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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

7:00 am – 11:00 am

Exhibitor Set-Up

7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Registration Desk Open

7:30 am – 11:30 am

*Buses depart from Lower Level of RiverCentre. Please click here to RSVP.

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7:30 am – 8:00 am

Morning at the Capitol Briefing at St. Paul RiverCentre

8:10 am

Bus Departs from St. Paul RiverCentre

8:15 am – 8:30 am

Check-in and Continental Breakfast, Capitol Room 400 North

8:30 am – 11:00 am

Individual Meetings with Legislators

11:15 am

Bus departs from Minnesota State Office Building

11:30 am

Arrive back for Networking Lunch at St. Paul RiverCentre

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch & Exhibits in the Resource Center

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Opening Announcements by MMGMA President

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

From Like to Love: Why engagement and experiences are the key to business growth and success
Keith Alper, CEO, Nitrous Effect

Session Info


Engaged employees create better patient experiences, culture and even significant returns to the bottom line. This interactive session will help attendees learn how to drive employee engagement and gain actionable ideas that will take their people from Like to Love.

Speaker Bio:

Keith Alper

With more than 30 years of experience, Keith Alper is a producer, entrepreneur and champion for free enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurial leadership.

He founded many businesses and organizations, including Nitrous Effect, Evntiv, UPBrand Collaborative, Vidzu, CPG and Geniecast.An expert in entertainment, digital, and marketing he has deep roots in event production and has produced special events, meetings, video/film, broadcast and major entertainment projects around the world.

Keith has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Inc., Fortune, and has received numerous awards, including the Inc. 500, “Top 100 Multimedia Producers” award, and the Event Marketer It List. In addition to over 200 industry awards.

As a champion of innovation and entrepreneurship, he has served on the boards of YPO, EO, Kauffman Advisory Board and served as the International Chairman of EO.

Keith has served on several company boards and non-profits.


  • Published Author, From Like to Love, #1 Amazon Best Seller
  • Over 200 national and international industry awards, including ACE, EMMY, TAMM
  • Event Marketer Top 100 IT LIST
  • INC 500
  • Top 100 Multimedia Producers
  • INC Founders 30 or Younger
  • STL Business Journal's “40 Under 40”
  • National Judge E&Y Entrepreneur of Year Award
  • Parkway Hall of Fame Award - First Class
  • Featured in WSJ, NY Times, INC, & Fortune
  • ALIVE Buzz List
  • ""Most Influentials"" STL Business Journal
  • YPO Best of Best Education Year
  • STL YEO/EO Entrepreneur of the Year

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Break with Exhibitors in the Resource Center

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


From Like to Love
*continuation of opening keynote with audience interaction
Keith Alper, CEO, Nitrous Effect

See session description & speaker bio above!

Collections – A Panel Discussion (Finance/Revenue Cycle)
Moderator: Tony Benusa
Speakers: Steve Juve, President & CEO of Creditor Advocates; Mike Klutho, Attorney; Scott Roste, Attorney

Session Info

Coming soon!

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors in the Resource Center

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Legislative Update

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday Evening Reception

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Registration Desk Open

7:30 am – 8:15 am

New Member Breakfast

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Attendee Breakfast

8:30 am – 8:40 am

MMGMA President’s Announcements

8:40 am – 8:45 am

ACMPE Update

8:45 am – 9:45 am

Healthcare Burnout - Reflections & Action
Rahul Koranne, MD, Chief Medical Officer and SVP, Minnesota Hospital Association

Session Info


The fourth of the quadruple aims value framework is the wellbeing of the humans who work in healthcare. This session will describe the statewide data-led action framework developed through collaboration between healthcare systems across MN to reduce burnout in healthcare. Dr. Koranne will discuss the top drivers of burnout for physicians and advanced practice clinicians, both employed and independent, in ambulatory and inpatient settings of care and provide specific examples of strategies and actions that are showing promise in "bending the burnout curve".

