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New Presenters, New Sessions at Naples Conference

January 2, 2018

Joe Kimura, MD, MPH, CMO of Atrius Health and an expert in clinical informatics and health care data analytics, and healthy communities advocate John Benz have been added to our lineup of Naples presenters. Also, Anna Lembke, MD, author of Drug Dealer, MD:  How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop, addresses the opioid crisis in a special video session followed by a panel discussion. And we've added a brand new workshop addressing the new tax reform law.

SUNDAY KEYNOTE — Joe Kimura, MD, MPH:  When Do We Get a Smarter Planet? The Pragmatic Potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Augmented Clinical Practice
Gartner identified Artificial Intelligence (AI) as one of three emerging technology megatrends in 2017. As AI climbs the hype curve to the “peak of inflated expectations,” the pragmatic potential of these technologies are often drowned out by the overwhelming marketing blitz. These technologies, when applied appropriately, can open the door to novel care delivery models with disruptive value—particularly enabling care to safely move out of traditional care settings.

TUESDAY WORKSHOP — Joe Kimura, MD, MPH:  Creating and Capturing Value from Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Kimura will define the core elements of the data value chain and discuss analyzing an organization’s readiness to create and capture value from the adoption of a novel analytic technology.

MONDAY KEYNOTE — John Benz:  Pathways to a Healthier Community
John Benz advocates for a more comprehensive, multifaceted approach to health. This presentation will inspire participants to broaden their role and address the health of the community, not just the hospital aspect of the health care delivery system. The pathways will depict how the current health care system, supplemented by a healthier communities approach and a strong managed care infrastructure, can make a difference in the health of our communities, be cost effective, and be medically appropriate.

TUESDAY WORKSHOP — John Benz:  A True Story—The Creation, Development, and Operations of a Community-Based Health Plan
John Benz promotes the development of a community-based managed care plan(s). He will describe how Community Care Plan, which serves over 100k members, was created and effectively competes with the national health plans. The session will provide a high level blueprint of how to develop and operate a quality-based, cost-effective managed care plan with the goal of being the plan of choice in your community.

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP — Dan Mulholland, JDExcise Tax on Excess Compensation by Exempt Organizations:  The Triple X Section of the New Tax Reform Law
Just in time for Christmas, Congress gave us the gift of a comprehensive overhaul of the Tax Code. But there may be a package under the tree of some nonprofit hospitals and health systems that contains a lump of coal. Tucked away in this 1100 page bill is a new provision that will impose a 21% excise tax on compensation in excess of $1,000,000 paid by exempt organizations to their five highest compensated employees. A last-minute amendment exempts compensation paid to physicians, but it only applies to compensation for medical services. Like anything dealing with taxes, the devil is in the details. Hospitals and health systems would be well advised to review their executive compensation arrangements and policies as soon as possible to determine how this will impact them going forward. There may also be opportunities to establish deferred compensation plans that will reduce the compensation subject to the tax or even bring it below the $1,000,000 threshold. In addition, even though compensation for medical services is not covered, it would be wise to review all existing physician compensation arrangements to make sure that medical and administrative compensation is separately accounted for, to avoid arguments later on as to whether the medical services exception applies. And the decision by Congress to categorically exempt physician compensation from the excess compensation rules raises interesting questions as to how fair market value and commercial reasonableness should be analyzed for the purposes of the Stark Law.

WEDNESDAY KEYNOTE VIDEO ADDRESS WITH PANEL DISCUSSION — Anna Lembke, MD:  The Opioid Crisis:  What the Hospital and Medical Staff Should Do
The opioid crisis, now not just a community problem or a problem for the doctor’s office or the hospital emergency room, is becoming a major problem and responsibility for hospitals and medical staffs. And it must be dealt with. Dr. Anna Lembke describes the systemic factors driving opioid overprescribing, the root cause of the current opioid epidemic; describes the psychodynamic factors (narcissism, primitive defense mechanisms) driving opioid overprescribing; and, identifies what hospitals can do to address the problem of opioid overprescribing and curb the opioid epidemic.

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