CCPN Clinician Conference

Better Together: Defining the Future of Health Care in North Carolina

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Join us on April 29 and April 30, 2018, for our 2nd Annual Clinician Conference. We will be meeting at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, at no cost to CCPN clinicians.

The conference will be a chance for CCPN clinicians to network and learn from each other. Conference topics include payment reform, quality improvement, and CCPN services.

Conference registration includes 1 night hotel stay at the Grandover, plus an evening reception, dinner, and breakfast.

Please register by going to this link:

To see the list of sessions and speakers, please view the conference agenda.

Please contact Jessica Whelan at 919-926-3894 or with any questions.

We will continually update this page with new conference updates.

Keynote Speakers

Patrick H. Conway, MD, MSc
President and CEO
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina


Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina as President and CEO-elect on Oct. 1, 2017. He officially became President and CEO effective December 5, 2017.  He succeeded Brad Wilson as CEO at Wilson’s retirement, which was at the end of 2017.

Conway most recently served as Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role he also held the position of Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). As the most senior non-political leader at CMS, he worked in both Republican and Democratic administrations and is considered one of the driving forces behind the national movement to value-based care, with health care payments tied to quality and innovation.

At Blue Cross NC, Conway is continuing that commitment to delivering the best health outcomes and best service experience at the lowest cost for customers. The company is a leader in improving North Carolina’s health care system, making health care more affordable and working with doctors, hospitals and others to improve quality and value. Blue Cross NC strives to be a model health plan and health solutions company.

Art Jones, MD
Health Management Associates

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Art Jones, M.D. has over 25 years of experience as a founding physician and CEO at a large Community Health Center in Chicago.  Dr. Jones helped establish it as a model managed care organization that has served its Medicaid, Medicare and commercial population under a near global capitation payment system since the early 1990’s.

Dr. Jones is a principal at Health Management Associates where he focuses on advancing clinically and financially integrated provider organizations. He helps them transition to outcomes-based payment and reap some of the downstream financial benefits from operating as well-functioning, patient-centered medical homes and integrated delivery systems. HMA projects have included helping safety net providers develop their managed care strategy with their aligned practices, in some cases creating Medicaid ACOs or IPAs.

He is currently working with FQHCs creating Medicaid ACOs in Rhode Island and providers and a health plan in Arkansas to create a Medicaid ACO serving individuals with either developmental disabilities or severe and persistent mental illness.  His work in New York State includes helping a group of FQHCs in New York create a clinically and financially integrated IPA and another project to develop an alternative payment methodology for FQHC PPS payment.

Dave Richard
Deputy Secretary
Division of Medical Assistance
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Dave Richard is the Deputy Secretary for the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA), where he leads North Carolina’s $14 billion Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs for the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Richard’s vision for Medicaid is to ensure a sustainable, person-centered and innovative Medicaid program for more than two million North Carolinians who use Medicaid. As the programs undergo transformation to even better fit the needs of state and its residents, he is committed to the fundamental goal of improving the health and well-being of all residents. Richard believes the right way to achieve success is to work closely with stakeholders in all aspects of Medicaid.

Prior to leading Medicaid, Richard was the Deputy Secretary for DHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services and the State Operated Healthcare Facilities divisions. He joined DHHS in May 2013 as the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Richard joined DHHS after leading The Arc of North Carolina, an advocacy and service organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as its Executive Director for 24 years.

Feedback from the 2017 Inaugural Clinician Conference

Business Conference and Presentation. Audience at the conference hall.

“Excellent program. We need this to survive and take care of our patients.”

“Very good conference! Allowing time for Q & As was great! I feel like I learned a lot from this.”

“Keep this very important activity moving forward.” 

“Excellent conference. Networking was amazing.”

“Great discussion and collaboration between small practices.”