Confirmed Speakers

U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation: Upcoming Changes to Ranking Methodology
Ben Harder, Chief of Data Analysis, U.S. News & World Report
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ET

In July 2021, the U.S. News Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation rankings will for the first time incorporate patient outcomes and other objective measures into its evaluation of the nation’s 1,000-some inpatient rehabilitation facilities and rehabilitation units. In this session, U.S. News’ analytics chief will describe how his team’s analysis and rankings will incorporate data from CMS IRF Compare website, the American Hospital Association Annual Survey Database, and other data sources. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input into how U.S. News’ evaluation of rehabilitation facilities should evolve in the future.

Ben Harder oversees U.S. News & World Report's portfolio of data-driven patient decision-support tools. Harder is a healthcare journalist whose work has appeared in BMJ, JAMA, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Science News, USA Today, the Washington Post and other publications, as well as the anthology Best American Science Writing 2005. He graduated from Harvard University and completed a journalism fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2002. He has been an editor at U.S. News since 2007.

Evidence-Based Leadership & The Silver Lining
Craig Deao, MHA, Senior Leader, Managing Director, Author and National Speaker, Studer Group
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Admist the disruption and suffering caused by the pandemic, healthcare organizations also find themselves in a rare moment of grand experimentation. Fueled by sweeping changes to regulation, reimbursement and patient preferences, there has been an unprecedented wave of innovation, from the rise of telehealth to the flexability of working from home. This session will share a perspective on where to look for innovation, how to nurture the positive changes so they endure, and practical advice for ensuring you continue to build trusting relationships with your employees and communities, based on the timeless Evidence-Based Leadership principles refined over the past twenty years. 

Since 2006, Craig Deao, MHA, has been an integral part of Studer Group as a senior leader for the organization's speaking and conference teams, and he now directs thought leadership across Huron's broader healthcare practice. Craig is a highly regarded national speaker on leadership, engagement, quality and patient safety. He works with medical staffs and healthcare executives to create highly reliable organizations where employees want to work, physicians want to practice and patients want to recieve care. In addition to his full-time work with Studer Group and Huron, he serves as faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).