Oct. 12-14: Comparative Effectiveness Summit, Washington, D.C.

This hybrid conference and Internet event will consider the roles of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institutes of Health in comparative effectiveness research; how states already are using CER; and the impact of CER on innovation, among other topics. AHRQ's Carolyn Clancy, M.D., and NIH's Francis Collins, M.D., will be among the speakers. Visit www.comparativeeffectivenesssummit.com.

Oct. 16-19: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Phoenix

Risk and Resilience is the theme for ASHRM's annual conference and exhibition, which will feature a new Hot Topics Forum, more than 60 specialized educational sessions and a new advanced-level Master Series. For more information, visit www.ashrm.org.

Oct. 20-21: 2011 Connected Health Symposium, Boston

More than 1,100 health technology leaders representing hospitals, health plans, community health practitioners, large employers, government policymakers and leading investors are expected for the meeting titled, "Driving Quality Up and Costs Down: New Technologies for an Era of Accountability." Visit www.connected-health.org/events/symposium-2011.aspx.

Oct. 23-28: Leadership Strategies for Evolving Health Care Executives, Boston

This Harvard School of Public Health program focuses on health management systems to help leaders respond to the rapidly evolving health care environment and strengthen skills in such areas as conflict resolution, operational analysis, employee management and quality management. For information, visit https://ccpe.sph.harvard.edu.