- Krekamey CraigMD, FAAPPanelist
- Jeffery DaigrepontEFMP, CMPESession Speaker
- Edward N. FreemanFACMPEPanelist
- Chip HarbaughMD, FAAPSession Speaker
- Chip HartKeynote Speaker
- Ellis “Mac” KnightMD, MBA, FACP, FACHE, FHMSession Speaker
- Herschel LessinMDPanelist
- Russell LibbyMD, FAAPPanelist
- Grace D. MackEsq.Session Speaker
- Susanne MaddenMBA, CECSession Speaker
- Gary MirkinMD, FAAPPanelist
- Michael F. SchaffEsq.Session Speaker
- Scott SchamsMD, MAAOM, CPE, FAAPPanelist
- Susan SirotaMDPanelist
- 9:00 amSession 1
Navigating EHR: Selections, Conversions, Mergers, Replacements or Next Generation
There are many different stages organizations may be in regarding their EHR system; those in the process of selecting, those who have selected and those who are looking to switch their current system to a new one. This session will address the daunting challenge of the ladder and the dreaded EHR to EHR conversion. EHR to EHR conversions are becoming more common as a result of vendor mergers and mergers of health system. In recent years we have witnessed many vendors commercially discontinue first generation EHRs and many more will soon be discontinuing systems as vendors migrate to more modern platforms. To address these challenges of an EHR migration, you must look at the “to dos” and critical success factors for making the transition, including ways to navigate the termination with your current vendor.
The session will then focus on the challenges organizations face when changing EHR vendors, including the discontinuation of first generation EHRs. Information will be provided on how to migrate data from one EHR to another and avoid pitfalls when doing an EHR to EHR conversion. It will discuss practical steps to prepare for the transition months in advance and proper steps to take when negotiating data conversion for both export and import.
- 10:45 amSession 2
Self-Funded Employers: Your Supergroup’s Next Customer
Now that a high percentage of employers are self-funded, physicians are selling their services directly to employers and insurance companies are becoming redundant middlemen. So how does a supergroup practice work directly with an employer?
We’ll take you through the steps involved in creating a service package, engaging with employers as direct buyers of your services, and navigating contracts, rules and regulations to do so.
- 1:30 pmSession 3
Super Groups: Legal Issues Associated with the Formation of Large Multi-site Medical Groups
In a rapidly changing healthcare environment, physician associations and large, multi-site group practices may be the answer for pediatricians who want to stay in private practice. This session will start by examining the ways in which managed care, reduced fees, and regulatory uncertainty impact pediatric practices and their viability in the healthcare marketplace. Attendees will have the opportunity to consider how physician associations may or may not work for them, looking at personal, financial, and career goals.
This session will cover the major advantages and disadvantages of joining a group, as well as the hurdles supergroups need to overcome to successfully integrate. Legal issues such as self-referral law “group practice” requirements, anti-trust laws, and other “traps for the unwary” are critical for existing and potential supergroups to fully understand and monitor. Leave this session understanding how to form your group, or, what modifications your group may need to become successful and remain legally viable.
- 3:30 pmSession 4
Go Beyond the Acronyms to Effect Change in the Delivery of Care
The dilemma faced by many hospitals and healthcare systems is that organizational structure, branding, marketing, and even innovative incentive plans are not sufficient to render the significant changes needed within the front lines of the care delivery system. This is typically the area where providers, care practitioners, and medical staff are concerned. Simply put, organizing providers into new entities with novel acronyms on the door will not change the way those providers go about their business of delivering care to patients. Time and time again, we are being told that the traditional, fragmented care delivery model is no longer sustainable. That change not only needs to occur but it is, frankly, imperative.
While conceptually the idea of moving from a volume to value production model may be easy to grasp, and there may be good reasons to try and move the healthcare system in this direction, actually accomplishing this transformation on the front-lines of modern medicine is a very difficult task. In order to accomplish this change, a systematic approach to re-tooling the care delivery system will be needed and its value to healthcare organizations will be significant. Many hospitals have invested in alignment strategies with physicians, such as employment, ACO formation, or CIN development and many physician practices have become recognized as a PCMH or even patient centered specialty practices. But what does practicing in one of these entities mean to the providers when they come to work tomorrow and see their first patient as a member of an ACO or a PCMH? How will their usual approach to care delivery have to change and, more importantly, how do you go about making it change?
- 9:00 amPanel Discussion
Successful Supergroups Share Their Stories
- Edward N. Freeman, FACMPE
- Gary Mirkin, MD, FAAP
- Herschel Lessin, MD
- Krekamey Craig, MD, FAAP
- Scott Schams, MD, MAAOM, CPE, FAAP
- Susan Sirota, MD
In this unique session, 5 successful supergroups will share their stories, from supergroup inception to business incorporation and clinical integration. You’ll hear from a range of practices and business models and will discover the challenges and triumphs each practice faced on their journey. Be prepared to learn more from their first-hand experience than you thought possible. There will be time for questions, so be sure to bring yours to our panel of successful supergroup founders.
- 11:00 amSession 6
Telemedicine, Telehealth & Mobile Health: The Future Is Today
Telemedicine has recently emerged as a potential solution to the rising cost of healthcare. Provider shortages and limited access to care have driven policymakers to look for innovative health information technology solutions that will deliver better health outcomes at lower cost. Consumers are also driving this trend; a 2015 survey indicated that most consumers favor telemedicine.
This session will define telemedicine and telehealth, explore the challenges of privacy and security in this burgeoning field, and will examine recent federal legislative developments related to telemedicine. Find out the barriers to and opportunities for telemedicine and whether reimbursement is available (and how well it pays) for private payors and Medicaid.
- 1:30 pmSession 7
The Evolution of a Pediatric Supergroup – Embracing Change
Dr. Chip Harbaugh founded Kids Health First Pediatric Alliance in Atlanta in 1996, presaging the organization of pediatricians by more than a decade. From the outset, Kids Health First’s mission has been to improve care, but the toolsets available to pediatricians have changed tremendously, especially in recent years. How can large, clinically integrated groups harness innovation and fulfill the pediatric need for independence? How can a supergroup encourage entrepreneurial behavior from its members without losing control of its mission? Dr. Harbaugh will share lessons from his experiences and introduce you to unique solutions.