2021 Physician Leadership Development Conference

Physician leaders must represent both clinical and management interests. Those new to the role are often challenged to move beyond their clinical expertise as they are asked to problem solve, lead their clinical colleagues, and manage needed change in a rapidly evolving health care environment.
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered life for everyone. Based on your feedback, combined with the current guidance surrounding large gatherings, WHA has developed a complete educational event for physicians and their hospital leadership. The Physician Leader Learning Day (March 12,  2021/Virtual) and the Physician Knowledge Sharing Event (September 14 & 15, 2021/In-person) will offer CME-certified education focused on developing leadership skills, as well as providing a forum for discussion, networking, and collegiality.


Key 2021 CMS Updates

Kristina Pishock will review some of the major Medicare updates in the Code of Federal Regulations for the 2021 calendar year. Items that will be addressed include updates to the Outpatient Protective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgery Center reimbursement for hospitals; level of supervision changes for non-physician practitioners; and new COVID-19 and respiratory illness reporting requirements. Lastly, Pishock will provide updates to the Hospital Star Rating Methodology, the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program, and the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program.



WHA Information Center Data Tools for Everyday Use - 2021 Virtual Bag Lunch Webinar Series

Session 1: How Healthy is Your Community?

This members-only webinar will highlight a new interactive resource developed by WHAIC to assist hospitals and communities complete their tri-annual Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This tool utilizes claims data, collected by WHAIC, to identify opportunities with common clinical conditions, and data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) to define a community’s characteristics. Users can even view this information mapped down to the census tract level! Join us to find out how to incorporate this mapping tool into your CHNA planning process!

This webinar will be recorded and posted on the WHA On-demand Learning Center. 



The 2021 Board Agenda

Hospital and health system boards quickly adapted their governance practices as the nation went into shutdown mode in March 2020. Board meeting schedules, board retreats, planned agendas and continuing education sessions were upended. Previously scheduled board work, such as strategic planning, were postponed. As the pandemic continues with its many medical and societal implications, boards must thoughtfully consider and prioritize the most important areas on which to spend board meeting time in 2021.
The pandemic has emphasized the need for intentional board discussion and deliberation on numerous key items such as board and CEO succession planning, formation of new strategic partnerships, CEO performance evaluation, financial strategies and workforce needs. The presentation will identify discussion/decision items that should be on each board’s agenda during 2021. Ms. Russel will explain why each of these subjects is of prime importance to the board, and she will offer different approaches for the board to tackle this work.



Update on Ligature Risks, Suicide Prevention, Restraints and Seclusions

Hospitals must comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Conditions of Participation. According to CMS and accrediting organizations such as DNV and Joint Commission, one of the most cited deficiencies at the immediate jeopardy level is under Patient Rights regarding the rights of patient to receive care in a safe setting. According to CMS, ligature risks compromise patient’s right to receive care in a safe setting. In addition, the hospital’s responsibility to provide care and safety to psychiatric patients who are at risk of harm to themselves or others is one of their primary concerns. Another one of the most cited Condition Level deficiencies is the Patient Rights and Responsibilities Condition. Regulations governing appropriate restraint and seclusions account for more than 50% of the Patient Rights and Responsibilities Condition. This webinar will address each of these important issues.


2021 Advocacy Day

Mark your calendar now for WHA’s Advocacy Day 2021, scheduled for Wednesday, April 14.   This year, WHA has contracted with the professional virtual event platform, LeaderPass, to deliver this event to advocates across the state virtually.

While the day will be a little different in the virtual format, attendees can still expect to hear from a great line-up of speakers, including opening keynote Frank Sesno.  Sesno is an internationally-recognized journalist with more than 30 years of experience reporting from around the world. Well known as a television anchor, White House correspondent and talk show host with CNN, he is also a nationally-renowned moderator who has engaged some of the world’s leading personalities.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with their legislators and/or their staff virtually, and are encouraged to do so.  Specific times, in 30-minutes intervals, are set aside on April 14, 15, and 16 for these meetings. WHA will take care of the scheduling and will inform advocates of their meeting date and time, along with virtual instructions to join the meeting.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still underfoot, it has never been more important for you and your teams to participate in Advocacy Day and let your voice be heard!


Social Media for Governing Boards: Opportunities and Pitfalls

ESocial media is a vital tool for hospitals and health care organizations to connect with their patients and greater communities. Now, more than ever, communication via social media platforms is essential for the delivery of pertinent and timely information. When used regularly and correctly, social media is an incredible lifeline to your hospital’s audience and a valuable marketing tool to grow your base and improve your customer service.
But social media has its pitfalls, too. This webinar with health care governance expert Kevin Reed (Reed Claymon, LLC) will explore both the opportunities and dangers of social media – and how board members and executive leadership can avoid making major missteps in the various platforms that exist. Learn about new and developing social media platforms for your hospital, utilizing social media to magnify the positive of your organization (and respond to the negative), legal issues that exist, and best practices for using these online communication tools -- at your literal fingertips! 


WHA Information Center Data Tools for Everyday Use - 2021 Virtual Bag Lunch Webinar Series

Session 2: How has COVID-19 Impacted Your Facility: A year-over-year comparison

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our health care facilities, but you might wonder, by how much? This members-only webinar will assist users in understanding how to use the COVID-19 Impact Dashboard to compare and contrast, year over year data, related to 2019/2020 charges and volumes.

This webinar will be recorded and posted on the WHA On-demand Learning Center.