FRG’s Tradeshow Beat: 2017 CAPG Annual Conference Preview

The 2017 California Accountable Physicians Group (CAPG) Annual Conference, to be held from June 22 to June 24 in San Diego, is fast approaching. FRG believes the forum will be a great place for learning, sharing ideas and advancing the agenda of engaging provider organization through global capitation, and we are excited to announce that we will also be exhibiting.  In this article, our editors share some of the topics that we are most looking forward to hearing about at this year’s event.


The political landscape has cast a shadow on the current movement from fee-for-service to value based healthcare. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by over 15 million.  At the same time, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 defined transition paths for Medicare spending that de-emphasize transactional growth and put the focus on quality and alternative payment models.  So how will the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017, or whatever it becomes, affect this historical transition from volume to value? We expect that to be the elephant in San Diego, so to speak.

This year’s conference is entitled: From Volume to Value in the New World Order: What Now? The primary purpose of this year’s agenda is to provide timely and meaningful information to assist those organizations focused on staying the presumably inevitable course toward value based healthcare.

Obviously, the fee-for-service environment is unsustainable. So how will the AHCA replace the ACA? No one truly knows, yet, but the uncertainty has created tremendous anxiety and broad speculation across the entire healthcare industry. In response, CAPG has assembled an impressive collection of subject matter experts to share insights regarding these issues.

The opening general session will feature Mario Molina, MD, former President and CEO of Molina Healthcare, Inc., and Robert E. Moffitt, PhD, Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation Center for Health Policy Studies.  Dr. Molina will discuss what a delivery system should be able to accomplish in a value based healthcare system. Dr. Moffitt will address the comprehensive process that goes into market-based health reform.

Getting updates on how physician groups are faring in their first year of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is definitely of particular interest. Scott D. Hayworth, MD, President and CEO of CareMount Medical, and Adam Solomon, MD, Chief Medical Officer of MemorialCare Medical Foundation, will share how their organizations are performing and what their strategies are to prepare for the future.

There is a common belief that the Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program is critical to the success of MACRA. If the ACO model is not successful, it could hamper the quest for Alternative Payment Models (APMs) that physician groups are lobbying for to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A panel consisting of Jeffrey Farber, CEO of Mount Sinai Care, LLC, Steve O’Dell, President of Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc., and Sam Skootsky, MD, Chief Medical Officer of UCLA Medical Group, will share their experiences in the Medicare ACO program. They will also outline the policy changes that they feel are required to ensure the future success of the ACO program in the years ahead.

FRG is proud to be an Affiliate Partner of CAPG and we are especially excited to also be a Sponsor for the upcoming conference.  These conversations could not be more timely.  Stop by our booth during the Casino Night Exhibit Fair and tell us what you think!

By |2017-06-20T12:09:44+00:00June 20th, 2017|

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