Plenary Speakers

Tuesday, March 21 - 8:00 am - 9:30 am - Plenary Session

Welcome Remarks & Plenary Session 01: A Research Agenda on Comparative Health System Performance by Rick Kronick

Health care in the US is increasingly being delivered by providers who are part of health systems. By one estimate, more than 40% of physicians are in a practice that is owned or managed by a health system. But notwithstanding the increasingly importance of health systems, we know very little about these systems or their effect on the quality or cost of care. In this talk I will outline a research agenda designed to generate evidence on comparative health systems performance, with the goal of understanding the characteristics of systems that are associated with improved performance. I will discuss the reasons that providers have increasingly consolidated into health care systems, and consider the implications of changes in leadership at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the consolidation trend.

Richard Kronick is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been on the faculty since 1988. His research focuses on understanding how health care financing interventions can improve access, quality, efficiency, and equity in health care. From 2010 to 2016 Professor Kronick served in the Obama Administration: from 2010 to 2013 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), primarily working on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and from 2013-2016 as the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Kronick was a Senior Health Policy Adviser in the Clinton Administration in 1993-94. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014.

  • Rick Kronick, UCSD, United States

Wednesday, March 22 - 8:30 am - 9:30 am - Plenary Session

Plenary Session 02: Town Hall with Funders

Understanding the priorities and perspectives of key funding agencies is a vital aspect of successful research—perhaps now more than ever. This year’s conference will feature representatives from NIH, PCORI, and other organizations, who will describe opportunities and take questions from attendees in a moderated Town Hall format.

Sharon B. Arnold, Ph.D., helps lead the Agency’s efforts to develop the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions. Prior to her work at AHRQ, Dr. Arnold directed the Payment Policy and Financial Management Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where she led work related to program payments and developed the premium stabilization programs for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Arnold has held a number of other positions in health policy, including Vice President at AcademyHealth, where she directed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant program, Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization, which provided funding to academic researchers for policy-relevant research on health care financing topics; Director of the Program Development and Information Group at CMS, where she directed Medicare payment demonstrations and the implementation of risk adjustment in Medicare; and Director of Medicare Part A Analysis, where she led legislative policy for Medicare Part A issues.

Dr. Arnold previously worked at the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, Mathematica Policy Research, and RAND. She received her Ph.D. in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate School and her M.S.P.H. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health.

Steven Clauser, PhD, MPA, is the Program Director of the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is responsible for developing PCORI’s research program that evaluates comparisons among alternative health system strategies to improve patient outcomes in a broad range of clinical and organizational domains.

Clauser is a health services and outcomes researcher with over 25 years of research management experience. His past research has focused on developing measures of patient reported outcomes, care experiences, and clinical effectiveness for use by health care organizations to track, assess, and improve the quality of care they provide to adults with cancer and other chronic diseases. Before coming to PCORI, Clauser held the positions of associate director for the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program, as well as chief of NCI’s Outcomes Research Branch. He also was co-director of NCI’s Community Cancer Centers Program, where he developed and managed a variety of research projects related to system strategies to improve cancer care delivery, including methods to increase adherence to evidence based practice and models of multidisciplinary treatment planning for patients requiring multi-modal cancer treatment. He has expertise in a broad range of research methodologies used for assessing patient reported outcomes and quality improvement programs.

Before NCI, Clauser served in a number of senior research management positions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. His most recent position was director of the Quality Measurement and Health Assessment Group in the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, where he directed CMS quality measurement research initiatives in support of Medicare’s consumer quality reporting programs in managed care organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and renal dialysis centers. He also served as director, operations policy directorate, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs, where he directed the CHAMPUS Reform program to improve primary care for military dependents and retirees.

Clauser received his BA from Michigan State University, PhD from the University of Minnesota, and MPA from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute in Minneapolis.

Dr. Ann M. Geiger is Deputy Associate Director of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program within NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. She also serves as the lead scientist for the cancer care delivery research component of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). Dr. Geiger’s primary responsibility is to promote grant and research resource initiatives aimed at advancing innovative research to improve cancer care. Before joining NCI, Dr. Geiger served of the faculty of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and as a scientist at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Her work at those institutions focused on patient, clinician, and system factors that influence outcomes of cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care. Dr. Geiger has published over 100 papers and participated in numerous peer reviews of manuscripts and grant applications, as well as serving as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute since 2007. Dr. Geiger earned an A.B. in Biology from Harvard-Radcliffe College and a M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Epidemiologic Science from the University of Michigan.

