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October 3rd, Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director, Colorado Dept. of Health Care Policy & Financing

October 3rd, Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director, Colorado Dept. of Health Care Policy & Financing

State of the State: “Update on Medicaid and State Affordability Opportunities”

Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

Kim Bimestefer

Our next Denver Medical Study Group meeting offers an insightful presentation from Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing. Colorado is a nationally recognized leader in health care transformation, and following this last legislative session, our state is vigorously pursuing numerous paths to lower costs for health care consumers in Colorado.

Among the topics Executive Director Kim Bimestefer will address include updates on Colorado’s Medicaid program, the draft public option and drug importation. She will also discuss health care transparency in Colorado as a result of HB19-1001 and HB19-1320 along with opportunities in the delivery system and cost control priorities.

Join us for an enlightening conversation and opportunity to ask your questions!


Kim Bimestefer was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as Executive Director for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing on Jan. 8, 2018 and was also appointed by Governor Polis to continue in this role.  As Executive Director, Ms. Bimestefer oversees the operations and strategic direction of the Department, $10B or one-third of the state budget, Colorado Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and other Safety Net Programs.  These programs serve about 1.3 million Coloradans or about 22% of the state’s population. Ms. Bimestefer also helps frame and implement Healthcare policy for the state.

Ms. Bimestefer has been a senior healthcare executive for more than 25 years in not-for-profit, publicly-traded and sole-proprietorship organizations. She was the local Board Chair, President & General Manager for Cigna Mountain States (CO, WY, NM, UT), responsible for strategy, customer satisfaction, care management, provider contracting, growth and earnings. Prior to that role, she founded and built a $10 billion division inside Cigna to serve more than 1.3 million members across the country.

Ms. Bimestefer has received numerous industry awards for leadership in business and industry: Forbes Women Leaders Issue, one of seven western region leaders recognized for exemplary business leadership, June 2016; Colorado’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Business, Colorado Women’s Chamber, 2016; Outstanding Women in Business/Healthcare, Denver Business Journal, 2015; Women of Distinction, Girl Scouts of America, 2015.

Ms. Bimestefer is a Board member of Connect for Health, Prime Health, and the American Heart Association, and an Advisory Board member of Regis University Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professionals and a Precious Child. In her current position, she appoints the Advisory Committee and the Administrator of the state’s All-Payer-Claim-Database. She is a popular expert keynote speaker and panelist on evolving health care topics, and an active supporter of healthcare entrepreneurs and innovators.   Ms. Bimestefer earned her bachelor’s degree cum-laude from Towson State University and her MBA cum laude from Loyola College of Maryland. She is also a graduate of the Wright Management Group and Darden School of Business, Executive Leadership Programs.

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 3rd from 11:30 to 2 p.m.

Lunch and Networking from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions of Individual Attendees 12:15 p.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Recognition of Sponsors and Chris’ Comments 12:20 to 12:30 p.m.
Speaker’s Presentation including Q & A 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  COPIC offices, 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230

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September 4th, Jenny Reese, MD; Section Head, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

September 4th, Jenny Reese, MD; Section Head, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

“Thinking Beyond Burnout, How Do We Promote Thriving and Flourishing for Health Care Providers?”

Jenny Reese, MD, Section Head, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Jenny Reese, MD

There has been significant attention drawn to the concept of burnout among health care providers, including prevalence, impact, cost, and outcomes for patients and health care providers. However, much less is published on the ways to mitigate burnout, and even more importantly, how to help individuals and systems thrive amongst the numerous challenges involved in working in health care.

Dr. Jenny Reese will present a brief background on what is known on the topic of burnout, and then draw on her experience as the Director of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Resilience Program to share what is being implemented and studied to not only mitigate burnout, but to promote individual flourishing, and provide team and system based interventions to support health care providers in their daily work challenges.

 3 Takeaways:

  1. Attendees will understand the definitions and prevalence of burnout, second victim, compassion fatigue and moral distress among health care providers
  2. Attendees will learn the evidence behind individual and system-based interventions that are being implemented and studied at University of Colorado School of Medicine and partnering hospitals
  3. Attendees will have a chance to practice some of the skills that are taught through the CU SOM’s “CU Flourish” Well-being Curriculum

 


 

Dr. Reese is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine.  She is the Section Head and Medical Director of the Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine.  She also serves as the leader for provider well-being at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

In 2015 Dr. Reese formed the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine Resilience Program for Faculty, Residents, and Fellows; and served as the director of this program through June, 2019. Since then, Dr. Reese has been an invited speaker for over 100 presentations on the topic of Resilience and Well-being for Health Care Providers, including departmental grand rounds, invited conferences, retreats and workshops. Promoting provider well-being is a passion for Dr. Reese, and she presents with an engaging, interactive, experiential style that leaves participants with tangible takeaways to apply to their own practice.

