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MetaStar Health Care Quality Symposium

November 8, 2017 @ 8:45 am - 4:45 pm CT / 9:45 am - 5:45 pm ET

| $55


Thank you to all who attended our event November 8. Please consider joining us again in 2018!

Overcoming Obstacles for the Health of Patients, Providers and Communities
November 8, 2017

Glacier Canyon Conference Center at the Wilderness, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Registration is now closed for this event.

To access presentation handouts from our 2017 event, click here.

The most recent event agenda, including room locations, is here.

This year we have an Event App. Please use the links below to download the app! Note: We recommend downloading the app prior to the event to ensure have access to all features at the beginning of the event.

Save the Date for 2018! The Health Care Quality Symposium will be held November 7, 2018 in Wisconsin Dells.  Mark your calendars now so you can join us for another great day for health in Wisconsin. 


Linda Noble-Topf and Michael Topf

Linda Noble Topf and Michael Topf

Keynote Presentation:

Beyond Illness: A Patient’s Road Map to Re-negotiating Life

  • Linda Noble Topf
    Michael Topf



Breakout Sessions:

  • Medication Safety: Removing Barriers that Prevent Older Adults from Being Safe, Healthy and Independent
    Toni Kettner, BSN, MHA, NHA, WCC 
    Barbara Nichols, DNSc (hon), MS, RN, FAAN
    Toya Johnson, MBA
    Description: Older adults face multiple social and cultural barriers that prevent them from achieving optimal health. Understanding the impact these barriers have on safety, health and independence is essential in developing community programs that support older adults to achieve healthy outcomes. Learn how several collaborative community programs have removed these barriers and are helping older adults stay active, healthy and independent.
  • Behavioral Health: A New Comprehensive Alcohol Screening Tool to Guide Primary Care Practice
    Jon Glover, LCSW
    Description: Come learn about the most recent alcohol consumption patterns in Wisconsin. We’ll share a new version of the AUDIT screening tool that will help identify patients who would benefit most from brief interventions in the primary care setting. You will get information regarding how to use this tool, practice applying it to scenarios as well as some useful materials to take with you.
  • Quality Payment Program 2017 – Practical Consideration for Success
    Mona Mathews, MA, PMP
    Description: 2017 marked the first year for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). As 2017 draws to a close, health care organizations will be preparing to report for 2017 and understand and implement the changes in the QPP for 2018. This session will focus on reporting for 2017 and preparing for 2018.
  • Advanced Directives Through All Settings of Care: Ask Me What I Want – Don’t Be Afraid To Talk To Me
    David Fladten, CCNRP
    Description: The greatest gift we can give to family or our patients is to honor their final desires and last wishes. We can’t do that if we don’t know what those wishes are. This session is intended to encourage conversation with those who have entrusted us to provide their care. We will discuss facilitating that conversation to assist in gaining that understanding. We will also discuss the importance of advanced directives and Power of Attorney in honoring those final wishes.

Angie Gorn, MBA, NHA, RD, CDE

Angie Gorn, MBA, NHA, RD, CDE

Second Keynote Presentation:

Breaking Through Hurdles for Community Health

  • Angie Gorn, MBA, NHA, RD, CDE, CEO; Norton Sound Health Corporation
  • Description: Imagine providing health care to a population of 10,000 people living 140 miles from the arctic circle in a region the size the state of Oregon, with no road access to any other part of the state. The Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) is the only regional health system serving Northwestern Alaska, along the Bering Strait Region. The system includes an 18-bed Critical Access Hospital, 18-bed nursing home and 16 primary care health clinics; nearly all are staffed by locally-trained providers called health aides. This presentation will share NSHC’s journey to excellence, including its best practices for addressing multiple health disparities, strong focus on subsistence living and its employee wellness program.

Robert McGrath, PsyD, ABPP

Robert McGrath, PsyD, ABPP

Closing Keynote Presentation:

Resilience in Times of Stress

  • Robert McGrath, PsyD, ABPP; Distinguished Psychologist and Coordinator; University Health Services and Department of Counseling Psychology

Description:  Stress Happens!  Dr. McGrath will discuss a range of strategies you can use to increase your resilience during times when the stress level in your life goes up.

Optional Yoga Session:

  • Toni Kettner

Please contact symposium@metastar.com if you have any questions, or would like to receive an invitation to this event.

Continuing Education:

Information about credits.

Hotel Rooms:

Individuals travelling for the event are welcome to stay at Wilderness for a room rate of $99.99.  To reserve a room at this rate for October 31, call 1-800-867-9453 and indicate you are with the 2017 MetaStar Health Care Quality Symposium.

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel your registration on or before October 27, 2017 you will be refunded the conference fee except for a $25 nonrefundable administrative fee. No refunds will be made after the registration deadline of November 2, 2017.  If you cannot attend, a substitute can be sent in your place.

MetaStar represents Wisconsin in the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network, which works collaboratively to improve health care for Medicare beneficiaries, share best practices, and maximize efficiencies.


November 8, 2017
8:45 am - 4:45 pm CT
9:45 am - 5:45 pm ET
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Glacier Canyon Conference Center at the Wilderness Resort
45 Hillman Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 United States