Interactive Seminars: Tandem Talks 2015

Interactive Seminars Featuring Dr. Kenneth Cohn and Nationally Known Co-presenters

  • Do you need to improve your practice environment and boost your organization’s performance?
  • Will your participants benefit from talking in person with dynamic thought-leaders who are in touch with today’s rapidly changing healthcare marketplace?
  • Would you like to leverage multiple formats that teach healthcare professionals onsite and continue the process for months afterward?

As an ACHE faculty member who has spoken at state hospital association meetings in Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin, and member of the AHA’s Health Education Forum, Speaker’s Express, Dr. Cohn understands and empathizes with the continuing challenge that you face to provide relevant, cutting-edge content to your healthcare professionals in this decade of transformation.

To that end, Healthcare Collaboration offers a novel method of pairing established speakers in an interactive program that gives your meeting participants field-tested strategies, tactics, and tools that they can implement as soon as they return to the office, which will help them, for example to:

  • Position your hospital as a top choice
  • Implement new medical staff models
  • Prepare for Accountable Care Organizations
  • Deal with hospital and service-line consolidation
  • Plan for the next disaster

To download a pdf of our speaker topics and bios please click here.


Tandem Talks 2015

Healthcare Tactics for Facing Organizational Transition

The forces transforming US Healthcare from volume to a more value-based approach require unprecedented partnership and a willingness to move forward despite uncertainty.  During this timely session, led by Lt. Col. Rob Waldman and Dr. Cohn, participants will learn how to:

  • Heighten your readiness through a field-tested four–step process that trains your organization to survive and thrive in stressful, rapidly changing environments
  • Develop a shared vision in a values-based culture characterized by active listening and an impassioned train-to-win mindset
  • Engage your practicing physicians as partners (aka “wingmen”) rather than as enemy combatants
  • Transform anger, fear and skepticism into forces that improve healthcare outcomes


Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman

Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman

Lt. Col. Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman – The Wingman – is a professional leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a decorated fighter pilot with over 65 combat missions. He believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – those in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers. Waldo is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and also earned an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), he was recently ranked one of the “Top 40 under 40” business leaders in Georgia.


Ken Cohn

Kenneth H. Cohn, MD

To the best of his knowledge, Dr. Cohn is the only general surgeon/MBA in the US who speaks, consults, writes, and teaches about physician-hospital relations. Using real-life stories from his work in 42 states, he demonstrates ways that collaboration improves retention and clinical and financial outcomes.  His four books, Better Communication for Better Care, Collaborate for Success, The Business of Healthcare, and Getting It Done, have sold over 5,000 copies.   Dr. Cohn has been mentoring physicians in leadership development over a decade, finding that they enjoy learning from a fellow physician.  Dr Cohn is also a co-presenter with the following tandem speakers.

How to Manage Physician Behavioral Issues and Potential Impairment

In this dynamic presentation with Drs. Cohn and Burroughs, participants will learn about:

  • Disruptive business models in healthcare
  • Best practices in physician engagement and alignment
  • The impact of physician conduct on quality and safety
  • How to address behavioral issues and potential impairments when preventive actions do not work
  • A surgeon’s journey from being a problem to solving problems


Jonathan Burroughs, MD

Dr. Burroughs is President and CEO of The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network, Inc. and works with some of the nation’s top healthcare consulting organizations to provide ‘best practice’ solutions and training to healthcare organizations throughout the country in the areas of governance, physician–hospital alignment strategies, credentialing, privileging, peer review and performance improvement/patient safety, medical staff development planning, strategic planning, physician performance and behavior management as well as ways in which physicians and management can work together in new ways to solve quality, safety, operational, and financial challenges.


Position Your Hospital as the Top Choice: Improving Performance and Reputation from the Inside Out

In this lively session with Ms. Anderson and Dr. Cohn, participants will learn:

  • Best practices to improve your care outcomes and your organization’s reputation
  • Ten ways to boost credibility, likeability, and mutual support
  • Five ways to engage physicians, especially those who do not want to be engaged


Ms. Kare Anderson

From CHOP to the Mayo Clinic and Novartis, Kare Anderson has improved performance and morale at over 100 medical organizations by suggesting specific ways to communicate-to-connect and to improve the work setting by storyboarding the on-site experience. Her expertise is in behavioral cues and ways people who must think on their feet can attract smarter support sooner. She is a columnist for Forbes and the Harvard Business Review and author of Moving from Me to We, Resolving Conflict Sooner and Walk Your Talk. She’s an Emmy award-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter.  As David Rockefeller said after hearing her speak, “She’ll forever change how you see yourself and your world.”


Hospital and Service-Line Consolidation Planning

During this timely session, led by Ms. Tyler and Dr. Cohn, participants will learn how to:

  • Evaluate and respond to the sustainability imperative
  • Engage physicians and nurses in strategic planning that adds value
  • Apply a template to evaluate prospective partners, based on case reviews of other hospitals where the process has gone well and has been done poorly


Virginia Tyler

Ms. Virginia Tyler

Ms. Tyler is a vice president with The Camden Group who specializes in general strategy, mergers and affiliations, service line planning, ACO and clinical integration strategy, and hospital designations (such as ANCC Magnet).  She focuses on facilitating thoughtful conversations with practical solutions.  She is known for her organization, clear communication, and focus on delivering value. A chief nursing officer who heard her speak said, “It was so interesting to hear how you gave case studies and examples from other regions and industries. I understand this information more than ever before.”


