Los Angeles UBP

Los Angeles Right Care University of Best Practices Chairs:

Tony Kuo, MD, MSHS, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Director, Office of Senior Health, Acting Director for the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Carol Peden, MB ChB, MD, MPH, Executive Director, USC Center for Health System Innovation, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, USC Keck School of Medicine
Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, FACC, UCLA Professor of Medicine/Cardiology; Co-director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology; Director, UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program

(Hosted at University of Southern California)


January 9, 2018

  • Agenda
  • Extending the Healthspan of those with Diabetes and Prediabetes – Anne L. Peters, MD, Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Director, USC Clinical Diabetes Programs (Presentation)
  • Q & A, and Collaborative Action Discussion with Special Guest Commentator – John Øvretveit, Director of Research and Professor of Health Innovation Implementation and Evaluation LIME/MMC, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Videos: Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4|Part 5

November 20, 2017

  • Agenda
  • Bringing Down Heart Attacks and Strokes through Deploying The Right Care Triangle of Promising Interventions – Anthony N. DeMaria, MD – Co-founder and Director, San Diego University of Best Practices; Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego School of Medicine, Founding Director, Judith and Jack White Chair in Cardiology; Immediate Past Editor-in-Chief, Journal of American College of Cardiology and Echocardiography
  • Blue Shield’s progress and plans for meeting Right Care Initiative clinical targets per Quality Improvement Agreement with State of California DMHC – Scott Flinn, MD, Former Co-Chair, San Diego Right Care University of Best Practices (while CMO, Arch Medical Group); San Diego Regional Medical Director Blue Shield of California
  • Videos: Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4|Part 5

October 20, 2017

  • Agenda
  • Community Data (HSAG) – Lindsay Holland, MHA, Director, Care Coordination, HSAG (Presentation)
  • Pain Management and Opioids – Melissa Durham, PharmD, MACM, BCACP, DAIPM, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy, USC School of Pharmacy (Presentation)
  • Cardiovascular Disease: Patient Perspective – Justus Decher, President/Founder/Technologist, MyVitalz™ (Presentation)
  • Care Coordination for Heart Failure Patients – Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, FNLA, FACC, Co-Director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, UCLA, Professor, Clinical Pharmacy, USC (Presentation)
  • Anticoagulants and Prevention of Adverse Drug Events – May Mak, PharmD, BCGP, CDE, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, University of Southern California, Director of Cardiac Anticoagulation Clinic, LAC/USC Medical Center (Presentation)
  • Utilizing Nurse Practitioners to Enhance Partnerships With Nursing Homes and Home Health Agencies – Jeremy Ian Grosser, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Transitional and Supportive Care, Northridge Hospital Medical Center (Presentation)
  • Organizational Assessment – Jennifer Wieckowski, MSG, State Program Director, HSAG and Lindsay Holland, MHA, Director, Care Coordination, HSAG (Presentation)

September 19, 2017

  • Agenda
  • Diabetes Management Strategies Effectively Deployed within One National Top Performer – Michael J. Dolan, MD, Executive Vice President, Medical Chief Operating Officer, Gunderson Health System (Presentation)
  • Videos: Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4

August 17, 2017

  • Agenda
  • Kaiser Permanente Systemic Lipid Treatment and Risk Reduction – Ronald D. Scott, MD, Kaiser Permanente (KP) Southern California Cardiovascular Co-Lead, KP National Dyslipidemia Lead, Family Medicine, Complete Care, Culver Marina, West LA (Presentation)
  • Reaching Front Line Teams For QI in The Community Clinic and Beyond – Lyndee Knox, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, L.A. Net Community Health Resource Network (Presentation)
  • Videos: Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4

