The 2019 Western Region Flex Conference took place last month in Marana, Arizona. More information about the conference can be found at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine website:

The speaker presentations can be found here:

Welcome and Overview of Day One
Daniel Derksen, MD, Associate Vice President for Health Equity, Outreach & Interprofessional Activities, The University of Arizona Health Sciences

CAH and Small Rural Hospital Legislative and Regulatory Update
John Supplitt, MPA, MBA, Senior Director, Section for Small and Rural Hospitals, American Hospital Association

The Interface of Policy Dynamics and Transforming Rural Health Care Services
Keith Mueller, PhD

The Pennsylvania Rural Health Model: Accelerating Healthcare Innovation
Janice Walters, Chief Operating Officer Consultant, Office of Rural Health Redesign, Pennsylvania Department of Health

Successful Management Strategies for a Hospital-Owned Medical Practice
Jeffrey M. Johnson, CPA, Wipfli

Federal Rural Health Update: Opportunities for CAHs
Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant Overview Handout
Tom Morris, MPA, Associate Administrator, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Medicare Program Update
Neal Logue, Health Insurance Specialist, CMS Region IX Office

Medicare Reimbursement Update Handout
Ann King White, CPA, Partner, BKD, LLP

Hot Topics in Risk Management for Critical Access Hospitals
Linda Garrett, Garrett Consulting Group, LLC