The Idaho Healthcare Summit aspires to facilitate opportunities for participants to learn, connect, gather and align. In the case of newly discovered issues, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate in ongoing work groups to answer questions post-summit.

All sessions include a Q&A period.

NOTE: The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s new assessment on mental health services will play in important role at this year’s conference. To read the report now, click here.

Thursday, May 17

8 a.m. Registration opens. (Coffee service begins.)

9 a.m. Exhibits open.

10 a.m. Welcome and introduction, Roger Plothow.

10:10 a.m. Description and framing of IHS’ goals: Tyler Norris.

  • Overview of where Idaho healthcare stands today, presented by Dr. Rhonda Robinson Beale.

10:45 a.m. Keynote: Dr. Susan Frampton, Planetree International. Topic: Idaho and patient-centered healthcare.

12 p.m. Break and lunch service begins.

12:30 p.m. Luncheon speakers: Creating an Idaho road map to change in behavioral healthcare – report on Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Behavioral Health Study and plan: Ross Edmunds, Behavioral Health Administrator, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare; and Dr. Liza Tupa, Director of Education and Research at WICHE. Sponsored by Saint Alphonsus.

1:15-1:30 p.m. Networking break.

1:30 p.m. Ana Fuentevilla, MD, MHCDS, Chief Medical Officer, Optum Population Health Solutions. Big data and population management. Plus:

  • Panel discussion: Brad Erickson, Idaho Health Data Exchange; Chuck Clabots, Blue Cross of Idaho; Dani Jones, Portneuf Quality Alliance.

3 p.m.: Networking break.

3:20 p.m. Framing for the afternoon: Tyler Norris.

3:30 p.m.: Dr. Lauren Smith: What it takes to create a collective impact in communities. Introduction by Kendra Witt-Doyle, Blue Cross Foundation. Plus:

  • A report on the Advance Directives project, a public/private collaboration. Stephanie Bender-Kitz, Honoring Choices Idaho. Panelists: Dr. Bart Hill, St. Luke’s; Pam Thomas, St. Alphonsus.

4:30 p.m.: Launching a trial balloon: How people of common interest can move things forward – a report from the 2017 collaboration team. Norm Varin, Idaho Physicians Network.

4:45 p.m. Example of a trial balloon — demonstration of Live Better Idaho by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Presenters: Lori Wolff, Deputy DHW Director, and Greg Kunz, Administrator, Division of Welfare.

5:20 p.m. Discussion of the day’s presentations and themes: Tyler Norris and Lauren Smith.

5:30 – 7 p.m. Reception, sponsored by Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

6 – 8 p.m. Speakers and Sponsors Dinner (invitation only)

Friday, May 18

8 a.m. Breakfast service.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dean Cameron, Director, Idaho Department of Insurance.

NOTE: The goal for the remainder of the IHS is to identify and recruit stakeholders, identify potential goals, and establish anchor/facilitator for the ongoing initiative.

9:30 – 9:40 a.m. Setting the stage: Tyler Norris.

9:40 -10:45 a.m. Value-based contracting and its effect on primary care delivery. Panel discussion. Moderator: Drew Hobby, Blue Cross of Idaho.

  • What is value-based contracting? Jeff Crouch, Idaho Department of Health & Welfare.
  • Networking transformations.
    • The State Health Innovation Plan model. Cynthia York, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
    • The clinically integrated model: Matt Wolff, St. Luke’s.
    • The independent model. Dr. Jeff Hessing, Independent Doctors of Idaho.

10:45 – 11 a.m. Break for networking and exhibits.

11 a.m. Break-out sessions Part I:

Breakout No. 1: Trends in Idaho’s emergency psychiatric care system and how they affect prioritization of issues. Moderator: Ross Edmunds, Idaho DHW.

  • Emergency department physician: Dr. Chalmer Luke Morris, St. Alphonsus emergency medicine.
  • Crisis center panelist: Don Robinson, Director of North Idaho Crisis Center.
  • Psychiatric emergency teams: Dawn Rae, Ada County paramedic; Ellie Merrick, Clinical Supervisor, Region 4 Mobile Crisis Team; Jason Woodcook, Ada County sheriff’s deputy.

Breakout No. 2: Approaches to primary care delivery system issues. Panel presentation and discussions.

  • SHIP sustainability plan: Cynthia York, Idaho DHW.
  • Solutions to Idaho’s physician shortage: Chet Herbst, Idaho State Board of Education.
  • Focusing on patients, staff and providers: Dr. Laura McGeorge, St. Luke’s.
  • Solutions to Idaho nursing shortage. Ann Hubbert, Boise State University.

12 p.m. Break and lunch service begins.

12:30 p.m. Lunch speaker: Overview of the health status of Idahoans and what it means to stakeholders. Dr Elizabeth Fore, ISU Rural Health Institute. Sponsored by Cascadia.

1:15 p.m. Break.

1:30 p.m. Breakout sessions Part II:

Breakout No. 1: Advances in behavioral health, part two. Panel presentation and discussion. Moderator: Ross Edmunds, Idaho Division of Behavioral Health.

  • Telepsychiatry, TBA.
  • Foundation Representative, TBA.
  • WICHE, Hannah Koch, Psy.D.

Breakout No. 2: Advances in effective primary care in rural areas. Panel presentation and discussion. Moderator: Dr. Rhonda Robinson Beale, BCI Foundation.

  • Solutions to Idaho’s rural healthcare crisis
    • Provider perspective, Dr. Keith Davis.
    • Hospital perspective, Caryl Johnston, Northwest Hospital Alliance.
    • Project ECHO: Jeff Seegmiller, University of Idaho.

2:45 p.m. Break.

3 p.m. Tyler Norris and moderators from previous sessions: Facilitated interactive plenary session to assess what we’ve learned, what matters most and identify the next steps.

  • Topics and assignments for trial balloon work in 2018-19.

End of conference