Urgent Matters Annual Meeting 2017

Improving the Value of Acute and Emergency Care: Frontline Innovation

With an increasing push to value-based care and increasing quality measurements, innovations in acute and emergency care are increasingly necessary and organizations have started to realize the central role of EDs in value-based care. Leaders on the frontlines of innovation speak on gaining an understanding of what’s new, what works, and what doesn’t as well as the government and quality-focused policies that create incentives for organizations to invest in improving acute and emergency care.


  • Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE, GWU / Urgent Matters

Opening Keynote: The Future of Quality Measurement in Emergency Care

  • Shantanu Agrawal, MD, CEO National Quality Forum

Panel 1: Innovations In Telehealth in Acute and Emergency Care

  • Moderator: Neal Sikka, MD, GWU
  • Panelist 1: Brendan Carr, MD, Jefferson
  • Panelist 2: Peter Greenwald MD, ED TeleHealth Co-Director, Weill Medical College
  • Panelist 3: Michael Gonzalez, Houston’s Ethan Program
  • Panelist 4: Rahul Sharma, MD, MBA

Update on Philips Project: Acute Unscheduled Care in Seven Developed Nations: A Cross-Country Comparison

  • Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE, GWU / Urgent Matters

2017 Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Winner: ED Express Care Service

  • Peter Greenwald, MD, ED Telehealth Co-Director Weill Medical College
  • Rahul Sharma, MD, MBA

2017 Emergency Care Innovation Honorable Mention: ED Antimicrobial Stewardship Interventions

  • Larissa May, MD, MSPH, University of California-Davis

2017 Emergency Care Innovation Honorable Mention: Acute Care at Home: An ED-based Alternative to Admission

  • Allyson Kreshak, MD, UC San Diego

2017 Emergency Care Innovation Honorable Mention: Timely Provider Shift Report

  • Thomas Scaletta, MD, Edward-Elmhurst Health

Update on Emergency Quality Network (E-QUAL) & CEDR

  • Arjun Venkatesh, MD, Yale
  • Pawan Goyal, MD, MHA, UT Austin

Panel 2: West Health - Making the Case for Senior-focused Emergency Care: Are Physicians and Health System Leaders Aligned?

  • Moderator: Tim Lash, MBA, West Health
  • Panelist 1: Kevin Biese, MD, UNC
  • Panelist 2: Christopher Carpenter, MD, Wash U
  • Panelist 3: James Adams, MD, Northwestern

Closing Keynote: Update on MIPS/MACRA in Emergency Care: CMS Innovation Center

  • Speaker: Steve Farmer, MD, PhD, GWU