PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2014: You Can’t Afford Not to Be Here!

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November 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 11
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2014: You Can’t Afford Not to Be Here! James (Jay) R. Mesrobian, M.D.,
Chair, Committee on Practice Management

Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Last January, more than 900 anesthesiologists and practice administrators attended PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013 in Las Vegas. PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2014, taking place Friday, January 24 to Sunday, January 26 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, again will offer attendees the opportunity to listen to and interact with experts on critical financial, legislative and regulatory issues facing anesthesiologists and practice administrators. The conference also provides attendees unparalleled opportunities to network with other leaders in practice management. Whether your practice is large or small, PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2014 is the preeminent conference designed to help anesthesiologists successfully manage their practices.


Preconferences: Friday, January 24

These preconferences are designed for smaller groups and focus on specific topics with varying degrees of expertise.


Preconference 1 (150 attendees): Fundamentals of Practice Management. Designed for attendees new to practice management, this conference is an intensive introduction to a variety of topics such as “Setting up a Quality Program,” “Understanding Financial Data” and “Basics of Billing and Coding.”

Preconference 2 (150 attendees): Advanced Topics in Practice Management. Designed for attendees with experience in practice management, this conference is an intensive introduction to topics such as “Negotiation,” “Preparing for the Joint Commission” and “Risk Management Strategies.”

Preconference 3 (150 attendees): The Business Model for Perioperative Care. This preconference, featuring both anesthesiologists and surgeons who are leaders in perioperative care, will focus upon why and how the practice of anesthesiology should adapt to emerging payment models.

Preconference 4 (75 attendees): Chronic Pain Management. After a successful launch last year, this preconference has expanded to a full day. Experts will address regulatory and financial challenges unique to chronic pain practice, such as electronic prescribing, development of a successful pain practice and assessment of compliance risk.



Friday, January 24-Sunday January 26

The main session at PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2014 begins on Friday evening with a keynote presentation by Frank Opelka, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Vice Chancellor of Clinical Affairs at LSU Health Sciences Center. A nationally recognized expert on health care payment reform, Dr. Opelka will speak about “Surgical Practice in a Value-Based System.”


On Saturday, ASA President Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. will update attendees on critical issues and challenges facing ASA and anesthesiologists. Additional sessions on Saturday will include:


• Two panels on the Perioperative Surgical Home, focusing upon how anesthesiologists can create, deliver and measure value in perioperative care.

• Technology use and risks in anesthesiology practice.

• How and why anesthesiologists can develop competitive models of care.


On Sunday, ASA staff will update attendees on key legislative, regulatory and billing/coding issues. The conference will conclude with a panel discussing new models of payment beyond fee-for-service: co-management agreements, payment based upon quality and patient satisfaction, and bundled payments.


Additional Opportunities at PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2014


Visit the exhibits: companies representing billing, coding, staffing, consulting and other businesses will be present in the exhibit hall on Friday evening and all day Saturday. The exhibitors again will host the popular wine reception on Friday evening.


Abstracts in PRACTICE MANAGEMENT: for the third year, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is sponsoring a competition in practice management research. Submissions will be judged, and the winner will present his/her findings to the conference midday Saturday.


Roundtable discussions: one of the most popular sessions at the conference is the table discussions, which give attendees the opportunity to speak directly with the speakers and experts about a variety of topics. The roundtable discussions have been expanded from 1.5 hours to two hours at PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2014.


Audience response system: for the first time, the pre-conferences and main conference will have an audience response system, allowing speakers to get feedback from attendees in real time.


Resident track: held on Saturday, this session allows residents in anesthesiology to learn basic concepts from experts and ASA staff. Feedback on this session is overwhelmingly positive each year. Component societies, residency program directors and anesthesiology practices are encouraged to support residents who wish to attend this track. Please call Morasa Shaker at (202) 289-2222 for more information on the different sponsorship opportunities.


Practical knowledge, timely information, and unrivalled networking opportunities all make PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2014 essential for both anesthesiologists and practice administrators. See you in Dallas!

James (Jay) R. Mesrobian, a staff anesthesiologist with Aurora Medical Group, Milwaukee.