Agenda

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
(final program to be posted when all invited speakers have confirmed participation)

TOP NOTCH KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • David Brooks, New York Times columnist and political commentator (NPR & PBS NewsHour “Shields and Brooks”) will present excerpts from his best-selling books and discuss leadership issues
  • Patrick Conway, President and CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina, and former Principal Deputy Administrator at CMS will talk about the implications of healthcare reform for payers and medical practices, and how to create the “Win-Win”
  • “Healthcare reform Update” keynote provided by a key healthcare expert, reviewing recent and upcoming healthcare reform efforts and what they might mean for gastroenterologists (Senators Bill Frist, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and Kaiser Family Foundation CEO Drew Altman invited)

ROUNDTABLE PANEL DISCUSSIONS

  • Interactive discussions with panels and audience on all relevant strategic and operational GI practice issues
  • Registered attendees will be invited to submit topics and questions for inclusion in these panel discussions
  • Strategy panel to include issues related to new practice models, approaches to practice mergers, strategic acquisitions and partnerships, ways to monetize parts of your practice, and much more
  • Operations panels to discuss efficiency boosters, cost containment, bundled contracting, new revenue sources, patient experience issues, and many other topics

CRASH COURSE ON LEADERSHIP SKILLS & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

  • Looking to take the next step in your career and join your practice’ Board or executive team? This session will provide you with the tips you need to get there faster!
  • Interactive panel discussion with a top-notch business CEO, a leadership coach, and successful GI leaders providing advice about the “dos” and “don’ts” and how to best go about taking the next step in your career and become an effective leader
  • And for current GI leadership, there will be plenty of tips as to how to further increase your efficiency and your impact

SQUARING THE TRIANGLE: PRACTICE – HOSPITAL – PAYER RELATIONSHIPS

  • Conversation between GI practice leadership and CEOs from major health systems and payers
  • Discussion about opportunities for collaboration, and how to navigate typical challenges (the predatory local hospital, the contract renewal fights, the desire to get fair payment for cost-efficient work)
  • What kind of partnerships are currently being created and what is possible? Where are the most promising “Win-Win”-s?

PRODUCTION PRESSURE, MEDICAL ERRORS & PROVIDER BURNOUT – NAVIGATING THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE

  • These topics are well familiar to most providers and continue to become more prevalent and increasingly difficult to navigate. This presentation provides ‘food for thought’ and tips how to deal with them

RAPID-FIRE Updates:

  • Short update talks on important topics
  • Practical “news you can use” in reader’s digest format, e.g. ‘coding mistakes that leave money on the table’, ‘quality reporting update’, ‘top 5 ways to stay out of medico-legal trouble’, etc

RECTAL TALK – BEATING THE ODDS 

  • The journey of a patient with early onset, advanced stage colon cancer. A riveting story told in anecdotes that illustrate great and not-so-great care, and suggest relatively simple things practices and providers can do to improve patient experience

BREAD & BUTTER UPDATE ON CRC SCREENING 

  • Be 100% up-to-date on our most important topic!
  • Overview presentation from one of the world’s top experts in CRC screening
  • What’s new and what’s on the horizon? Study results, numbers to quote patients, update on competing CRC screening tests, and an attempt to predict what CRC screening will look like in 10 years

BREAKFAST BREAKOUT FOR ADMINISTRATORS

  • Bringing back one of the favorite program elements from prior GIRT conferences. Grab breakfast and network with your fellow administrators and managers about the topics of your choice

LUNCH TALK – THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY FRIEND

  • A first-hand account of the development of flexible endoscopy in the late 1950s/early 1960s from one of the true greats of our specialty

FRIDAY EVENING NETWORKING RECEPTION

  • Digesting day #1 of the conference in the company of friends and colleagues, with some appetizers & drinks, and great live music

…AND ONE FOR THE ROAD

  • Farewell Reception after day #2 of the conference. Have a glass of ‘the sparkly’ with us before you leave GIRT 2018 to take many tips and insights back to your GI groups at home