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Facility Tours
These tours are open to OptumHealth clients on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

6:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Mayo Clinic Rochester
Experience a mock-patient transplant evaluation and a demonstration of Mayo Clinic’s practice supporting electronic tools and quality initiatives. Hear about Mayo Clinic's visionary approach to quality health care. Visit the Gift of Life Transplant House to appreciate the “extras” offered to transplant patients. Tour the transplant care units and learn how the Mayo Clinic model of care delivers efficient and effective patient care. Space is limited to the first 30 registrants!

8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview and
University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital

Enjoy a private tour of the Solid Organ Transplant Center at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. The highlight of this tour will be viewing a live donor kidney transplant. The tour will also include the Transplant Center and the Ronald McDonald House.

From there, participants will travel two miles to the new University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, a unique facility that opened in the Spring of 2011. Experience a child’s view of an ideal, child-friendly health care facility, as well as its state-of-the-art patient and family rooms, education center and compassionate staff. The tour will also include the new Journey Clinic: Center for Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Make your reservation soon as only 25 spaces are available!


7:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:15 a.m.

Emerging Challenges for Children With Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and Other Critical Illnesses That Require Intensive Care as Infants, Gil Wernovsky, MD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
Do critical illnesses that require pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) treatment contribute to neurocognitive and functional morbidity in pediatric patients? Data from PICU survivors is beginning to accumulate and suggests that these patients may experience a degree of neurocognitive and functional morbidity after critical illness and treatment in the PICU. This presentation will determine the prevalence of functional limitations in pediatric patients with CHD and other critical illnesses and how the length of stay in the PICU can impact neurocognitive abilities.

9:15 a.m.

Elective Birth, Elective Complications: Are We Putting Babies at Risk When Born Prior to Full Gestation? Daniel V. Landers, MD, FACOG, University of Minnesota Medical School
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that no elective delivery should be performed before the gestational age of 39 weeks. These deliveries are associated with increased neonatal morbidity, neonatal intensive care unit admissions, and associated hospital costs compared to deliveries occurring at 39–40 weeks. This presentation will address the impact of elective deliveries occurring prior to 39 weeks' gestation in the absence of medical or obstetrical indications.

10:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Bariatric Surgery for Treatment of Chronic Conditions, Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD, University of Minnesota Medical Center (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
The prevalence of extreme obesity is increasing rapidly, as are the human and economic costs of obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, weight-bearing joint disorders, sleep apnea, and lipid abnormalities. Bariatric surgeries are no longer limited to addressing just weight loss issues. This presentation will identify the usefulness of these procedures that are now extended to treat other chronic conditions and discuss the value of these procedures for chronic-disease management.

11:15 a.m.

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD): What Does the Future Hold? Joseph Rogers, MD, FACC, Duke University Medical Center (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
There have been important advances in VAD technology over the past decade. By improving the characterization and selection of VAD patients, as well as the timing of surgery, VADs are now seen as a credible lifesaving option to support the failing heart for short- and long-term therapy. This presentation will outline how this advancing technology is impacting clinical implications for its use and the future of the health care system.

12:15 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m.

Transplantation: A Glimpse Into the Future, Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
As new scientific and clinical information relevant to solid organ and tissue transplantation becomes available, patient care and management—along with the socioeconomic, ethical, and regulatory issues related to solid organ and tissue transplantation—evolve. This presentation will provide a glimpse of what the futures hold for transplantation.

2:15 p.m.

Challenges of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), A. Osama Gaber, MD, FACS, The Methodist Hospital (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
Overcoming the barriers to the organ donation crisis has been a focus for many years. Live donors represent the most promising new supply of organs that could decrease the relentless expansion of the gap between kidney supply and demand. Kidney paired donation offers the best transplant option for patients with incompatible live kidney donors.

