RISE is headed to San Diego Sept. 9-11 for our annual leadership conference. Here’s everything you need to know about the event, as well as fun things to do after hours at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego.

1. The location is AMAZING

If you’ve never been to Coronado Bay, prepare to be wowed and bring your camera! Located across the bay from San Diego, the coastline features wide sandy beaches, sparkling sand, and elegant gardens. RISE West will take place at the spectacular Loews Coronado Bay Resort, which is located on its own 15-acre peninsula. Silver Strand State Beach is just a quick five-minute walkway, but the resort also offers a complimentary shuttle to the beach as well as transportation to downtown Coronado Village.

2. Impressive learning opportunities

Come a day early and choose one of three high-level half-day workshops on membership engagement, risk adjustment for non-actuaries, or an advanced risk adjustment course, or take advantage of an all-day workshop on leading and implementing HCC coding and documentation programs. The main conference will feature two days of sessions on payer/provider collaboration, risk adjustment and quality, collaborative models, social determinants of health, provider engagement, RADV audits, RAPS reconciliation, and policy changes. See the complete agenda here.

3. Top-notch speakers

RISE West 2019 will feature more than 50 speakers who will showcase their success stories and strategies to improve programs for leadership, risk adjustment, documentation, HCC coding, quality, social determinants of health, RADV audits, payer-provider collaboration, and member engagement. Here is a look at a few of our esteemed speakers:

The main conference will kick off with a keynote presentation by Richard Picciotto, FDNY chief and the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse. Picciotto, author of the book, “Last Man Down,” will talk about lessons in leadership at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.  

You’ll also hear an “out of industry perspective on practical innovation in health care” from innovation expert Stephen Shapiro. Amy Nguyen Howell, M.D., chief medical officer, America’s Physician Groups, will discuss payer/provider collaboration and how patient experience from the provider’s perspective aligns with payers’ goals. And that’s all before lunch on the first day of the main conference!

The afternoon will feature concurrent sessions in three different tracks. Sessions include a case study of United Healthcare’s successful social determinants of health model (SDoH) featuring Kathleen Stillo, president and chief operations officer, clinical redesign community & state at United Healthcare. Shannon Decker, Ph.D., executive director of risk, NAMM California, part of OptumCare, UnitedHealth Group, will present strategies on calculating the return on investment on SDoH interventions.

Day two will feature a panel discussion on direct insights into the Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) product from member themselves. Kathleen Ellmore, managing director, Engagys, will moderate the panel. Molly Turco, managing director of legislative policy & regulation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association will discuss what’s happening with the Affordable Care Act on a national level as well as Medicare for All proposals and what it might mean for Medicare and MA plans.

The afternoon will include concurrent sessions in three different tracks (risk adjustment and quality; the intersection of policy and risk adjustment; and trending topics in data and tech; and will conclude with a panel discussion on policy changes, provider engagement and practical innovation with Rodney Reider, managing partner and CEO strategic advisor, KA-Ventures; Molly T. Turco, managing director of legislative policy & regulation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association; John M. Kirk, founding CEO of Pioneer Medical Group; and Dave Meyer, vice president of STARS, Cigna.

4. More concentrated networking opportunities than ever before

The conference features 11 hours of scheduled networking breaks, giving ample time to make meaningful connections in-between sessions. These sessions include our opening networking cocktail reception on Bay Terrace from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 and the networking cocktail reception in the exhibit hall from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10.

5. Earn valuable continuing education credits and certification

RISE educational programs and conference participation are also excellent opportunities to further your professional development. Learn what CEU credits are available through RISE West 2019 here. Details about RISE certification for Advanced HCC Auditor (AHCCA) and Risk Adjustment Practitioner (RAP) can be found here.

6. Special giveaways you won’t find anywhere else

Are you feeling lucky?

Three health plans or health providers who find a “golden ticket” hidden under their seats during the main sessions on day two of the event will win a free registration to RISE Nashville 2020.

Health plans and health care providers have the unique opportunity to be fitted onsite for a complimentary pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, just by visiting participating sponsors in the exhibit hall. Once you receive a punch card at registration, be sure to get a stamp from each participating sponsor, and on Wednesday experience your custom fitting and walk away with a new pair of shades!

7. Fun after-hours activities

Start your morning with a 50-minute spin class overlooking the hotel’s marina on Coronado Bay—just call 619-628-8770 to sign up. Unwind after a full day of learning and networking by taking a dip in one of the hotel’s three deluxe swimming pools or scheduling a visit to the hotel’s Sea Spa, which offers  signature treatments and therapies.

Fabulous dining experiences await at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort or offsite at the historic Hotel Del Coronado, Wonderland Pub, Clayton's Coffee Shop, or these downtown locations. Have a sweet tooth? Check out the Mootime Creamery or visit Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory.

Extending your visit before or after the conference? Just a short distance away is the Coronado Golf Course, ranked #5 by Gold Digest for delivering the best golf value. Rent a bike at the Coronado Ferry Landing and ride along the Silver Strand Bikeway, a nine-mile flat, paved path that takes you along the sandy tombolo all the way to Imperial Beach. Other fun activities: Visit the San Diego Zoo or take in a game at Petco Park – the San Diego Padres will be playing against the Chicago Cubs the week of the conference.

You can also tour the decommissioned carrier, USS Midway, which was in operation for 50 years and is one of the best-preserved military attractions in the country, or check out the Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument or San Diego Central Libraryall three of these sight-seeing destinations are less than 20 minutes away from the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Editor’s note: Don’t miss your chance to attend this year’s RISE West. For the complete agenda and registration information, click here.