • Teleflex


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