Friday Courses

Receive in-depth updates 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, the GI Pathology and Imaging Course and the What’s New in GI Pharmacology Course; and two full-day courses, the Practice Management Course and the ASGE Endoscopy Course.

Attending the Postgraduate Course? Register for the GI Pathology and Imaging Course and the What’s New in GI Pharmacology Course and save up to 10 percent! The GI Pathology and Imaging Course, the What’s New in GI Pharmacology Course, along with the Postgraduate Course, make up the Three-Day Clinical Review, your comprehensive clinical update

Practice Management Summit at ACG: Something for Everyone

Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG, and Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG

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 Practice Management Summit at ACG: Something for Everyone course in Nashville will hear from colleagues about new and innovative way to improve the operations, enhance productivity, and guarantee success of their practices.

Friday, October 23, 2020
7:00 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am Welcome Remarks and Announcements
Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG, and Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG
Session 1 Year in Review: Updates for 2020
Moderator: Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG
7:40 am Quick Tidbit: MOC update
Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG
7:45 am Legislative Updates and 2020 Elections: Do We Have a Crystal Ball?
TBA
Discuss the legislative landscape, the 2020 elections, and the impact to the practice of medicine and gastroenterology in particular.
8:05 am Lessons Learned From Going the Private Equity Route
Jay N. Yepuri, MD, MS, FACG
Analyze the role and influence of private equity in GI and how it will affect the future.
8:25 am Coding Updates
Kathleen A. Mueller, RN, CPC, CCS-P, CMSCP
Explain coding updates as they pertain to the practice of gastroenterology.
8:45 am Q & A
Session 2 Improving Efficiency in Your Practice
Moderator: Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG
9:05 am Quick Tidbit: Telemedicine in Practice
Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG
9:10 am In Pursuit of Efficiency: How Tech Can Help Us Save Time and Stay Sane
Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG
Identify potential time-saving tricks to decrease frustration with EMR systems.
9:30 am Artificial Intelligence in Gastroenterology: The Future Is Here
Discuss the potential role of AI in the general practice of GI.
9:50 am Time Well Spent: Encouraging Staff to Perform at Their Top Tier
Outline typical daily tasks that can be delegated to other staff members to maximize efficiency.
10:10 am Q & A
10:30 am Refreshment Break
Session 3 Importance of “Customer Care” in Your Practice
Moderator: Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG
10:50 am Quick Tidbit: Effective Use of Patient Portals
Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG
11:10 am Customer Care in Your Medical Practice: Improving Your Bottom Line
Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG
Discuss various ways to improve the customer care for our patients to provide top notch care.
11:30 am Effective Patient Education and Communication
Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
Explain ways to improve communication and educating our patients regarding their disease process.
11:50 am Improving Flow in Endoscopy Suite: Customer Care Experience
Identify ways to improve the patient flow in our endoscopy suites to improve efficiency, safety and customer care experience.
12:10 pm Q & A
12:30 pm Break / Pick-up Box Lunches
1:00 pm Luncheon Presentation: Physician Compensation in Academic and Private Practices
Moderator: Ralph D. McKibbin, MD, FACG
  • For an Academic Physician

    Vivek Kaul, MD

  • For a Large Group Practice

    Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG

  • Small Group Practice

    TBA

  • Multi-Specialty Group

    TBA

1:30 pm Tips on Negotiating Your Compensation (10 min)
Vonda G. Reeves, MD, MBA, FACG
Identify different compensation methods and tips on negotiating your compensation.
Session 4 Compensation and Financial Management in Your Practice
Moderator: Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG
1:40 pm Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Data: Understanding the Data and how to Translate it Into Your Practice
Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG
Define and analyze current benchmarks within MGMA’s Gastroenterology database.
2:00 pm Cost Containment in GI Medical Practice Without Cutting Corners
Discuss various ways to save money and improve the bottom line in GI practice without sacrificing quality.
2:20 pm Compensation for Non-Revenue Generating Activities
David J. Hass, MD, FACG
Formulate ways to compensate physicians for the essential activities which are non-revenue generating.
2:40 pm Q & A
3:00 pm Break
Session 5 Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
Moderator: Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG
3:15 pm Quick Tidbit: Importance of Networking
Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG
3:20 pm What It Takes to Be a Leader: Qualities of an Effective Leader
Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, ACG President
Identify the qualities of effective leaders in academics and private practice.
3:40 pm Emotional Intelligence (EI): What Are You Talking About?
Aasma Shaukat, MD, FACG
Define emotional intelligence and ways to use it in your day-to-day interactions.
4:00 pm The Art and Science of Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent
Vivek Kaul, MD, FACG
Discuss various ways and strategies to recruit and retain top talent in private practice and academic settings.
4:25 pm Q & A
4:40 pm Course Wrap-Up and Take-Away Points
Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG, and Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG
5:00 pm Course Adjourns