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Accelerated Practices Program

The Accelerated Practices Program

The AP Program prepares healthcare teams to accelerate outcomes improvement and lead change in their organizations. This immersive and experiential program incorporates real-world application and introduces course content just in time as you work on your own improvement project. You will learn how to scope problems appropriately, analyze data, prioritize improvement opportunities, and design effective interventions. You will also learn proven leadership principles, which will help you initiate, sustain, and spread improvements by increasing the capacity for change within your organization.

Why should I attend?

Anyone involved in healthcare knows we are facing a profound need for change. There is an unprecedented level of complexity overwhelming our systems and the people trying to practice within them. Far too many outcomes are inadequate. The level of harm patients experience when seeking our services is not acceptable. Costs are out of control and waste is widespread. It is time to accelerate outcomes improvement. The AP Program can prepare you to embrace this new era of opportunity.

In addition, on average, clients who send teams through the program have a projected annual savings of $650,000.

Recognized industry experts will provide you with tools and information to:

  • Improve quality, cost, and patient satisfaction outcomes
  • Analyze data using statistical process control charts
  • Facilitate systemwide change by using proven leadership principles

What topics are covered?

AP Program topics include:

  • Quality improvement mindset, methods, and tools
  • Adaptive leadership strategies and implementation
  • Variation analysis and statistical process
  • Outcomes improvement return on investment
  • Outcomes measurement and tracking
  • Measures and designing data systems
  • Protocol design and development

Who should attend?

The AP Program is designed for cross-functional teams of three to five people who will work together on an outcomes improvement project. Suggested participants include:

  • Physicians
  • Clinicians
  • Senior leaders
  • Clinical operations leaders
  • Quality improvement specialists
  • Data analysts

Location & Logistics

Over the course of five months, participants will attend three 2 ½ – day sessions in Salt Lake City and complete project work in-between sessions.

Are continuing education credits available?

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine and Health Catalyst.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 52.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Attendance. For information on applicability and acceptance, please consult your professional licensing board.
The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine designates this PI CME activity for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

How is the program structured?

Click here to download a sample schedule

Who are the faculty?

Faculty

Tom Burton

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Tom Burton

Mr. Burton is a co-founder and President of Professional Services at Health Catalyst. His leadership and decades of experience in business intelligence, analytics, and process improvement have helped many care delivery systems significantly improve clinical, operational, and financial outcomes. Mr. Burton was a member of the team that led Intermountain Healthcare's nationally recognized improvements in quality of care delivery and reductions in cost. He has taught courses on the Toyota Production System, Agile Software Development, value-based care, and data system design at various institutes including Intermountain Healthcare’s Institute for Health Care Delivery Research and Stanford's Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training. He has also given presentations at the Healthcare Analytics Summit and HIMSS. Mr. Burton holds an MBA and a BS in Computer Science from BYU.

Josh Ferguson

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Josh Ferguson

Josh is a nurse practitioner who has over 20 years of nursing experience. Most recently, Josh joined Health Catalyst as a Clinical Outcomes Improvement Director. In this role, he helps healthcare organizations achieve their improvement goals. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Josh worked at Intermountain Healthcare in a respiratory and medical intensive care unit as a nurse practitioner. During this time, he also worked closely with multiple clinical program leads and clinicians to develop and implement systemwide applications, protocols, and order sets to reduce variation in care. You will also, on occasion, find him lecturing to nurse practitioner students at the University of Utah. 

Bobbi Brown

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Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown is the Vice President of Financial Engagement for Health Catalyst. Ms. Brown started her healthcare career at Intermountain Healthcare supporting clinical integration efforts before moving to Sutter Health and, later, Kaiser Permanente, where she served as Vice President of Financial Planning and Performance. Ms. Brown holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management as well as a BA in Spanish and Education from Misericordia University. She regularly writes and teaches on finance-related healthcare topics.

Leslie Falk

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Leslie Falk

Dr. Leslie Hough Falk is a senior vice president and a member of the Health Catalyst leadership team. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Boise State University, and an MBA and a BS in Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Green Belt Lean, and Information Privacy Professional (CIPP, CIPP/IT). Dr. Falk has a varied professional background from bedside pediatric critical care, nursing administration, medical product research & development, and education in hospital and industry settings, nursing informatics, biomedical engineering, and marketing.

