Session Descriptions

      Thursday, September 7, 2017
   5:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Session: ACMPE Prep Course & Mock Exam
Cristian Lieneck, PhD, FACMPE, FACHE
Texas State University
Demonstrate your competency in medical group practice management and your efforts as a lifelong learner by achieving the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) credential and/or the Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) credential. During this highly interactive session, you will review eligibility criteria, timelines, fees and preparation/best-practice study tips. At the conclusion of the session, participants will take an objective mock exam to serve as an initial benchmark for individual knowledge level assessment.
  7:15 p.m. Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
      Friday, September 8, 2017
  7:30  8:30 a.m. Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
  8:30  9:45 a.m. MACRA/MIPS - Year 2
Donna Kinney, Director, Research and Data Analysis
Texas Medical Association
The proposed MACRA rule for 2018 is out.  What does it mean for physician practices?  It is probably good news for some, but bad news for others.  Which group are you in?  Let’s also look at systemic and cost issues in MACRA and MIPS design, and the questions you need to consider in planning a compliance strategy for your practice beyond next year.
  9:45  10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
  10:15  11:30 a.m. Patient Engagement Using Quality Metrics
Rae Godsey, DO, Corporate Medical Director, Risk Adjustment
Quality metrics have and will continue to be vitally important in the healthcare landscape. Understanding how CMS’ quality rating programs impact healthcare providers and plans - and leveraging information to address the applicable measures can drive better health outcomes and improve patient experiences. We will explore the Stars program and share some best practices to engage and care for your patients.
  11:30 a.m.  1 p.m. Luncheon and The Essential Elements of Effective Leadership 
Randy Anderson, CSP, Independent Training Consultant
e3 Professional Trainers
People will only follow someone they believe in. In this presentation, we will focus on several key elements that contribute to lasting leadership, and give participants tools and strategies to help them improve in those areas.  You’ll discover how to set the atmosphere on your team, rather than simply managing it. From spreading vision to generating higher levels of productivity, this presentation is designed to help you broaden your influence and deepen your impact, regardless of title or position.  
  1 - 2:15 p.m. Walking a Fine Line in the World of Healthcare:  How to Keep Medical Practice Out of Trouble in the Employment Arena
Amanda Hill, JD, Attorney
Hill Health Law
Medical Groups are just as sensitive to employment law issues as other companies.  Ms. Hill is a veteran health care attorney and outsourced General Counsel who has advised clients on issues ranging from overtime pay, EEOC charges, harassment, terminations, and more.  She’ll give you tips and strategies on how to keep your medical groups out of hot water - or at least be able to better defend them if they get in trouble. It’s a fine line between being helpful and harassing, friendly and intrusive, and employees have certain rights that employers need to be aware of.  And of course - proper documentation is always important! This talk will have very helpful take-aways for medical groups of all shapes and sizes!
  2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
  2:45 - 4 p.m. 85th Legislative Session Update
Darren Whitehurst, Vice President, Public Affairs
Texas Medical Association
The good the bad and the ugly…this session will review the outcomes of the 85th Legislative Session and Special Session.  In addition, the speaker will update participants on new laws that will go into effect in the coming months and how they could affect your practice.