Join Azara DRVS users from across the U.S. for the 2nd Annual Azara Healthcare User Conference taking place at the Aloft Boston Seaport Tuesday, May 1 to Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The conference will have learning sessions for new users, tips and tricks for current users to optimize DRVS at their location, and training for new modules. Over 250 primary care associations (PCA), Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN), and Health Center users will gather to participate in multiple networking, collaboration, and best practice sharing opportunities. This year, we have added a pre-conference workshop on Monday, April 30 for DRVS Super Users and DRVS Administrators from PCAs, HCCNs and Health Centers.


Pre-Conference Workshop   |   Agenda | Speakers   |   Costs   |   Register   |   Hotel

Conference Agenda


Day One – Tuesday, May 1
8:00 – 9:00 AM Check In & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome Address
Jeff Brandes, CEO & President, Azara Healthcare
9:30 – 10:30 AM Suma Nair, Keynote Speaker
Director, Office of Quality Improvement
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Bureau of Primary Health Care
10:45 – 12:00 PM General Session – Product Update
Greg Augustine, Chief Operations Officer, Azara Healthcare
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM Breakout Session 1 
DRVS Tips and Tricks*
Focus on DRVS Care Delivery Tools: Visit Planning and
Care Management Passport (Panel) *
Payer Rosters in DRVS: Enrollment and Member Matching*
Illustrating Non-Medical Complexity with PRAPARE and SDOH (Panel)
*Donotes a repeated session.
2:45 – 3:45 PM Breakout Session 2 
DRVS Tips and Tricks*
Focus on DRVS Care Delivery Tools: Visit Planning and
Care Management Passport (Panel) *
Payer Rosters in DRVS: Enrollment and Member Matching*
The Opiod Epidemic: Monitoring and Managing
Controlled Substance Use (Panel)
*Donotes a repeated session. 
4:00 – 5:00 PM General Session – Customer Panel Discussion
Keys to Successful Network/PCA and CHC Collaboration with DRVS
5:00 – 5:15 PM Closing Remarks
Jeff Brandes, CEO & President, Azara Healthcare
5:30 – 7:30 PM Attendee-Only Conference Networking Event at the Aloft Hotel


Day Two – Wednesday, May 2
8:30 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 AM Dr. Jonathan Gruber, Keynote Speaker
Ford Professor of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:00 – 11:00 AM General Session – Panel Discussion
CHC Care Management and Coordination for Contract Management
and Improved Outcomes 
11:15 – 12:15 PM Breakout Session 3 
Understanding and Troubleshooting Measures*
Payer Claims and Cost Integration for Contract and
Incentive Management* 
Network and PCA State Program Strategy and Quality Session
Operations Reports 101
*Donotes a repeated session. 
12:15 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM Breakout Session 4
Understanding and Troubleshooting Measures*
Payer Claims and Cost Integration for Contract and
Incentive Management* 
Client Feedback Session
Risk Algorithms for Predictive and Pragmatic Population
Health Management
*Donotes a repeated session. 
2:45 – 3:00 PM General Session – Closing Remarks


Keynote Speakers

Suma NairSuma Nair 
Director, Office of Quality Improvement
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Bureau of Primary Health Care

Suma Nair is the Director of the Office of Quality Improvement (OQI) at the Bureau of Primary Health Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

OQI serves as the organizational focus for program performance including, clinical and operational quality improvement, patient safety and risk management, data reporting, and program evaluation. Specifically: (1) provides leadership for implementing BPHC clinical quality and performance improvement strategies/initiatives, including health information technology; (2) oversees BPHC Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) medical malpractice liability programs, and risk management and patient safety activities to improve policies and programs for primary health care services, including clinical information systems; (3) leads and coordinates BPHC National and State technical assistance/programs and activities, including those focused on special populations; (4) identifies and provides assistance to BPHC programs around quality improvement and performance reporting activities; (5) oversees BPHC programs related to health information technology and quality improvement; (6) serves as BPHC focal point for the design and implementation of program evaluations; and (7) coordinates BPHC/quality improvement and performance reporting activities within HRSA and HHS, and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and other public and private organizations concerned with primary health care, eliminating health disparities, and improving the health status of the Nation’s underserved and vulnerable populations.

