Affinia Health Network 13th Annual Conference: Transforming Perspectives

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7:00am – 4:30pm

Description

Join us for the 13th annual Affinia Health Network Conference: Transforming Perspectives! The day will provide opportunities for enhancing education and networking. Attendees will have educational opportunities targeting their unique roles and transformational challenges while earning continuing credits. All staff are invited!

Please register by Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Conference Benefits

  • 150+ participants
  • 93% of attendees would recommend this conference to a colleague
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to present and highlight your services
  • Various educational programs to select from
  • CME: “This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 6.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.”
  • AMT: This program is eligible for 6.5 hours of continuing education credit by American Medical Technologists (AMT). Granting of credit in no way constitutes endorsement by AMT of the program content or the program’s sponsor.
  • AAPC and AAMA accreditations offered
  • 95% plan to use the information learned from the conference
  • Meet and greet a variety of vendors

Participant Registration

Morning Session – $40

This registration will include breakfast, which will be served from 7:00am – 8:00am. Snacks will also be provided throughout the morning.

Download Morning Schedule PDF

Afternoon Session – $40

This registration will include lunch, which will be served from noon-1:00pm. Snacks will also be provided throughout the afternoon.

Download Afternoon Schedule PDF

All Day Admission – $40

This registration will include all sessions as well as breakfast (7:00am 8:00am) and lunch (Noon-1:00pm).

Download Full Schedule PDF

Mercy Health Employee Registration – $40

The cost of the conference for Mercy Health Employees will be covered by Mercy Health.

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Vendor/Sponsorship Registration

For more details, please download the vendor flyer PDF.

Platinum Overall Conference Sponsor – $5,000

  • Complimentary attendee registrations for the conference: 4 attendees
  • Recognition in annual conference brochure
  • Logo on printed conference promotional materials
  • Breakfast, Lunch and beverage sponsor recognition
  • Expo booth (Vendor)*
  • Recognition on signage for your support throughout

Premier Recognition Sponsor – $3,000

  • Complimentary attendee registrations for the conference: 2 attendees
  • Recognition in annual conference brochure
  • Logo on printed conference promotional materials
  • Breakfast, Lunch and beverage sponsor recognition
  • Expo booth (Vendor)*
  • Recognition on signage for your support throughout

Signature Recognition Sponsor – $2,000

  • Complimentary attendee registrations for the conference: 2 attendees
  • Recognition in annual conference brochure
  • Logo on printed conference promotional materials
  • Breakfast, Lunch and beverage sponsor recognition
  • Expo booth (Vendor)*
  • Recognition on signage for your support throughout

Select Recognition Sponsor – $950

  • Complimentary attendee registrations for the conference: 2 attendees
  • Recognition in annual conference brochure
  • Logo on printed conference promotional materials
  • Breakfast, Lunch and beverage sponsor recognition
  • Expo booth (Vendor)*

Expo Booth (Vendor) Only – $200

  • Complimentary attendee registrations for the conference: 2 attendees
  • Vendor Table

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Tuesday, April 23rd.

Location

Prince Conference Center
1800 E Beltline Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Sessions

Morning Session

Key Note: A Leader's DNA

Rich Lohman

Rich Lohman is an Independent Speaker, Coach, and Trainer certified with The John Maxwell Team. As an Executive Director for The John Maxwell Team Rich is positioned to help organizations create a non-dependent high performance cultures. He has great passion for leadership development and helping others achieve high performance. He is a resident of West Michigan with his business office being located in downtown Grand Haven, MI. His background and experience in multiple different industries have positioned him to be a valuable resource to anyone he works with. Above all else, Rich is a down to earth guy who wants to be YOUR friend.

LGBTQI

Brian Tesler, MD

A Faculty Physician and Clarkship Director for Obstetrics and Gynecology in Saginaw, Michigan, with the Central Michigan University Health Team. He also serves as Medical Director for Wellness Services in Genessee County, Michigan, an organization dedicated to the medical needs of the LGBTQIA population. Dr. Tesler is a passionate advocate for women’s and LGBTQI health. He has a Bachelor’s of Human Biology and a Bachelor’s of Science Nursing from the University of Michigan and went on to earn his MD at Michigan State University’s college of Human Medicine.

