Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal on health policy, is convening a day-long conference on “Innovations Across the Nation in Health Care Delivery.” The free conference is scheduled for Thursday, December 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Center for International Trade, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C. Please note that the start time has been moved to 8:00 AM, and please have a picture ID and allow time to go through security at the Reagan Center. 

Richard Gilfillan, the acting director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, will keynote the conference.

WHEN: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ronald Reagan Center for International Trade, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Atrium Ballroom, Washington, DC

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If you are unable to attend the event in person, the conference will also be available through live, streaming video. The video will be available here. Health Affairs will also provide updates from the conference on Twitter on HA_Events (switching over to HA_Events2 if needed) at #HA_Innovation.

An agenda for tomorrow’s conference is available here.

The Center was created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to “test innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures.” It now seeks to capitalize on the drive that already exists within the health care system to achieve the so-called Triple Aim — better health, better health care, and lower costs — first articulated by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

The program will feature several panels of CEOs and program leaders from institutions such as Virginia Mason, Health Partners Medical Group, CareFirst, Martin’s Point Health Care, Sutter VNA & Hospice, Magee Women’s Hospital, ThedaCare, Summa Health System, Mercy Health System, Bellin Health, QuadMed, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Cambridge Health Alliance, The Vermont Blueprint for Health, and more. These institutions all have innovated at the patient care level; in creation of more highly coordinated patient care systems; and at the population level, in terms of improving population health. The case examples will show how the various institutions have innovated by following a multi-step process of:

  • Identifying patient needs that are not being as well met as they could be;
  • Relying on providers close to those patients to identify strategies to better meet needs;
  • Implementing necessary changes in pilot programs; and
  • Measuring and reporting the results, which must include reductions in expenditures while maintaining or improving quality

The conference is supported by the following partner organizations: American Hospital Association, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, American Medical Association, Blue Shield of California Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation,Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. The SCAN Foundation is providing support toward publishing case studies from the presenting innovators in a future issue of Health Affairs.