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8:00 AM 4th Annual AXIS Golf Tournament
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Registration – Orchid Foyer
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Exhibit Setup – Royal Palm & Orchid Foyers
5:30 PM Exhibits Open
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Hors d’oeuvres & Networking Reception

 
 

Opening Plenary 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 
 

Servant Leadership: Growing Leaders by Serving Others

Roy Serpa

Leadership is a much talked about topic in the world of business and success. For every book in growing your organization, there exists a chapter on leadership. Servant Leadership is a unique approach that builds a culture that empowers employees to more strongly engage with the mission and vision.

This presentation will help participants understand the difference between a traditional and healthcare business leadership structure, define Servant Leadership and its application to addiction treatment and recovery leaders, demonstrate best practices in implementing a servant leadership structure in leading a team, identify the 4 key responsibilities of a servant leader, understand the difference between management & leadership and learn how others have adopted servant leadership successfully in organizational growth.

You are invited to learn more about the power of this style of leadership and how can have a substantial reduction in staff turnover, attraction of highly talented staff, a decrease in AMA’s, and an increase in revenue.

 

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6:30 AM Coffee & Tea Available All Day in the Exhibit Area
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Open 12 Step Meeting – Royal Palm VI-VII
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast in the Exhibit Area

 
 

Monday Morning General Session 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

 
 

Payment Models and Integrated Care

Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM & Douglas Nemecek, MD, MBA

As the tectonic plates of addiction treatment shift we are pushed to keep up with progressive value based payment models. Dr. Doug Nemecek and Dr. Corey Waller will discuss what a payer needs from a potential provider, what the components of being “paneled” are and how best to prepare your business to move into the insurance based world. We will discuss value based approaches to addiction treatment, what outcomes the insurance carriers are looking for and how best to structure your treatment facility to meet the future needs.

 
 

Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

 
 

Monday Morning Topic Forums 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

 

Executive and Administrative Forum
Clinical Management Forum
Business Development/Service & Support Forum

 
 

Monday Luncheon 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

 
 

Reimbursement Models Past, Present and Future: Surviving Change, Improving Outcomes and Maintaining Integrity

Mike Harle

Do we really know our costs? What is pay for performance or value based incentive/payment? Do we oversell treatment while we underperform? Can we show cost benefit and value in our services? Is our care integrated with physical health, behavioral health, housing, jobs and recovery support? How to cost our services, should we warrant our services?

The goal of this presentation is to shed light and answer the questions posed above. Our objective is to start a discussion and not to end one! We looked the “top three issues you are concerned about” and they were: Changes in reimbursement and insurance, the second was related to ethics, declining industry standards and marketing while the third was outcomes and overall quality. This presentation will highlight lessons learned from a large publicly/privately funded non-profit organization. It will emphasize a process moving from program funding, private pay and fee for service models to performance/outcome based reimbursement models. We explore the possibility of population based cost benefit models in an environment driven by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Parity act, Federal, State insurance law, and healthcare integration during a major opioid epidemic.

 
 

Monday Afternoon General Sessions 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 
 

Executive and Administrative: The Survival Handbook for the Future of Addiction Medicine

Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM & Douglas Nemecek, MD, MBA

Learning about the “what to do” is completely different than learning about the “how to do”. In this presentation Dr. Doug Nemecek and Dr. Corey Waller we will cover the “Survival Guide” of how to transition to the next phase of addiction treatment. This will include how to on-board MAT, a run-down of the possible changes in a Trump administration and how to incorporate the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act and the new 42 CFR pt 2. We will also be introducing a living document to help guide the implementation of new pathways and treatment modalities.

 
 

Clinical: Improving Care with Triage, Assessment, Contingency Management & Monitoring Technology

David Gastfriend, MD; Eric Gastfriend & Kati Lohr, MA, NCC, LPC-MHSP, ACS

Technology allows us to be capable of things we never thought possible. This session will review three advances in technology that have generated innovations to increase care quality and access.

Reinventing population behavioral health, Synchronous Health uses an advanced technology and artificial intelligence platform to provide tele-health services for sponsored populations of Employers, Health Plans, and Provider Systems. The company brings together seemingly unrelated or inconsequential data and data exhaust to provide real-time and predictive insights into populations and individual consumers, and delivers at scale through AI bots, digital experiences, and credentialed networks of licensed professionals. The delivery model is any time, any where — powered by the company’s proprietary When-Do maker — in repeated 15-minute therapeutic sessions.

CONTINUUM™ is a computer-guided, structured interview that operationalizes ASAM’s Criteria for placement and utilization review. Los Angeles County and Massachusetts began pilots in late 2016 with both CONTINUUM and its first derivative product, CONTINUUM Triage™. This 10-15 minute computer-guided structured interview determines provisional level of care.

DynamiCare Health™ is designed to alleviate provider burdens that prevent nationwide adoption of the highly effective Contingency Management model. DynamiCare (1) ethically manages CM incentives, (2) automatically tracks/reports data, and (3) uses machine learning to provide impending relapse/dropout alerts for proactive intervention.

 
 

Business Development/Service & Support – Accountability, Transparency and Integrity: A Business Development Solution-Focused Panel

Gina Thorne, Harry Nelson, JD, Ben Cort, and Mark Honzel, MD

The forces of epidemic misuse, healthcare innovation, legislation, and capital have converged to transform today’s addiction treatment field. Intensified demand for addiction treatment services and the subsequent influx of new treatment providers have at once created new hope for addiction sufferers and heightened competition among treatment providers.

More programs and increased competition may be a good thing for prospective patients and families, but it also creates the ideal conditions for unethical marketing and fraud in the industry. The issue of unethical business practices runs the gamut from inadvertent wrongdoing to purposeful predation. The potential negative effects of these practices threaten the integrity and perceived efficacy of the entire addiction treatment field.

This workshop will feature a solution-focused ethics dialogue between key industry experts including a CEO/Executive Director, Clinical Director, Business Development/Marketing Professional, and Compliance Officer. There will be discussion about increasing accountability, creating transparency, and practicing sound ethics to ensure the credibility of our field for consumers and providers.

 
 

Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

 
 

Monday Afternoon Topic Forums 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

 

Executive and Administrative Forum
Clinical Management Forum
Business Development/Service & Support Forum

 

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6:30 AM Coffee & Tea Available All Day in the Exhibit Area
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Open 12 Step Meeting – Royal Palm VI-VII
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast in the Exhibit Area

 
 

Tuesday Morning General Session 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

 
 

Enhancing quality, accountability, and effectiveness in Addiction Care: The Measurement-based Practice Model

John Kelly, MD & David Mee Lee, MD

The lack of data on patients’ outcomes is pervasive across health care, but is particularly absent among highly stigmatized addiction and mental health disorders. As a result, addiction treatment has come under pressure to demonstrate effectiveness and be more accountable to justify costs. The Institute of Medicine has called for greater development and implementation of “evidence-based practices” (EBPs) but ensuring adequate adherence and competence in clinical delivery of these practices has proven challenging. One way to overcome these challenges and enhance treatment quality, effectiveness, and accountability, is to create a system of reliable and valid measurement of patient-reported outcomes during treatment in the clinical contexts in which care is provided. Using brief, non-proprietary, standardized and validated measures of treatment progress commonly used in clinical research, that can be captured easily and quickly using electronic tablet devices (e.g., iPad) prior to each visit and then automatically and instantly aggregated, summarized, related to prior scores, and graphically presented, clinicians, programs, treatment systems, and insurers, can be provided with vital information that can inform care. This real-time access to outcomes data, in addition to providing knowledge about programs’ and clinicians’ performance, helps identify vulnerable patient sub-groups for whom the standard of care may not be working as well signaling the need for targeted clinical innovations that can be implemented and evaluated immediately in a matter of months instead of years, because outcomes are continuously measured using the same standardized metrics used in clinical trials. This shifts the emphasis from “evidence-based practice” to “measurement-based practice”. This talk provides the rationale for measurement-based practice and its potential benefits to payors, providers, and patients. Specific examples of models currently in place are discussed.

 
 

Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

 
 

Tuesday Morning Topic Forums 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

 

Executive and Administrative Forum
Clinical Management Forum
Business Development/Service & Support Forum

 
 

Tuesday Luncheon 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

 
 

Increasing Access to Care

Kimberly A. Johnson, PhD

While the ACA and the MHPAEA have provided important new avenues for financing and improving care, a substantial treatment gap remains and millions of people continue to go unserved or underserved. Dr. Johnson will address some of the reasons for this continuing gap, and steps we can take to shrink it. This session will address multiple barriers to access, including equality of access; coverage; stigma; and the workforce. Topics covered will include recovery-oriented systems of care and technology.

 
 

Tuesday Afternoon General Sessions 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 
 

Executive and Administrative: To Partner or Go It Alone

Nathaniel Weiner, Esq & Susan Sudman, MS

It is crucial to the success of healthcare organizations to form powerful alliances that address the unique challenges they face in areas of mutual interest. Well-structured and effective partnerships deliver value to patients and buyers and can lead to commercial success and new opportunities.

At the same time, the fast pace of change impacting the behavioral health industry has been driving unprecedented consolidation and investor interest in the field. For treatment providers who are considering partnering with strategic or financial acquirers, what are the key decision drivers and touch points in an M&A transaction? Are these deals good or bad for patients, employees, the treatment field? Are there alternatives to “selling out” that give treatment providers some or all of the same benefits as the larger players? What options do nonprofit organizations have in this climate?

This session will address, and invite discussion of, the forces that are driving mergers and other institutional partnerships in the treatment industry. It will explore how different corporate forms best address specific strategic goals and challenges an organization may face, utilizing examples from the behavioral and the acute medical-surgical healthcare industries. Our discussion will explore collaborations beyond traditional merger and acquisition vehicles to look at specific alliances that may address narrower needs such as contracting, purchasing, and management services, drawing on experience with collaborative ventures in behavioral health and other sectors of the healthcare industry. We will also identify critical success factors in picking a compatible partner and in doing a deal.