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to describe the data led action framework to identify top drivers of healthcare burnout
  2. Articulate the top drivers of healthcare burnout in MN
  3. Identify specific strategies and actions that can be taken to mitigate healthcare burnout

Speaker Bio:

Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA

Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA, FACP serves as the chief medical officer of the Minnesota Hospital Association. Rahul is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2006. He completed his internal medicine residency at the State University of New York, his fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Minnesota and earned an MBA at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Rahul worked in the smallest Critical Access health system in rural MN for 5 years and one of the largest integrated delivery systems in Minnesota for 10 years before joining the Minnesota Hospital Association as its first CMO in 2015. A primary care physician at heart, Rahul has worked in all the settings of care across the care continuum and currently practices at a health system in the twin cities. Rahul has been very active at the Minnesota state level with various health reform activities since 2008 including MN’s Health Care Home model and the federally funded State Innovation Model. Rahul serves on faculty at several schools at the University of MN including Carlson School of Management, Family Medicine and Community Health, School of Nursing and School of Dentistry. Rahul's passion lies in ensuring that Minnesota is the best state to receive and provide healthcare.

9:45 am – 10:30 am

Break with Exhibitors in the Resource Center

10:30 am – 11:30 am


The Art of Tactful Self Promotion (Human Resources)
Richard Dodson, Career Strategist/Coach/Author, Vitality Enterprises

Session Info


Tactful self-promotion is an extraordinarily useful, career competency, relevant whether one is pursuing an internal promotion, a seat on a Board of Directors, launching a consulting practice, or in the job market seeking their next opportunity. Richard has coached hundreds of people in the pursuit of their right next step. In this presentation he will focus on how you can:

  • Define your value proposition (so people know what you stand for and what value you deliver)
  • Cultivate strategic relationships (so those in positions of power and influence know who you are and are motivated to help)
  • Elevate your visibility beyond your network by building a reputation as a thought leader (not just posting in social media)

“The Art of Tactful Self Promotion” will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to promote your interests while keeping your self-respect intact.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the value, and necessity, of promoting yourself in order to fulfill your ambitions
  2. Learn three specific actions for promoting yourself that can be put to use immediately
  3. Commit to a plan of action for both the short- and long- term

Speaker Bio:

Richard Dodson is passionate about helping people find meaningful work that supports the life they want to live. As an award-winning author (Power Your Career: The Art of Tactful Self-Promotion at Work), he is a frequent public speaker on the topics of career strategy, personal branding, and how to become a thought leader. He is recognized for his expertise in leveraging social media and facilitating both live and technology-based learning, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Carlson School of Management, where he taught courses on strategic human resource issues. For more than a decade, Richard was a VP at an international career transition. His prior experience includes leading custom learning design for a training and development consulting firm. He earned his degree in Humanities from U.C. Berkeley. He is currently affiliated with Navigate Forward, a boutique consulting firm that helps executives transition to their next opportunity.

Contracting – A Panel Discussion (Finance/Revenue Cycle)
Jim Reimann, President, Physician Advocates of Minnesota; Brenda Reinhart, Manager of Billing, Compliance and Physician Support, VitreoRetinal Surgery, P.A.; Matt Brandt, Vice President of Minnesota, Center for Diagnostic Imaging

Session Info


The Minnesota Healthcare Market is experiencing seismic shifts and clinic administrators need to adjust to these changes in their health plan and patient relationships. Minnesota Medicare members are being moved from Medicare Cost Products to Medicare Advantage Products. Commercial members are being asked to 'share' more of their health care costs through copays and deductibles. National For Profit Health Plans are entering the Minnesota Market that conduct business very differently than the Minnesota Non Profit Health Plans have for decades. Minnesota Health Plans are now carving out their core functions such as claims, credentialing, contracting and quality assurance to outside independent companies.

After this session, you should be able to answer the following questions:

  • How should our clinics prepare and react to these changes?
  • What can clinics proactively do to respond to the challenges that each of these trends bring?
  • Why are these trends occurring and how can our clinic influence the direction that these trends take?
  • What things should I look out for in terms of reimbursement and language in each contract that hits my desk?
  • What current Minnesota legislation protects our clinics?
  • What legislation should I support to make sure protects our clinic’s ability to remain independent?

Speaker Bios:

Jim Reimann

Jim Reimann is President of Physician Advocates of Minnesota that represent a number of independent primary care and specialty clinics, along with independent hospitals and same day surgery centers in their health plan contracting and billing relationships. Jim has a depth of over 35 years of experience, which includes 15 years working inside contracting and finance departments of several large health plans (otherwise known as the ‘Dark Side’), and the past 20 years working on the ‘Light Side’ for independent clinics, same day surgery centers and hospitals. He is currently MMGMA’s Payer Relations Chair, and has testified on behalf of MMGMA on a number of fair contracting bills at the State Capitol.

