Agenda

PROGRAM OUTLINE

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018

7:00-7:45 am
REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST, EXHIBITS OPEN

7:45-8:00 am
WELCOME & PROGRAM REVIEW
Conference Directors

8:00-8:15 am
THE GI PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT IN 2018 – TRENDS AND CHALLENGES
Jim Weber

  • In reviewing recent trends and current challenges for GI practices, Dr. Weber’s presentation will set the stage for our discussions at GI Roundtable 2018. 

8:15-9:00 am
KEYNOTE LECTURE: U.S. HEALTHCARE IN 2018 – OPPORTUNITIES FOR PAYERS AND PROVIDERS
Patrick Conway

  • We live in an era of unprecedented change and uncertainty in healthcare. Former CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer, and current President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Dr. Patrick Conway, will provide his unique insight, from a payer perspective, as to current and upcoming changes and discuss his vision for improving the healthcare delivery system and for provider-payer partnerships. 

9:00-9:45 am
PRACTICE – HOSPITAL – PAYER TRIANGULATIONS: UNDERSTANDING THE OTHER SIDE AND CREATING THE “WIN-WIN”
Moderator: Michael Weinstein
Panelists: George Brown, Patrick Conway, Steve Morris

  • A discussion of hospital, payer, and practice partnership opportunities and related pitfalls. Making nice with the local gorillas to the benefit of your GI group and the patients we all serve.

9:45-10:15 am
REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITS

10:15-11:00 am
KEYNOTE LECTURE:THE SECOND MOUNTAIN – THE NEXT BIG CHALLENGE IN YOUR LIFE
David Brooks

  • Success, stability, security – achieving these goals is life’s “first mountain”, says New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks. But once you’ve climbed it, what comes next? The search for one’s true purpose! – What does it mean to focus on building character rather than attaining status? This is life’s “second mountain”, and Brooks, the bestselling author of The Road to Character, offers his signature ethical perspective on this pivotal turning point and the quest for deeper meaning. 

11:00-11:30 am
D.C. POLICIES AND POLITICS – A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID BROOKS
Moderator: Michael Weinstein

  • An opportunity for us to chat with one of today’s top commentators on politics, culture and the social sciences about the latest news and the top stories from Capitol Hill. 

11:30-11:50 am
A WORD FROM OUR PARTNERS

11:50 am-12:50 pm
LUNCH & EXHIBITS

12:50-1:40 pm 
KEYNOTE LECTURE:FIXING A BROKEN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM – THE PATH FORWARD
Michael Chernew

  • There will be continued legislative, regulatory, and administrative challenges for the Affordable Care Act, as well as the continued realities of a complex and increasingly expensive healthcare delivery system. This presentation, by one of the leading U.S. health economists, will describe how we arrived at the current patchwork of healthcare in this country and discuss options for fixing what has increasingly become a broken system.

1:40-2:10 pm
CHERNEW’S CRYSTAL BALL – IMPLICATIONS OF HEALTHCARE REFORM FOR THE PRACTICE OF GASTROENTEROLOGY
Moderator: Jim Leavitt

  • Healthcare economist and former MedPAC Vice-Chair Michael Chernew will help us understand how current and future healthcare reform efforts may affect every day GI practice.

2:10-2:30 pm
A WORD FROM OUR PARTNERS

2:30-3:00 pm
REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITS

3:00-3:45 pm
PRODUCTION PRESSURE, MEDICAL ERRORS, PROVIDER BURNOUT – NAVIGATING THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE
Dan O’Connell

  • We know from research, and often from personal experience, that health care workers experience a continued increase in time and production pressure. These pressures can be sources of stress and provider burnout, and they can threaten patient safety by increasing the likelihood of medical errors. Dr. O’Connell will discuss the connection between production pressure, medical errors, and provider burnout, and will offer strategies to minimize and cope with them.

3:45-4:45 pm
HOW TO BECOME A GREAT LEADER – ESSENTIAL SKILLS, PEARLS & PITFALLS
Moderator: Tom Deas
Panelists: Chal Nunn, Dan O’Connell, Joe Vicari, Bob Zollars

  • Are you looking to assume a leadership role within your GI group? Are you interested in becoming a more effective leader? Our panel, consisting of a leadership coach, a successful business executive, a past-president of the American College of Physician Executives, and a seasoned GI practice leader, will provide you with what it takes to reach the next milestone in your career. 

