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Welcome to the 2016 Oklahoma Rural Health Conference! Enjoy your time at the conference and be sure to visit with the exhibitors & sponsors. Follow the conference on Twitter by using the #rhao16 hastag.  WiFi Username: RHAO WiFi Password: 2016
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Tuesday, May 24


Golf Scramble
Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:00pm - 5:30pm
Westwood Park Golf Course 2400 Westport Drive, Norman, Oklahoma
Wednesday, May 25


Wednesday May 25, 2016 7:30am - Monday May 25, 2516 5:00pm
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Foyer Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Networking
Wednesday May 25, 2016 7:45am - 8:20am
Oklahoma E,F Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


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Jeff Hackler, JD, MBA

Chair, OSU CHS Department of Rural Health

Wednesday May 25, 2016 8:20am - 8:30am
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


The National Landscape of Rural Health
Mr. Slabach will provide a national viewpoint on the state of rural health, emphasizing key issues of the day.

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Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE

Senior Vice President for Member Services, National Rural Health Assoication
Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE, currently serves as the Senior Vice-President of Member Services for the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), a membership organization with over 21,000 members nationwide. Mr. Slabach has over 25 years of experience in the administration of rural hospitals. From 1987 through 2007, he was the administrator of the Field Memorial Community Hospital in Centreville, Mississippi. He earned his Bachelor of Science from... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Upcoming MACRA Regulations
This session will provide a detailed look at the recently released MedicareAccess and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Learn how Medicare is changing from a fee-for-service model to a new system that rewards clinicians for value and quality of care through two new payment pathways: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) & Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).


Jason Felts, MS

Practice Advisor, OFMQ
Jason Felts, MS, has worked in HealthInformation Technology for over nine years. Mr. Felts has been in his current role as a Practice Advisor for the OklahomaFoundation for Medical Quality for six years. In that capacity Mr. Felts has worked with health care providers across a multitude of network and software platforms, performing onsite technical assistance and consulting services with regard to EHR optimization, workflow, IT considerations... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 9:30am - 10:20am
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Break & Exhibitor Networking

Wednesday May 25, 2016 10:20am - 11:00am
Oklahoma E,F Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Access to Care Stakeholder Meeting
Improving access to health care in rural Oklahoma is a complex issue and is impacted by multiple factors (geography, population density, economy, socio-economic factors, lower health status, higher uninsured rates, lack of technology infrastructure, transportation challenges, etc.). In 2015, a wide-ranging group of stakeholders were convened to discuss their particular needs and to identify short-term and long-term goals. The purpose of this session is to provide an update on current activities and gather further input on stakeholder efforts.


Andy Fosmire

Vice President for Rural Health, Oklahoma Hospital Assoication

J.T. Petherick

Director of Legislative and Tribal Relations, BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma

Wednesday May 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Buffet Lunch & Exhibitor Networking

Wednesday May 25, 2016 11:50am - Monday May 25, 2516 1:00pm
Oklahoma E,F Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Creating a Culture that Embraces Telechange
Hospital medicine is constantly changing and will continue to evolve. In order to thrive in this ever-changing environment, rural healthcare facilities need to create a culture that embraces change, allowing them to move more seamlessly into the future. New and innovative models of care thatincorporate telemedicine within the inpatient environment will be necessary for future survival. Learn how tocreate a culture that embraces telemedicine services across the continuum of care, by building leaders andambassadors who are open to trying new techniques to help you move beyond the status quo and achievepositive new results for your facility. Hear how a teleneurology program at INTEGRIS Bass Baptist HealthCenter in Enid, Oklahoma., has created a culture of change and is successfully giving stroke and otheracute neurology patients immediate access to the best neurologists in the country. One of the biggest problems for rural hospitals is not having the staff to deal with acute patients, and having to transfer them to large city hospitals means lost revenues. Learn how this collaboration is lowering costs and increasing revenues for INTEGRIS while providing more specialized patient care.


Talbot "Mac" McCormick,MD

President & CEO, Eagle Hospital Physicians
Talbot “Mac” McCormick, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer at Eagle Hospital Physicians and a board certified internist. He began as a hospitalist with Eagle in 2003 and has since served in various physician leadership roles. As President and CEO, Dr. McCormick is responsible for overall day-to-day operations and execution of strategic plans at Eagle with special emphasis on physician matters, practice development, and... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 1:05pm - 2:00pm
Sooner Room Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Rural Hospital Survival Tips
Rural Hospital Administrators Shelly Dunham(Okeene Municipal Hospital), Roger Knak (Fairview Medical Center), andLandon Hise (Cordell Memorial Hospital) speak about how they have found success in managing their rural hospitals. This session provides specific “how to” money saving tips on surviving in tough economic times.