July 14, 2017

  • Agenda
  • Welcome and Overview – Roberto Madrid, MD, Vice President, Medical Group Operations, PIH Health, Mary Fermazin, MD, MPA, Chief Medical Officer, Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), Hattie Rees Hanley, MPP, Director, Right Care Initiative, UC Berkeley School of Public Health (Presentation)
  • Readmission Data- Joseph de Veyra, DNP, RN, PHN, PCCN, CNL, Executive Director, Care Coordination, HSAG (Presentation)
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Value-based Purchasing – Lindsay Holland, MHA, Director, Care Coordination, HSAG (Presentation)
  • Roadmap to Readmissions Reduction: Sharing Resources – Julia Slininger, BS, RN, CPHQ, Vice President, Regional Quality Network, Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) (Presentation)
  • Community-Based Care Coordination Solutions – Sandy Atkins, MPA, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Partners in Care (Presentation)
  • Whole Person Care – Clemens Hong, MD, MPH, Director, Whole Person Care; Medical Director, Community Health Improvement Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (Presentation)
  • Understanding Preventability of Readmissions and Targeting Areas for Improvement – Andrew Auerbach, MD, MPH, Director of Research, Division of Hospital Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine (Presentation)

June 16, 2017

  • Agenda
  • “Patient Story” – Victoria Dupuy, No More Broken Hearts Foundation
  • “LA Firefighters 10 year CVD Reduction Success Story” – Matthew Budoff, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCLA, Endowed Chair of Preventive Cardiology, Program Director, Division of Cardiology, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute; and Captain Daniel J. Trevizo, Fit For Life Coordinator, LA County Fire Department
  • Videos: Part 1|Part 2 |Part 3

May 19, 2017

  • Agenda
  • “Clinical Strategies for Multi-Cultural Patients” – Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, FNLA, FACC – UBP Co-Chair, Right Care Initiative; Co-Director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology Director, UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program, Professor of Medicine Division of Cardiology, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Presentation)

APRIL 17, 2017

  • Agenda
  • “Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: What’s New in Hypertension and Dyslipidemia” – Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, FNLA, FACC – UBP Co-Chair, Right Care Initiative; Co-Director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology Director, UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program, Professor of Medicine Division of Cardiology, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Presentation)
  •  Videos: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3Part 4

March 20, 2017

  • Agenda
  • “California’s Readmission Data and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)” – Mary Fermazin, MD, MPA, Jennifer Wieckowski, MSG, State Director, HSAG and Lindsay Holland, MPH, Associate Director, Care Coordination, HSAG (Presentation)
  • “Best Practices in Prevention of ADEs During Care Transitions” – Steven Chen, PharmD
  • “Care Coordination for Medically Complex Patients” – Margie Powers, MPH, MSW
  • “Readmission Reduction at the Skilled Nursing Facilities” – Michael Tehrani, MD
    CEO, Better Health Post Hospital Management & Transitional Care (Presentation)
  • “Right Care Initiative—Catalyzed Pilot: Utilizing Pharmacists to Reduce Readmissions” – Jan D. Hirsch, PhD, BSPharm, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy; Chair, Division of Pharmacy; Executive Director, Partners in Medication Therapy; University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Presentation)

February 24, 2017

  • “Disruptive Innovations to Achieve Right Specialty Care.” – Hal F. Yee, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, Chief Deputy Director, Health Services, Clinical & Medical Affairs, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (Presentation) (Video Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3Part 4 )

January 30, 2017

  • “Achieving Change at Large Scale, Lessons for Improving Patient Outcomes From Around The World” – Carol Peden, MBChB, MD, MPH, UBP Co-Chair, Right Care Initiative; Executive Director, University of Southern California (USC) Center for Health System Innovation, Keck School of Medicine, USC (Presentation)
  • Los Angeles Call to Action: LaVonna Blair Lewis, PhD, MPH, Teaching Professor of Public, Policy, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy (Presentation) (Video Part 1 | Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 | Part 5)

August 26, 2016

  • “Comorbid Depression in Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes” – Daniel Suzuki, MD, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, USC Keck School of Medicine, Clinical Adjunct Professor/Faculty, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Medical Director, Las Encinas Hospital, Pasadena, CA. (Presentation) (Video Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5)

