Friday Courses

Get in-depth discussions on the latest in GI and hepatology, endoscopy, and practice management when you attend one or more of the optional Friday courses. Four courses are offered: two, half-day courses, GI Pathology and Imaging Course and What’s New in GI Pharmacology Course; and two, full-day courses, Practice Management Course and the ASGE Endoscopy Course.

Attending the Postgraduate Course? Register for GI Pathology and Imaging and What’s New in GI Pharmacology and save! The GI Pathology and Imaging Course, What’s New in GI Pharmacology Course, and the Postgraduate Course make up the Three-day Clinical Review, your comprehensive clinical update.

Course Directors: Ralph D. McKibbin, MD, FACG, and Jay N. Yepuri, MD, MS

Healthcare delivery is transforming at an accelerating rate, but opportunities in the field of gastroenterology remain strong for private practice physicians to claim ownership of their practices and their careers. Managing challenges to independence will be even more important during these changing times, but that alone will not be enough for success. Participants in the 2018 Practice Management Course in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will hear from colleagues about new and innovative way to improve the operations, enhance productivity, and guarantee success of their practices.

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 7:30 am – 4:40 pm
6:00 am Registration
7:00 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am Welcome Remarks and Announcements
Ralph D. McKibbin, MD, FACG, and Jay Yepuri, MD, MS
Session 1 Macro Trends in the Healthcare Landscape
7:40 am Reading the Tea Leaves – A Legislative Update
Hon. Earl Pomeroy
Discuss current political climate and policy priorities shaping the healthcare legislative process and the potential impacts of the 2018 elections.
8:00 am How Will the ACG Help Us Deal With Change?
Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG, ACG President
Identify how to access relevant ACG materials, services, and activities that support practice growth and development.
8:20 am Practice Models: Are Clinically Integrated Networks the Answer?
Frank Chapman, MBA
Evaluate possible adoption of the clinically integrated network practice model.
8:40 am Q & A
Session 2 Revenue Optimization Practices
9:00 am Quick Tidbit: Fee Schedule Optimization
9:05 am How to Jumpstart the Revenue Cycle in the Era of Rising Deductibles
Discuss how practices can organize their revenue cycles to allow earlier collection of revenue.
9:25 pm Revenue Losses: Undercoding and Denials - Tips and Tricks
Shelley L. Colon
Identify and adopt tools to limit and prevent revenue losses due to undercoding and denials.
9:45 am Report Cards, Metrics, and Reporting in Your Practice
Ralph D. McKibbin, MD, FACG
Recognize key characteristics of successful quality reporting programs.
10:05 am Q & A
10:25 am Break
Session 3 Growing Value in Your Practice
10:45 am Quick Tidbit: No-Show Patients: To Charge or Not to Charge?
10:50 am Incorporating Efficiency and Best Practices in the Endoscopy Center
Jay N. Yepuri, MD, MS
Propose strategies for improving efficiency and optimizing work flow in the endoscopy center.
11:10 am Advanced Practice Providers – The Value-added Proposition
Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG
Recognize job training trends for Advanced Practice Providers that can add value to the gastroenterology practice.
11:30 am Negotiating Payer Contracts in the Age of Cost and Quality
Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG
Apply strategies to improve payment for services.
11:50 am Q & A
12:10 pm Break / Pick-up Box Lunches
12:40 pm Working Luncheon Presentation: What Practices Need to Know About Finance
Session 4 Patient-Centered Care Development
1:20 pm Quick Tidbit: Password Protection Policies
1:25 pm Generational Differences in the Expectations of Employees, Patients, and Practitioners
Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD, FACG
Identify the differences in healthcare priorities for stakeholders from various generations.
1:45 pm Employee Engagement Improves Patient Satisfaction
Suriya V. Sastri, MD, FACG
Explain strategies to enhance employee engagement.
2:05 pm Patient-centered Care: Growing Your Practice Culture
Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
Describe the concept of patient-centered care, and develop strategies for staff development that support this care.
2:25 pm Q & A
2:45 pm Break
Session 5 Professional Development Update
3:00 pm Quick Tidbit: Identity Theft
3:05 pm Practitioner Satisfaction: Lessons From the RAND Research Report
Christina M. Surawicz, MD, MACG
Describe the process for the optimization of practitioner satisfaction and wellness.
3:25 pm Planning for Retirement – The “Big Picture”
Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG
Identify successful retirement planning strategies and review alternative employment models that can be a “win-win” for medical practices.
3:45 pm Leadership: Creating a Written Personal Development Plan
Louis J. Wilson, MD, FACG
Discuss the PDP as a way to build and maintain a successful practice.
4:05 pm Q & A
4:25 pm Course Wrap Up and Take-away Points
Ralph D. McKibbin, MD, FACG, and Jay N. Yepuri, MD, MS
4:40 pm Practice Management Course Adjourns