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MMGMA 2017 Winter Conference: Sessions
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Opening Keynote

Trends in Health Care: Implications for the Future


Doug Wood, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., Mayo


In this session Dr. Wood will identify trends in health care over the last 5 years. Dr. Wood will also identify and help the attendees understand the implications of the recent trends for health care in the next 5 years


Learning Objectives

  • Identify trends in health care over the last 5 years
  • Understand possible implications of recent trends for health care in the next 5 years.


Analytics Role in Driving Successful Practice Management

David Kisch, Optum


Analytics continues to play a bigger and bigger role across healthcare each year. Medical practices are at the center of this universe as their patients are playing a larger role in how their healthcare is delivered, payers are pushing physicians to better understand their patient populations, and reimbursement models continue to move toward a value based system that rewards physicians more for delivering the right care at the right time.


This session will highlights some of the key areas where data and analytics is being utilized to help physicians and practice managers improve their practices and achieve better outcomes. The session will also highlight some of the newer techniques being utilized by organizations to move along the continuum from predictive analytics to prescriptive analytics.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand use case examples of where analytics can be leveraged to achieve improve the practice management function
  • Uncover some of the latest analytic tools and techniques for how providers are managing population health and optimizing their own performance
  • Learning more about the some of the key considerations being analyzed by providers when determining the impact that shared savings and risk based programs will have on their practice


Land of 10,000 Barriers: Tips and Tools for Exchanging Health Information in Minnesota


Tim Johnson, Gray Plant Mooty, Julia Reiland, Gray Plant Mooty, and Jesse A. Berg, Gray Plant Mooty


As part of CMS' State Innovation Model Initiative (SIM), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working with Gray Plant Mooty to address barriers that inhibit the exchange of PHI among providers, payers, and patients. Gray Plant Mooty has developed the Foundations in Privacy Toolkit (the “Toolkit”) to improve health information exchange in Minnesota, which contains template policy and procedure documents, forms, flow charts, checklists, and other guidance documents. This session will focus on providing attendees with these practical tools to support the exchange of health information. Topics will include: 1) Summary of current state initiatives to improve health information exchange, privacy and security in Minnesota; 2) Discussion of common privacy and security issues (including issues that arise with consent, the sharing of information for non-treatment purposes, and exchange of PHI with providers in different systems); and 3) Distribution of the Toolkit and a discussion on how to best use the documents in practice.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify common barriers to the exchange of health information, including legal inconsistencies between HIPAA and the Minnesota Health Records Act; Understand the current state initiatives that are underway to address and resolve these barriers;
  • Understand how to use the Toolkit to improve health information exchange on a day-to-day basis; and Develop strategies to successfully exchange health information and avoid legal consequences.

The Future of Health Care in Minnesota and Beyond

Mary Brainerd, Health Partners


The 2016 elections completed, lawmakers return to St. Paul and Washington, D.D., to begin discussing health care policy changes. What will remain the same and what has the potential to change as a result of these landmark elections.


Quality Payment Program

Candy Hanson, Stratis Health, Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network QIN QIO


This presentation provides an overview of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) addressing MIPS Eligibility, Exclusion, Participation types, Reporting, Performance Category and Scoring Measures.


Malpractice Risks in the New Healthcare World

Robert Thompson, MMIC


Has the Thrill Gone Away for Good?

Joanne Stadnik, North Clinic


Have you lost the spark; the thrill; the excitement you had about going to work each day? Do you ever wonder how you connect with some people and not others? Why does dealing with some people give you energy, while others feel like they drain your soul? As you know, the relationship you have with your providers and leadership team is the key to your success. It's time to give yourself the Advantage you need to improve your business relationships. This session will give you the communication to save you time and your practice money.

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