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Shelly Dunham, RN

CEO, Okeene Municipal Hospital
Shelly Dunham, RN, has dedicated all of her adult life to some form of caring for and/or directing healthcare in the community. Ms. Dunham feels her background in nursing strengthens her ability to manage the everyday operations of the Okeene Municipal Hospital. She has been employed for 34 years with the Okeene Municipal Hospital. Prior to being promoted to CEO, Ms. Dunham served as Administrator of Schallmo Assisted Living and Okeene Hospital... Read More →
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Landon Hise

CEO, Cordell Memorial Hospital
Landon Hise is Chief Executive Officer/Administrator of Cordell Memorial Hospital in Cordell, Oklahoma. An Elk City native, Mr. Hise earned an Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. | | Prior to joining Cordell Memorial Hospital, Mr. Hise's professional career included stints at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City... Read More →

Roger Knak, MBA

CEO, Russell Regional Hospital
Roger Knak, MBA, began his career in healthcare in the pre-hospital setting as a professional firefighter paramedic. At the encouragement of nursing staff, he returned to college and obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing from the University of the State of New York in 1990. Mr. Knak served as a flight nurse and transitioned into the hospital setting becoming the Director of Emergency Services in a rural Kansas hospital. Returning to school, Mr... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 1:05pm - 2:00pm
Boomer Room Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Making Your Clinic Operations Work
Most facilities have employed physicians. It has become an expectation that these clinics will lose money, but why? Streamlining your clinic operations and making sure billing is timely is as important as spending time working on the hospital side of the operations. Learn to make your clinic operations work as well as they can and plan for the future. Once clinic operations have been streamlined and functioning at a high level then you can address the physician contracts if necessary. 

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Rick Wagner, CPA, FHFMA

Partner, Eide Bailly
Richard (Rick) Wagner, CPA, FHFMA, draws upon his more than 34 years of experience in the healthcare industry both working inside two systems and as a consultant to assist providers with solving today’s healthcare dilemmas. He works with providers to improve their operations, create win-win joint ventures, decipher the myriad of government regulations and develop strategies for better alignment. Mr. Wagner currently works with... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Opportunities with Medicaid Managed Care in Rural Communites: Lessons Learned from New Mexico
While New Mexico and Oklahoma share only a brief border, their healthcare systems and Medicaid systems have dealt with many of the same challenges and opportunities. New Mexico and Oklahoma have similar Medicaid and CHIP enrollment rates and offer services in many rural communities. While New Mexico has a long history of risk-based managed care, in 2014 the state moved to a comprehensive Medicaid Managed Care program named CentennialCare. As part of Centennial Care, UnitedHealthcare has the honor of providing health care coverage for individuals across the State of New Mexico. The health plan’s experience serving the unique needs of the New Mexico market has provided insight on making managed care and health care work in urban, rural, and frontier settings. Join us in a discussion on how managed care has helped New Mexico address access to care, improve health literacy, and contribute to the health of individuals and communities.


Buffy Saveedra, MBA

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Mexico
Buffie Saavedra, MBA, has worked for UnitedHealthcare in the public benefits sector of Community & State for six years, serving as the New Mexico Growth & Development Director for the past three years. She previously served as the ComplianceOfficer for the Plan’s Aged, Blind, Disabled and Long Term Care programs. Before coming to UnitedHealthcare, Ms. Saavedra led the Consumer and Elder RightsDivision at the State’s Aging... Read More →

Julie B. Weinberg

Julie Weinberg has more than 25 years of experience in Medicaid in both the public and private sector. Ms. Weinberg worked 17 years for the New Mexico Medicaid fiscal agent, after which she joined the New Mexico Human Services Department (NMHSD) as Medicaid Deputy Director. In 2010, she became the Medicaid Director, a position she held through 2014. | During her tenure at NMHSD, Ms. Weinberg led the agency through MCO procurements; an MMIS/fiscal... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Sooner Room Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Rural Hospital Support Services in Discharge Planning and Innovative Delivery Models
Rural health care delivery continues to face significant challenges. In addition to the financial pressures, there are growing workforce shortage issues and increasing clinical need requirements of the rural patient. These are creating significant choke points for the delivery of rural health care. OSU's Center for Health Systems Innovation is addressing these challenges by deploying innovative care delivery and IT solutions to relieve these choke points.


