AHA Health Care Transformation Fellowship

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    The new class of the Health Care Transformation Fellowship.
    Key dates for the fellowship are:

    February 15, 2017 -- Application deadline
    March 7-8, 2017
    -- Fellows 1st meeting
    July 2017-- In-person meeting
    November 2017 -- In-person meeting


    Read the latest H&HN article AHA Fellows Tackle Integration, Population Health, May 25, 2016 by Cynthia Hedges Greising

  • Innovative Approaches to Transforming Health Care

    The Health Care Transformation Fellowship is an intensive, 9-month program to provide health care leaders with skills to help their organizations implement innovative delivery and payment system transformation models. The fellowship curriculum addresses a variety of health care transformation topics including:

    1. Clinician alignment and leadership;
    2. Exposure to adaptive leadership and a unique approach in change management;
    3. New care delivery models;
    4. Navigating financial risk in the volume-to-value transition;
    5. Population health management;
    6. The integration of health information technology; and
    7. Evolving partnerships with payers, employers, community organizations and other non-traditional partners.
  • Fellowship Details

    Hospitals and health care systems face unparalleled change, with multiple factors driving a rapidly transforming health care environment. As the field moves from a fee-for-service to a value-based model, hospitals are focusing on quality and population health management, and on providing more integrated, better coordinated care. Meeting the challenges of a dynamically evolving health care environment and changing strategic priorities requires new leadership skills, capabilities and business/service models.

    The AHA Health Care Transformation Fellowship is an intensive, nine-month program to provide health care leaders with information and skills to implement innovative health care delivery and payment system models. The curriculum addresses a variety of health care transformation topics to help participants lead their hospital toward the Triple Aim—better care, better health and lower cost.

    Topics include:

    • Clinician alignment and leadership
    • Exposure to adaptive leadership and a unique approach in change management
    • New care delivery models
    • Navigating financial risk in the volume to value transition
    • Population health management
    • Integration of health information technology
    • Evolving partnerships with payers, employers, community organizations and other nontraditional players
  • Key Components

    Learning Retreats

    Three two-day, interactive, in-person learning retreats led by expert faculty are focused on specific health care themes. Fellows learn about innovative approaches from industry experts and from hospitals at various stages of transformation. Retreat leaders synthesize the main take-aways, facilitate discussion, identify key questions to address with senior leadership teams and provide helpful hints for success. Fellows also engage in roundtable discussions, networking and project updates.

    Fellowship Projects

    Fellows design and implement an action learning project that addresses the transformational needs of their organization and has measurable aims to achieve by the end of the nine-month program. Fellows receive guidance from fellowship faculty, AHA staff and their learning cohort. They periodically present progress reports, including updates at each learning retreat and a final project report.

    Transformational Resources and Connections

    Fellows receive relevant reading assignments and have access to other resources and tools, including a dedicated fellowship website, email list and social networking group

    Coaching Calls and Webinars

    Fellows have regular check-in calls with fellowship staff to discuss progress and issues related to their projects. Staff facilitate networking between individual fellows, experts or other organizations pursuing similar strategies. Interactive webinars and conference calls cover various topics related to innovation and health care transformation.

  • Program Value

    Knowledge and Tangible Results: Fellows gain essential knowledge about challenges and opportunities for health care transformation, along with actionable tools. Fellowship projects demonstrate measurable progress and achieve key milestones aligned to organizational objectives.

    Networking Connections: Fellows have the opportunity to network and make professional connections with their fellowship class, past fellows and expert faculty.

