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Annual CHAASE forum to focus on health care reform

The impact of health care reform on senior care organizations and the skills leaders need to successfully navigate the field are the focus of the 2015 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE) annual forum. The event will be held September 10 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in UW-Eau Claire Centennial Hall Room 1614.

Dr. Doug Olson, CHAASE director, will lead a panel of respected leaders who will discuss new paradigms of care delivery across settings and the importance of both collaborative and multi-disciplinary leadership approaches in the field. Members of the panel are

  • Kitty Rhoades, Secretary, Department of Human Services, State of Wisconsin 

  • Dean Eide, NHA, EdD, Vice President-Administration, Northwest Mayo Region   

  • Dick Wager, Chief Operating Officer, Benedictine Health Systems

  • Susie Mix, President and Founder, Mix Solutions.

Panelists and participants will explore the following questions:

  • What is the current state of efforts to work in the new environment of accountable care organizations and other health reform activities in the field today? 

  • What are the new approaches and models of care delivery to advance high impact practices?

  • How are new partnerships being developed and what is necessary for them to be effective? 

  • What are the new skill sets required for advancing these practices for professional leaders in the field? 

  • What does future talent development need to consider moving forward?  

In addition to the panel presentation, health care administration students will present the applied research projects they have been working on at their practicum sites. This focus of this year's research is the impact of health reform on the behavior of senior care organizations, and its relationship on organizational leadership and performance. Funding for these projects is provided by Golden Living and Benedictine Health Systems.                                                                       

Following the panel, appetizers and refreshments will be served from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Participants are also invited to tour the new Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence and health care administration offices in Schneider Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Co-hosts for the forum are LeadingAge Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Health Care Association. Event sponsors are UW-Eau Claire CHAASE, Department of Economics, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Institute of Health Sciences, and the local ACHCA student and professional chapters.

For more information or questions, contact LaNette Flunker 715-836-2088 or