Agenda

GIRT 2019 – PROGRAM OUTLINE

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

6:30-7:45 am
REGISTRATION & EXHIBITS OPEN

6:30-7:30 am
BREAKFAST OPEN (in Tamarack Room)

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

8:00-10:00 am
OPTIMIZING OFFICE VISITS: EFFICIENT INTERVIEWS, PATIENT SATISFACTION, AND MUTUALLY AGREED UPON TREATMENT PLANS
Dan O’Connell 

  • GI providers practice with high levels of diagnostic and technical skill. However, they are often left on their own to figure out how to best interact with patients and families in ways that assure that these skills will be appreciated, and useful and efficiently applied. In this session, we will review some key interaction skills, and we will demonstrate how these skills can be used in GI encounters.

10:00-10:30 am
REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITS

10:30-11:00 am
OPTIMIZING OFFICE VISITS (CONTINUED)
Dan O’Connell

11:00-12:00 pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS – HAPPINESS: WHAT YOUR MOTHER DIDN’T TELL YOU
Daniel Gilbert

  • Most of us think we know what would make us happy and that our only problem is getting it. But research in psychology, economics, and neuroscience shows that people are not very good at predicting what will make them happy, how happy it will make them, and how long that happiness will last. Is the problem that we can’t really imagine what our futures will hold? Is the problem that society lies to us about the true sources of human happiness? Yes, and yes again. Professor Gilbert will explain why, when it comes to finding happiness, we can’t always trust our imaginations—or our mothers.

12:00-1:15 pm
LUNCH & EXHIBITS, WITH BOOK SIGNING BY PROFESSOR GILBERT

1:15-1:45 pm
HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AT ALL TIMES, …AND ANSWERS TO MANY OTHER IMPORTANT QUESTIONS – A CONVERSATION WITH DANIEL GILBERT
Moderator: Dan O’Connell

1:45-2:15 pm
A WORD FROM OUR PARTNERS

2:15-3:00 pm
NAVIGATING THE DIFFICULT PATIENT ENCOUNTER
Dan O’Connell

  • Research suggests that most medical providers find 10-15% of their interactions with patients and families to be more difficult than they prefer. Patients come to these encounters with information and preferences they have gathered outside the GI provider’s office, and it is not uncommon for patients, family and providers to have different expectations for success. Finally, all participants in these clinic encounters often need to be flexible to reach a mutually agreed upon plan for next steps. But how do they establish the boundaries of these “negotiations”? – In this session, we will examine difficult interactions, how to diagnose why an interaction is going wrong and how best to respond to get it moving constructively again. We will look at a model of “principled negotiation” as a way for providers to more efficiently work out mutually agreed upon plans in these situations that are consistent with care that is safe, effective and unlikely to result in more harm than good.

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

3:30-5:00 pm
NAVIGATING THE DIFFICULT PATIENT ENCOUNTER (CONTINUED)
Dan O’Connell

5:00 pm
ADJOURN DAY #1

5:00-6:30 pm
NETWORKING RECEPTION WITH LIVE MUSIC
Gastroenterologist Dr. David Gilbert and the “AIN’T NO HEAVEN SEVEN”           

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

7:00-7:45 am
EXHIBITS OPEN

7:00-7:45 am
BREAKFAST OPEN (in Tamarack Room)

7:45-8:00 am
ANNOUNCEMENTS, DAY #2

8:00-8:45 am
KEYNOTE ADDRESS – THE EVOLUTION OF U.S. HEALTH CARE: IMPACT ON THE PRACTICE OF GASTROENTEROLOGY
Irving Pike

8:45-9:50 am
GI PRACTICE ROUNDTABLE – STRATEGIC ISSUES
Moderator: Reed Hogan
Panelists: Jim Leavitt, Jim Weber, Joe Cappa, Louis Wilson

  • 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!

9:50-10:20 am
REFRESHMENT BREAK & EXHIBITS

10:20-10:45 am
THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF CRC SCREENING: DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES, NPR ADS, AND HOW TO HELP OUR PATIENTS MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL – A CONVERSATION WITH JASON DOMINITZ
Jason Dominitz & Klaus Mergener

10:45-11:10 am
A WORD FROM OUR PARTNERS

11:10-12:15 pm
GI PRACTICE ROUNDTABLE – OPERATIONAL ISSUES
Moderator: Glenn Littenberg
Panelists: Reed Hogan, Ralph Katsman, Jim Weber, Jim Leavitt

  • 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 to be discussed might include identifying opportunities to further increase efficiencies and cut costs, comparing notes on MACRA/MIPS implementation and associated costs/bonus payments, new opportunities for ancillary services, recruitment and retirement planning, efficient hospital coverage, and many more. GIRT participants decide!

12:15-1:00 pm
LUNCH & LAST CHANCE TO VISIT EXHIBITS

1:00-2:00 pm
AND ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD – PSYCHOLOGICAL INSIGHTS ON PRACTICE CHALLENGES
Dan O’Connell & Klaus Mergener, with GIRT audience and faculty

  • Interpersonal conflict, disruptive behavior, implications of incentives, new partner integration, reevaluating a career path. – O’Connell has spent the majority of his career coaching and advising medical practitioners and practice staff on a large variety of critically important practice challenges. This session will allow for an in-depth conversation in ‘question and answer’ format about these and any other practice challenges. GIRT participants are encouraged to bring their own practice conundrums and Dr. O’Connell will address them in a conversation with GIRT audience and faculty.

2:00 pm
CONFERENCE ADJOURNS