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 Roadmap for a Successful Community or Academic GI Practice 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 Pathophysiology and the What’s New in GI Pharmacology Courses and save up to 10 percent! The GI Pathophysiology 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.

Roadmap for a Successful Community or Academic GI Practice Course
Ramp-Up Your Practice, Super-Charge Your Staff

Course Directors: Jay N. Yepuri, MD, MS, FACG and Harish K. Gagneja, 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 2019 Roadmap for a Successful Community or Academic GI Practice Course in San Antonio, Texas will hear from colleagues about new and innovative way to improve the operations, enhance productivity, and guarantee success of their practices.

Friday, October 25, 2019
6:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am Welcome Remarks and Announcements
Session 1 Critical Aspects of Contemporary GI Practice
7:40 am Status Update: ABIM, MOC, and Beyond

Discuss the latest requirements and pathways for ABIM Board Certification status and Maintenance of Certification as well alternatives for Board Certification.

8:00 am Negotiating Hospital Contracts, Payments, and Stark Law Regulations

Tips and tricks to optimize negotiations with hospital system and payers and a review of current Stark Law issues.

8:20 am The Practice Management Committee “Law Review”

Provide an update and insight on current and potential legal issues affecting the practice of Gastroenterology.

8:40 am Q & A
Session 2 Making Your Mark – Taking Your Organization To The Next Level
9:00 am Quick Tidbit
9:05 am Getting Started on Social Media: Everything You Need to Know to Join the Conversation

Discuss “Social Media: 101”, an introduction for GI practices and providers.

9:25 pm Marketing and Branding in the Era of Social Media

Strategies for using Social Medial to effectively establish your brand and market your organization.

9:45 am The “Lesser Known” Ancillaries – Still a Good Opportunity?

Examine the clinical and economic rationale for ancillaries such as a research division, infusion centers, diagnostic services, and data mining.

10:05 am Q & A
10:25 am Refreshment Break
Session 3 Leadership, Administration, and Structure
10:45 am Quick Tidbit
10:50 am Succession Planning for Your Organization

Provide best-practice based guidance on how your organization can best transition its leadership.

11:10 am How Do I Hire Good Staff?

Review best practices for recruiting and hiring good staff, with recommendations on how to handle HR, benefits, and compensation decisions for your new hires.

11:30 am Effective Leadership, Impactful Networking, and the Importance of Being an Original
11:50 am Q & A
12:10 pm Break / Pick-up Box Lunches
12:30 pm Working Luncheon Presentation: The Taxonomy of GI Practice in 2019
Discuss current models of GI Practice in the U.S. along with an analysis of Private Equity’s entrance into the GI Practice space.
Session 4 Strategic Practice Initiatives – How Can We Do Things Better?
1:10 pm Quick Tidbit
1:15 pm Getting Your Patient the Medication You Prescribed: Tips and Tricks

Adapt a methodical approach to obtaining pre-authorizations and appealing denials for pharmaceutical therapies.

1:35 pm Centers of Excellence in GI Practice – Developing a Team Based Approach to Care

Discuss the center of excellence model in IBD and its application to other chronic disease states including GERD and chronic liver disease

1:55 pm APM Guidance: “How To” When Negotiating a Bundled Payment Plan

Provide a framework for developing and negotiating a bundled payment plan focusing on the traditional lump-sum bundle and the shared-savings bundle models.

2:15 pm Q & A
2:35 pm Break
Session 5 Business 101 – The Fundamentals
2:55 pm Quick Tidbit
3:00 pm Panel Presentations: 10 Things You Need to Know from a Business Standpoint…

For an Academic Physician

For an Employed Physician

For a Small, Independent Practices

Provide a basic framework for physicians in academic practice (both traditional and clinical track), employed physicians, and physicians in small, independent practices to better understand how their business works.

3:45 pm Panel Discussion and Q & A
4:40 pm Course Wrap-Up / Closing Remarks
5:00 pm Course Adjourns