HM17 kicks off today with the presentation of the annual SHM Awards of Excellence, which honor work done in service to HM. A nod to the past, as it were. As those physicians are honored, others will be given their prizes as the winners of the Best of Research and Innovations in 2017, a nod to the present state of HM’s investigative spirit.
Then, the gathered thousands will hear from Patrick M. Conway, MD, MSc, MHM, deputy administrator for innovation and quality for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and director of its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. His keynote address on health care transformation will be a road map of the future.
“We’re in the midst … of a lot of change in the health care system,” said HM17 course director Lenny Feldman, MD, FACP, FAAP, SFHM. “To be able to hear from Dr. Conway as to how the priorities of CMS might be changing and what this all means to us in the future is an amazing opportunity. There is no better time to hear from Pat Conway. I’m really looking forward to it.”
A new highlight this year is Wednesday’s track of Repeated Sessions, something organizers added to ensure that some of the most-popular sessions – “Updates and Pearls in Infectious Diseases,” and “Non-Evidence Based Medicine: Things We Do for No Reason” – are available to as many attendees as possible.
“We’ve added that in this year because we know there are sessions that are standing room only on a regular basis,” Dr. Feldman said. “People should not have to stand.
“I’m hoping that these repeated sessions will be well received and will allow folks to be able to go to some other sessions they might not have in fear they were going to miss some of these typically ‘standing room only’ sessions.”