Drew Cardon

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Drew Cardon

Drew Cardon joined Health Catalyst in November 2011 as a data architect. Prior to this, he worked for nine years in the state tax and revenue industry as a project manager and implementation consultant with Accenture, and later with Fast Enterprises. He was involved in the installation of large information technology systems for the State Tax Commissions in Arizona, Utah, and Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

David Grauer

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David Grauer

David Grauer comes to Health Catalyst after 23 years in executive leadership positions at Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based, not-for-profit system of 22 hospitals, 185 clinics, and 1,400 employed physicians that is widely recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement and in efficient healthcare delivery. For the last nine years, Grauer served as CEO/Administrator of Intermountain Medical Center, a 502-bed hospital in suburban Salt Lake City that is both Utah’s largest hospital and the flagship of Intermountain Healthcare. Previously, he was CEO/Administrator of two other Intermountain hospitals: Cottonwood Hospital and TOSH—The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.
Jace Manning

Jace Manning

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Jace Manning

Jace Manning

Jace Manning brings over a decade of performance improvement experience with respected healthcare organizations such as Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health Care, and Allina Health. In addition to leading numerous initiatives, he focuses on training and coaching performance improvement leaders at all organizational levels. As both faculty and coach for the Performance Excellence Program (U of U), Allina Advanced Training Program, and Allina Health Equity Action & Learning (HEAL) Collaborative, he passionately translates the tools and techniques of improvement science and change management into the language of healthcare professionals.

Jill Howe

Jill Howe

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Jill Howe

Jill Howe

Jill Howe is Associate Director Professional Services, Operations and Performance Management at Health Catalyst. Jill has over 17 years of experience in data analysis, training, consulting, and supporting business intelligence systems and their various customers. She gained extensive experience serving over 100 corporations in North America as a report development specialist, system consultant, and trainer. Jill moved into healthcare IT and has not looked back. She brought her analytic and communication skills to PeaceHealth in Eugene, Oregon, supporting the rollout, education, and technical support of a robust EDW and multiple reporting systems. Currently at Health Catalyst Jill spearheads multiple internal improvement projects, mentors colleagues in process improvement, and leads product implementations. Jill’s ability to build bridges of understanding between highly technical concepts and specialized healthcare business needs is unique.

Collin Seabourne

Collin Seabourne

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Collin Seabourne

Collin Seabourne

Collin Seabourne earned BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington and spent the first 5 years of his career in semiconductor and aerospace industries where he focused on capacity planning and throughput optimization, cost reduction and quality improvement, process engineering, and automated process control.

As a Value Engineer at the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (UUHC) Collin mentored 35+ teams in process improvement in areas ranging from patient scheduling and template optimization, billing processes, standardization of care between surgical divisions for patients with tracheostomies, sepsis, reduction of costly and infrequently used pharmaceuticals, and pharmacy consolidation efforts.

Collin joined Health Catalyst in 2015 and is currently the Accelerated Practices Program Quality Director.

Guest Experts

Dr. Val Ulstad

Dr. Val Ulstad

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Dr. Val Ulstad

Dr. Val Ulstad

Val Ulstad, MD, MPA, MPH brings over 25 years of academic and private cardiology practice, physician leadership experience and award-winning teaching skills to her current role as an educator in independent practice and a process consultant, emphasizing leadership capacity building in health care. Refocusing a life of “heart work” toward the challenge of facilitating human development, she now works deeply and broadly within organizations and teams to catalyze transformative change. She is a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Minnesota’s Medical School and a recipient of the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s Lifetime Distinguished Teacher Award. In 1996 she was awarded Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership and Medical Fellowships. She used her awards to support obtaining additional training and graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she was a student of Dr. Ron Heifetz and was named a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow for distinction in academics. Val is a certified coach of the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, and a trained Facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal, which promotes the work of Parker Palmer and the Circles of Trust approach. With her life and work partner (Partners at Cascade Bluff LLC) of over 30 years, she has built an off-the-grid home in far northern Minnesota where they spend half their time.

Lloyd Provost

Lloyd Provost

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Lloyd Provost

Lloyd Provost

With an education in statistics, Lloyd works as an advisor to organizations, helping them make improvements in their products and services and increase their capacity to continually learn and improve. His experience includes consulting in planning, management systems, measurement, planned experimentation, and other methods for improvement of quality and productivity.

Lloyd has advised clients worldwide in a variety of industries including computers, health care, chemical, manufacturing, engineering, construction, automotive, electronics, food, transportation, professional services, retail, education, and government.
Through API’s partnership with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Lloyd is a senior fellow and serves as an improvement advisor supporting IHI’s innovation and improvement programs. He serves as faculty for IHI’s Improvement Advisor Professional Development Program and supports IHI’s programs in developing countries.

Lloyd has a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science in Statistics from the University of Florida. He is the author of several papers relating to quality and measurement and co-author of books on planned experimentation and the science of improvement Quality Improvement Through Planned Experimentation (2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 1998) and The Improvement Guide: A Practical Approach to Enhancing Organizational Performance (Jossey-Bass, 2009). He was the year 2003 recipient of the Deming Medal awarded by the American Society for Quality.

Lloyd lives southwest of Austin on the Blanco River near Wimberley, Texas, with his wife, Judy. They have a daughter working on an MBA from the University of Texas and a son leading a rock band in San Francisco.