Whitney Bailey, PhD

Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University
Whitney Bailey, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Bryan Close Professor in Adulthood and Aging in Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Bailey's work surrounds issues on family caregiving. She has received state, federal, and foundation funding for her scholarly work and teaches undergraduate and graduate students. She currently leads a federally funded project which will mobilize the Cooperative Extension... Read More →

William Paiva, PhD

Executive Director, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation
William D. Paiva, PhD, is Executive Director of Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI). The Center is focused on transforming rural and Native America health through the delivery of innovative solutions. The Center is accomplishing this mission by implementing innovative care delivery solutions in rural and Native American markets and analyzing the largest relational health care database in the country. | | Prior... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Boomer Room Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Break & Exhibitor Networking

Wednesday May 25, 2016 3:00pm - 3:40pm
Oklahoma E,F Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


F.R.O.G. (Find and Realizing One's Goals)
No matter what the external environment, it is good for organizations and individuals to take time to think about where they want to go and how to get there. The "leap" into the realm of possibilities can make it easier to find the right "lilypad" for you and your organization.


Margaret White, PhD

Margaret A. White, PhD is The Fleming Cos. Professor of Technology Management at Oklahoma State University. She has a PhD with a major in management and a minor in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. She has a MBA and BS in mathematics are from Sam Houston State University. Professor White is the author/coauthor of over 80 articles and papers. Her research has appeared in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Academy of... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 3:40pm - 4:45pm
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Annual Membership Meeting of RHAO Board of Directors and Members
Wednesday May 25, 2016 5:10pm - 6:55pm
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Networking Reception
Wednesday May 25, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hotel Atrium (Crimson Room) Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center
Thursday, May 26


Breakfast & Exhibitor Networking

Thursday May 26, 2016 7:30am - 8:00am
Oklahoma E,F Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Thursday May 26, 2016 7:30am - 12:00pm
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Foyer Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


HIPAA Compliance: Security in the Healthcare Environment
This session will cover an overview of the HIPAA security rule. We will discuss the regulations surrounding HIPAA security, the basics of a security risk analysis, and provide updates on recent HIPAA violations. We will also cover how to protect your organization from vulnerabilities and how you can prevent having your data held for ransom.


Lindsey Wiley, MHA, BS

Health Information Technology Manager, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality
Lindsey Wiley, MHA, BS, Health Information Technology Manager at OFMQ, has more than nine years of healthcare technology and quality improvement experience working with providers in multiple settings (hospitals, ambulatory clinics, and nursing homes) on all phases of healthcare technology adoption and optimization. She has been with OFMQ since 2010, when she began work through the Regional Extension Center (REC) for Health Information... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 8:00am - 8:45am
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Oklahoma Legislative Update
Ms. White will provide information about legislation that effects rural Oklahoma healthcare.

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Lynne White

Director of Government Relations and Political Action, Oklahoma Hospital Association
Lynne White has more than 30 years of experience in government relations program development and implementation including state legislative and regulatory lobbying, grassroots organizing, coalition building, promotions, and campaign fundraising. She also has extensive experience in campaign organization including managing seven non-partisan state question ballot initiatives as well as numerous political campaigns on the federal, state, and... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 8:45am - 9:35am
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Break & Exhibitor Networking

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:35am - 9:55am
Oklahoma E,F Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Care Coordination: A Community Approach to an Inpatient and Outpatient Process
This session will provide information on the role of a traditional care coordinator in the hospital and how one hospital is inviting key community members and local organizations to help with readmission rates. Led by members of the care coordination team, this discussion provides "how to" information for other communities to copy this model. The speakers will provide information on how the care coordination community group was formed, what it does, and how it is working.


Sheri O'Brien, RN

Sheri O'Brien, RN, has worked in Women’s Health, Med/Surg, Outpatient surgery, ICU, Emergency Medicine, and Infection Control. Ms. O’Brien has been in case management for 12 years and currently serves as the Manager of Case Management Services for INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center and INTEGRIS Meadowlake Behavioral Health.

Suzanne Thompson, RN, BSN

Suzanne Thompson, RN, BSN, has worked as a nurse for almost 19 years in Med/Surg, ICU, outpatient surgery, pain management, development of a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program, and most recently, transitional care. Ms. Thompson assumed the role of Transitional Care Coordinator at INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center in May of 2015.

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:55am - 10:45am
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Break & Exhibitor Networking
Thursday May 26, 2016 10:45am - 11:05am
Oklahoma E,F Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Behavioral Health Services: Essential for the Health of Rural Communities
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Terri White, MSW

Commissioner, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Terri White, commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is a passionate advocate for individuals experiencing mental illness and addiction. Because of her leadership, ODMHSAS has become nationally known for its children’s behavioral health services; community-based treatment programs; technological innovations such as “telepsychiatry;” and the integration of behavioral health care... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 11:05am - 11:55am
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Going DEEP into Rural Oklahoma with the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program
TMF Health Quality Institute, the medical quality improvement organization for the state of Oklahoma, is offering an opportunity for multiple people in rural communities to access appropriate, comprehensive, evidence-based diabetes self-management education (DSME) services. TMF, via their CMS contract, has developed a Train-the-Trainer project, whereby health professionals, along with capable volunteers, can elect to become trained and certified to deliver the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), which was designed by the University of Illinois/Chicago. The DEEP program is one of only two evidence-based DSME programs which CMS has sanctioned the medical quality improvement organizations throughout the nation to use as they train people in local communities to deliver DSME services and address the current gap in access to good DSME programs particularly noticeable in rural areas. During this presentation, staff from TMF in Oklahoma, along with several partners who have become trained and certified to deliver DEEP, will discuss the benefits of this evidence-based DSME program and methods for spreading it more widely in rural areas of Oklahoma.