Matt Brandt

Matt Brandt is Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Physicians. Matt has spent most of his career working for and advocating for independent medical groups to receive fair reimbursement when contracting with insurance carriers. His contracting experience includes working with primary and specialty clinics, networks and health systems.

Virtual Health – A Panel Discussion (Operations)
Mark Fisher, Faculty Member, UST-MBA Health Care Program; Kurt Goos, CEO, TheraTec; Mark Hansberry, Senior Vice President, Health Partners; Lonny Stormo, CEO, POPS! Diabetes Care

Session Info


Coming soon!

Speaker Bios:

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher has 40 years of experience in Health Care. He’s been in leadership roles in small, medium, and large integrated organizations such as Park Nicollet, Allina, Aspen and UMP. He is a Faculty member in the UST-MBA Health Care program where he most recently taught Financing and Spending in the U.S. Health Care System.

Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He is a Past President of MMGMA and is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Kurt Goos

Kurt Goos has more than 28 years of experience in the medical device industry and President level experience with both public and private medical device companies. Prior to TheraTec, he was with Ametek, Inc, a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of $4.0 billion, where he led the medical businesses group for the company. Prior to Ametek, he was with Carestream Health, a global provider of medical imaging systems and healthcare information technology solutions, where he was Worldwide General Manager of Digital Output Solutions. He also has held a number of general management, M&A, marketing and business development positions with several leading medical device manufacturers, including St. Jude Medical, Medtronic and LivaNova. Mr. Goos holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Management from Minnesota State University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Mark Hansberry

Mark Hansberry is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for HealthPartners. Mark joined HealthPartners in 2016 and is responsible for strategically positioning and growing the organization by translating the needs and expectations of health care purchasers into innovative partnerships, products and business ventures the market will reward. He has experience working in some of the country's most progressive and competitive markets, creating differentiated value propositions for renowned health care institutions. By integrating insights of market trends and requirements, with knowledge of care delivery and financing, Mark has led transformations the market rewards.

Prior to joining HealthPartners, Mark served as a strategic advisor to several nationally respected health plans, health systems and health care start-up companies with a focus on positioning enterprises for success in the emerging value-based environment. Prior to consulting, Mark served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Fairview Health Services (Minneapolis, MN) for 14 years, Vice President of Business Development at Boston Children’s Hospital (Boston, MA) for 4 years, and Senior Director of Business Development at Advocate Health Care (Chicago, IL), for 8 years.

Mark earned a bachelor of science from Boston College in Finance and Economics, and a master in business administration from University of Minnesota in Strategy and Marketing.

Lonny Stormo

Lonny Stormo, CEO, has diabetes and is a co-founder of POPS! Diabetes Care. After a 30-year career at Medtronic—the last 11 years in Vice-President roles—Lonny resigned his position to lead POPS! Diabetes Care. Lonny led the Medtronic Therapy Delivery business and has been part of three business GM staffs. Significant portions of Lonny’s career include technical sales, leading development teams through regulatory approval, and working with products that include connectivity of data. Lonny holds a BSEE degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and an MBA from Arizona State University.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm


12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Break with Exhibitors in the Resource Center

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Exhibitor Prize Drawing

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


#MeToo and You (Human Resources)
Teresa Thompson and David Waytz, Fredrikson & Byron

Session Info


The landscape regarding sexual harassment and the workplace has changed dramatically in the past year and health care employers need to act accordingly. Are your policies out of date? Are you prepared to conduct an effective sexual harassment investigation? This session will provide guidance and best practices on how to address and prevent sexual harassment (and other inappropriate behavior) in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the broad impact of #metoo movement on the workplace and employee interactions.
  2. Learn about best practices for responding to complaints and investigating such complaints.
  3. Learn how to be proactive about improving company culture and tackling bad behavior in the workplace.

Speaker Bios:

Teresa Thompson

Teresa Thompson works with clients to navigate both litigation and general business advice matters. She is the Chair of the Employment & Labor Group and also the Trade Secret and Non-Competes Groups. Teresa advises clients in many industries, including health care, mental health, disability and aging services, IT consulting, staffing, education, and manufacturing. Teresa also defends businesses in state and federal courts, and administrative agencies and private arbitrations, against employment claims brought by employees under whistleblower statutes, human rights statutes, and other state and federal civil rights laws. She has defended innumerable claims of sexual harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination (age, disability, gender and race), defamation, and FLSA and FMLA violations.