Dr. Tesler began his career in critical care nursing and then worked for Gift of Life Michigan in organ donation. He then continued on his pursuit to fulfill his passion for science and medicine and returned to school to become a physician. It was during his career as a nurse and his journey through medicine that he first sparked his passion for helping to understand and help create better care for marginalized groups in medicine.

Advanced Directives

John Fox, MD, MHA

Prior to joining Priority Health, Dr. Fox was the chief medical officer at Physicians Plus Insurance in Madison, Wisconsin. He has also worked for the Indian Health Service and with the Epidemic Intelligence Service in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Fox has written on the use of firearms in suicides, physiatrist-led multidisciplinary spine clinics, oncology medical homes, breast cancer mortality, asthma hospitalizations, hip fractures among the elderly, and end-of-life care. He has also written and lectured on value-based benefit design, the impact of genomics and proteomics on future medical practice, and shared decision making in reducing unwarranted variations in surgery utilization. His current interests include the use of cost-effectiveness and number-needed-to-treat analyses in coverage determinations, specialty pharmacy management, and the effect of behavioral economics on health outcomes.

Dr. Fox received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Wisconsin. He completed a pediatric internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control. As a physician and health plan medical director, Dr. Fox has long been a student of shared decision making, including advance care planning. He has worked for nearly a decade implementing advance care planning systems with care managers, delivery systems, oncology practices and in community settings.

Carol Robinson

Dr. Robinson has had a varied nursing career in both clinical and administrative leadership positions. Her passion for the care of chronically ill patients and families led to extensive experience with patient/family communication relative to quality of life and treatment preferences. Her scholarly work has focused on communication skills for health professionals, including advance care planning conversations. Her friendly and open approach has helped many individuals create an advance directive reflective of one’s own personal values, beliefs, and preferences for end-­of-­life care. Carol is the Community Coordinator for Making Choices Michigan, a West Michigan non-­profit organization devoted to encouraging and facilitating advance health care planning by the people of West Michigan. She also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Grand Valley State University-­Kirkhof College of Nursing.

HPV Disease Awareness & Recommendations

Marcus DeGraw, MD

My name is Marcus DeGraw, MD and I am a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician. I have been a Child Abuse expert since completing a fellowship in Child Abuse and Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in June of 2003. I have significant experience as a medical expert in the field of child abuse and in general pediatrics over the last several years.

I have testified extensively in many settings related to Pediatrics and Child Abuse. I have testified over 400 times including in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Jersey, New York and Kentucky. I have testified on behalf of the Prosecution as well as the defense on many occasions and make myself fully available to both sides on an open and ongoing basis. I have testified extensively in criminal and civil cases, and I also have worked in criminal and family court cases equally. I have provided consultation and testimony in medical malpractice case many times, both in the fields of Child Abuse Pediatrics and Pediatrics.

I am currently the Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, MI. I am also currently the Medical Director of the Child Protection Team and Medical Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, MI. I practice in both private and academic settings and in both outpatient and inpatient settings as well.

I graduated with my MD from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI in 1999 and completed a residency in Pediatrics at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI in 2002. I then completed my fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH before I took my current job in Detroit.

For more information about Dr. DeGraw, download his resume.

Human Trafficking

Joy Washburn

Dr. Joy Turner Washburn is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Grand Valley State University. She is a member of HEAL Trafficking. The mission of HEAL Trafficking is to unify and mobilize interdisciplinary health care professionals to shift the anti-trafficking paradigm toward approaches rooted in public health and trauma-informed care. In addition, she is a member of the Education Sub-Committee for HEAL Trafficking. In addition, she is involved in the Human Trafficking Taskforce for Kent County and the Sexual Assault Prevention Action Team through the Kent County Health Department.

Her passion and perseverance in regards to educating student nurses about human trafficking resulted in the development of a clinical simulation in which the patient is a victim of human trafficking (I was the principal designer of the simulation). Assisted by Cathy Forslund, Ron Perkins, and Cindy Bartman, this simulation launched in April 2011. Annually, 200 students in the pre-licensure BSN program at GVSU participate in this clinical simulation experience.

Her expertise on the topic of human trafficking has resulted in multiple opportunities to present on the topic of human trafficking in order to educate health care providers in identifying and responding to potential victims.  In addition, a continuing education article that she wrote regarding human trafficking and what nurses need to know about this topic was published in The Journal of Christian Nursing in January 2018.