In addition, to maximize the chance of maintaining a high quality of life and avoid the morbidity of dialysis, as well as the associated financial costs, preemptive treatment utilizes transplantation as the primary renal replacement therapy in the absence of any preceding dialysis. This presentation will focus on costs associated with CKD and the financial and clinical benefits of preemptive renal transplantation, as well as its impact on the quality of life and the concept of kidney paired exchange to address the organ donor crisis.

3:15 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Reducing Length of Stay in the NICU: A QI Initiative, Richard E. McClead, Jr., MD, MHA, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Effectively managing the care of preterm infants has always been a challenge, and it is essential to understand the key factors leading to higher costs once an infant is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). One key factor is that NICU length of stay (LOS) has increased, creating significant financial implications regardless of the contracting strategies employed for payment of NICU care. These infants can have an extended LOS and significant ongoing costs after hospital discharge. This presentation will discuss clinical management measures in the medical community that may decrease the number of NICU admissions and shorten neonatal ICU LOS, and provide an overview of these issues and current best practices.

4:15 p.m.

Pain Management Cost Control, Michael S. Leong, MD, Stanford Pain Management Center
Effective pain management requires systematic, coordinated patient care management by prepared health care professionals. As the treatment options for pain management have increased, the need for advanced educational preparation in patient care management has emerged. This presentation will address the challenges health care professionals face when managing this patient population and provide an overview of an effective pain management care program.

5:00–7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception and Exhibit Grand OpeningExhibit Hall
Join us as we officially celebrate the opening of this year's conference. Visit with our Network Medical Centers as well as exhibitors from a variety of industry organizations while networking with other attendees and OptumHealth executives, clinicians, and staff. The Welcome Reception is THE place to be as you relax with great food, beverages and entertainment before heading out for a night on the town!!
Support for this reception is provided by UW Health–University of Wisconsin Transplant Program.


6:00–11:30 a.m.

Wellness Screening and Flu Vaccinations
Preventive health screenings and flu vaccinations are available at no cost to all conference attendees. Screenings take approximately 15–20 minutes. Click here for more information.
Support for this activity is provided by Wellness Inc.

6:25–7:15 a.m.

4th Annual Wellness WalkA 2.5 or 4 mile walk/run (approximately 30 minutes). Click here for more information and route maps..
Support for this activity is provided by Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

7:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental BreakfastExhibit Hall

8:00 a.m.

Targeted Therapies A New Generation of Cancer Treatments, Daniel Catenacci, MD, The University of Chicago Medical Center
Targeted therapies work and are cost-effective when given to the right patients. So, the key to improving patient outcomes and adding value to stressed health care systems is identifying which patients stand to benefit from which available targeted therapies. This presentation will provide an overview of targeted therapies and identify the appropriate patient population for each to produce optimal outcomes.

8:45 a.m.

Explosion in High-Cost Diagnostic Radiology, Karl N. Krecke, MD, Mayo Clinic
Technologic advances in imaging and therapeutic radiology significantly contribute to the rapid growth in overall health care spending, with estimates suggesting that approximately half of health care expenditure growth can be attributed to medical technology. This presentation will explore how therapeutic radiology has contributed to the rise in health care spending.

9:30 a.m.


9:45 a.m.

Childhood Obesity, David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital Boston (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
There is not one single cause of childhood obesity; rather, it is a complex interaction of many variables. Contributing factors include genetics, behavior, environment and certain socio-demographics. Preventive measures are key to controlling the lifelong impact of obesity. This is an epidemic that requires awareness and intervention for both health and cost reasons. This presentation will address the causes, consequences and strategies for prevention, treatment, and related conditions of childhood obesity.

10: 45 a.m.

Keynote Address—The Feedback Loop: A Strategy for Improving Behavior and Lifestyle, Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor of “Wired” and Author of “The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine” (Social workers: 1 CE hour)

11: 45 a.m.

