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 Pathophysiology Course and the What’s New in GI Pharmacology Course; and two full-day courses, the Practice Management Course and the ASGE Endoscopy Course.

Register for any two courses and save up to 10%!

Can’t join us in-person in Las Vegas?
Maximize your learning with one of our VIRTUAL All-Access Pass options and save 20%!

ACG All-Access Pass: The ACG All-Access Pass includes virtual-only access to the GI Pathophysiology Course, GI Pharmacology Course, Practice Management Summit, Postgraduate Course + Bonus Sessions (formerly Learning Luncheons), and the Annual Scientific Meeting + Bonus Sessions (formerly Breakfast Sessions). Registrants will also receive online access to the 2021 Self-Assessment Test.

NEW for 2021: ACG All-Access Pass + ASGE Endoscopy Course: The ACG All-Access Pass includes virtual-only access to all of the courses in the ACG All-Access Pass PLUS the ASGE Endoscopy Course.

Practice Management Course Summit 2021: Defining a New Normal

Friday, October 22, 2021 | 7:30 am – 4:55 pm | Mandalay Bay Ballroom D

Course Directors: Vonda G. Reeves, MD, MBA, 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 will hear from colleagues about new and innovative ways to improve the operations, enhance productivity, and guarantee the success of their practices.

6:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am Welcome Remarks and Announcements
Session 1 Betting on the House
7:40 am Legislative Update
Summarize latest updates and changes to GI practices.
8:00 am Closing the Gap on Health Care Disparity
Discuss opportunities to build trust and improve health equity.
8:20 am Laying the Cards on the Table: Understanding Price Transparency and Surprise Billing
Define the details current law and ways physicians can incorporate into practice.
8:40 am Q & A
Session 2 Cyber Security: Rolling the Dice on Protection
9:00 am Practice Tidbit: Reducing Obesity While Increasing Pay
Discuss opportunities in your practice that can offer patients weight loss options and still break even.
9:05 am Health Information Exchange
Incorporating HIE programs into your area to improve patient care.
9:25 am Avoiding “Snake Eyes” in Patient Documentation: Patient Access to Medical Records
Evaluate and understand the quality of documentation that patients can now access.
9:45 am Securing Your Organization
Review current cybersecurity measures and steps to reduce risk after a data breach has occurred.
10:05 am Q & A
10:25 am Refreshment Break
Session 3 Increasing Your Odds for Success
10:45 am Practice Tidbit: How to Incorporate Hemorrhoid Banding Into Your Practice
Review technical and financial investments required to add hemorrhoid banding to your practice.
10:50 am Doubling Down on Medical Necessity: It’s All in the Details
Review essential documentation required to ensure medical necessity.
11:10 am Counting Your Cards: Update on E&M Billing
Review the 2021 changes that are specific to gastroenterology.
11:30 am Top Denials in Gastroenterology – Maximizing Reimbursement
Discuss the most common denials and ways to avoid them.
11:50 am Q & A
12:10 pm Lunch Break
12:50 pm Compare the 3 Clinical Pathways of Gastroenterology
  • Top 7 positive points of PE/corporate employment
  • Top 7 positive points of academic medicine
  • Top 7 positive points of private practice
  • Legal and practical limitations of PE, academics, and private practice

List and compare the 3 major types of GI employment and identify potential pitfalls of each.

1:10 pm Panel Q & A
Session 4 All In – Channeling Excellence in Leadership
1:30 pm Reading the Cards – Are You Leader Material?
Develop a strategy for obtaining leadership skills and structure a plan for success.
1:50 pm Lessons Learned From the Pandemic – Blueprints of a Good Leader
Learn key components of the psyche of a good leader.
2:10 pm Increasing Diversity in Leadership
Building the ladder for diversity in leadership.
2:30 pm Q & A
2:50 pm Break
Session 5 Hedging Your Bets: The Future of Gastroenterology
3:10 pm Practice Tidbit: Ancillaries to Add ‐ COVID Rebound
Discuss potential ancillary options to add to your practice to help with the COVID rebound.
3:15 pm Future of Gastroenterology: What Will Our Practices Look Like in 10 Years?
Hypothesize what the practice of gastroenterology will be like in 10 years from small to large cities, academic and private practice.
3:35 pm Telemedicine: Is There Still a Place for Telemedicine Post Pandemic?
Discuss the pitfalls and added costs to providing telehealth.
3:55 pm Advanced Practice Providers: What Role Will They Play in our Practices?
Evaluate current and potential future collaborative roles for PAs and CNPs in gastroenterology.
4:15 pm Panel Discussion and Q & A
4:35 pm Course Wrap-Up / Closing Remarks
4:55 pm Course Adjourns