Her clinical time is spent as a pediatric hospitalist, and her administrative duties include quality and process improvement and clinical leadership, as well as developing and promoting programs that support wellness and resilience for health care providers.

Her undergraduate and medical school were completed at University of Washington, in Seattle, WA and her pediatric internship and residency were completed at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Since finishing residency, she has worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Her passions include being a mother to her two sons, ages 13 and 15; and running, cycling, golfing, cooking and traveling.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, September 4th from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  COPIC offices, 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230

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August 8th, Peter Kung, Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Health, SCL Health

August 8th, Peter Kung, Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Health, SCL Health

The Innovation Imperative:  People Matter, Build a Tribe

August 8th, Peter Kung, Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Health, SCL Health

 

It is often said, culture eats strategy for breakfast.  In this conversation, we will explore how culture can also eat Innovation for breakfast and how one can help an organization to embrace Innovation by becoming a ‘Learning Culture.’ Today’s most profoundly impactful organizations are using a completely different operating model; they are lean, mean, learning machines.

Strategy/innovation and culture are among the primary levers in the never-ending quest to maintain organizational viability and effectiveness. The best leaders are fully aware of the multiple cultures within which they are embedded, can sense when change is required, and can deftly influence the process and to align the organization to its strategy and innovation mandates.

 3 Takeaways:

  • Understanding that We Are in ‘new ball game’
    Our Industry Continues to be Transformed
  • Defining Innovation
  • Becoming a ‘Learning’ Culture
    Case Study: Social Determinants of Health

 

Peter Kung serves as the Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Health for SCL Health. He is responsible for developing the full continuum of innovation and virtual health services; focusing on creating consumer-oriented solutions to improve access and experience, and forming new avenues for system growth.

Previously, he worked with UCLA Health System and Health Sciences in Los Angeles for 13 years, where he most recently served as the Director of Strategic Technologies. Kung earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine; a master’s degree in information systems and technology from Claremont Graduate University; and a MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

 

WHEN: Thursday, August 8th from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  COPIC offices, 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230

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May 22nd, Donna Lynne, Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Medical Center and CEO of Columbia Doctors

May 22nd, Donna Lynne, Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Medical Center and CEO of Columbia Doctors

“Transforming Health Care in an Academic Medical Center”

Donna Lynne, DrPH, Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Medical Center and CEO of Columbia Doctors

Donna Lynne

Academic medical centers (AMCs) are dealing with the same challenges their non-academic counterparts are—financial pressure from purchasers, managed care organizations and insurance companies, as well as from Medicare and Medicaid.  Regulations and compliance activities for AMCs are often more burdensome, and of course, since AMCs have the role of providing clinical care, research and training, as well as an inherent bias towards specialty care, their cost structure is higher.  This session will describe some of the strategies AMCs are using to thrive in today’s complex health care environment, from affiliations with community based hospitals, to ACO formation, and internal cost management strategies and efforts to develop more consistency and efficiencies in what are often decentralized systems.

Lessons from AMCs in NY and other states, including Colorado, will be highlighted.

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Donna Lynne, DrPH, is the Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Medical Center and the CEO of Columbia Doctors, an 1800 faculty practice organization.  Until early 2019, she was Colorado’s 49th Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to assuming her roles in Colorado state government, Dr. Lynne served as the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and as group president responsible for its Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii regions – overseeing an $8 billion budget, 1.4 million members and 16,000 employees. She participated in numerous boards and commissions during her time at Kaiser Permanente, including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Public Schools Foundation Board and many others.