4:45 pm
ADJOURN DAY #1

5:00-6:30 pm
NETWORKING RECEPTION with LIVE MUSIC

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018

7:30-8:30 am
BREAKFAST BREAKOUTS

Breakout A – Administrators/Managers:
ADMINISTRATIVE CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

Moderator: Kevin Harlen

Breakout B – Physicians:
BREAD AND BUTTER UPDATE – THINGS EVERY GASTROENTEROLOGIST SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CRC SCREENING

Jason Dominitz

8:45-9:00 am
ANNOUNCEMENTS DAY #2
Conference Director

9 :00-10:10 am
GI PRACTICE ROUNDTABLE – STRATEGIC ISSUES
Moderator: Jim Leavitt

Panelists: Josh KayeJeffry Nestler, Rick Roman, John Ward

  • The discussion topics for this session will be determined by GIRT conference participants! Registered attendees will receive an invitation to submit their most pressing strategic issues for consideration. Topics to be discussed might include new GI practice models, how to structure local partnerships, how to best create a practice infrastructure and culture that supports change, and many more. GIRT participants will decide!

10:10-10:40 am
REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITS

10:40-11:50 am
GI PRACTICE ROUNDTABLE – OPERATIONAL ISSUES
Moderator: Jim Weber
Panelists: Mike Dragutsky, Scott Ketover, Mike Morelli, Mike Schmalz

  • The discussion topics for this session will be determined by GIRT conference participants! Registered attendees will receive an invitation to submit their most pressing operational issues for consideration. Topics might include: identifying opportunities to further increase efficiencies and cut costs, new opportunities for ancillary services, recruitment and retirement planning, HR issues, and many more. GIRT participants will decide!

11:50-12:10 pm
A WORD FROM OUR PARTNERS

12:10-1:20 pm
LUNCH (with presentation) & EXHIBITS
Lunch Presentation: THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY FRIEND
Gene Overholt

  • A first-hand account of the events that led to flexible colonoscopy as we know it.

1:20-1:50 pm
RECTAL TALK – BEATING THE ODDS
Danny Zollars

  • Danny Zollars was diagnosed with stage IV rectal cancer at age 33. He has undergone more than 30 surgeries and procedures, 28 days of radiation, weeks of hospital stays and months of chemotherapy to combat the disease. He will discuss his journey as a patient and provide his perspective on our healthcare system and its opportunities to improve the patient experience. 

1:50-2:30 pm
REDEFINING THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE WITH PRECISION ENGAGEMENT
Michael O’Neil

  • The increasingly dynamic nature of the how and where care is delivered calls for the reinvention of patient-centered care. Variables like cultural differences, communication styles, health literacy, tech savviness and psychosocial support affect the way patients internalize information and act upon it. Accounting for these requires trading the one-size-fits-all approach of the past for a new model that considers each person’s unique needs across care settings. Precision Engagement, influenced by the fundamentals of precision medicine, empowers clinicians to deliver a more collaborative and participatory patient and family experience. Michael O’Neil, whose experience battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 28 inspired his 18-year mission to give patients and families a voice in their care, will breakdown the far-reaching benefits of connecting with patients at the right time, in the right place and with the right information based on their readiness to engage.

2:30-3:00 pm
THE FIVE STAR PRACTICE – HOW ARE YOU GETTING TO “WOW!” WITH YOUR PATIENTS?
Moderator: Dave Johnson
Panelists: Michael O’Neil, Danny Zollars, GIRT Audience

  • Let’s get some input from the GIRT audience with tips and tricks you may have implemented in your own practice to better engage patients in their care and enhance patient satisfaction.

3:00 -3.30 pm
REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITS

3:30-4:30 pm
RAPID FIRE – PRACTICAL TIPS FOR TAKE-HOME
Moderator: Harald Schoeppner

  • This session provides short updates on some critically important topics:
    • Staying out of trouble – Legal pitfalls and how to avoid them [Andrew Feld]
    • Quality measurement and reporting – 2018 update [Costas Kefalas
    • No crumbs left behind – Coding mistakes to avoid [Glenn Littenberg]

4:30-5:00 pm
“… AND ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD” – FAREWELL RECEPTION AND ADJOURN DAY #2

  • Your chance to have one more drink with conference faculty and colleagues, and to get one last burning question answered before heading back home.