Session Descriptions

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
 5:30 p.m.

ACMPE Prep Course & Mock Exam
Cristian Lieneck, PhD, FACMPE, FACHE; Texas MGMA ACMPE Forum Representative
This session will cover eligibility criteria, timelines, fees and preparation/best-practice study tips for the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) exam. At the end of the session, participants will take a mock exam to serve as an initial benchmark for individual knowledge level assessment.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
– 10:15 a.m.
How We Got Into This Mess:  Unlocking the Secrets to the Great Health Care Conundrum
Philip Sprinkle, II, Partner; Akerman, LLP
This presentation will explain the development of the most complicated and expensive health system in the world and how scores of well-intentioned events led to the great healthcare conundrum.

10:45  11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

A1:  How We Got Into this Mess, part 2
Philip Sprinkle, II, Partner; Akerman, LLP
During this session we will continue discussion of systemic failures and successes in health care delivery.

A2:  Rural Recruitment
Steve Marsh, President, Physician Leadership Division; The Medicus Firm
During this session, the presenter will review challenges and solutions faced when recruiting to rural communities.

A3:  How to Market a Medical Practice and Stay Engaged in Social Media
Kristin Parker; President and Founder; Lexicon Medical
You know you need to market your practice, but where do you start?  What are the activities you need to do to determine your marketing strategy?  Referencing current trends in healthcare, Kristin will explain how to determine the best allocation of your marketing budget and the top 3 key elements of a robust marketing program and how to build them.

12 – 1:30 p.m.

1:30  2:45 p.m.
Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program:  MIPS and APMs
Aaron Elias, Consulting Senior; PYA
This session will present an overview of CMS' Quality Payment Program.  The presentation will include a discussion of key program changes from 2017 and 2018.  The speaker will also highlight key considerations for MIPS and APM participation.

3:15  4:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

B1:  Lean Management for a Small Practice
Alti Rahman, Practice Administrator; Oncology Consultants
There are obstacles to smooth operations in any practice and using Lean Six Sigma provides guidelines to help you select the right projects at the right time.  In this session, the speaker will review the problem-solving methodology, DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) to help you further refine projects and deliver quantifiable, sustainable results.

B2:  Positive Workplace Culture
Steve Marsh, President, Physician Leadership Division, The Medicus Firm
During this session, the speaker will review critical concepts to understand when creating or enhancing your workplace culture.  In addition, specific applications to assist in implementing your own program will be presented.

B3:  The Science of Compliance in a Global Mobile World
Cathy Bryant, Manager, Product Development and Consulting Services; TMLT
Technology is changing every day; devices are becoming smaller and more powerful and are being used in medical practices more than ever before.  Protecting patient information must be a priority.  Often, we hear people complaining about having too much to do with too little time. Achieving a compliance with medical privacy and security can be difficult when your workday is already overwhelmed with priorities, adding one more must do may seem impossible.  Often, we complain about having too much to do with too little time. Achieving a good balance between want to do, should do and must do can be challenging when priorities at work seem too much to handle and 24 hours in a day is not enough.  In this presentation we will explore how to sort out your priorities and still make room for compliance priorities.

At the conclusion of the session attendees will be able to:
1. What information needs to be protected and why?
2. Identify risks associated with mobile devices in the medical practice.
3. Discuss how to mitigate risks associated with mobile devices.
4. Apply the science of compliance in your office when you return.

Friday, April 6, 2018

– 10:15 a.m.
Disaster Planning Panel Discussion
Moderated by:  Garry Bright, MBA, CMPE, Chief Executive Officer; Pediatric Eye Specialists

Jennifer Myers, CPA, MBA, CGMA, Chief Financial Officer; Cardiology Associates of Corpus Christi;
Anne Marie Sims, MBA, Practice Administrator; Coastal Bend Women's Center;
Stephen Johnston, MBA, CMPE, Regional Director; MCCI Medical Group
Jim Edwardson, Administrator; Vital Signs Physician Resources

Disaster can strike anytime and anywhere, and there are common situations – such as a flood, storm or a fire – that make it impossible for you to keep your practice open and continue seeing patients.  As the leader of your organization, it is your responsibility to ensure that the practice has a disaster plan in place and prevails.  During this discussion, we will hear from colleagues who lived through Hurricane Harvey to gain a better understanding of what worked well during the event, as well as areas that could be improved upon moving forward.

10:45 - 12 p.m.
Washington Update
Drew Voytal, Government Affairs Analyst; MGMA
This update will provide timely information on the status of pertinent healthcare issues under consideration by Congress and federal regulatory agencies. Attendees will learn about recent legislative and regulatory developments affecting medical groups, gain a deeper understanding of these changes and their impact on the day-to-day activities of medical group practices, and be directed to clarifying resources. Specific topics include 2018 implementation details for the Medicare Quality Payment Program, as well as payment policy changes finalized under the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, among a host of other timely issues.