2019 Spring IDN Summit Conference Learning Objectives:

Clinical Integration Track

  1. Identify how to accurately measure the results of clinical variation.
  2. Describe how supply chain professionals can assist in the improvement of practice patterns in the clinical setting.
  3. Formulate opportunities for reducing clinical variation across all programs and services.
  4. Discuss the ways predictive analytics can make the supply chain process more accurate.
  5. Describe the ways that utilization management and review can improve outcomes and reduce costs.


Financial Operations Track

  1. Identify the forces destabilizing provider economics.
  2. Discuss new delivery models that are emerging due to the evolution of value-based care.
  3. Describe the strategies both the private and public sector are employing to bend the health care spending curve
  4. Identify strategies to ensure clinical and supply chain operations are aligned with finance and align on a common definition for savings.
  5. Define key strategies for successful contracting.
  6. Describe the importance of flexibility, research, and negotiation in the contracting process.



Pharmacy Track
  1. Identify the components driving increased pressure on hospital pharmacy departments.
  2. Outline Medicare compliance requirements and their impact on pharmacy.
  3. Describe methods of innovation that can improve outcomes and reduce costs.
  4. Discuss the potential impact new pricing proposals and rules may have on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for hospitals.
  5. Compare and contrast the components of the various proposals and rules.
  6.  Discuss the importance of hospital-specific analytics when preparing for these proposals and rules.
  7. Discuss factors that can result in lower pharmacy reimbursement
  8. Identify best practices for optimizing your hospital’s data for improved reimbursement results.
  9. Analyze transparency processes that can reduce risk and increase compliance.


Leadership Track

  1. Identify the evolving role of technology in data collection.
  2. Analyze opportunities to use data in new ways to improve efficiencies.
  3. Discuss the trends that are transforming healthcare supply chain.
  4. Outline the unique elements of the role of a supply chain leader.
  5. Recognize the importance of having each member of the team appraise their current skills and acquire new expertise.


Supplier Strategies Track

  1. Evaluate the impact of new marketplace disruptions.
  2. Explain the importance of meaningful and tangible collaboration.
  3. Outline the new market realities.


Senior Executives Forum

  1. Discuss best practices that can be applied to your organization.
  2. Discover new approaches to issues that have been successful at other organizations.
  3. Identify ways you can assist others with their challenges.
  4. Discover the challenges Penn State Health faced as they transitioned from a traditional materials management organization to a strategic supply chain organization.
  5. Discuss new delivery models that optimize the organizations ability to deliver healthcare to their market.
  6. Identify ways you can transition your supply chain from a traditional material management model to a more strategic model better equipped to deal with the challenges of delivering healthcare to a changing demographic, more challenging revenue model sources and consolidating marketplace.


Pharmacy Executives Forum

  1. Define the pharmacist’s role in chronic care management
  2. Discuss how chronic care management will benefit  patients, physicians and organizations from
  3. Outline a basic business plan for chronic care management service roll out.
  4. Discuss the potential implications of biosimilars in the hospital setting.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of practical applications for the use of biosimilars.
  6. Review recent FDA and MedPAC guidelines for the use of biosimilars.



Opportunities Exchanges

  1. Detail ways that better data utilization has changed the delivery of healthcare.
  2. Discuss strategies for implementing mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities.
  3. Discuss ways to align physician preference models with hospital budgets.
  4. Analyze which disruptors are having the biggest impact on your organization.
  5. Discuss the strategies that have been effective in establishing value analysis programs in your organization.