Luncheon Presentation: Making Health Care Simple and Affordable, Rob Webb, CEO, OptumHealth (nonaccredited/optional)
OptumHealth specializes in population health management solutions that address the physical, mental and financial needs of organizations and individuals. Learn how OptumHealth’s services can educate individuals/employees about symptoms, conditions and treatments; help them to navigate the system, finance their health care needs and stay on track with their health care goals.

1:00 p.m.

Dessert Reception—Exhibit Hall
The exposition reopens, providing an opportunity to visit exhibitors showcasing their products and services surrounding complex and chronic medical conditions. A selection of desserts will be available inside the Exhibit Hall.

1:30 p.m.

Critical Technical Gaps in the Current Health Care Market, Walter M. Bortz II, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
Information technology provides essential tools that might improve the quality of our current health care system. Even as new health information technology is developed, a gap remains in what is available now and what might be required to attain a national health information network that will offer nationwide access to patient data for both consumers and providers. This session will outline the current technology, and offer insight into how this technology must be adopted and applied moving forward.

2:30 p.m.

Health Care Payment Reform: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? Suzanne F. Delbanco, PhD, Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, enacted March 23, 2010, otherwise referred to as the Health Care Reform (HCR) legislation, marks a culmination of more than 70 years of attempts by the federal government to expand health care access and coverage. Individuals lacking health insurance under the current system may have access to coverage through expanded Medicaid programs, government exchange programs, or revised employer-based programs. This session will review how HCR has impacted our health care system to date and will outline next steps, as well as important pros and cons, that must be carefully considered by health care providers.

3:30 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

Employers and Benefit Design, What Will Help? Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
With rising health care costs, employers struggle to design and manage employee health care benefits. The primary goal is to keep health care accessible, affordable, and manageable while balancing the cost to both employer and employee. How can employers achieve lower cost increases without just shifting the cost to employees or other programs? How can employers achieve a value-based approach to outcomes instead of focusing only on cost? This session will explore strategies for promoting long-term adherence to personal health management with value-based design initiatives.

4:30 p.m.

The Complexity of Managing Complex Chronic Conditions, Macaran Baird, MD, MS, University of Minnesota
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2008 the average annual cost for family medical coverage in the United States surpassed an astonishing $12,500. Between 2002 and 2007, plan sponsors experienced a 78 percent increase in cumulative health-insurance premiums, while inflation and wages grew by 17–19 percent. Solving this problem will be a long-term journey, and a primary focus has now turned to chronic illness. This session will address how, by addressing these long-term conditions, employers can manage costs in the short- and long-term while improving overall quality of life and reducing potential incidences of chronic conditions in the employee population moving forward.

5:30–7: 30 p.m.

20th Anniversary PartyExhibit Hall
Join us in the Exhibit Hall as we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the OptumHealth Annual National Conference. We’ll party with great music, fabulous food and a visit to the now-infamous Martini Luge as we wrap up a busy day two of the National Conference.
Support for this reception is provided by Indiana Blood and Marrow Transplantation (IBMT).


6:00–6:45 a.m.

Workout With VanessaStayFit Athletic Club
Jump start your day by joining Vanessa Underwood, CSCS, AFAA, CPT, for a workout session that promises to both energize and motivate. Vanessa will lead her own version of Zumba—a fusion of Latin and International music that includes dance themes to create a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness program designed for participants of ANY LEVEL! The session is a cardio-based workout with components of resistance/sculpting training for the entire body.

Vanessa is the founder and owner of Underwood’s Sports & Fitness where she trains and educates people of all ages and fitness levels. She is a cancer survivor and two-time kidney transplant recipient. She travels nationally and internationally to implement fitness programs, educate professionals, and motivate patients through a presentation program called “Moving to Wellness” that emphasizes the vital role that exercise has on the quality of life. Click here for more information.

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Client Choice Awards Presentation

8:30 a.m.

