Industry Events Schedule

2024 Industry Events + Speaking Engagements

ACHE 2024 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Facing the Storm Together: How to Build Strong Executive-Board Partnerships while Facing Intractable Challenges 

Presenter: Karma H. Bass, MPH, FACHE, Managing Principal Via Healthcare Consulting | Maria G. Hernandez, PhD, President/COO Impact4Health, LLC

Facing existential challenges from workforce issues to financial sustainability, hospitals and health systems strain CEO-board relationships. Amid complexities, boards lack meaningful input, causing cracks in once-amicable relationships. Executive teams, stretched thin, need guidance on engagement without micromanaging. This session equips CEOs and executives to navigate these challenges, addressing micromanagement concerns and building sophisticated boards capable of overseeing progress through tough times.

Event Organizer: American College of Healthcare Executives
Audience: Seasoned C-suite and clinical leaders to post-graduates in their first leadership roles
Date of Presentation: March 26, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CT

ACHE 2024 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Medical Group Governance to Align Strategy with Clinical Practice – The Providence Health Experience

Presenter: Kara Witalis, Principal, Via Healthcare Consulting | Sue Chung, MD, Vice Chair, Providence Medical Group Board, Providence Health |Tamara Brown, Chief Executive, Providence Medical Group Alaska, Providence Health

Amid rapid healthcare changes, there’s a growing need for practitioners to have a unified voice in decision-making. Providence Health, a national Catholic Health System, has developed a robust medical group governance structure since 2019. This session explores Providence’s journey, highlighting the structure’s impact on strategic decisions and clinician engagement across a seven-state system.

Event Organizer: American College of Healthcare Executives
Audience: Seasoned C-suite and clinical leaders to post-graduates in their first leadership roles
Date of Presentation: March 27, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CT

2023 Industry Events + Speaking Engagements

43rd Annual Trustees Conference

Governing Inside Healthcare Systems

Presenter: Karma H. Bass, MPH, FACHE, Managing Principal

In the evolving landscape of U.S. healthcare, the traditional single board with full fiduciary authority is no longer the predominant governance model, given that two-thirds of all U.S. hospitals are now part of health systems. Today, boards often operate within multi-tiered systems, sharing responsibilities and reporting structures. Navigating governance in such complex environments requires a nuanced approach. Join our session to delve into the transformation of governance within health systems, featuring case studies and practical insights. Discover how clarifying and aligning expectations can untangle complexity, foster cohesive governance, and empower boards at every level to achieve their utmost effectiveness.

Event Organizer: Healthcare Association of New York State
Date of Presentation: September 22, 2023

43rd Annual Trustees Conference

The Board’s Role in Facing Existential Threats

Presenter: Karma H. Bass, MPH, FACHE, Managing Principal

As the healthcare landscape faces heightened challenges exacerbated by COVID-19, many hospitals and health systems confront the risk of closure or loss of vital community services. The traditional rules no longer suffice for today’s boards, burdened with issues like financial sustainability, workforce dynamics, health disparities, and leadership challenges. This session delves into the imperative for boards to evolve, offering insights into successful governance practices that address current complexities. Learn how boards can contribute effective solutions, engage in transformative governance dialogue, and shape a future aligned with evolving healthcare needs.

Event Organizer: Healthcare Association of New York State
Date of Presentation: September 22, 2023

2023 Education Cluster

More than Words: Leveraging Governance and Partnerships to Advance Health Equity

Presenter: Karma H. Bass, MPH, FACHE, Managing Principal | Maria Hernandez, COO, Impact4Health

The clear objective for health equity initiatives is transforming the healthcare delivery landscape to deliver more safe, effective, patient-centered and equitable care to all populations, especially underserved and marginalized communities. This session introduces participants to key opportunities to partner with community groups, public health departments, major employers and health plans as an integral part of their health equity playbook. Participants will learn about the distinct roles these stakeholders can play in reducing inequities and explore best practice examples and case studies to complete this session with a clear plan of action.

