URI College of Nursing to present second Routhier Lecture

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Panel to discuss ‘Using Payment to Advance Delivery System Reform’


KINGSTON, R.I. – September 11, 2015 – The University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing and the Routhier Foundation will hold the second of four lectures on national health care reform as it relates to nurses Friday, Sept. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Miriam Hospital.


The panel discussion, “Using Payment to Advance Delivery System Reform,” is free and open to nurses and the public and will be held in the hospital’s auditorium, 164 Summit Ave., Providence. The Northeast Multi-State Division, an American Nursing Credentialing Center, has approved 1.67 of continuing education contact hours. Those unable to attend the lecture can watch at URI Live. The discussion will also be archived on the URI College of Nursing website. For further information, contact Caroline Natalie at 401-874-2766 or cnatale@uri.edu.


“With generous support from the Edward and Virginia Routhier Endowment, we are very pleased to continue the Routhier Lecture series,” said Mary Sullivan, interim dean of URI’s College of Nursing. “Because nurses practice at the point of care, the issues surrounding health care delivery and payment reform are especially relevant.”


Esther Emard, Routhier Executive in Residence at the College of Nursing, said, “There are numerous examples, here in Rhode Island, of innovative approaches toward improving the cost and quality of health care services for patients. We are most fortunate to have some of the leaders of these efforts as our speakers.”


The panel members are:


• Domenic Delmonico, the acting executive director of the Integra Community Care Network, a newly formed accountable care organization, and the senior vice president for managed Care Contracting and Network Development at Care New England, a four-hospital system headquartered in Providence.


In addition to overseeing the development of Integra, Delmonico is responsible for all insurer relationships with Care New England and the successful development of creative new care and payment arrangements. He oversees the system’s employee health and wellness program. Care New England was recently named the Healthiest Employer in Rhode Island by Providence Business News.


* Maria Ducharme: senior vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer at The Miriam Hospital. She is a 1987 graduate of Rhode Island College, holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and a doctor of nursing practice from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.


Ducharme has been instrumental in shaping the professional practice environment at The Miriam Hospital. She is credited for making multiple contributions to sustaining a professional practice environment that aligns with the strategic vision of The Miriam Hospital and Lifespan. Ducharme’s engagement and support of a shared governance environment provides a strong foundation for excellence in the delivery of nursing care.


• Sarah Thomas, director of research for the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. She oversees the development and execution of the strategic research agenda that aims to help industry stakeholders respond to market forces and policy directives affecting health care, including payers’ demands for better value. She has more than 13 years of government experience and has deep experience in public policy, with a focus on Medicare payment policy.


• Francisco “Paco” Trilla, chief medical officer at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. He leads high-risk, super-utilizer programs and founded the agency’s Business Intelligence Department. He also oversees case management, utilization, quality improvement, behavioral health, pharmacy, network performance, regulatory compliance and credentialing. Previously, he served as chief medical officer for Santa Rosa Community Health Centers in Northern California, where he implemented successful high risk/high cost Medicaid programs and helped found a federally accountable care organization. Trilla graduated from Harvard Medical School, was a National Health Service Corps scholar, and is a graduate of the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Program. He is board certified in internal and emergency medicine.