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AMA-IPPS Meetings & Events

The 2015 IPPS Annual Meeting was held June 5 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Thank you to all those who participated in the meeting and contributed to its success.

We hope to see you at the 2015 IPPS Interim Meeting, Nov. 13 in Atlanta.

Meeting handbook and other downloads

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Meeting agenda

Meeting handbook

Meeting summary

Education program presentations

Lessons Learned: Optimizing Physician Leadership in the Clinical Integration of Medical Practices and Hospitals

Education programs

The following education programs were presented at the 2015 IPPS Annual Meeting. Where made available by program faculty, eduction program presentations available for download above ("Meeting handbook and other downloads" tab).

Lessons Learned: Optimizing Physician Leadership in the Clinical Integration of Medical Practices and Hospitals
In clinically integrated systems, a physician-led governance structure instills a culture that filters all decisions through the lens of patients’ interests. This strong focus on doing what’s best for the individual patient, as well as the entire population of patients, is positioning physician-led, integrated organizations as key drivers of improved quality, cost-appropriate care, and new care delivery models.

Faculty for the program are three physician leaders from a variety of integrated settings, all with a track record of success in establishing a culture of physician leadership – all whom have taken slightly different approaches to achieving that end. In this program, faculty will offer insights into questions such as: What problems did we seek to solve with physician leadership; What does physician leadership bring to our organization; What do we expect of our physician leaders; What road blocks did we encounter along the way; and how do we encourage collaboration between physician and non-physician leaders? Following the faculty presentations, participants will divide into smaller sessions to delve deeper into the subject and network with other physicians working toward the same goals of physician-led, integrated care.

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss the benefits derived from physician leadership.
  2. Identify what road blocks could potentially surface in moving toward or sustaining physician leadership in an integrated care model.
  3. Explain how to effectively encourage collaboration between physician and non-physician leaders.

Stepping up the pace: Moving toward value-based payment
Earlier this year, Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the following ambitious goals and timelines for moving both Medicare and the private sector toward value based payments:

  • By the end of 2016, 30% of all Medicare provider payments will be in alternative payment models tied to how well providers care for them. By the end of 2018, the threshold increases to 50%.
  • By the end of 2016, 85% of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments will be tied to quality and value. By the end of 2018, the threshold increases to 90%.
  • HHS will work to move the private sector toward similarly aggressive goals through the creation of a Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network to facilitate the partnership.

The overall goal is to move away from FFS payment only and transition to a system that links nearly all payments to quality and value. HHS maintains that such a system would stem the escalation of health care costs enabling a reinvestment of those dollars into the delivery of more coordinated, higher quality care.

In this program, faculty will discuss: the advantages/disadvantages of moving to pay for value; how to get there; whether or not it’s possible to operate with “one foot in both canoes” if you plan a gradual conversion; and how to come to terms with the fact that only a small percentage of outcomes are directly under physicians’ control.

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss the HHS goals and their impact on Medicare and private sector payment models.
  2. Explain the advantages/disadvantages of moving from fee-for-service to pay for value.
  3. Identify ways to move your organization/practice toward pay for value.

Governing Council election results

The IPPS Assembly elected the following members to the IPPS Governing Council:

Vice Chair
Peter Rutherford, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Confluence Health (Wash.)

Large practice representative
John Popovich, Jr., MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Ford Hospital
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Henry Ford Health 
System (Mich.)

Small practice representative

Barbara Spivak, MD
President and Board Chair
Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (Mass.)

Susan Pike, MD
Director, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Baylor/Scott & White (Texas)

Alternate Delegate
Michael Glenn, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Virginia Mason Medical Center (Wash.)

Additionally, Thomas Eppes, Jr., MD, Founding Partner and Board Member, Central Virginia Family Physicians (Va.), assumed the position of Chair, David Bronson, MD, Senior Public Policy and External Affairs Advisor, Cleveland Clinic (Ohio), assumed the position of Immediate Past Chair, and Ronald Kirkland, MDPast Chairman of the Board, The Jackson Clinic (Tenn.), maintained the position of Member-at-Large.

Become an IPPS representative

Although all AMA members are invited to attend IPPS meetings, only certified IPPS representatives may fully participate (e.g., submit resolutions, make motions, vote).

To serve as an official representative for your organization, please complete the certification form. Contact Carrie Waller at carrie.waller@ama-assn.org or (312)464-4546 with any questions.