Event Organizer: American College of Healthcare Executives
Date of Presentation: August 9-10, 2023

Rural Hospital Leadership Conference

How Top Performing Boards Lead: Essential Governance Practices

Presenter: Karma H. Bass, MPH, FACHE, Managing Principal

Emphasizing the human connection, the event explores leadership’s imperative to refocus on it in healthcare systems. Learn key practices for creating high-performing boards, addressing uncertainties through self-management, and the strategic significance of integrity. Uncover truths guiding board decisions and grasp every member’s fiduciary duties. Discover top-performing boards’ practices. Identify common challenges and effective meeting strategies as currency for governance. Understand the benefits of board self-assessments and the crucial board-CEO relationship. Gain insights into the governance-management distinction for effective oversight and strategic direction.

Event Organizer: Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts/Washington State Hospital Assoc.
Date of Presentation: June 27, 2023

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 Idaho Association of District Boards of Health Annual Conference

Board Member Governance Education

Presenter: Erica M. Osborne, MPH, Principal

Event Organizer:
Idaho Association of District Boards of Health
Date of Presentation: June 9, 2023

THC Board Member Symposium

Governance Best Practices

Presenter: Kara Witalis, MHA, Principal

Event Organizer: The Hospital Collaborative
Date of Presentation: June 9, 2023

13th Annual Native American Healthcare Conference

A Fresh Look at Board-Led Strategic Planning

Presenter: Karma H. Bass, MPH, FACHE, Managing Principal | Kimberly Strong, Board Chair, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

Explore a renewed approach to strategic planning led by the board. This session focuses on establishing a strong foundation through vision, mission, and values. Learn techniques to engage tribal stakeholders effectively and ensure a dynamic, actionable plan with measurable progress.

Event Organizer: Native Nation Events
Date of Presentation: June 7, 2023

Webinar | American College of Healthcare Executives

More than Words: Leveraging Governance and Partnerships to Advance Health Equity

Presenter: Karma H. Bass, MPH, FACHE, Managing Principal | Maria Hernandez, COO, Impact4Health

The clear objective for health equity initiatives is transforming the healthcare delivery landscape to deliver more safe, effective, patient-centered and equitable care to all populations, especially underserved and marginalized communities. This session introduces participants to key opportunities to partner with community groups, public health departments, major employers and health plans as an integral part of their health equity playbook. Participants will learn about the distinct roles these stakeholders can play in reducing inequities and explore best practice examples and case studies to complete this session with a clear plan of action.

Event Organizer: American College of Healthcare Executives
Date of Presentation: May 18, 2023

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Webinar | Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts

Preparing for the Future by Knowing Your Present State: The Importance of Regular Self-Assessment

Presenter: Karma H. Bass, MPH, FACHE, Managing Principal

Event Organizer: Washington State Hospital Assoc.
Date of Presentation: May 16, 2023

2023 NCHN Annual Educational Conference

Effective Board Leadership During Challenging Times

Presenter: Kara Witalis, MHA, Principal

Event Organizer: National Cooperative of Health Networks
Date of Presentation: April 12, 2023

Rural Healthcare Symposium

Governance Excellence Workshop—High Performing Boards

Presenter: Karma H. Bass, MPH, FACHE, CEO/Managing Principal

Event Organizer: California Hospital Association
Date of Presentation: April 10, 2023

2023 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Lessons from the Field: Maturing Medical Group Governance to Align Strategy with Clinical Practice

Presenter: Kara Witalis, MHA, Principal | Tamara Brown, Chief Executive, Providence Medical Group Alaska

Event Organizer: American College of Healthcare Executives
Date of Presentation: March 21, 2023

2023 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

How Effective Governance and a Diverse Board Can Foster Organizational Transformation

Presenter: Karma H. Bass, MPH, FACHE, CEO/Managing Principal | Leatha Merculieff, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, SEARHC

Event Organizer: American College of Healthcare Executives
Date of Presentation: March 20, 2023

NHA Board Member Symposium

Governance Best Practices

Presenter: Kara Witalis, MHA, Principal 

Event Organizer: Northwest Hospital Alliance
Date of Presentation: March 21, 2023

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