July 29, 2016

  • “The Role of Physical Activity in Cardiometabolic Health” – Robert Sallis, MD, FAAFP, FACSM, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine; Co-Director, Sports Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Fontana, CA. (Presentation)

June 24, 2016

  • “L.A. Care Practice Transformation Network and Strategic Initiatives” – Clayton Chau, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Behavioral Health and Care Management Services, L.A. Care Health Plan; Co-Principal Investigator, CMMI Grant; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Whitney Franz, MPH, RD, QI Program Manager, HIT Department, L.A. Care Health Plan. (Presentation) (Video Part 1 | Part 2)
  • L.A. Care End of Life Options Conference Flyer

May 20, 2016

  • “Coronary Calcium Scoring for Risk Stratification and Guidelines” – Matthew Budoff, MD, FACC, FAHA, Endowed Chair of Preventive Cardiology Professor of Medicine, Director, Cardiac CT, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA. (Presentation)
  • “Keeping Families Together” – Victoria Dupuy, Founder/Executive Director, No More Broken Hearts. (Presentation)

April 29, 2016

  • “Health Care Delivery System Transformation: Moving from Volume to Value” – Ashby Wolfe, MD, MPP, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Region IX
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (Presentation)
  • (Video)

March 25, 2016

  • “Local Efforts to Scale the National Diabetes Prevention Program” – Tony Kuo, MD, MSHS, Jennifer Torres, MSSW, MPH, PhD. Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, LA Health Agency. (Presentation)
  • “Amplifying the National Prediabetes Awareness PSA Campaign” – Mary N. Rousseve, Communications Lead, Prevention First (1305) and Lifetime of Wellness (1422). (Presentation)
  • (Video)

January 15, 2016

  • “New Approaches for Treating Challenging Patients with Diabetes” – Anne Peters, MD, Professor, USC Keck School of Medicine, Director, USC Clinical Diabetes Programs. (Presentation) (Video)

October 16, 2015

  • “Intensive Outpatient Care Program CARE Connect” – Pat Brydges RN, MHA, ACM Regional Vice President, Care Integration; Elisol McKim RN, BSN, CCM Care Manager, Care Connect; Misty J Rydelski, MD Internal Medicine, Utilization Medical Director. (Presentation) (Video)

September 18, 2015

  • In this session, Mercy Medical Group’s chief medical officer, Dr. Alan Ertle describes a simple, yet effective approach for assessing physician and staff member knowledge on achieving blood pressure control. Dr. Ertle demonstrates how he used these results to stimulate a comprehensive, organization-wide hypertension initiative that incorporates evidence-based protocols from Measure Up/Pressure Down®. Additionally, UCLA Faculty Practice’s medical director and co-chair of the Right Care Initiative, Dr. Robin Clarke, provided an update on their approach to cholesterol management. (Presentation) (Video)

August 28, 2015

  • Dr. James Schultz discusses how using data to tell a story, harnessing the right partnerships, maximizing staff utilization, and mastering your workflow can be effective in providing high-quality care to underserved populations. Dr. Schultz goes beyond the commonly cited barriers in treating low-income patients, and instead explore how to effectively address health literacy challenges, language barriers, and cultural sensitivities to get results. He also describes how practitioners can leverage success as a vehicle for increased funding opportunities. (Presentation) (Video)

July 31, 2015

  • Dr. Karol Watson discusses the rationale and science related to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults as well as the practical application of the associated Hypertension Management Algorithm. (Presentation) (Video)

June 26, 2015

  • “Understanding PQRS and the Value-Based Modifier: CMS’ Plan to Achieve High Value Care through Transforming Payment Systems” – Dr. Ashby Wolfe, Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Region 9. (Presentation) (Video)

April 24, 2015

  • “Improving Healthcare Quality and Safety While Reducing Costs Through Clinical Pharmacy Service Integration” – Michael Hochman, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Innovation, AltaMed Health Services; Steven W. Chen PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP, FNAP, Associate Professor and Chair, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacoeconomics and Policy, Hygeia Centennial Chair in Clinical Pharmacy, Co-Chair Emeritus, HRSA Patient Safety & Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative; Edith Mirzaian, PharmD, BCACP, Assistant Professor, Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, Director, USC Telehealth Medication Therapy Management Program.
    (Presentation) (Video)

