Fall Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

a-train marketing communications, Inc. - Exhibitor - atrainmarketing.com
Askesis Development Group
- Exhibitor - www.askesis.com
Credible Behavioral Health Software
- Exhibitor - www.credibleinc.com
- Exhibitor - www.datis.com
Genoa - a QoL healthcare company - Exhibitor & Wednesday Reception/Dinner Sponsor - www.genoa-qol.com
- Exhibitor - www.icentrix.com
Janssen Pharmacuticals - Exhibitor & General Sponsor - www.janssenpharmaceuticalsinc.com
Legacy Benefits Group
- Exhibitor - www.thelegacybenefitsgroup.com
Martyn Family Foundation - Education Sponsor - www.martynfoundation.org
MHRRG/Negley Associates
- Exhibitor & Thursday Evening Reception Sponsor - www.mhrrg.com
Netsmart Technologies - Exhibitor & WiFi Sponsor - www.ntst.com
NorthRock Pharmacy
- Exhibitor - www.northrockpharmacy.com
PharmBlue, LLC
- Exhibitor - www.pharmblue.com
Qualifacts Systems, Inc.
- Exhibitor - www.qualifacts.com
Relias Learning
- Exhibitor - www.reliaslearning.com
Streamline Healthcare Solutions
- Exhibitor & Orientation Luncheon Sponsor - www.streamlinehealthcare.com
- Exhibitor & Welcome Reception Sponsor - www.valant.com

- Exhibitor - http://vertess.com/
Welligent, Inc.
- Exhibitor - www.welligent.com

Tuesday, November 1

Pre-Conference Site Tours
(Transportation will be provided and light refreshments will be served.)

9:00 am - 12:30
Morning Site Visit

Tour Terros Health Integrated Care inPhoenix

Learn how their Integrated Care Team approaches collaborative services for high-risk, high-need populations. Includes travel-time discussion of how integrated care is being approached nationwide.

1:30 - 4:45 pm Afternoon Site Visit

Tour Terros Health Integrated Care in Mesa

Learn how their Integrated Care Team approaches collaborative services for high-risk, high-need populations, including a look inside their SPMI day treatment program, LADDER. Includes travel-time discussion of how integrated care and day treatment for SPMI is being approached nationwide.

1 - 5 pm

 Innovation Incubator

The Emerging Multi-State Health & Human Service Marketplace

Presenters: OPEN MINDS CEO Monica Oss, Recovery Innovations International Chief Crisis & Recovery Services Officer Leon Boyko, Resources for Human Development CEO Dyann Roth

Get an update on market consolidation, hear case studies on successful multi-state operations, and engage in conversation about the challenges and opportunities of multi-state operations in health and human services.

5:00 - 6:30 pm

 Welcome Reception
 Sponsored by Valant

Wednesday, November 2

7:30 am

 Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:15 am

 General Session

Arizona Medicaid – Driving Toward Integration and Value

Presenter: Deputy Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Beth Kohler

This presentation will focus on the many changes going on in Medicaid nationally and also within Arizona. It will highlight delivery-system transformation focused on the unique needs of the Medicaid population, including Arizona's DSRIP program, and how that transformation can lead to broader system integration.

 10:15 am

 Morning Break

 10:30 am - Noon

 General Session (continues)

The Uneven Evolution of Value-Based Purchasing: Strategic Implications & Opportunities for Specialty Providers

Presenter: OPEN MINDS CEO Monica Oss

An up-to-the-minute executive update on the changing reimbursement landscape including the current costs of building the management infrastructure needed for the next wave in provider reimbursement and the challenges in securing contracts with payers and health plans.
 Noon - 1:30 pm

 Lunch On Your Own
Orientation Luncheon (invitation only)


 1:30 - 3 pm

 Breakout Sessions

Taking Self-Funded Health Insurance to the Next Level

Presenters: La Frontera Arizona CEO Dan Ranieri, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic CEO Larry Green, AHRIC Secretary Paul Zucarelli and AHRIC CFO Gerald Miron

Arizona Health Reciprocal Insurance Company (AHRIC) is a self-funded Reciprocal Captive arrangement which enables subscribers to better manage healthcare benefit design along with costs. This presentation will outline the benefits and structure of this type of captive along with the successes obtained to date.

Our Road to Integrated Care: The Twists and Turns

Presenters: Terros Health President & CEO Peggy Chase, CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness CEO Dennis Regnier, Spectrum Healthcare Group CEO April Razo

Listen to a panel of Arizona healthcare leaders discuss how each of them are uniquely approaching whole-health care integration for diverse and complex populations—and the challenges faced. Leaders will share insight into changing their care culture, transforming operations, adopting an optimal and differentiated patient experience, and their financial investments all while delivering great care and working to achieve the desired health outcomes.

