When it comes to healthcare conferences, it’s easy to get stuck in an echo chamber. Too often it’s the same ideas about the same topics from the same people. That’s why I found last year’s Quality Talks event so refreshing. NCQA brought together a varied set of speakers and topics that were guaranteed to offer a fresh perspective to anyone who attended – they certainly did for me. As a 1-day event, it was easy to get in and get out without disrupting my entire week, and the deep, TED-style talks were a welcome break from the typical stream of panel discussions.

Since I enjoyed it so much last year, I decided to give you this short episode to preview the 2018 event. My guest is Andy Reynolds, Assistant VP of Marketing and Communications at NCQA and the master of ceremonies at Quality Talks. Andy tells us about Quality Talks 2018, the tracks and speakers and explains what NCQA is trying to accomplish with the event.

Quality Talks 2018 takes place on October 22, 2018, in Washington, DC. Learn more about the event and register here: http://www.qualitytalks.org/

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About Quality Talks

Quality Talks 2018 takes place on October 22, 2018, in Washington, DC.

From the Quality Talks Event page:

This isn’t your ordinary health care discussion. Quality Talks is a series of stirring, succinct talks by current and emerging health care leaders with ideas about how we can collaboratively improve American health care. In addition to the dynamic and thought-provoking speakers, the event features interactive dialogue among all attendees about advancing the health care system and improving patient care.

Quality Talks began in 2015 as part of NCQA’s 25th Anniversary and grew so successfully that NCQA made it an annual event. In 2016, this sold-out event was held at a larger venue which enabled us to reach an even wider audience. We hope to continue in 2018 with thought-provoking speakers and continuing the Quality Talks health care discussion.

The Goal
NCQA wants to look ahead through the eyes of tomorrow’s leaders, who are inspiring the future of American health care. The Quality Talks are meant to inspire action to tackle the real and pressing problems in our health care system, and to dismantle barriers to a better future.

The Format
Far from a conventional conference, this event follows a “TED”-style format. That means the talks are shorter, compelling, memorable and novel in nature. Expect to leave this event hearing something you haven’t heard before.

Learn more about the conference and register here: http://www.qualitytalks.org/


About Andy Reynolds and NCQA

Andy Reynolds is the AssiAndy Reynoldsstant VP of Marketing and Communications at NCQA and the master of ceremonies at Quality Talks.

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

twitter: @NCQA


Related and/or Mentioned on the Show

Quality Talks 2017 | Andy Reynolds | NCQA – last year’s preview episode with Andy Reynolds

Digital Quality Measures 2.0 | Rick Moore | NCQA – a conversation on the future of quality measurement with NCQA’s CIO Rick Moore.

Practical Innovation at the Health IT Expo | John Lynn – Andy discussed the importance of bringing the patient perspective on stage and I mentioned that the Health IT Expo had a patient as the opening keynote at their inaugural event.

LIFE AS A HEALTHCARE CIO – Speaker John Halamka’s blog

Venture Valkyrie – Speaker Lisa Suennen’s blog


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