    Pay-it-Forward: Fellows can continue to build the HCTF alumni network and participate as faculty or advisors in future classes to showcase their organization’s progress, results and lessons learned on transformation initiatives. Some fellows may choose to become senior fellows of the Health Research & Educational Trust

  • Examples of Fellowship Action Learning Projects

    Clinical Integration/High-Value Network

    • Create a comprehensive orthopedic surgical home model
    • Develop a high-value network of post-acute providers to complement ACO/MSSP

    Payment Reform

    • Implement a shared-savings program with a large Medicaid managed care payer
    • Develop rational, value-based payment reform for specialty care

    Care Delivery Reform

    • Increase performance on quality metrics via implementation of a cardiovascular co-management model
    • Reduce readmissions for accountable care population

    Population/Community Health Management

    • Create interventions to address pediatric high-cost/high-risk populations using mobile applications
    • Develop geriatric population health management program
    • Pediatric high risk/high cost interventions using mobile applications
  • Apply

    To apply or learn more, please visit the AHA Health Care Transformation Fellowship website at www.hpoe.org/hctfellowship.

    Contact the Health Care Transformation Fellowship staff at HCTfellowship@aha.org or (312) 422-2929

    All applications must be submitted electronically.

    Please submit your application at www.hpoe.org/hctapplication by February 15, 2017.

  • Candidates

    Appropriate candidates for the fellowship include: C-suite level executives (CEOs, COOs, CMOs, CFOs, etc.), senior vice presidents, and vice presidents from any of the following disciplines:

    • Finance
    • Operations
    • Strategy
    • Clinical leadership
    • Population health
  • Organization Types

    Participating organizations have included:

    • Large health systems, stand-alone hospitals, academic medical centers, small critical access hospitals, not-for-profit hospitals, for-profit hospitals—from a range of urban and rural geographies
    • State hospital associations
  • Tuition

    Tuition covers one individual (the fellow)l from each organization. The fellow may bring up to three colleagues to each of the learning retreats.

    $19,500 per organization

    (Discounts may be available for small organizations).  Please contact hctfellowship@aha.org

    Tuition includes:

    • All program materials for learning retreats and webinars
    • Registration for the 2017 Association for Community Health Improvement National Conference (Denver)
    • Registration for the 2017 Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit
    • Breakfast, lunch and one dinner during fellowship learning retreats
    • Various professional development opportunities

    Please note: Space is limited to 20 organizations

    Fellowship applications due February 15, 2017

  • Application Instructions - Deadline February 15, 2017

    Applicants must submit:

    - Resume or curriculum vitae

    - Letter of organizational support – You are required to submit a one-page letter from the CEO, president or another executive from your organization. The letter should indicate organizational support and commitment (time and resources) for the fellowship project and for your participation in the Health Care Transformation Fellowship.

    - Individual photo

    - Project proposal

    Please submit a 250-word proposal describing how your project will support payment or care delivery model transformation at your organization. Think strategically and align your project with your current role or organization’s existing initiatives. Make sure your project has clear objectives, a way to measure progress and is something that you can achieve during the 9-month fellowship. Please include the following items.

    1. Describe your organization’s overall initiative (e.g. pursue clinical integration, bundled payment arrangement, population health management).
    2. What are you specific goals for the fellowship project? What will you accomplish over the course of the fellowship? How does your project align with organizational goals. 

    Examples from previous fellowship classes include:
    - Developing a perioperative surgical home
    - Creating a comprehensive population health management strategy
    - Developing a strategy for clinical integration

    Please note: It is understood that all projects are works in progress, but should have realistic goals and include actionable measures, milestones and objectives to be completed by the end of the fellowship program. Projects may undergo modification to ensure they fully meet program objectives.

    Please have this information ready when you apply.

  • Key Dates




    Learning Retreat #1: Innovative Approaches to Achieve Better Health in Populations and Communities March 7th -8th, 2017 Denver, CO

    Association for Community Health Improvement National Conference (optional, included with tuition)

    March 9th- 11th, 2017 Denver, CO

    Learning Retreat #2: Innovative Financial Models to Attain Lower Cost and Value

    July 2017

    San Diego, CA

    Health Forum and the AHA Leadership Summit (optional, included with tuition)

    July 27th - 29th, 2017

    San Diego, CA

    Learning Retreat #3: Innovative Care Delivery Models to Achieve Better Health Care

    November 2017

    Chicago, IL