[Lunch]

Afternoon Session

2019 Pharmacy

Claire Lee

Claire Lee currently practices in the Grand Rapids area and is engaged, as an independent pharmacy consultant, in several projects through which she hopes to engage multiple stakeholders to improve clinical quality by way of more safe and efficient medication-related processes. Prior to relocating to West Michigan, Dr. Lee was employed by Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy. In her time with Diplomat, Dr. Lee was responsible for development and implementation of clinical programs, clinical quality improvement, and clinical writing for patient-facing as well as industry-facing materials. She also traveled frequently to provide specialty pharmacy-specific education to diverse audiences. Dr. Lee earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

A Taste of Motivational Interviewing

Susan Bruggink, MA, LLP, CAADC

Sue has worked in Behavioral Health for over 35 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and her Master’s Degree from Illinois State University. She has specialized in the treatment of severe and persistent mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Sue has trained extensively in Cognitive Behavior Therapy at the Beck, Institute in Philadelphia. She also became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers through her training in Sophia, Bulgaria.

Human Centered Design

Alicia Roth

I am an ethnographic researcher, experience designer and new business developer. 9 years experience in applying a human-centered and experience design to a variety of complex projects, nationally and internationally. I have developed and delivered curricula in human-centered design for corporate, college and city-wide audiences. I focus on the intersection of design, human experience, and strategic innovation to create lasting and meaningful work. My passion is to help companies connect with their users, with the human side of their business.

I design for the world, so I play in the world. I am a serial National Park adventurer, an avid 4-season runner, a yoga instructor and a German Shepherd lover.

Effective use of CM Services in a Value-Based World

Linda Smith, RN, BSN and Gary Buchanich, RN, BSN

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Gary Buchanich joined the United States Marine Corps directly out of high school at the age of 17 and served 12 years. He then attended the fast track program for registered nurse at the Shady Side School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2005. He worked in Trauma ICU for several years but then moved to Grand Rapids, MI with his wife for her job. Grand Rapids is his wife’s home town so it was an easy move as he love’s the area and it is home for her. Upon arriving in Grand Rapids he began working at Mercy Health St Mary’s as a charge nurse for the cardiac/renal transplant floor. Upon hearing about the new positions of ambulatory care managers with the MIPCT program he transferred and worked as a care manager at the MHPP downtown family practice office. He worked as the care manager for the 16 provider office since the beginning of the MIPCT program and truly feelsthat this role gave him the opportunity to make the biggest impact on patients’ lives. Care Management gives the nurse the opportunity to not only help people improve their quality of life but is unique in that a long term relationship is built and we get to be part of the outcomes. We get to see that patient live with a better quality of life due to the changes they have made. That is unique in nursing and is one of the biggest rewards of this job. He is currently the manager of the care management department in Grand Rapids and continues to be excited about where this new role in nursing is headed.

Linda Smith has been a nurse for 20 years, with most of her time spent in Public Health. She worked for several years in Children’s Special Health Care Services. Smith has been with Mercy Health Muskegon for the past three years. She started work at Mercy with the Pathways to Better Health program working with an amazing group of Community Health Workers. Currently she is the Clinical Manager for the Ambulatory Care Management team. Smith is proud to be a part of a dedicated team and supports the amazing work they do for Mercy Health patients.

How to Create a Non-Dependent High Performance Organizational Culture

Rich Lohman

Rich Lohman is an Independent Speaker, Coach, and Trainer certified with The John Maxwell Team. As an Executive Director for The John Maxwell Team Rich is positioned to help organizations create a non-dependent high performance cultures. He has great passion for leadership development and helping others achieve high performance. He is a resident of West Michigan with his business office being located in downtown Grand Haven, MI. His background and experience in multiple different industries have positioned him to be a valuable resource to anyone he works with. Above all else, Rich is a down to earth guy who wants to be YOUR friend.

Fundamentals of Human Resources Management

Samantha Helmer

I am human resources professional with over 12 years of experience in the automotive and distribution industries. I started my career in human resources as a generalist and fell in love with specializing in all areas of HR. Since then I have continued honing my craft in my current role as a Human Resources Business Partner. Both of these roles have allowed me to gain experience in employee relations, recruitment, benefits administration, payroll and onboarding.

