Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pre-Conference Learning Sessions

New-to-the-Profession Health Care HR Basics - New Format
Mid-Level Professional Learning Track
Health Reform Workshop 
Legislative and Labor Panel
Special Recognition Reception

New-to-the-Profession Health Care HR Basics
Health Care Case Studies:  HR Innovations, Retention, and Quality of Hire
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Kick-start your new health care HR career by attending this Health Care HR Basics Track focused on HR innovations conducted within an award-winning health care setting that resulted in improvements to both efficiency and quality of hire.  Touching on the five HR Leader Model competencies, this session will be discuss how to measure which processes are working (and which processes are not working) within a department or organization and recent case studies from an award-winning health care system, including programs that led to greater efficiency, more retention, and increased quality of hire.  Participants will be provided with the steps that they can take toward achieving similar outcomes within their own organization, and will involve a stimulating “mini-brainstorming” interactive exercise whereby participants will exchange knowledge and lessons learned as they solved some of today’s most urgent health care issues.

Whether you are new to HR or new to health care, this track will demonstrate how fundamental HR improvements can result in increased efficiency and quality of hire in health care.  Join your new-to-the-profession colleagues and hear results of recent case studies, and engage in a stimulating exercise designed to share solutions to current health care issues.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess the value of essential HR processes currently in place in your own organization
  • Hear first-hand how HR innovations led to increases in retention, quality of hire, and process improvements in a health care setting
  • Take away practical solutions that can assist you in developing your career while solving critical issues facing your organization

Cynthia A. Hedricks, Ph.D., Chief Analytics Officer, SkillSurvey, Inc.; Theresa A. Mazzaro, RN, CHCR, Nurse Recruiter, Human Resources, Southwest Washington Health System; and Chris Thorp, Recruitment Manager, Poudre Valley Health System

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Mid-Level Professional Learning Track
Fundamentals of Finance: A Foundation for Financial Leadership
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

As health systems across the nation strive to increase operating margins to fund future growth, they must increasingly rely on decisions made by frontline and mid-level managers. In order to make informed, productive decisions, a solid understanding of finance is required. Yet, these managers express unease with their competence in financial matters.

This pre-conference learning track teaches managers core concepts about the financial management of their areas. This is designed to be relevant to a broad base of managers as it is targeted to those who have had some experience with basic financial concepts but have not yet become experts in the day-to-day management of financial issues in their areas.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand hospital finances as a whole and how their unit’s finances align themselves with their larger department as well as the entire institution
  • Differentiate between the three financial statements—balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows
  • Expose participants to financial health system economics and the ways in which their decisions impact performance—how cash flows and why
  • Understand how hospitals fund growth and the role interest plays in bond pay back

This pre-conference learning track incorporates classroom presentation, multimedia presentation, interactive exercises, and group discussion. The following topics are among those included in this course:

  • The Revenue Element of Margin
  • The Cost Element of Margin
  • Understanding Performance
  • Funding Growth and Investments

James Veronisi MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHE, Director of Leadership, The Advisory Board

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Health Reform Workshop 
What Health Care HR Professionals MUST Know
Taking the Long View of Health Care Reform Unique to Hospitals and Health Systems
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

T he Health Reform bill has become law, and you need to understand its strategic impact and the long term implications on your health plan and population health strategy. For health care HR professionals, in particular hospitals and health systems, the work is just beginning. This session will consider the strategic implications and issues that are unique to hospitals and health care organizations with a focus on the new Accountable Care Organization and what that means for HR.  One of the most challenging aspects of health reform will be managing health plan cost within the new rules.  This session will take a deep dive into population health implications of a hospital workforce.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the strategic legislative issues of the Health Reform bill that are unique to hospitals
  • Explore the Accountable Care Organization model and how they link to employee health
  • Prepare your organization for the impact on financial and strategic levels
  • Develop a plan to estimate the implications over the next five to ten years

Eric Parmenter,  CEBS, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, RHU, REBC, SPHR, MBA Senior Consultant, Towers Watson and Jeff Levin-Scherz, MD MBA  Senior Consultant, Towers Watson

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Legislative & Labor Panel
Timely Briefing on Current Trends and Implications for HR Professionals
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

HR professionals are challenged to keep current with legislative and labor developments affecting their organizations. Join this panel of experts as they outline legislative, legal and labor trends affecting health care and discuss external and internal responses to these trends. They will address the legislative environment and will highlight successful health care organizations.

Learning Objectives

  • Review current legislative and regulatory issues on national and state levels, litigation trends and the ASHHRA Labor report
  • Examine the latest in union organizing strategies and tactics
  • Identify various implications for action for HR professionals
  • Determine how the ASHHRA Advocacy Committee advocates on behalf of your membership
  • Participate in interactive conversations with nationally recognized experts that will provide you take home solutions that you can implement in your organization

Les Abercrombie III, MPS, SPHR, Chairman ASHHRA Advocacy Committee
Roger King, Esq, Attorney, Jones Day
Mike Paruta, Driector, Division of Workforce Development, Women and Infants Hospital
Josephine Zamora, Partner, IRI Consultants

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Special Recognition Reception
 New in 2010!
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Register for Pre-conference Learning Sessions and receive an exclusive invitation to the Special Rocgnition Reception on Saturday, September 25th with special acknowledgement to 1st time attendees, those who are New-to-the-Profession, new ASHHRA members, and ASHHRA Mentoring Program participants.  This promises to be a great networking opportunity!

Not sure which sessions to attend? Use the Learning Track Selection Guide  to determine your level and competency that you want to enhance.

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Sunday     Monday     Tuesday


Diversified Investment Advisors




 The Hartford

 Integrated Healthcare Strategies





Press Ganey Associates, Inc.


AHA Solutions



O.C. Tanner

Great West

Sibson Consulting

National Healthcare Career Network

Chessboard Consulting

Corporate Financial


 Towers Watson

 IRI Consultants