  • Sharon Arnold, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, United States
  • Steve Clauser, PCORI, United States
  • Ann Geiger, National Cancer Institute, United States

  • Sarah Greene, Health Care Systems Research Network, Seattle, WA, United States

Wednesday, March 22 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Plenary Session

Plenary Session 03: State of the Network

Executive Director Sarah Greene will review the progress, challenges and opportunities facing the HCSRN. She will reflect on the HCSRN’s role in the larger research community, and offer insights about how the HCSRN’s innovative research and applied knowledge can support the realization of research informing practice, and practice informing research—the hallmark concept of a learning health system.

  • Sarah Greene, Health Care Systems Research Network, Seattle, WA, United States

Thursday, March 23 - 10:30 am - 11:45 am - Plenary Session

Plenary Session 04: Bringing Innovation to Learning Healthcare Systems by Chris Waugh & Conference Closing Remarks

A glimpse into Sutter’s approach to design and innovation and what it means for patients, staff and communities at large. Chris will share examples from a portfolio of projects that are working to make healthcare inspiring, engaging for patients and staff.

Chris Waugh is Sutter Health’s first chief innovation officer, using his extensive experience in human-centered design to guide our enterprise innovation strategy. In this role, he is developing and managing our innovation portfolio and enhancing Sutter Health’s reputation as a market leader, while he refines and expends our innovation processes.

Recognized for inspiring audiences and bringing together people from many multi-disciplinary teams, Chris brings unique and inventive approaches to benefit patients across our network. He and his team serve as the entry point for external partners to connect with Sutter health, providing and avenue for innovators to present ideas that can improve our health delivery processes.

Chris has a decade of entrepreneurial leadership experience at IDEO, the Bay Area design and innovation consulting firm. He also served as vice president of design at San Francisco’s One Medical Group, where he helped create a culture of innovation. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Colorado with degrees in international business and French.

  • Chris Waugh, Sutter Health, United States

Ancillary Meetings

Monday, March 20 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

HCSRN Governing Board Annual Meeting (Closed)

Monday, March 20 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Virtual Data Warehouse Implementation Group (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN Rare Cancers RADP (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

PORTAL - Patient Engagement Council (Closed)

Monday, March 20 - 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Ancillary Meeting


Monday, March 20 - 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Safer Use of Antipsychotics in Youth (SUAY) Steering Committee Meeting (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN Molecular Markers Data Development (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN PSA Screening and Surveillance RADP (Open)

Monday, March 20 - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Sentinel Collaborator Meeting (Open)

Tuesday, March 21 - 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

HCSRN-VA Collaboration Opportunities (Closed)

Genomics Scientific Interest Group (Open)

MUSE Study Working Lunch (Open)

VDW Orientation (Open)

CESR Data Work Group 2017 (Open)

PORTAL Project Steering Group (Closed)

Tuesday, March 21 - 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

MHRN Comorbidities Scientific Interest Group (Open)

Tuesday, March 21 - 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Head and Neck Cancer SIG (Closed)

Tuesday, March 21 - 4:45 pm - 7:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

TACH PMI (All of Us) Program Consortium (Closed)

Tuesday, March 21 - 4:45 pm - 6:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN Steering Committee (Closed)

Tuesday, March 21 - 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

DM-CER: Diabetes-Mellitus: Comparative Effectiveness Research (Closed)

Tuesday, March 21 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

HMORN Benchmarking (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Multisite Collaboration & Data (Open)

HCSRN-OAICs AGING Initiative & Aging SIG Meeting (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm - Ancillary Meeting

PCORI Engagement Workshop Leadership Team Meeting (Closed)

Wednesday, March 22 - 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

MHRN Suicide Prevention SIG Meeting (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN Communication and Dissemination Activities (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

CRN Activities Check-In (Closed)

Wednesday, March 22 - 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Patient Engagement in Research SIG (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

PORTAL Data 2017 (Open)

Wednesday, March 22 - 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Watch the Spot (Closed)

Wednesday, March 22 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Ancillary Meeting

PORTAL CRC Cohort (Open)

Thursday, March 23 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - Ancillary Meeting

Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) Steering Committee (Open)