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NAHQ 2016 National Quality Summit Preview

Created May 04 2016, 08:00 PM by Lippincott Solutions
  • data
  • National Association for Healthcare Quality
  • patient engagement
  • National Quality Summit
  • population health
  • Electronic Health Records
  • outcomes

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Population health will be the talk of Dallas as hundreds of healthcare quality professionals gather at the Hyatt Regency DFW May 11-12 for the annual National Association for Healthcare Quality’s National Quality Summit.

“I am really excited to chair the 2016 National Quality Summit,” said conference chair Drew Harris, DPM, MPH, director of population health and health policy at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.

“I think it’s an incredible opportunity to share the newest developments in this rapidly evolving field and to bring together a dynamic group of speakers from a wide range of perspectives so we can talk about population health.”


This year’s conference consists of presentations in four main subject areas.


Sessions in this category address how healthcare quality professionals can broaden their skills to address larger populations of people.

Carl Couch, MD, MMM, vice president of innovation for Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas, will present on quality and population health. Ken Coburn, MD, MPH, FACP, CEO of the non-profit healthcare quality research and development organization Health Quality Partners, Doylestown, PA, will discuss improving population health through advanced preventive care. Eric Beck, DO, MPH, CEO of Evolution Health, Dallas, will share evidence-based approaches to improving post-acute care and outcomes.


This category centers on how to use raw data from multiple sources (electronic health records [EHR], community-level sources, and even personal data collected by individuals) to address population health needs.

Keith Kosel, PhD, MHSA, MBA, vice president and director, Center for Applied Health Services Research, VHA-UHC Alliance, Irving, TX, will speak on measuring the quality of population health initiatives. Ken Gross, PhD, MPH, president of the consulting firm Quantitative Innovations, New York City, will talk about data science and population health. Richard Platt, MD, MSC, professor and chair of the department of population medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, will discuss how to use EHR data to assess and address population health.

All three will then join in a panel discussion on turning raw data into effective action.


                The sessions in this theme highlight working beyond an individual clinical team for a community-wide approach to population health.

Matthew Stiefel, MPA, MS, senior director of the center for population health at Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, San Francisco, will present on the evolution of population health in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim. Ann Marks, BSN, RN, MBA, director of care coordination at the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization, Villanova, PA, will present on how accountable care organizations are driving provider engagement. Jay Glasser, PhD, MS, FFPH, president of the nonprofit Medicine and Public Health Initiative, Washington, DC, will discuss medicine and public health collaboration.


Sessions in this subject area address effective patient engagement.

Robert Lieberthal, PhD, assistant professor in the applied health economics and outcomes research group at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, will discuss patient satisfaction vs. outcomes. Tricia Nguyen, MD, president of the Texas Health Population Health, Education and Innovation Center, Dallas, will present on the real-world impact of population health. Marcia Wilson, PhD, MBA, senior vice president of quality measurement at the National Quality Forum, Washington, DC, will talk about measures that matter from the patient’s perspective.

After their individual presentations, all three speakers will participate in a panel discussion on patient engagement.


The event also includes networking opportunities, exhibits, and remarks from summit chair Dr. Harris. His “What Did We Learn and How Can We Use It?” closing address will finalize some final take-home points from the summit and, from what he said in his preconference interview, is likely include some audience interaction: 

“I’m also excited to learn from the attendees — all the experts who will be coming to this conference,” he said, “how they will implement this content in their own practices and what they would want from population health to more effectively … manage the health care quality and safety within their own practices.”

So get ready to learn from the experts and share your own expertise at the National Quality Summit. And don’t forget to stop by booth #3 to learn how Lippincott Solutions can enhance the quality of patient care at your facility.  See you there!