Jon GruberDr. Jonathan Gruber
Ford Professor of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Jonathan Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992. He is also the Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and President of the American Society of Health Economists. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Econometric Society. He has published more than 160 research articles, has edited six research volumes, and is the author of Public Finance and Public Policy, a leading undergraduate text, and Health Care Reform, a graphic novel. In 2006 he received the American Society of Health Economists Inaugural Medal for the best health economist in the nation aged 40 and under.

During the 1997-1998 academic year, Dr. Gruber was on leave as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department. From 2003-2006 he was a key architect of Massachusetts’ ambitious health reform effort, and in 2006 became an inaugural member of the Health Connector Board, the main implementing body for that effort. During 2009-2010 he served as a technical consultant to the Obama Administration and worked with both the Administration and Congress to help craft the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In 2011 he was named “One of the Top 25 Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time” by Slate Magazine. In both 2006 and 2012 he was rated as one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care in the United States by Modern Healthcare Magazine. Dr. Gruber is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for Flare Capital Partners, and is on the board of the Health Care Cost Institute.

Azara Presenters

Registration Costs

February 1 – April 15, 2018*
Conference Only attendee $550
Conference Only 2-5 attendees $495
Conference Only 6+ attendees $467
*Cost Per Attendee


We are looking forward to seeing you at the April conference. Registration is now closed.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations were due April 15, 2018 for a full refund. You may change the name of an attendee registration no later than Friday,  April 20, 2018.

Hotel Information

The conference hotel is fully booked. The following hotels currently have availability and “reasonable” rates for this time of year in Boston. They are located by the Boston Logan International Airport.

Hilton Airport (617) 568-6700
Embassy Suites (617) 567-5000
Courtyard Marriott (617) 569-5250
Townplace Suites (617) 887-0290

The conference takes place at the Aloft Boston Seaport located in the thriving Seaport district, close to the best of Boston activities and neighborhoods, and minutes from Logan Airport and South Station.

Aloft Boston Seaport general website

Address: 401-403 D Street, Boston, MA 02210

Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, April 30
The Workshop is SOLD OUT

Attendees can join us a day early to attend the pre-conference workshop for DRVS Super Users and DRVS Administrators from PCAs, HCCNs and Health Centers. Separate registration is required and conference attendees receive a bundled discount to attend both.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Designing and Building Customer Dashboards, Scorecards and Registries
We will talk through best practices of how to design effective DRVS Dashboards, Scorecards and Registries and then train participants on the ins and out of creating them. Time will be allocated for work in small groups to provide some assistance to build some samples.
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Data Validation including Mapping Administration
This session will cover the process of good data hygiene and data validation and provide a process and framework for maintaining on-going data fidelity.
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Advanced DRVS Tips and Tricks including Admin Functions
Learn more ways to efficiently manage DRVS for your organization. We will share ideas and best practices gathered from the field, training, support, and other implementations.
4 PM – 5 PM Reception
Light reception for workshop attendees only to relax and mingle.

Traveling To and Around Boston

By Plane

Boston Logan International Airport has an array of daily flights from almost all major U.S. cities. Southwest, JetBlue, and all the other major airlines fly into Boston. April and May are very busy convention months in the city and the first week of May is a popular graduation week for many of our universities. Book early!

Getting to the Aloft from the airport is easy! There is a taxi line at every airport terminal and Lyft and Uber drivers are readily available. You may also take the free MBTA Silver Line from the airport though this can be a bit more complicated for new visitors to the area. If you take the MBTA Silver Line, you will need to get off at the World Trade Center stop and it is a 10 minute walk to the Aloft Boston Seaport.

By Train

Boston’s South Station is the bus and train transportation hub for the city located fairly close to the Seaport area. Amtrak and the MBTA commuter rail and subway systems are accessible from South Station as well as all major Northeast bus operators including Greyhound, Peter Pan, and others. It is a 25 minute walk to the Aloft Boston Seaport from South Station. Taxi’s are available as well as Lyft and Uber drivers for the quick 5 – 7 minute drive.

By Car & Parking

The Aloft Boston Seaport has short term parking spots out front so you can unload your luggage and get checked in. Be sure to do that first. When you’re ready to park, there is a public lot located just one block south of the hotel on Danby & D Street that is $25/day. Hotel guests receive check-in-and-out privileges so you can come and go as you please.

Taxi & Car Service

Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are readily available throughout Boston and from the Aloft Boston Seaport.


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