Dr. Jay T. Bishoff

Dr. Jay T. Bishoff

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Dr. Jay T. Bishoff

Dr. Jay T. Bishoff

Jay Bishoff is the Director of the Intermountain Urological Institute and Director of Robotics. He is a Johns Hopkins fellowship-trained surgeon who serves urology patients and their families by using best practice guidelines, his measured experience, and the least invasive means possible. The training he has received over the past eight years at Intermountain Healthcare has ignited within him a passion for quality improvement—and it’s given him a skill set to develop programs that improve patient outcomes, while significantly reducing the cost of healthcare.

Dr. Todd Allen

Dr. Todd Allen

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Dr. Todd Allen

Dr. Todd Allen

Dr. Allen currently serves as the Assistant Quality Officer in the Institute for Healthcare Leadership at Intermountain Healthcare working with Drs. Brent James, Raj Srivastava and Lucy Savitz PhD. where he is engaged in health policy, systems research, and teaching in Intermountain’s Advanced Training Program. He also serves as medical director of the Emergency Department Development Team which supervises the work of the 22 emergency departments across the breadth of Intermountain Healthcare’s hospitals. These roles provide a unique view into the theory and operations behind Intermountain’s clinical quality assurance and delivery model.

His current research and systems focus is on the early detection and treatment of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock across healthcare systems, and the relationship between quality improvement efforts and the cost of healthcare services. He has authored or co-authored over 24 peer-reviewed publications and numerous other abstracts.

Customer Testimonials

“The Health Catalyst AP Program is a very well rounded and organized learning experience that focuses on several aspects needed to achieve meaningful quality improvements. You need more than knowledge of technical improvement methodologies to achieve success, and the many speakers are able to share real life experiences in healthcare and provide valuable insight to the power of continuous teamwork for improving clinical quality.”

– Sheri Eschete, MT(ASCP), CPHQ; Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

“After more than 15 years of organizational change focus, I was delighted to find so much value in the Health Catalyst AP program. We immediately tested and integrated upon return some of the ideas and activities into our Lean/6-Sigma development program and created a huge amount of enthusiasm. Attending the program was worth every minute of my time!”

-Matt Cerf, MS, MBA; Systems Analyst at Albany Medical Center

“The AP program has completely changed my outlook on doing sustainable improvement. Incorporating cycles of PDSA to evaluate the effects of change and to do so with statistical analysis makes a huge difference.”

– Kevin Scharnhorst, Senior Technical Director, Health Catalyst


Preview Some of the Lessons and Principles

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Below we’ve included a sample of articles and lessons to give you a better idea of what we’ll teach and what you’ll learn. Feel free to review and share with others.


How to Create Change Agents Who Will Sustain those Hard-earned Healthcare Improvements

Establishing a healthcare improvement initiative is just the first step toward transformation. The real work of improvement lies in sustaining it, which is why qualified change agent are essential to meaningful progress.

Change agents are trained to lead organizations in:

  • Case for change
  • Data management
  • Change management concepts
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Integration

Health Catalyst’s Accelerated Practices Program gives change agents adaptive leadership training to guide systemwide change within their organizations. They are prepared to meet technical adaptive challenges while keeping teams engaged and productive, and, importantly, to use data analysis to improve quality, cost, and patient satisfaction outcomes.

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Introducing the Accelerated Practices (AP) Program: An Innovative Way to Help Health Systems Accelerate and Sustain Outcomes Improvement

We are excited to announce the launch of Health Catalyst University’s Accelerated Practices (AP) Program. This program is a highly immersive, project-based learning experience that healthcare industry experts have spent a lot of time developing. The goal of the program is for participants to leave with the tools and knowledge they need to achieve significant improvements in a short amount of time for their organizations. They will also learn how to communicate the need for change in this new value-based care environment by using data and proven leadership principles.

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Why Process Measures Are Often More Important Than Outcome Measures in Healthcare

The healthcare industry is currently obsessed with outcome measures — and for good reason. But tracking outcome measures alone is insufficient to reach the goals of better quality and reduced costs. Instead, health systems must get more granular with their data by tracking process measures. Process measures make it possible to identify the root cause of a health system’s failures. They’re the checklists of systematically guaranteeing that the right care will be delivered to every patient, every time. By using these checklists, organizations will be able to improve quality and cost by reducing the amount of variation in care delivery.

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Linking Clinical and Financial Data: The Key to Real Quality and Cost Outcomes

Since accountable care took the healthcare industry by a storm in 2010, health systems have had to move from their predictable revenue streams based on volume to a model that includes quality measures. While the switch will ultimately improve both quality and cost outcomes, health systems now need the capability of tracking and analyzing the data from both clinical and financial systems. A late-binding enterprise data warehouse provides the flexible architecture that makes it possible to liberate both kinds of data to link it together to provide a full picture of trends and opportunities.

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