March 27, 2015

  • “Building the Patient-Centered Medical Home: cultural values based performance to manage chronic disease” – Hector Flores, MD
    Family Care Specialists Medical Group. (Presentation)

February 27, 2015

  • Presentation for the Right Care Initiative – Michael H. Kanter, MD, Medical Director of Quality & Clinical Analysis, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. (Presentation)

January 30, 2015

  • “Treating Diabetes to Lower Cardiovascular Disease Risk” Anne Peters, MD, Professor, USC Keck School of Medicine, Director, USC Clinical Diabetes Programs. (Presentation) (Video)

November 21, 2014

  • “Improving outcomes for the moderate risk cohort: Can information technology help?” Neal Kaufman, MD, MPH, Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health; Chief Medical Officer, DPS Health. Sandy Atkins, MPA, BA, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Partners in Care Foundation. (Video)

September 26, 2014

  • “Medicare Quality Improvement and Provider Technical Assitance: An Overview of the Next Five Years” Mary Fermazin MD, MPA, Chief Medical Officer. Chad Vargas, MHA Candidate, Associate Director, Care Transitions and Special Projects. (Presentation)
  • “Motivational Interviewing: Underlying Theory, Supporting Evidence, Example in Practice (MyMEDS)” O. Kenrik Duru, MD, MSHS, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Janet Chon, PharmD, Staff Pharmacist, UCLA Health System. (Presentation)

August 22, 2014

  • “ACTIVE Diabetes Program.” Cassidy Tsay, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, Blue Shield of California. Andrea De Coro, PharmD, Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services, HCC/RAF, Greater Newport Physicians, Independent Practice Association, MemorialCare Medical Foundation. Kristi March, PharmD, BCPS, Manager of Clinical Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Services, Greater Newport Physicians, Independent Practice Association, MemorialCare Medical Foundation. Sogol Philipson, MSW, Clinical Social Worker for the ACTIVE Diabetes Program, Greater Newport Physicians, Independent Practice Association, MemorialCare Medical Foundation. (Video) (Presentation)

July 25, 2014

June 27, 2014

  • “Culturally Sensitive Care Beyond the Doctor-Patient Visit.” Aurora Galindo-Simental, BS CHES, Health Educator/Promotora. HealthCare Partners Medical Group. (Presentation)
  • “Beyond the Doctor-Patient Visit: Diabetes Group Appointments and Other Strategies at HealthCare Partners.” Cozzette Lyons MD, Internist, Physician Champion-DGAs. HealthCare Partners Medical Group. (Presentation)
May 30, 2014
  • “Bringing it All Together: Evidence-Based Prevention and Treatment of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.” Gregg C. Fonarow, MD FACC, FAHA, Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science. Director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. Co-Director UCLA Preventative Cardiology Program. Clinical Co-Chief, UCLA Division of Cardiology. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. (Presentation) (Video)

April 22, 2013

  • Working Towards a Heart Attack and Stroke Free Zone–Anthony DeMaria, MD, Editor-In-Chief, Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Chair, San Diego Right Care University of Best Practices; Judith and Jack White Chair in Cardiology, UCSD School of Medicine (PDF) (PowerPoint)
  • The Right Care Initiative Model: A Statewide Effort to Improve Cardiovascular and Diabetes Care–Carol Mangione, MD, MSPH, Barbara A. Levey & Gerald S. Levey Endowed Chair Professor of Medicine & Health Policy and Management, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA & UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (PDF) (PowerPoint)
  • HSAG of California’s Reducing Cardiovascular Disparities Project–Mary Fermazin, MD, MPA, HSAG of California Chief Medical Officer (PDF) (PowerPoint)

July 26, 2013

  • Diabesity Prevention and Management- Dr. Francine Kauffman, USC (PDF)