Margaret Enright, MPH, CDE, CPHQ

Margaret Enright, MPH, CDE, CPHQ, has been a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) for over 25 years and is currently employed by TMF Health Quality Institute (which is currently the medical Quality Improvement Organization for the state of Oklahoma). In previous positions, she has been the Director of Health Education and Diabetes Education for a large primary care group practice in Central Oklahoma, where she provided DSME services for hundreds... Read More →

Adrianna Halstead, RD, LD

Adrianna Halstead, RD, LD, is a Registered & Licensed Dietitian at the Lincoln and Logan County Health Departments. She currently co-facilitates several community health programs including DEEP, Heartland OK, the USDA Eat Healthy Be Active Workshops and the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops. Ms. Halstead also provides individualized nutri-tional counseling for weight management and diabetes, as well as other... Read More →

Mary Overall, RN, BSN

Mary Overall, RN, BSN, is a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Oklahoma City. Ms. Overall received a BS in Adult Education from OCU in Oklahoma City, a Master in Nursing from OU College of Nursing, and has many hours of post-graduate education. She is a retired Nurse Administrator and Former CEO of Central Oklahoma CARELINK, Co-Founder and Co-Facilitator of the Faithful Fit & Strong Faith Health Collaborative, a member of the... Read More →

Carrie Smith, BS

Coordinator, Diabetes Empowerment Education Program
Carrie Smith, BS, is the State coordinator for the train-the-trainer program expanding the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) throughout Oklahoma. In that role she works in partnership with multiple organizations who allo-cate staff to deliver the DEEP curriculum to the people with diabetes in their communities. Tis curriculum covers eight different topics and is funded by CMS. Ms. Smith’s employer, Primaris, is part of the... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 11:55am - 12:45pm
Boomer Room Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Graduate Medical Education in a Tribal Health System
Choctaw Nation Health Services authority has integrated Graduate Medical Education into the delivery of rural health care in Southeast Oklahoma. This integration has increased the access and quality of health care in an underserved region of our state.


Jason L. Hill, DO

Jason L. Hill, DO was born and raised in and around Muskogee, Oklahoma. After graduation from Northeastern State University he has had a varied career path that includes carpentry, the US Army, high school science teacher, and medical office manager. Dr. Hill entered medical school nine years after graduation from college. He finished his residency in Family Medicine at Oklahoma State University Family Medicine Residency in 2002. | | Dr. Hill... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 11:55am - 12:45pm
Oklahoma G,H,I,J Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Telehealth Adoption: Peeling the Policy Onion
The healthcare industry has reached a critical nexus point in the remote delivery of clinical services: the technological capability for virtual care is becoming more cost-effective while the focus on access to quality care, is continually increasing, particularly in rural areas. Telehealth services will serve as an increasingly popular avenue for patients to receive care. However, for it to become widely adopted and leveraged successfully to improve overall population health, there must be a robust policy infrastructure that reduces barriers, standardizes practice, and increases overall access to care put in place.

Today the provider community has to navigate a myriad of rules and regulations governing who, what, and where they can provide telehealth services among their patient populations. In the Medicaid program particularly, rules around reimbursement for services are often vague or inconsistent. Providers find it increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction and often choose to disengage. A rational, consistent reimbursement structure is a critical component to advancing telehealth adoption. Additional policy levers should be considered as a part of the framework for an overall successful telehealth strategy, including: availability of specialty care, scope of practice, fraud/waste/abuse prevention, and quality of care considerations, among others.

This session will focus on key policy drivers that can increase telehealth adoption among providers, particularly among those serving Medicaid members, highlight best practices from across states, and raise issues for pol-icymakers to consider in developing infrastructure to support a truly robust and standardized telehealth system of care.


Samantha O'Leary, MPP

Director of Medicaid Policy, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Samantha O’Leary, MPP, serves as Director, Medicaid Policy for UnitedHealthcare Community & State, a $23 billion Medicaid business proudly serving more than 5.3 million members throughout 24 states. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is a diversified Fortune 500 health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives. | | In this role, Ms. O’Leary serves as a policy... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 11:55am - 12:45pm
Sooner Room Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center


Awards Luncheon and Door Prize Drawings

Thursday May 26, 2016 12:50pm - 2:00pm
Oklahoma E,F Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center