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Spring Conference:
Insights into Successful Organizations and Their ACO Strategies: National Case Studies

Thursday, May 24, 2012
7:30 AM - Noon (Lunch is included.)
Sheraton Needham, 100 Cabot Street, Needham, MA

David Longworth, MD, Cleveland Clinic - Presentation
Nancy Kane, Harvard School of Public Health - Presentation
Warner Thomas, Ochsner Health System - Presentation


  • David Longworth, MD, Chief of the Medicine Institute and
    Strategy Leader for ACO Development, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Nancy Kane, Professor of Management, Associate Dean for Educational Programs, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA
  • Warner Thomas, President & COO Ochsner Health System,
    New Orleans, LA

Panel Discussion

  • Moderator - Ken Hanover, FACHE, President & CEO, Northeast Health System
  • Patrick Hughes, President & CEO, Fallon Community Health Plan
  • Regina Rockefeller, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Alan Macdonald, President Emeritus, Massachusetts Business Roundtable

Speaker Bios (PDF)


7:00 to 7:30 AM Registration, Breakfast and Networking
7:30 to 7:45 AM

Opening Remarks & David M. Kinzer Scholarships

  • Bill Fleming, FACHE, ACHE of MA President, Senior Vice President Administration, Norwood Hospital
7:45 to 8:30 AM David Longworth, MD
8:30 to 9:15 AM Nancy Kane
9:15 to 9:45 AM Networking Break
9:45 to 10:30 AM Warner Thomas
10:30 to 12:00 PM Panel Discussion
12:00 PM Lunch
12:45 to 1:45 PM Breakout Sessions-Optional

Program Description

Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in Healthcare Reform and universal coverage. The accelerating pace toward global payment has been breath-taking with initiatives by with major insurers and CMS awarding five Pioneer ACO designations in this state. At the same time, the Governor and state legislature are moving quickly toward the possible implementation of a global payment system for state employees and Medicaid recipients. This trend will require massive restructuring in the way care is delivered to achieve success under the new and emerging financial models.

ACHE of Massachusetts’ Spring Program will explore models of success with presentations by organizations that have successfully implemented innovative solutions, highlighting their strategies and tactics for:

  • population health management
  • financial risk assumption
  • new innovative models of care
  • eliminating variation in the delivery of care
  • eliminating unnecessary care
  • using metrics to guide care redesign
  • using medical homes and disease management

If you are a health care executive in any sector of the industry, this is a “must attend” conference.

NEW - Two Breakout Sessions
12:45 – 1:45 PM

Career Advancement – Tips, Trends, and Success Stories

Career advancement is a topic that is nearly always on our minds. How one develops and advances in his/her career rarely happens by chance. This session will discuss the small and not-so-small things that can make the difference in getting that next position. Also, we will review current trends in the healthcare executive job market.

The program will be led by Tom Lynch, a former hospital administrator and current Senior Vice President at Phillips DiPisa, a retained executive search firm located in Hingham, Massachusetts. Tom will be joined by three executives who will describe their insight and advancement to their current roles as CEOs and Vice Presidents.

FACHE Advancement Information Session

Looking to Advance Your Career?
ACHE members interested in becoming board certified in healthcare management are encouraged to attend the Fellowship Advancement Breakout Session. ACHE Regent Jack Bailey, FACHE will provide attendees with a brief overview of the requirements for board certification and answer questions about the advancement process.

A panel of recent fellows and senior executive level fellows will also be part of the session to share their experience and the career benefits of becoming board certified.

These sessions, immediately following lunch, are optional and included as part of your conference fee.


$149 ACHE of Massachusetts/ACHE Members
$199 Non-members
$15 Healthcare Administration Students and those “In Transition”

  • The Keynote portion of the program is approved for 1.5 ACHE Qualified Education credits.
  • The panel discussion is approved for 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits.