2013 Annual Conference
Florida Association for Healthcare Quality
2013 Annual Conference
Hidden Treasures: Building Connections Across the Continuum of Care
April 23 - 26, 2013
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The theme of our 2013 Conference is building connections and collaboration, focusing on issues from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which outlines federal requirements for changing the healthcare system, and along with that, how healthcare quality is measured and achieved.
Using the framework provided in the ACA, the Conference is hosting a mix of invited and 'selected' speakers ('selected' from our Call for Abstracts), to help provide sufficient breadth and depth of information on issues facing us now and in the future. Change will be coming at a rapid pace over the next two years. Our goal is to provide information on key issues by experts in the field, followed by presentations which showcase successful practices which have improved the quality or efficiency of patient care in areas related to ACA requirements. Topics include The ACA: Developing New Models of Healthcare, presentations on several of the models being developed and tested, collaborative efforts with IT and with health plans, reducing readmissions, engaging physicians in quality and telehealth. Day one ends with a panel discussion by two content experts, who will discuss new skills and approaches quality professionals will want to develop or hone in order to be of greatest value as these new models evolve. The program goal is to help attendees understand and prepare for the changes to come, while learning of best practices reflecting current and future requirements in healthcare quality and patient safety.
We are pleased to announce that we will present the newly designed CPHQ Review Course, re-flecting the new content of the exam which went into effect January 2013. This course serves as both a preparation session for healthcare professionals who are studying for the Certi-fied Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) exam, and as an update for those already certified who wish to expand their quality management skills and knowledge base. The program will be held the afternoon of April 23 and continue all day April 24. 11.5 CE credits will be awarded for those seeking recertification of their CPHQ.
We are excited to offer two practical, half-day pre-conference workshops on April 24
Workshop 1: Essential Quality Tools: RCA and FMEA - 8:00 AM - 12:00
This workshop is devoted to two essential quality tools: Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). The workshop will provide both didactic and interactive com-ponents, using healthcare examples and small group activities. This hands-on session will allow you to put these techniques to work in your organization to help improve patient safety and meet regulatory standards.
Workshop 2: Data Management For Decision Making: Facilitating Quality - 1:00 - 5:00 PM
The goal of this workshop is to help attendees manage the "data deluge" they are currently facing, and un-derstand how to change data into actionable information. Attendees will learn about data management, ways to evaluate data when multiple variables (or multiple related projects) are at play, support tools and systems, and how to integrate IT. This workshop will provide a hands on experience to build practical skills.
Our Conference is being held at the amazing Doubletree Hotel at the entrance to Universal. The Doubletree sits next to a lake and overlooks Universal Studios Orlando®. It is in walking distance of Universal Orlando CityWalk®, and has a wealth of near-by shopping, including the Mall at Millennia and Premium Outlets - International Drive. It boasts a large business center, an outdoor pool and a fitness center for hotel guests. There are several in-house restaurants from which to choose if you want to dine in the hotel, plus several restaurants in walking distance of the hotel. Think about staying for the weekend following the conference to play at nearby Universal Studios Orlando® or any of the other many Orlando attractions! For more information on the hotel, please go to www.doubletreeorlando.com.
We have a host of special activities planned for this year’s conference. They include:
CPHQs: Wear your pin, get a free raffle ticket!
To honor attainment of the CPHQ designation, any members wearing their CPHQ pin to the Conference will be provided one free ticket to our much coveted raffle. Proceeds of our Fabulous Raffle go to support the Healthcare Quality Foundation. If you wish to donate a prize for this great cause, please contact Bobbie Winkleman.
Comfort the Kids Teddy Bear Drive
FAHQ is holding a Teddy Bear Drive to support First Responders at the Winter Garden Fire Rescue Department. All registrants bringing and donating a medium-sized (12-14 inches), brand new ted-dy bear will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to the 2014 Conference. You will receive one entry into the contest for each teddy bear donated. Bears must have short hair, be all plush, and have no bead filling, no hard plastic heads, no motors, amplifiers or batteries, and should still have the manufacturers tags attached.
President's Reception (Thursday)
Networking is a great part of the Conference experience, and there is ample opportunity for this! One such opportunity occurs Thursday evening, following our educational session. The FAHQ Board invites all Conference participants to the President's Reception. This is a chance for net-working with your colleagues and having some fun at the end of a productive day. Drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a lovely selection of hors d'ouevres will be served and our Fabu-lous Raffle will be held.
All registrants will receive a blank "passport" to be stamped as you visit our different Exhibitors. People getting their passport fully stamped are entered into two drawings, each for a $50 gift card! (No, you can't win twice in one contest!)
Pre-Conference Networking Luncheon (Wednesday)
We are holding a special networking luncheon for those attending the CPHQ Review Course or BOTH pre-conference workshops. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with your colleagues and our Conference Exhibitors. No special registration is necessary if you meet the above criteria. If you are registering for only one pre-conference workshop but would like to attend the luncheon, the fee is $35 and must be paid by check. Registration for the luncheon must be completed by April 2nd.
Conference Networking Breakfast (Friday)
Everyone registered for the FAHQ Annual Conference (April 25-26) is invited to attend a Network-ing Breakfast on Friday morning. This is a hearty, sit-down breakfast, where you can network with other attendees to create or further develop professional relationships.
Sponsors & Exhibitors
We are delighted by the support of our Sponsors and Exhibitors. For a current list, please click on the Conference Supporters link on your left.
Potential Sponsors & Exhibitors are invited to review our fabulous packages for the 2013 Confer-ence; simply use the Sponsors & Exhibitors link on this page.
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