Cox Health has been dedicated to saving and improving lives from heart disease for many decades—And we are making a difference! With personalized medical care we can continue to improve the cardiovascular health of individuals and our community and the CoxHealth Heart and Vascular Annual Summit delivers evolving evidence based principles for the best practice management of your cardiovascular patients by bringing together regional partners and engaged stakeholders to explore solutions for managing the rapid changes in healthcare with tips to help your practice achieve optimal success in the future.  Join us as we examine current heart and vascular best practice recommendations, emerging technologies, and state of the art diagnostic and treatment modalities bridging the gap from Primary Care to Cardiovascular Specialty Care.
This conference is designed to meet the educational needs of Primary Care Providers, Interventional and General Cardiologists, Practice Managers, Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners, and others who care for patients with cardiovascular disease in an outpatient, hospital, or clinical practice setting.

In an effort to be environmentally friendly and reduce participant fees, no handouts or printed presentation notes will be provided at the conference. Rather, presentations can be obtained here to download to a personal electronic device or print off for your personal use.

Presentations will continue to be posted as they become available.



Presentations for Friday, November 9th, 2018


12:15 pm – 2:15 pm Cardiovascular Market Updates and 2018 State of the Union in Healthcare  Stuart Clark


2:30-3:30 pm Guideline Based Heart Failure Therapies: An Update Dr. Andrew Sauer


3:45-4:45 Advanced Heart Failure Treatments and Cardiogenic Shock – Hope for the Future Dr. Andrew Sauer


Presentations for Saturday, November 10, 2018


8:00 am – 9:00 am Population Health Management in a Fee-for-Service World Tracy Mitchell


9:00 am – 10:30 am New Approaches to Thoracic Aortic Disease Dr. Randy Mullins


Friday, November 9, 2018

11:00am-12:00pm Registration/Lunch/Vendor Displays
12:00pm-12:15pm CoxHealth Introduction
12:15pm– 2:15pm Cardiovascular Market Updates and 2018 State of the Union in Healthcare

Speaker:  Stuart Clark, Advisory Board

  • Latest updates on health care policy
  • Regulatory changes affecting CV providers (e.g., bundled payments, MACRA, reimbursement updates)
  • Cardiovascular Roundtable tools to support program strategy (e.g., diagnostic audits, strategic planning templates, market-specific forecasting tools)
2:15pm-2:30pm Break/Vendor Displays
2:30pm-3:30pm Guideline Based Heart Failure Therapies: An Update

Speaker: Dr Andrew Sauer

  • Categorize the different classes and stages of heart failure
  • Organize understanding of distinctions between HFpEF and HFrEF
3:30pm-3:45pm Break/Vendor Displays
3:45pm-4:45pm Advanced Heart Failure Treatments & Cardiogenic Shock—Hope for the Future Speaker: Dr Andrew Sauer

  • Identify cardiogenic shock in acute heart failure
  • Construct a basic strategy for approaching cardiogenic shock support devices
  • Recognize the appropriate patient for referral for advanced heart failure therapies
4:45pm-5:00pm Evaluation
5:00pm-5:30pm Social Hour
5:30pm-6:45pm Dinner Presentation—A Breakthrough In Cardiovascular Outcomes

by Dr. James Bonucchi sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals












Saturday, November 10, 2018


7:30am-8:00am Registration/Breakfast/Vendor Displays
8:00am-9:00am Population Health Management in a Fee-for-Service World

Speakers: Tracy Mitchell

  • Describe risk stratification tactics used in Population Health Management
  • Describe utilization management methods and considerations for selecting appropriate post-acute care site of service.
  • Explain the importance of engaging patients and families in advance care planning discussions
9:00am-10:30am New Approaches to Thoracic Aortic Disease

Speaker: Dr. Randy Mullins and Dr. David Zolfaghari

  • Define the role of intervention in the management of Aortic Disease
  • Identify appropriate therapy and treatment of Aortic Disease
  • Panel discussion
10:30am– 10:45 am Break/Vendor Displays
10:45am– 11:45am So it felt like this……  (Common presentations for arrhythmias)

Speaker: Dr. John Garner

  • Describe common presentations for some of the most common arrhythmias.
  • Identify treatment pathways for these common arrhythmias
11:45-12:15pm Questions/Answers/Evaluations/Statements of Credit/ Adjourn


We reserve the right to substitute speakers and topics in the event of emergency or cancellation. Information presented during this conference represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth. Presenters are responsible for obtaining all copyright permissions. 

CoxHealth is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CoxHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


CoxHealth Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
8.0 total nursing contact hours will be awarded; 4.25 contact hours will be awarded for attendance of Day 1 and 3.75 contact hours will be awarded for attendance of day 2.


