The Gaylord National, just across the Potomac River from Alexandria, VA, in Maryland, began to buzz with expectation today as the annual Premier Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition began to take shape for a late Tuesday afternoon grand opening. On the trade show floor, more than 500 contracted suppliers are moving in for their unveiling during lunch on Wednesday.
Some 2,000 Premier members are expected to arrive by Wednesday for the Premier alliance’s largest annual conference. The forum promotes the sharing of best practices, innovations and strategies with a goal of improving clinical quality and safely reducing costs.
In the buildup for the week’s activity, the QUEST® national meeting took center stage as it kicked off a two-day run. Launched in 2008, QUEST consists of approximately 350 hospitals that voluntarily compare data transparently and share performance and expertise with one another. Collaborative participants also use Premier’s performance improvement methodology, including consistent measures for high-quality, cost-effective care delivery. PremierConnect® Quality analytics help improve resource utilization and eliminate unjustified variation.
Do it well. Make it fun.
Nationally known humor expert Ron Culberson kicked off the QUEST meeting with a funny presentation called “Do it well. Make it fun.” The healthcare veteran’s message is that “everything in life and in work is a process.” Process involves steps, he says. Every step can be improved and has the potential for being fun.
“Stress isn’t inherently stressful,” Culberson maintains. Stress is created in our minds. It’s how we think about events or people or situations that make them stressful. “If you change your interpretation, you change the stress,” he says. Humor is one of the most effective ways to change your perspective.
@PremierHA what a wonderful organization and great audience!
— Ron Culberson (@RonCulberson) June 22, 2015
QUEST participants could choose from among 25 breakout sessions over two days. Sessions ranged from everyday healthcare concerns such as driving hand hygiene and hospital culture through a systematic approach to a discussion about the new Physician Quality Reporting System.
Among the speakers on Tuesday will be the Honorable Diane Black, Republican congresswoman from Tennessee, who will review current trends in healthcare from a political perspective.
Breakthroughs kicks off with General McChrystal
The Breakthroughs Conference kicks off on Tuesday afternoon with General Stanley McChrystal who will be speaking about leadership lessons. His address will be followed by Premier’s seventh annual Innovation Celebration where leading suppliers will showcase new and changing technologies.
Other featured speakers include will include author Malcolm Gladwell, Duke University head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, Premier President and CEO Susan DeVore and Premier COO Mike Alkire.
Attendees will be able to build their own curricula from among more than 130 best-practice sessions presented by healthcare industry peers.
Friday will feature a special session called SGRevolution highlighting the implications of the recent Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
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