She is recognized as one of the top women business leaders in Denver and one of the top 25 Women in Healthcare in the nation. Dr. Lynne also spent 20 years working in various positions in New York City government including First Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Labor Relations, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, and Senior Vice President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from University of New Hampshire, a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Public Health from Columbia University. In 2014, Dr. Lynne received an honorary doctorate of public service from the University of Denver, and in 2017 an honorary bachelor of science degree in nursing from Colorado Mountain College. She resides in Denver with her husband and enjoys activities such as climbing all of Colorado’s fourteeners, participating in Ride the Rockies and going on ski challenges around the world. Dr. Lynne has three children and two stepchildren.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 22nd at 5:30 p.m.  Heavy Hors’d’oeuvres from 5:30-6:30, Meeting from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Children’s Hospital Conference Center, 13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO

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Denver Medical Study Group will donate a portion of your registration fee for this event to the Medical Career Collaborative (MC2) sponsored by Children’s Hospital Colorado and Denver Health. If you would like to join us in supporting this program, please send us an email through the Contact button at the top of this page. 

 
The Medical Career Collaborative Program is an incredible way to engage students from under-represented groups in the healthcare workforce. Similar to the Denver Medical Study Group catering to all professions that touch healthcare in some way, the MC2 program is working on engaging students in both clinical and administrative paths so they have an opportunity to learn about available career paths in the medical field. For more information about this program, click here to download a PDF.


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March 21st, Gary Herschman, Attorney, Epstein Becker Green

March 21st, Gary Herschman, Attorney, Epstein Becker Green

Private Equity in Healthcare:
What is it and How Will it Impact Colorado?

Gary W. Herschman, Attorney, Epstein Becker Green

     Gary W. Herschman

The pace of healthcare industry consolidations, including mergers and acquisitions, has dramatically increased in each of the last 3 years, and industry experts predict that this trend will be even more robust in 2019.  The key impetus for this trend is the desire to reduce out-of-control costs of healthcare in the U.S., by moving to a value-based reimbursement system which rewards the provision of quality, cost-effective and patient-centric healthcare services.  To be successful in achieving this objective, providers must invest large amounts of capital into advanced EMR and IT platforms, care management staff, care coordination capabilities, and less-expensive care-delivery settings.  This demand for substantial capital has favored larger organizations and their ability to benefit from economies of scale and sophisticated corporate infrastructure.

Thus, healthcare providers – such as hospital systems, physician groups, home health companies, and urgent care, retail and behavioral health clinics – have expanded in size through strategic consolidation and affiliation transactions, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  Likewise, the demand is growing for healthcare EMR and information technology companies to develop software, apps and other IT platforms to assist providers in providing quality, cost-effective and consumer-friendly care.

Key “takeaways” from Gary’s presentation will be: (1) The Value of a Private Equity Partner; (2) Why are Practices Aligning with Investors? (3) Private Equity Investment Successes; and (4) Private Equity Trends in Physician Specialties.

WHEN: Thursday, March 21st from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  COPIC offices, 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230

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January 23rd, Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, President and CEO Medical Group Management Association

January 23rd, Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, President and CEO Medical Group Management Association

Back to Balance: The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine

Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, President and CEO Medical Group Management Association

     Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright

Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright presents a unique prescription for fixing America’s healthcare woes based on her 30 years of experience as a physician and industry leader. The problem, Dr. Fischer-Wright asserts, is that we have lost our focus on what has always been at the heart of effective healthcare: strong relationships between patients and physicians, informed by smart science and enabled by good business, that create the trust necessary to achieve the outcomes we all want. Drawing from personal stories and examples from popular culture, supported by scientific studies and rock-solid logic, Dr. Fischer-Wright shows how the business and science of medicine can combine to achieve what she calls the art of medicine. She then details the three questions necessary to guide us toward true solutions and the five paradigm shifts crucial to bring the art, science and business of medicine Back to Balance … before it’s too late.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 23rd from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  COPIC offices, 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230

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December 5th, Scott Becker, Publisher and Founder of Becker’s HealthCare

December 5th, Scott Becker, Publisher and Founder of Becker’s HealthCare

Healthcare as a Zero-Sum Game–Who are the Winners and Losers Past and Future?

Scott Becker, Publisher and Founder of Becker’s HealthCare and Becker’s Hospital Review; Healthcare Partner McGuireWoods, LLP

scott becker

Over the past several years, there have been dramatic changes in healthcare. These changes have occurred at such a rapid pace that they’ve been difficult to keep up with. The result has been a lot of winners and losers in healthcare!

