Mayo Clinic, Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care host payment reform summit

December 22, 2016

January 2017 marks the beginning of a new year, a new administration and a new opportunity to provide thoughtful input as the U.S. continues the discussion surrounding health care reform. To inform the development of alternative payment models that ensure access to, and sustainability of, high-quality health care in America, Arizona State University’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery and the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery have come together to host a summit on access and alternate payment.

By invitation only, summit participants will examine scientific data from Mayo Clinic and other institutions. They will consider the needs of patients, including those with complex illnesses, while examining data drawn from a number of sources, to identify the impact of various payment models on patient access and patterns of health care utilization. Download Full Image

Alternative payment models and topics that summit attendees will explore include:

  • Evidence on the various forms of risk sharing. Forms to be explored include bundling, Accountable Care Organizations and shared savings programs.
  • Patient attribution modeling. Participants will analyze various attribution methodologies to ensure both accuracy in assigning, and calculating cost of, patients to providers for care management purposes.
  • Costs. A major goal is to determine the most effective way to measure total cost of care, clinical and final performance.
  • Measures necessary to truly award value. The summit is aimed at the creation of valid quality and effective measures that reflect outcomes, patient experience and clinical and financial performance.

The summit will produce findings to inform decision-makers across the health care payment and policy arena, and intelligence for use in curriculum development to teach the next generation of leaders in the science of health care delivery. Outcomes will include guiding principles to inform the conversation on the next design phase of value-based care delivery and reimbursement.

Participants include 25 of the nation's top thought leaders from across industry, health care providers and payers, and government and patient advocacy organizations. The group's discussions will be led by moderator Clifford Goodman, Ph.D., and focus on determining emerging topics in payment reform, and capturing an unparalleled understanding of these opinions.

Arizona PBS to host KIDS Festival for families Jan. 16

December 23, 2016

To mark the launch of its all-new children’s channel, Arizona PBS is hosting a public celebration next month, featuring favorite characters from PBS KIDS programs and interactive activities for children.

The Arizona PBS KIDS Festival will include appearances by the Cat in the Hat, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and Daniel Tiger, among others. The free festival is scheduled for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at Arizona PBS. RSVP at Arizona PBS KIDS Download Full Image

At the festival, families will have the opportunity to interact and take photos with PBS KIDS characters and participate in activities that promote literacy, health and STEM education. Attractions will include story time and arts and crafts with PBS KIDS characters, as well as theater-style screenings of children’s programming on the new Arizona PBS KIDS channel.

“The quality programming on Arizona PBS KIDS promotes lifelong learning and encourages children to interact with the world,” said Arizona PBS CEO Christopher Callahan. “We are thrilled to be opening our doors to the public for children to have the opportunity to learn and play with some of their favorite friends on television.”

Families will have the chance to explore the state-of-the-art facility that houses Arizona PBS and have fun with broadcasting technologies such as green screen video. They also will be able to take photos with Ollie the Trolley.

The Arizona PBS KIDS Festival will include complimentary snacks and light refreshments, and community organizations, including the Maricopa County Library District, will be on hand to provide educational information for families.

Launching on the day of the festival, Arizona PBS KIDS is a new 24/7 channel, featuring an array of programming to help young children master important skills, ranging from reading and basic math and science to problem solving and emotional skills.

The new channel will feature innovative, impactful programs designed for children from preschool through early elementary school to develop a strong educational foundation. The channel will broadcast popular programs such as “Arthur,” “Clifford,” “WordGirl,” “Wild Kratts,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street,” among others.

“Research confirms that PBS KIDS programming helps children build the critical skills they need to succeed in school and life,” said Linda Simensky, vice president of children’s programming at PBS. “Studies show that PBS KIDS resources improve kids’ achievement in important areas, such as literacy and math, and increase parent engagement in their children’s learning. Through the new 24-hour Arizona PBS KIDS channel, children across the state will have anytime access to programs that are proven to move the needle in early education.”

The Arizona PBS KIDS Festival is open to the public. Arizona PBS is located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus inside the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at 555. N. Central Ave. Community organizations interested in participating in the Arizona PBS KIDS Festival should call 602-496-8888.