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MMGMA 2016 Winter Conference: Full Schedule
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Winter Conference Full Schedule

Managing the Current

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Tuesday, March 1

7:30am - 5:00pm Registration Desk Open
8:00am - 10:30am

“Morning at the Capitol” at the RiverCentre

  • 8:00am - 8:30am: Check-in and light breakfast
  • 8:30am - 10:30am: Meeting with legislators
11:30am - 12:15pm

Networking Lunch

12:15pm - 1:00pm

Break with Exhibitors in the Resource Center

1:00pm - 1:15pm Opening Announcements by MMGMA President
1:15pm - 2:15pm


Anatomy of a Fraud - “Managed Care” - Fact vs. Myth
David Feinwachs, JD, PhD

The session will provide insight as to what managed care organizations do and don’t do as well as explore what can be done to stop the current victimization of patients, providers and taxpayers.

2:15pm - 3:00pm

Break with Exhibitors in the Resource Center

3:00pm - 4:00pm


Integrated Health Partnerships – Minnesota’s Medicaid ACO
Mat Spann, MPA, Minnesota Department of Human Services

This presentation will provide an overview of Minnesota’s Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) demonstration. The goal of this innovative Medicaid alternate payment arrangement is to reduce the total cost of care for Medicaid patients while maintaining or improving the quality of care. In its first two years, this demonstration has saved the state of Minnesota more than $75 million dollars, with significant growth across participating providers and covered individuals. This session will explore the IHP model, successes to date, and what its future may look like.

Understanding MACRA: Preparing for Medicare’s New Value-Based Physician Payment
Janet Silversmith, Director of Health Policy and Member Services, Minnesota Medical Association

This session will highlight the key provisions of MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Included in the presentation will be ways that physician practices can begin to prepare, key questions to consider, and a broader context for the Medicare changes.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Break with Exhibitors in the Resource Center

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Legislative Update with Government Affairs Committee & Messerli & Kramer

5:30pm - 7:00pm


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Wednesday, March 2

7:30am - 1:00pm Registration Desk Open
7:30am - 8:15am New Member Breakfast
7:30am - 8:15am Attendee Breakfast
8:30am - 8:40am

MMGMA President’s Announcements

8:40am - 8:45am

ACMPE - Announcement of Certified and Fellow Members

8:45am - 9:45am


Real-Time Data Analytics: How organizations are using technology to generate useful metrics, empower staff, and add to the bottom line
Brett A. Chambers, Director, Strategic Initiatives, MedNetwoRx and Candace Simerson, President/Chief Operating Officer, Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A.

As the healthcare market continues to consolidate along with plenty of big data being collected on multiple fronts, clinics and hospitals need the ability to extract their own meaningful, actionable metrics for comparison. These metrics are also necessary to sustain continuous improvement in the overall business operations and the patient experience. Learn how real-time locating systems can help meet your business goals.

9:45am - 10:30am Break with Exhibitors in the Resource Center
10:30am - 11:30am


Be Here Now: Tools for maintaining physician and organizational health during changing times
Gregory Alch, Ed.D., Licensed Psychologist, M.A., Founder and President, Method 44

In the ever-changing landscape that is healthcare today, physicians and their organizations are under increased pressure to do more with less. Diminished reimbursement, long hours, and mounds of paperwork (ICD-10 anyone?) are just a few of the factors contributing to the growing problem of physician burn out and a stressed out staff. Delivering excellent healthcare doesn’t have to suffer - if you navigate a path that keeps people on the right track. This workshop illuminates just such a path.

11:30am - 12:30pm


12:30pm - 1:00pm

Break with Exhibitors in the Resource Center

1:00pm - 1:45pm


Apology & Communication
Shelly Davis, BSN, JD, Senior Claim Consultant, MMIC

It is okay to say “I’m sorry!” Learn what and how to better communicate after an adverse event. Learn how to communicate with the patient and the patient’s family, as well as with the other involved providers following an adverse event. Learn what to document, and what not to document, in the patient’s chart.

Ring of Fire
Joanne Stadnik, Executive Director, North Clinic

Conflict is part of human nature—and consequently plays a big role in the professional world, particularly in industries like healthcare that are in the process of rapidly evolving. But conflict doesn’t always have to be negative—and can actually be a catalyst for idea generation, innovation, and positive change. One thing for certain: conflict doesn’t need to damage relationships that we depend on in order to succeed.

Within the organization, the ability to sense when executive level conflict is coming down the pike—and how to effectively manage it is essential for both everyone’s mental sanity and the practice’s bottom line. Honing an ability to embrace different opinions and behaviors, manage disagreements, ride the conflict wave and “dance through the ring of fire” is a priceless skill—and it can be mastered.

1:45pm - 2:00pm

Prize Drawings

2:00pm - 3:00pm


Barriers to Sharing Health Information in Minnesota - State Initiatives to Manage Them
Tim Johnson, Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty

Jesse Berg, Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty
Julia Marotte, Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty

As part of CMS’ State Innovation Model Initiative (SIM), the Minnesota Department of Health is working with Gray Plant Mooty to address barriers and issues involving the exchange of PHI among providers, payers, and patients. This session will address the state health information exchange initiatives that are currently underway as well as the many everyday privacy and security problems that Minnesota providers and payers face. Topics will include:

  1. Inconsistencies between Minnesota law and HIPAA
  2. Consent issues
  3. Sharing information for non-treatment purposes such as for research and fundraising
  4. Business associate relationships
  5. Exchange of PHI with providers in different systems

As part of the discussion on the above PHI exchange barriers, attendees will be encouraged to share their insights on the barriers they face and what they think about the state of privacy in Minnesota today and where we should go in the future.

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