What will be the impact as we go forward over the next five to ten years? How will it affect health systems, providers, pharma companies, payors and beneficiaries/patients? Who will be the winners and losers in the future? What are some of the headwinds facing the healthcare industry? How will you be affected?

That’s what our internationally recognized keynote speaker, Scott Becker, Becker’s Healthcare, will be sharing with us on Dec. 5th at Children’s Hospital. This is a “can’t miss” opportunity to learn what we can expect going forward. The “takeways” from Scott’s presentation will be: (1) gaining an understanding of who the winners and losers have been over the last several years and (2) getting a sense of who will likely survive and thrive over the next five to ten years and who will struggle and possibly fail.

Scott is the Publisher and Founder of Becker’s Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review.   Over the last 25 years, Becker’s Healthcare has grown into the digital leader in healthcare business news. It is constantly striving to be the Wall Street Journal of Healthcare. Scott has served as chair of the national health care practice at McGuireWoods for more than 12 years.   He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a CPA.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, December 5th at 5:30 p.m.  Heavy Hors’d’oeuvres from 5:30-6:30, Meeting from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Children’s Hospital Conference Center, 13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO

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September 25th, Robert K. Smoldt, Associate Director, Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, ASU

September 25th, Robert K. Smoldt, Associate Director, Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, ASU

U.S. Healthcare From an International Perspective – What Can We Learn From Others?”

Robert K. Smoldt,  Associate Director, Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, Arizona State University; Chief Administrative Officer Emeritus, Mayo Clinic

     bob smoldt asu mayo clinic

In this session Bob will describe some key issues involved in evaluating a country’s healthcare system.  The results of a variety of organizations ranking of countries on their health systems will be reviewed.  In addition, a construct for describing and categorizing a country’s health system from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will be used to look at selected health systems around the world.   The audience will be split into three groups before the session and each group assigned a country that reflects one of the three major types of healthcare systems under the OECD framework.   A short description of the assigned country will be provided to each person that has registered for the meeting.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25th from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  COPIC offices, 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230

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August 22nd, Patricia Gabow, M.D., MACP, Retired CEO Denver Health

August 22nd, Patricia Gabow, M.D., MACP, Retired CEO Denver Health

“Can the American Healthcare System Deliver Health?”

Patricia Gabow, M.D., MACP, Retired CEO Denver Health, Professor Emerita, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Master of the American College of Physicians

Patty Gabow

As we engage in a national dialogue about our healthcare system, we should ask the most basic question, “Can the American healthcare system deliver health?” To answer this question, we will explore three related questions:

  1. What is health–is it more than the absence of disease?
  2. What is our healthcare systems performance in terms of cost, coverage/access, quality, and equity/disparity?
  3. What really are the determinants of health and what is the impact of each of these determinants?

As we address these questions, we will compare the United States to other countries and compare states and counties within the United States. After addressing these three questions, we will try to lay out a way forward for health for all Americans.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 22nd from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  COPIC offices, 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230

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June 27th, Benjamin F. Miller, Psy.D., Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust

June 27th, Benjamin F. Miller, Psy.D., Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust

“Systems Wanted: Programs Need Not Apply”

Benjamin F. Miller, Psy.D., Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust
Former Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Founding Director, Eugene S. Farley, Jr., Health Policy Center

The problems that exist in health care are so pervasive that new programmatic solutions are not going to solve them. Simply put, programs matter, but we need more thoughtful connection of these programs into a true system of care that can take into account the various pieces of health that health care has fragmented. Consider the problem our nation is facing with addiction – specifically, the opioid crisis. If all we did was to create a new program to decrease the amount of opioids on the street (supply side) we have done little to address the underlying issues driving our disease of despair, which are predominately social in nature (demand side). To this end, the last thing we need are more disconnected programs in this country without first creating a true system where people do not fall through the cracks.

This presentation will highlight some of the problems, elevate solutions, and most importantly help underscore the importance of making thoughtful systemic decisions for how we begin to address health. Using examples from business, health care, and on the ground experience, a framework will be proposed to help evaluate how we approach complex solutions to complex problems.

  • Attendees will be able to describe some of the problems around fragmentation in health care, specifically the impact this has on mortality;
  • Attendees will leave able to explain some of the solutions to addressing mental health and substance use in the larger context of health and community; and,
  • Attendees will be able to list the elements associated with a National Resilience Strategy and specific actions we could take together

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27th from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  COPIC offices, 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230

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