Practical Strategies for Engaging Physicians in Medical Staff Models

During this topic of current interest, led by Mr. Pavarini and Dr. Cohn, participants will learn:

  • Medical staff models for independent and employedphysicians
  • Engaging physicians to work as partners rather than as competitors
  • Implications for US healthcare following current legal/political developments


Peter Pavarini, JD

Peter Pavarini, JD

Peter Pavarini is a partner in the global law firm of Squire Sanders (US) LLP.  Mr. Pavarini serves as Co-Chair of his firm’s Health Reform Task Force which has overseen a multi-disciplinary response to the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act of 2010.  He focuses his practice on the representation of hospitals and other health care providers in a wide range of strategic, regulatory and transactional matters, particularly physician alignment models and the development of clinically integrated provider organizations.  Mr. Pavarini serves on the board of directors of the American Health Lawyers Association and will serve as AHLA’s president from 2014-15.  Mr. Pavarini is a member of the faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executivesand a frequent speaker/ author on the transformation of the U.S. health care system. He recently served as an executive editor and author of AHLA’s ACO Handbook: A Guide to Accountable Care Organizations.

Disaster Planning

During this insightful session, led by Mr. Taylor and Dr. Cohn, participants will learn:

  • Preparing for Disasters: What C-suite executives need to know and do before disaster strikes
  • Engaging physicians to participate in disaster planning: lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid
  • Reducing the impact of disasters via our planning, choices, decisions, and actions


Mr. Carl W. Taylor

Mr. Carl W. Taylor

Carl Taylor is the former Assistant Dean of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Director of the Center for Strategic Health Innovation (CSHI) and Director of the National Center for Disaster Medical Response. Currently, he is Vice President at Independent Living Systems (ILS). ILS is a participant in managed long-term care efforts nationally. He is also a Founding Partner and Executive Director of the Fraser Institute for Health Research, a New Jersey research firm engaged in using knowledge to develop new tools to understand risk in healthcare and disasters.  Carl has been the Principal Investigator on over forty contracts and grants for health research and disaster preparedness including the operation of the Advanced Regional Response Training Center.


Leadership and the Sexes

During this provocative session, led by Mr. Gurian and Dr. Cohn, participants will learn:

  • Differences between male-female brain scans and implications for gender roles
  • Methods of communication to bridge male-female differences in healthcare settings and create a more harmonious workplace
  • How to leverage gender diversity to run better meetings and transform your teams
Mr. Michael Gurian

Mr. Michael Gurian

Michael Gurian is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty five books published in twenty one languages. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals.  As a social philosopher and family counselor, Michael has pioneered efforts to bring neurobiology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy.


Preparing for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

During this interactive session led by Mr. Chase and Dr. Cohn, participants will learn:

  • Examples and outcomes of ACOs in action
  • Alternatives to ACOs, including contractual arrangements, group practice subsidiary models, and risk-sharing considerations
  • Where do you begin: How to leverage your physician champions to make successful decisions in the face of rapidly changing market dynamics


Mr. Curt Chase

Mr. Curt Chase

Curt Chase is chair of the Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Division of the law firm Husch Blackwell. He was a faculty presenter in the 2012 ACHE Congress session 97AB on Hospital-Physician Integration: What Do We Do Now?  He has developed a national healthcare practice providing transactional, regulatory, and compliance guidance for hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers. He routinely serves as outside counsel to hospitals and health systems regarding complex hospital/physician integration arrangements and is experienced in handling compliance and reimbursement matters, including government investigations and internal compliance reviews.


A Proactive, Collaborative Approach to Reduce Malpractice

During this informative session, led by Mr. Corder and Dr. Cohn, participants will learn how to:

  • Use evidence-based tools and practices to mitigate risk and improve safety
  • Code and analyze data sets to improve patient care
  • Engage physicians to decrease individual variation to build a culture of safety from the ground up


Mr. Richard Corder

Mr. Richard Corder

Mr. Corder is Assistant Vice President at CRICO, which insures all Harvard medical faculty and teaching hospitals.  They use the world’s largest database of coded malpractice claims to improve safety for patients, providers, practices and hospitals. They compare and analyze cases in a way that allows them to see the signals that lead to unsafe care.  Then, they develop best practices, learn from others, and track improvement over time. They lower case rates, costs, premiums, and the rate and severity of injuries. They also decrease error, improve care, and save lives.


Delivering value across the full care continuum:  A transformative hospital imperative

During this informative session led by Mr. Peyser and Dr. Cohn, participants will learn:

  • How to energize providers to collaborate, coordinate and transition patient care
  • Essentials for hospital organizations to promote wellness and population health
  • Ways health systems can save money while providing a complete array of services


Mr. Neal Peyser

For almost three decades, Mr. Peyser has served as a trusted strategic business advisor to healthcare CEOs, executive management, and boards to boost revenues, cut expenses and improve clinical outcomes.  He offers practical, field-tested business strategies that foster confidence and ensure success in rapidly changing times.   Mr. Peyser’s experience includes serving as a Company Executive, Consultant, Clinic Manager and Practitioner across health services, medical school, research and government sectors.


To download a pdf of our speaker topics and bios please click here.

When you are ready to work with established speakers to meet and exceed your audience’s expectations, please contact or dial 978-834-6089 to set up an appointment to speak with Dr. Cohn. We look forward to serving your needs and delighting your participants with fresh content, presented in a lively, entertaining format.