 
 

Clinical: Ensuring Quality of Care

Kimberly A. Johnson, PhD

Increased access to care must be matched by concomitant increases in quality of care. Dr. Johnson will discuss how we need to rethink research, service delivery, and provider education in order to achieve the level of quality that will improve outcomes. This session will address ‘quality pressure points’; and topics to be covered will include data-driven quality improvement, continuous practice improvement, workforce competencies, quality measures, consumer-centered quality improvements, and technology.

 
 

Business Development/Service & Support: The ATMO Recovery Professional Leadership Program (RPLP)

Gina Thorne & Ben Cort

As competition intensifies, visionary companies are investing in emerging business development executives who can help them build and secure a competitive edge. The ATMO Recovery Professional Leadership Program (RPLP) speeds this lengthy process by equipping up-and-coming management with a broader understanding of the addiction recovery marketplace and a more integrated view of business development within the organization. Participants will emerge ready to lead change, innovation, and ethical growth in any economy.

The RPLP is an accelerated learning experience that puts you on the fast track and builds on your foundational business skills. Designed for emerging and existing business development professionals, its comprehensive approach broadens your understanding of core business functions and creates an intensive learning experience.

This course will cover a broad range of responsibilities and knowledge needed to be successful Business Development professional while maintaining integrity the addiction treatment industry. Significant attention will be spent considering the ethical responsibilities inherent to the field as well as practices outside of the norm. This intensive, advanced course will be divided between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning and will discuss key driving principles including: Evolution and status of the addiction treatment industry; Statistics; Trends and goals of treatment; Business Development’s strategic role in the continuum of care; Funding, Reimbursement and Incentives; Best Practices; Ethical guidelines and responsibilities; and Codes of Conduct. Case studies and small group discussions will also be part of the experiential nature of the Program.

 
 

Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

 
 

Tuesday Afternoon Topic Forums 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

 

Executive and Administrative Forum
Clinical Management Forum
Business Development/Service & Support Forum

 

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6:30 AM Coffee & Tea Available All Day in the Exhibit Area
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Open 12 Step Meeting – Royal Palm VI-VII
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast in the Exhibit Area

 
 

Wednesday Morning General Session 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Business Development/Service & Support: The ATMO Recovery Professional Leadership Program (RPLP)

Gina Thorne & Ben Cort

As competition intensifies, visionary companies are investing in emerging business development executives who can help them build and secure a competitive edge. The ATMO Recovery Professional Leadership Program (RPLP) speeds this lengthy process by equipping up-and-coming management with a broader understanding of the addiction recovery marketplace and a more integrated view of business development within the organization. Participants will emerge ready to lead change, innovation, and ethical growth in any economy.

The RPLP is an accelerated learning experience that puts you on the fast track and builds on your foundational business skills. Designed for emerging and existing business development professionals, its comprehensive approach broadens your understanding of core business functions and creates an intensive learning experience.

This course will cover a broad range of responsibilities and knowledge needed to be successful Business Development professional while maintaining integrity the addiction treatment industry. Significant attention will be spent considering the ethical responsibilities inherent to the field as well as practices outside of the norm. This intensive, advanced course will be divided between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning and will discuss key driving principles including: Evolution and status of the addiction treatment industry; Statistics; Trends and goals of treatment; Business Development’s strategic role in the continuum of care; Funding, Reimbursement and Incentives; Best Practices; Ethical guidelines and responsibilities; and Codes of Conduct. Case studies and small group discussions will also be part of the experiential nature of the Program.

 
 

Navigating the Complexity of Varying Standards – State, Federal and Insurers

Michael C. Barnes, JD

This presentation will address the multitude of standards that substance abuse and mental health treatment providers must meet to comply with state and federal laws and insurer policies. Specifically, the presenters will discuss the distinctions among state and federal laws related to marketing and patient referrals, including for laboratory services. They will address the difficulties associated with meeting clinical standards of care in light of insurer restrictions related to prior authorizations, housing, length of stay, and co-pay collection. Participants will gain insight into best practices to reduce legal and financial risks. The presenters’ recommendations will cover marketing relationships and agreements; patient domicile, insurance enrollment, payment of premiums, and housing considerations; documentation of medical necessity and patient progress; and insurer negotiations and coverage appeals. Finally, the panel will examine recent litigation that may influence providers’ approaches to compliance.

 
 

Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 
 

Wednesday Closing General Session 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

 
 

Unified Leadership – Bridging the Provider Gap from Competition to Connection

Miles Adcox

Our services have never been more relevant and important as our country wakes up to the mental health and addiction crisis. When policy makers and the public come to us for direction, what we can offer is we continue down this highly segmented and divided path. How can we come together for the betterment of our programs, the industry, and patients in dire need of improved outcomes?

 

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