Pre-Conference Workshops

Sunday, April 17 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Selecting, Implementing, Upgrading, (or Replacing) Your EHR

Discover best practices for selecting, implementing, and upgrading (or replacing) an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to meet “Meaningful Use”

  • Learn how to identify “Process vs. Product” issues if you are thinking of replacing or upgrading your current EHR
  • Learn key implementation strategies for workflow design, template configuration, training, project and budget planning, data migration and chart conversion
  • Find out which EHR products consistently rate “top-tier” by industry analysts, state medical associations, and Regional Extension Centers (REC’s) and why
  • Understand the registration and “Meaningful Use” compliance requirements to receive up to $44,000 – $64,000 per provider, beginning in 2011

This workshop will provide tools and methodologies to help your practice successfully select, implement and/or upgrade an EHR. Come prepared with your practice-specific questions.

Tracy Maxwell is the President of Maxwell IT Company, a nationally recognized EHR consulting and IT services company for physician offices. In 2005 Tracy launched the EHR Best Practice Series™, an education program to help physicians learn how to select, implement and upgrade Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. Today ‘the Series’ is one of the largest education and outreach programs of its kind, and is utilized by state associations, community hospitals, and Regional Extension Centers (REC’s). Tracy has more than 20 years experience in healthcare systems consulting, software development, and implementation.

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Financial Boot Camp 101

Managing a medical practice requires a basic understanding of a variety of subjects, with financial management key among those areas. This session focuses on significant financial responsibilities in managing a medical practice, including using financial indicators and comparisons to analyze practice operations and reporting financial information to physicians. We will also explore occupational fraud in a medical practice, focusing on how such frauds are committed, and effective practices for reducing the incidence of related losses. The session will end with a potpourri of tips for improving financial management in your practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze practice finances using financial indicators and comparisons
  • Gain insights into effectively presenting financial information to physicians and other stakeholders
  • Identify common medical practice frauds, as well as procedures and techniques for mitigating the risk of these frauds
  • Apply practical tips for improving the financial management of your practice
Lee Ann Webster, MA, CPA, FACMPE, has served as Practice Administrator for Pathology Associates of Alabama, P.C. since 1977. She previously worked in national and local CPA firms, where she performed accounting, auditing and tax services for clients, including a significant amount of work for physicians and physician practices.

Lee Ann is Past Chair of the ACMPE Professional Papers Committee and has written several articles on practice management topics and contributed to the financial sections of Medical Practice Management Body of Knowledge Review Series: Financial Management book and Physician Practice Management: Essential and Financial Knowledge.

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Dealing with ACOs & Disease Registries to Report Quality Metrics

Part I – Options for Dealing with ACOs

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are now becoming better defined and it is clear that virtually every medical practice – large or small; primary care or sub-specialists – will have to adapt to, work with, and in some cases become accountable care organizations. But what, specifically, should your practice be doing right now? This information session will outline the practical options and give some guidance based on the most up-to-date ACO regulations and the evolution of the regional medical care market. How ACOs will be paid (by Medicare, and by commercial insurers) and how that money will then be disbursed to practices contracting with ACOs is the key to understanding what impact ACOs will have on your practice. Depending on the size, specialty(s), and location of your medical practice, your current reaction to the evolving market may need to be quite unique. The session will focus on medical management functions, core competencies, and practice structures to help you assess your best strategies in today’s turbulent environment.

Part II – Using 2 Disease Registries to Report Quality Metrics

Measuring, improving, and reporting on the quality of care your practice delivers is no longer an option—it’s only a matter of time. Medicare already rewards quality reporting, and commercial insurers and private payers are following their lead. Quality metrics are well defined for primary care practices, and efforts are underway to do so for specialty practices as well. Current quality metrics emphasize processes (and increasingly outcomes) for patients with chronic conditions, and practices using disease registries to track patients with chronic conditions have a tremendous advantage in reporting quality metrics and improving patient care. Lance Heineccius will give an overview of quality reporting requirements and expected trends – and then present an overview of how to use and get the most out of using disease registries. This session will give practical guidance on installing and using registries, and share the success stories of practices which have made significant improvements in quality by using disease registries.

Lance Heineccius is Director of Performance Improvement for the Washington State Medical Association’s Foundation for Health Care Improvement. He is an ACO specialist and has over 30 years of experience in performance measurement, managing health care services development efforts, program evaluation and system design.

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ACMPE Overview

The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) is the standard-setting and certification body of MGMA. Earning board certification and Fellowship through ACMPE is one of the best professional decisions you can make as a group practice administrator. This workshop provides an in-depth understanding of the ACMPE board certification examinations and other requirements. Information will be provided about the continuing education and presentation requirements. This overview will cover sample questions and study tips for the certification exam. The professional papers portion will also include instruction on how to complete your professional paper or case studies for your Fellow certification. You will leave the course with your topic in mind.

Workshop leaders: Jeff Baird MBA CMPE, Elaine Beeble FACMPE, Marilyn Happold-Latham MBA FACMPE, and Dorothy Wilson CMPE.

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