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Thursday, July 26


8:30 - 9:45am

Opening Keynote

Health Care Burnout: A Broader Historical and Societal Perspective

David Herman, M.D. CEO, Essentia


The prevalence of burnout in healthcare has reached alarming levels, particularly considering the commitment and altruism of healthcare providers. A question often asked, and not well answered, is “How did we get to this point?” Looking the broader historical societal journey that has led to today’s environment may be helpful in gaining perspective on the current situation, and may suggest changes in perspective that may allow healthcare providers to regain the proper relationship with change that can be more supportive and productive, and allow them to form methods to address burnout.


10:30 - 11:30am

Breakout Session – The Present

Where are we now? An Update on the Stark Law

Jesse Berg, Partner, Gray Plant Mooty


The past several years have seen a number of important developments in the way that regulators are interpreting the Stark Law. Enforcement agencies and False Claims Act whistleblowers are increasingly focusing on technical violations of the law, including whether compensation to hospital physicians reflects commercially reasonable relationships; improper stacking of payment arrangements between hospitals and physicians; how hospitals can pay for call coverage; different ways to establish fair market value; whether referrals can be tracked; and whether funding and paying incentive pools improperly takes into account the volume or value of referrals. Meanwhile, with payment models increasingly shifting towards value- and quality-based payments, a thorough understanding of how to structure physician compensation models in compliance with a self-referral law that is based primarily on fee-for-service reimbursement has never been more important. This session will explore how the Stark Law has been evolving in these and other areas, review its application to quality-based compensation models and discuss key False Claims Act cases filed against hospitals and physicians based on alleged Stark Law violations.


10:30 - 11:30am

Breakout Session – The Future

Want bigger marketing results without a bigger marketing budget? Let's talk.

Rob Dalton, President, Dalton Brand Catalyst


Medical and healthcare marketing has changed dramatically over the past decade. Today’s patients increasingly rely on “Dr. Google” to find answers and providers, leaving marketing directors dazed and confused. Join Rob Dalton, “Brand Therapist" for an informative, interactive and fun exploration of how to get more attention and better outcomes from your marketing efforts. Rob will show you how to make your brand stand above your competitors. He’ll weave examples and inspiring success stories into this hour-long, game-changing workshop. Best yet, you’ll take home business-building marketing tips you can use the next day...and you won't need to spend a boatload of money.


1:00 - 2:00pm

Breakout Session – The Future

Telemedicine the future is now.

Maureen Ideker, Consultant, GPTrac


Telemedicine-The Future is Now! The Essentia Health Telehealth program provides over 5000 visits annually, involves over 30 programs and is operational in over 50 Essentia Health clinics across northern MN, WI and ND. This program will introduce cugfrrent infrastructure and revenue models used in telemedicine clinic and provider settings. Return on Investment for the telehealth providers and the originating patient sites will be reviewed. The 2016 MN Telemedicine Law and MN MHCP guidelines will be contrasted with Medicare payment guidelines to present eligibility and reimbursement information. Benefits and challenges that the clinic settings experience on the provider and patient sides will be explored, along with internal processes and costs. Actual telemedicine program examples will be presented to highlight involved processes such as scheduling, coding, compliance and nursing roles. An example of a Work Flow Process Map will be shared showing the many department interfaces.


1:00 - 2:00pm

Breakout Session – The Present

Applying Lessons Learned - Top Court Cases in Benefits and Employment Law

Jay M. Kirschbaum, JD, LLM, FLMI, VP Compliance Services, Lockton


Discussion of recent court cases that affect employee benefits and employment and ow employers can manage their programs accordingly.


2:15 - 3:15pm

General Session

Active Shooter Prevention and Guidance

Glenn Sanders


3:45 - 4:45pm

Keynote Session

The Buried Life: 6 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible

Ben Nemtin


Friday, July 27


8:30 - 9:30am

General Session

A Patient Centered Revenue Cycle: Transitioning from Volume to Value

Penny Osmon Bahr, Healthcare Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen


The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, better known as MACRA, has accelerated the transition to value-based care. Whether pursing the fee-for-service Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or an Alternative Payment Model (APM), optimizing financial performance over the next few years requires a focus on key revenue cycle functions. From clinical documentation specificity to preventing denials and innovating with payer contracts, the transition from volume to value relies heavily on an efficient and collaborative patient-centered revenue cycle.


9:40 - 10:25am

MGMA Washington Update

Federal Update

Drew Voytal, Government Affairs Analyst, MGMA


This update will provide timely information on the status of pertinent healthcare issues under consideration by Congress and federal regulatory agencies. Attendees will learn about recent legislative and regulatory developments affecting medical groups, gain a deeper understanding of these changes and their impact on the day-to-day activities of medical group practices, and be directed to clarifying resources. Specific topics include 2018 implementation details for the Medicare Quality Payment Program, as well as payment policy changes finalized under the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, among a host of other timely issues. 


10:25 - 11:40am

General Session

A Special Message from Senator Klobuchar


General Session

Stump the Lawyer

David Glaser

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