I am a graduate of Michigan State University where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management. Shortly after starting my HR career, I made the decision to further my education and obtained my Masters in Management from Aquinas College.

I’m not going to lie sometimes a day in the life of a Human Resources Professional is not easy. However, I find my passion for Human Resources lies in helping people on a day to day basis in various capacities. Whether it’s hiring them for a position, coaching them on their performance, or just lending a listening ear during a difficult time, I’m left feeling I’ve made a positive impact.

On a personal level, I’m a lover of the outdoors. I enjoy vacationing in the U.P. and exploring all the waterfalls it has to offer. I am married and have a beautiful 16 month old daughter who keeps me on my toes.

In closing, I look forward to sharing my HR knowledge with you and hope it provides a comprehensive framework for administering HR practices.

2019 Coding Update

Elizabeth Cook CCS, CPC, CASCC, CRC, CHA, AAPC Fellow

Elizabeth (Liz) is a Specialist Senior Consultant who has over 28 years of professional experience in healthcare. Her main focus areas include diagnosis and procedure coding for inpatient, hospital outpatient and professional services, clinical documentation improvement, chart auditing, and multiple facets of the revenue cycle. Liz also contributes to the delivery of efficient and effective policies to support a range of compliance, audit and risk management matters in accordance with government policies and procedures, legislative requirement and professional standards. Liz also focuses on client audits within the healthcare industry. She assists on advisory services related to compliance and risk management program design and implementation, compliance auditing and monitoring, voluntary refunds/disclosures to government and commercial payors, CMS/OIG audits and investigations, DOJ led investigations, joint ventures and other types of financial arrangements with physicians, merger and acquisition due diligence, and post-merger integration.

Security and Privacy Fundamentals

Andy Busard

Twenty years’ experience in FDA validation and HIPAA documentation. As a previous network engineer, I have worked with all types of devices and connectivity to networks.

Cheryl Foster

Cheryl Foster is a Registered Health Information Management Administrator with diverse experience in Health Information Management including all aspects of paper and electronic health records. Her experience includes coding and reimbursement, health care compliance, case management, quality improvement, utilization management, medical transcription and voice recognition, release of information and consulting. She currently is the Director of Health Information Management responsible for Hackley, Mercy and Lakeshore campuses, in addition to being Privacy Officer for the West Michigan region.

Hospitals & Community Partnerships

Judith Kell

Ms. Kell has over 35 years of experience as an executive in a health care, housing and non-profit sectors. Ms. Kell served as the hospital council president for East Central Michigan and as the finance manager for reimbursement at the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. Ms. Kell was the Executive Director of a non-profit agency which developed and managed supportive housing for persons with substance abuse addiction, mental health, physical and developmental disabilities and seniors. Ms. Kell also served as the privacy and compliance officer for a large behavioral health agency. She has worked in county government managing the Michigan Works, Juvenile Detention, EEO and Housing Programs. Ms. Kell developed the Veterans Treatment and Sobriety Court in her role at Muskegon County. Ms. Kell is currently responsible for the implementation and management of the Pathways to Better Health of the Lakeshore program at the Muskegon Community Health Project. She also serves as on the Senior Activities Committee for Muskegon County (overseeing the senior millage dollars) and as the President of the Muskegon Montessori Academy School Board, the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors and other community agencies. Publications and presentations upon request.

Tressa Crosby

Tressa Crosby, C-CHW, BA, serves as a Community Health Worker (CHW) Lead at Muskegon Community Health Project in Muskegon, MI. Tressa is passionate about the CHW profession its recognition as part of the healthcare team. Tressa has over 15 years’ experience in community organizing, outreach and community care coordination for at risk populations. She has worked in the areas of childhood lead poisoning prevention, mentoring children of prisoners, maternal and infant health, and adults with chronic disease. Tressa is passionate about the CHW profession its recognition as part of the healthcare team. Since 2011, Tressa has been a member of Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA) and currently serves as Board President.

Schedule for the Day

To view the conference schedule, please click here for the conference brochure.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Trinity Health and Affinia Health Network.  Trinity Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Our Vision

Affinia Health Network will transform health care in West Michigan through effective collaborative relationships with physicians, health systems, payers, patients and communities. Care will be delivered in patient centered settings, assuring timely access with a focus on quality, service and cost.

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