The Promise of Wellness Programs in Comprehensive Health Care Management, Ron Goetzel, PhD, Emory University, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies
In 1735, Benjamin Franklin published a letter in The Pennsylvania Gazette offering his now famous axiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Wellness awareness is a key factor as individuals engage in lifestyle behaviors that lead to poor health. Currently, chronic illness is estimated to affect 138 million Americans, and is estimated to reach 164 million by 2025. Traditional disease-management measures may not be robust enough to handle this unsustainable economic burden. Learn how the focus on wellness may not only improve health, but reduce health care costs.

9:15 a.m.

Health Literacy: The Importance of Effective Patient Communication, Michael Wolf, PhD, MPH, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, health literacy is the ability to understand health information and to use that information to make good decisions about your health and medical care. Health information can overwhelm even people with advanced literacy skills. About one-third of the adult population in the United States has limited health literacy. This impacts, overall, a patient’s ability to fill out forms, locate providers and services, provide health histories, manage complex illness, and take medications appropriately. This session will offer education and insight about how health literacy is dependent on individuals and various health care system factors.

10:00 a.m.

BreakUse this extended break for hotel check out, if needed.

10:30 a.m.

Transparency for Providers and Members in Today’s Era of Reform, Jim Guyn, MD, Medica; David Elton, DC, OptumHealth (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
In today’s era of reform, developing transparency tools for members and providers is critical to impacting health care spending. By having access to relevant, actionable data, consumers can make a more informed decision about their treatment. Additionally, sharing practice and cost data with providers helps them drive savings opportunities and increases accountability. This session will demonstrate how the use of data can help create an environment of more effective and efficient care.

11:30 a.m.

The Concept of Accountable Care, Cary S. Sennett, MD, PhD, FACP, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institution (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
A key part of the health overhaul law encourages the development of “accountable care organizations” (ACOs) that would allow doctors to team up with each other and hospitals in new ways to provide medical services. How does the ACO concept mesh with the medical home concept that facilitates partnerships among individual patients and their personal providers, and when appropriate, the patient’s family.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided for general audience) OR
Centers of Excellence Luncheon PresentationThis optional luncheon session has been developed specifically for OptumHealth COE network attendees.

1:30 p.m.

Exploring the Role of Digital/Social Media in Health Care and the Impact on Consumer Engagement, Marcus Fischer, space150
How can we ensure that consumers have the tools and information they need to play an active role in managing their care? Based on research completed by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and AcademyHealth, key findings show that consumer engagement holds great potential to spur health quality improvements but must not be viewed as a silver bullet answer to this issue. Consumers have neither the power nor the skills to transform health care systems on their own. This session will address how change will require a joint effort on the part of consumers, providers, payers, insurers and policymakers.

2:15 p.m.

Value Drivers as a Leading Indicator of Performance, A. Mark Fendrick, MD, University of Michigan Medical Center
What evidence-based recommendations and strategies should guide legislative proposals and assist in the design of prevention programs in order to curb the major diseases and conditions that currently drive health care spending? With a focus on underlying drivers of ill health instead of the current cost of disease, this session will discuss ways to put more emphasis on health policy as a tool and question system incentives that may have negative impacts on overall disease-management strategies currently being used.

3:00 p.m.

Why Fixing Our Current Health Care System Is a National Priority, Mark Blatt, MD, MBA, Digital Health Group, Intel Corporation (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
In terms of national productivity, health care costs are on the rise, and this will only get worse as the baby boomers hit retirement age. The management of medical bills and billing systems is a burden for payers, and families cannot manage medical costs on their own. The current number of uninsured Americans is estimated at 47 million. Without coverage, there are delays in seeing doctors, and problems that might have been easily treated or prevented become complex and result in a huge cost to everyone. The system needs to be fixed before it collapses.

4:00 p.m.


Note: OptumHealth reserves the right to make any necessary changes to this program. Efforts will be made to keep presentations as scheduled. However, unforeseen circumstances may result in the substitution of faculty or content.

Last Updated: 09/27/11

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