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The Fundamentals in Practice Management Preconference will provide a foundation of knowledge in the areas of quality, financial metrics, leadership and medical and staff group dynamics.  This intensive one-day session introduces a variety of subjects essential to practice management.  The presenters represent a wide array of backgrounds and practice types, and are experts in the practice management field.

At the conclusion of Preconference 1:  Fundamentals in Practice Management, participants should be able to:

  • Explain how to set up a quality program.
  • Summarize how to evaluate a billing company.
  • Recognize regulatory agencies and their requirements
  • Outline the basics of coding and billing.

Credit Designation


The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Agenda - Friday, January 24, 2014
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6:30 - 7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:00 - 7:05 a.m. Introduction
Brian M. Parker, M.D. 

Leadership and Professionalism
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7:05 - 7:35 a.m.

Being a Good Corporate Citizen
John M. Zerwas, M.D.
7:35 - 8:05 a.m. Navigating Medical Staff Issues
Randall M. Clark, M.D.
8:05 - 8:35 a.m. Risk Management and Compliance
Jeffery S. Vender, M.D., FCCM, FCCP, M.B.A.
8:35 - 8:45 a.m. Questions and Answers
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Break

The Business of Anesthesiology 
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9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

The Nuts and Bolts of Coding and Payment
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P
9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Financial Data: What You Should Know at a Minimum
Genie G. Blough, M.B.A., FACMPE
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Evaluating Billing and Management Companies
Howard M. Schapiro, M.D.
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Beyond Payment for Service
Michael P. Schweitzer, M.D., M.B.A.
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Questions and Answers
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Dotting Your I's and Crossing Your T's 
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12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Contracting With Your Hospital: Negotiating Your Employment Contract
Judith Jurin Semo, J.D.
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Accreditation and Regulatory Surveys
Jerry A. Cohen, M.D.
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Questions and Answers
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break in Exhibit Hall

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3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Setting Up a Quality Program in Your Department
Shubjeet Kaur, M.D.
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Measuring Quality:  Data Collection and Reporting
Richard P. Dutton, M.D., M.B.A.
4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Using Information Technology to Improve Quality
Mark Deshur, M.D., M.B.A.
4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Questions and Answers


You may only attend one Practice Management Preconference.  Moving between Preconferences will not be allowed. 


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