 3 pm

 Afternoon Break

 3:15 - 4:45 pm

 Breakout Sessions

Artificial Intelligence Eats the World

Presenters: Afia CEO Jeremy Nelson, eHana CEO Jacob Buckley-Fortin

When you think "Artificial Intelligence," do you think HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey? Think again. A.I. is here, powered by "machine learning" and "big data," and it's quickly impacting the world around us--through intelligent assistants, self-driving cars, and more. This presentation, intended for a non-technical executive audience, will look at the history of A.I. and its coming impact on healthcare.

Families Achieving Safety, Recovery and Stability: A Collaborative Care Approach

Presenters: Terros Health President & CEO Peggy Chase, Chief of Health & Family Services Ron Carpio, and Chief Transformation Officer Jennifer Siozos; and CEO of the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Thelma Ross

For more than 15 years, the Terros Health Arizona Families FIRST program has successfully preserved and reunified families through a collaborative care approach to treating addiction. This special program uses a service delivery approach that puts the family at the center and collaborates with several community partners utilizing a bundled rate system.

 5:30 - 8:30 pm

 Reception, Glow Putt-Putt Challenge & Banquet
 Hosted by: Genoa - a QoL Healthcare Company

Thursday, November 3

 7:30 am

 Registration & Continental Breakfast

 8:30 - 10:15 am

 General Session

Change is Certain, Progress is NOT

Presenter: Bill Levisay, Principal at Levisay Consulting

In today’s cultural and business landscape of accelerating change, this presentation reviews barriers to progress and explores a number of drivers that can help create progress in a sea of change.

 10:15 am

 Morning Break

 10:30 am - Noon

 General Session (continues)

Provider Success in the Current and Future Health Care Environment

Presenter: Aetna Medicaid Senior Director of Behavioral Health Jay T. Roundy


An MCO and Organizational Performance perspective on what it means to be successful today and in the future. An overview of significant market trends in healthcare and how to understand and respond to these trends in terms of both service delivery and organizational performance.

 Noon - 1:30 pm

 Lunch on Your Own

 Noon - 1:30 pm  MHRRG/Negley Associates Lunch & Learn (Reservation Required)

Is your center covered for the most frequent claims made in behavioral health?

Join Ron Zimmet, risk management guru for behavioral health, plus a panel of seasoned CFOs, to learn if your center is at risk for expensive claims and the specific nuances of coverage you must understand and navigate if the piece of paper you buy will actually respond and protect your organization. Q&A following the presentation.

 1:30 - 4 pm  Mobile Crisis Office Tour
 Hosted by Terros Health

Tour Terros Health’s Mobile Crisis Office

Learn how Terros Health, Crisis Response Network, and local municipalities’ first responders collaborate to provide integrated crisis services in Maricopa County and Flagstaff. Transportation provided, including travel-time discussion of how crisis services are being approached nationwide. Light refreshments will be served.

 1:30 - 3 pm

 Breakout Sessions

Application of Progress Drivers to Today’s Healthcare Landscape

Presenter: Bill Levisay, Principal at Levisay Consulting

Identifying significant elements of change and applying progress drivers to address today’s real-life challenges.

Broken Promises & False Claims Act Liability after Escobar

Presenters: Dickinson Wright PLLC Members Gregory Moore and Russell Kolsrud; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Dist. of New Mexico, Howard Thomas

Two attorneys devoted to serving behavioral health providers, an Asst. U.S. Attorney in New Mexico and a behavioral health provider will discuss the Escobar False Claims Act and how providers can use it to leverage MCOs and MA Plans.

 3 pm

 Afternoon Break

 3:15 - 4:45 pm

 Breakout Sessions

Roundtable Discussions on Operations Trends and Challenges


Facilitators: Heritage Behavioral Health Center CEO Candace Clevenger, North Central Mental Health Services CFO Joe Niedzwiedski, Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System Chief Administrative Officer Phyllis Persinger, Grafton Integrated Health Network CEO James Stewart

Join your peers to explore a variety of operations topics to keep your organization on the cutting edge including:

  • Changing Reimbursement Models and Comparing Health Homes for Different States
  • Capitalizing on New Initiatives, Raising New Capital, and Creating For-Profit Concepts
  • Turnover, Recruitment and Retention
  • Workflow Improvement
  • Implementation of the New White Collar Exemption Rules and Human Resources Implications
  • New Service Trends and Clinical and Financial Challenges

ViewPoint - Retirement Lessons Learned

Facilitator: mhca President & CEO Dale Shreve

Hear from retired mhca CEOs about the transition to retirement and what they wish they'd known when they were where you are now!

Peer Collaboration Group Follow-Up

Learn more about the benefits of peer collaboration, connect with peers interested in joining or forming a group, or follow-up with potential group members you met during the peer collaboration sessions in Portland..

 5:00 - 6:30 pm


Friday, November 4

 8 - 10 am

 mhca Board of Directors Meeting
 Chair:  Dale K. Klatzker PhD

 10 am - 2 pm  MHRRG Board of Directors Meeting
 Chair:  Margarita Labarta PhD

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