David Waytz

David Waytz partners with clients to provide them advice on sensitive employment issues. While helping clients to avoid litigation is a number one priority, David helps clients navigate litigation at the administrative, state and federal level. He works with clients in many industries, including, health care, mental health services, aging and disability services and manufacturing. He has counseled and defended clients against claims of sexual harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination (age, disability, gender and race), and FLSA and FMLA violations.

Taking Revenue Cycle to the Next Level – Don’t Get Left Behind (Finance/Revenue Cycle)
Curt Mayse, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLC

Session Info


As we continually look for opportunities to improve revenue cycle performance, this interactive discussion will outline key technology and process improvement opportunities designed to ensure reimbursement remains healthy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Improving Patient Access and Data Collection – Timely connecting the patient to accurate data
  2. Utilizing Better Data Analytics to Reduce Denials via comparative peer data
  3. Actively Managing Accounts Receivable through Efficient Technology Solutions

Speaker Bio:

Curt Mayse

Curt Mayse is a health care principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLC with more than 30 years of experience serving health care clients. He has served a wide variety of clients throughout the United States, including medical groups, ambulatory surgery centers, senior living facilities, and community hospitals focusing mainly on the physician and provider aspects.

Strategic Approaches to Real Estate in Independent Practices – A Panel Discussion (Operations)
Moderator: Brent Wilde, Vice President of Corporate Solutions, Cresa Minneapolis
Speakers: Kurt Neil, Executive Director, Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology; Joanne Stadnik, Executive Director, North Clinic; Troy Simonson, CEO, Twin Cities Orthopedics

Session Info


In this breakout session, you will hear leading independent practice executives discuss how they have used real estate strategically to position and grow their practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of how leading independent practices leverage real estate to grow.
  2. Learn how an independent practice's marketing objectives can be enhanced through strategic real estate positioning.
  3. Hear about pitfalls to try and avoid before executing on a real estate strategy.

Speaker Bio:

Brent Wilde

Brent Wilde joined Cresa Minneapolis in July 2018 after nearly 30 years of experience in finance and executive roles within healthcare. At Cresa, he brings high-energy leadership with a focus on business development and strategic business consulting. His independent practice experience includes serving as the President of Minnesota Eye Consultants, CEO of Kidney Specialists of Minnesota and COO of Emergency Physicians, PA. He has also held executive positions at the University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services.

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm


2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Simple and Affordable: Responding to the Consumer’s Call for Action
Andrea Walsh, President and CEO, Health Partners

Session Info


American health care is complicated and expensive. Consumers are frustrated and the health of our community is declining. System change is on the horizon. Andrea Walsh will share perspectives on market forces – both inside and outside traditional health care – that are reshaping the landscape. And she’ll spotlight key opportunities in innovation, public policy, and multi-sectoral partnerships with potential to yield simpler, more affordable health care now and in the future.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the importance of group practice culture and leadership in helping to reach goals
  2. Gain insight into evolving consumer demands relating to care and coverage
  3. Hear an overview of from one organization’s strategies for driving simplicity and affordability

Speaker Bio:

Andrea Walsh

Andrea Walsh is president and chief executive officer for Minnesota-based HealthPartners, the largest, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. Throughout her career, Walsh has been passionate about health and deeply committed to making a difference in people’s lives. Today, she leads a team of more than 26,000 people focused on the mission of improving health and well-being in partnership with patients, members, and the community.

Prior to her appointment as president and CEO in 2017, Walsh was part of the HealthPartners senior executive team for more than 20 years. She served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for nearly 15 years and joined HealthPartners in 1994 as senior vice president and corporate counsel. Prior to joining HealthPartners, she practiced law and was an assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Kansas.

Walsh has a long history of community service. She currently serves on the Greater Twin Cities YMCA Board, the St. Paul Downtown Alliance, and Greater MSP and is also on the board of the Minnesota Business Partnership. HealthPartners is an integrated system which includes a care delivery system with more than 1,800 physicians, eight hospitals, 55 primary care clinics, 22 urgent care locations and numerous specialty practices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, a large dental practice, 1.8 million members in top-rated medical and dental health plans, and HealthPartners Institute.

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