As always, attendees of the annual Medicare Advantage senior leadership conference can expect top-notch content, speakers, and extended networking opportunities. But check out what we’ve added to elevate this years’ experience when we gather August 28-30.

New location, venue

We’re Dallas-bound!

RISE West 2023 is headed southwest to the brand-new Omni PGA Frisco Resort—dubbed “the Silicon Valley of golf” by PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh.

The resort spans 660 acres and boasts two championship 18-hole golf courses designed by acclaimed course architects Gil Hanse and Beau Welling. Golfers can practice on a two-acre putting course, continue after dark at The Swing, a lighted 10-hole, par-3 short course, and find more fun off the fairway at the Monument Realty PGA District nearby.

Golf not your thing? The Frisco resort also features four pools (including an adults-only rooftop infinity pool), a salon and spa, signature dining and retail concepts, virtual game experiences, and programmed entertainment.  

If that’s not enough, take advantage of all the fun things to do in Frisco and Dallas. Here’s just a few ideas:

Two brand-new preconference workshops

We’ve added a new full-day and one half-day workshop to our suite of learning workshops on Monday, August 28, the day before the main conference begins.

The new full-day preconference will focus on implementing an outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program. This interactive workshop is designed for administrators, coding/CDI professionals, and health care leaders who want to take their value-based health care efforts to the next level.   

Workshop leaders Colleen Gianatasio, MHS, CPC, CPCO, CPC-P, C.PMA, CPC-I, CRC, CCS, CCDS-O, director, clinical documentation, integrity and coding compliance, Capital District Physician’s Health Plan, and Dr. Shannon I. Decker, MBA, MBA, MEd., Ph.D., principal, VBC One, will provide information on:

  • Why CDI vs. traditional retrospective chart review 
  • Basics of CDI for risk adjustment  
  • How to create compliant querying policies and procedures 
  • The role of technology in outpatient CDI 
  • Hiring for your outpatient CDI program 
  • Measuring success 
  • Improving provider engagement 

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The afternoon workshop will focus on provider engagement in a post-pandemic world. Presenters will discuss the impact of staffing shortages, a hybrid workforce, how to combat provider burnout, strategies to enhance the patient experience, and innovative ways to close gaps in care.

Workshop leaders are Carmela Costiniuk, B.Sc. OT, MHA, D. EdD (C),
vice president, population health and clinical transformation, Catholic Medical Partners; Margaret Paroski, M.D., MMM, president & CEO and chief medical officer, Catholic Medical Partners; and Barry Stelmach, chief financial officer, Catholic Medical Partners.

Inspirational keynote

As previously announced, NFL legend Running Back LaDainian Tomlinson will present an inspirational message on elite achievement. His talk will cover lessons in perseverance, discipline, and selflessness.

The NFL legend was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014. His football credentials consist of being the 2006 League MVP, a five-time Pro Bowler, a five-time All Pro team member, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2006, Associated Press’ Offensive Player of the Year in 2006, and the recipient of the Doak Walker Award for best college running back in 2000.

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However, Tomlinson’s goal is not to be known as a football player. He is the founder and chairman of Tomlinson Ventures, which is uniquely focused on providing funding, mentoring, and coaching in low socioeconomic communities and schools through cross sector partnerships with the Tomlinson Center for Leadership, T Hill Media, 3SIXT Software, LT 21 Sports, and partners like Albertsons, Disabled American Veterans, US Marine Corps, and Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation. His most valued platforms are veterans, education, and community engagement, which inspired his role as an ambassador for the Disabled American Veterans, TCU Trustee.

Tomlinson’s keynote will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 29, the first day of the main conference.

Increased focus on CMS, OIG compliance

Sessions throughout the main conference will focus on the implications of CMS requirements, including the 2024 Final Rule and compliance with the OIG. Presentations include:

  • A fireside chat with Megan Tinker is the chief of staff of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), OIG
  • A leadership panel that will address operational implications of the CMS Final Rule as part of your plan for success for 2023
  • Unpacking the Star ratings changes in the 2024 Advance Notice
  • The current state of risk adjustment and litigation and risk areas for MA plans
  •  Identifying risk adjustment operation pitfalls and building compliance focused guardrails for Medicare program integrity
  • Advice for RADV audit preparedness
  • Keys to incorporating health equity performance into your plan’s quality measures
  • CMS HCC Model V28 & the impact on risk adjustment education programs


RISE, in partnership with U.S. Hunger, will have a food packing event at 4 p.m. Monday, August 28. Volunteers will work in an assembly-line fashion to pack thousands of meals for local families facing food insecurity. The one-hour session is free to attend but requires additional registration.

Wounded Warrior Project Session

RISE is proud to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project to bring attendees this special panel made up of U.S. military veterans who will share their stories of personal triumph, leadership advice, and thoughts on how organizations can help provide veterans with better access to care.

John Boerstler, chief veterans experience officer, Veterans Experience Office (VEO), Department of Veterans Affairs, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Sal Gonzalez, mental health advocate, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps; Nick Morrison, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, who will provide a perspective on access to care in rural areas; and Danielle Green, a U.S. Army veteran who will provider her health care perspective.

The panel will take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 30, the final day of the conference.

RISE West 2023 

RISE West 2023 will take place August 28-30 at the Omni PGA Frisco in Dallas. Click here for the complete agenda, roster of speakers, and registration information.