CoxHealth has approved this program for 7.5 STEMI contact hours for CoxHealth physicians and employees. Day 1 is 4.0 hours and Day 2 is 3.5 hours.


CoxHealth has been approved for ASRT (Radiology) credit on Day 1 for 5.0 credit hours and Day 2 for 3.25 credit hours.


This Live activity, 2018 CoxHealth Heart and Vascular Summit: Defining the Future of Cardiovascular Care, with a beginning date of 11/09/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 7.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


For questions regarding educational credit please contact Lisa Boyer, RN, BSN, Enterprise Educator, CoxHealth 417-269-4124 or


Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any other proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.


Requirements for Successful Completion:

  • Sign in at the registration desk.
  • Complete your online evaluation form each day (you have up to 2 weeks to complete)
  • Attendance of entire day


Online evaluations and certificate of attendances:

  • At the completion of your on line evaluation your specific Certificate will automatically generate for you to print or save to your cell phone
  • Physicians will receive their certificate of attendance from Triesa Massey via email in approximately 6 weeks
  • Radiology certificates of attendance will be emailed by Lisa Boyer after completion of your evaluation in approximately 2 weeks



Americans with Disabilities Act: If you have special needs addressed by this act, please notify us at least two weeks before this offering so that reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.


Note: Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.

Mr. Stuart Clark is a Senior Director and a national spokesperson for The Advisory Board Company, a for-profit, publicly-traded research firm serving more than 2,600 of America’s leading hospitals and health systems.  In this capacity, he presents the firm’s findings on frontier strategic and clinical best practices.
Dr. Andrew Sauer is a cardiologist who specializes in advanced heart failure therapies, including heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support devices. He is also an Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Sauer graduated from the University of Rochester and completed his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also studied complex cardiovascular trait genetics at the Broad Institute of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Tracy Mitchell is the System administrative director of population health at CoxHealth. She completed her Master of Science Health Sciences in Health Care Quality at George Washington University in Washington DC. Tracy is certified with the National commission for certifying agencies (CPHQ).
Dr. Randy Mullins, is board certified in general and vascular surgery practicing at Ferrell-Duncan Clinic.  He completed his medical degree and his residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  He completed his fellowship at the Mayo Clinic for vascular surgery and the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide Australia for Endovascular Surgery.
Dr. John Garner is board certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology practicing at Ferrell-Duncan Clinic. He completed his medical degree at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. His internal medicine internship and residency were completed at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Garner completed his cardiovascular fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and his EP fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine.


All speakers listed with the exception of those below have indicated they (or their immediate family members) do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies that would exclude them from participating in this activity.
Speaker Andrew Sauer, MD, has indicated he has disclosures by way of consulting and speaking for Abbott, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and Novartis. He has indicated that his presentation will be scientific and evidence-based, and generic names will be used to contribute to impartiality. There were no conflicts noted that would exclude Dr. Sauer from the presentation process.
Planning Committee Members
Lisa Boyer, RN, BSN
Enterprise Educator
Education Center, CoxHealth


Cyndi Bussen
Physician Relations Manager
CoxHealth Business Connections


James Ceaser, MD, FACS
Physician Planner
Medical Director Cardiovascular Services
Ferrell Duncan Clinic


Jill Clary, RN, BSN, CEN
STEMI RN Clinician
CoxHealth Cardiovascular Services


Leah Cook, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN
STEMI Program Coordinator
CoxHealth Cardiovascular Services


Julia Flax, MD
Physician Planner
AAFP Credit Planner
Regional Services, CoxHealth


Cardiovascular Services Coordinator
CoxHealth Cardiovascular Services


Triesa Massey, MHA
Medical Staff Education Coordinator
CoxHealth Medical Staff


Morgan Nemeth, RN
Cardiovascular Services Nurse Educator
CoxHealth Nursing Education


Kathryn Pallister, RN, BSN, CCRN
Nurse Manager
CoxHealth Cardiovascular Services


Chris Schulze, RN, BSN
Director of Clinical Research
CoxHealth Center for Research and Innovation


Becky Watts, RN, BSN, MHA
Administrative Director
CoxHealth Cardiovascular Services



All planning committee members listed with the exception of those below have indicated they (or their immediate family members) do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies that would exclude them from the planning of this activity. Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities. There were no conflicts identified that would exclude them from the planning process.

Planning committee member, Lisa, Boyer, RN, has indicated she is a stockholder in the following companies: Express Scripts, Aurinia  Pharmaceuticals, Procter & Gamble,  Pfizer, Glaxo Smith  Kline,  Novartis, &  Pertola,. She has indicated that she does not intend to discuss any uses of pharmaceutical products or medical devices not approved by the FDA. Mrs. Boyer also indicated she would give a balanced view of therapeutic options, and will use generic name to contribute to impartiality during the planning process. There was no conflict identified that would exclude her from the planning process.