Main Conference

Connect and interact with nearly 1,000 industry leaders and peers as they share insights, critical skills and strategies that will keep you at the forefront of anesthesia practice management.

Alexander S. Choi, M.D, M.P.H., FASA Lilian Kanai, M.D., M.B.A., FASA 

Chair: Alexander S. Choi, M.D, M.P.H., FASA
Vice Chair: Lilian Kanai, M.D., M.B.A., FASA

Conference Description:

From payment strategies and quality initiatives to industry consolidation and customer relationships, PRACTICE MANAGEMENT™ 2020 – Pushing the Boundaries distills the key challenges unique to anesthesiology care delivery into one intensive weekend. 

Who Should Attend:

  • Physician anesthesiologists and other anesthesia clinicians
  • Anesthesiology practice leaders
  • Practice presidents
  • QA directors
  • Department chiefs
  • MGMA-AAA members
  • Hospital and health care organization leaders
  • Residents and fellows

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how patients act as consumers to drive health system and provider strategies.
  2. Identify why physician anesthesiologist leadership is important and how anesthesiologists can develop into leaders in their health system.
  3. Discuss the importance of supply chain management and the subsequent role of the anesthesiologist.
  4. Identify methods on how to calculate physician compensation.
  5. Discuss the future role of artificial intelligence in the field of anesthesiology.
  6. Discuss the current and future state of professional diversity.


Friday, January 17, 2020
Time Title
7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pre-conference Educational Sessions (optional; additional fee required)
AAE Conference
Fundamentals of Practice Management
Touchpoint Series
5:30 – 7 p.m. Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall


Saturday, January 18, 2020
Time Title Speaker
6:30 – 7 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7 – 7:15 a.m. Introduction Alexander Choi, M.D., M.P.H., FASA
7:15 – 8:15 a.m. Keynote Address: Health Care Versus the World Ryan Donohue
8:15 – 9 a.m. President's Address Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.H.A., FACHE, FASA
9 – 9:30 a.m. Break in Exhibit Hall
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Addressing Gender Equity and Enhancing Cultural Competency: Effective Strategies to Increase Organizational Value Crystal C. Wright, M.D., FASA, Laura I. Dew, M.D., FASA, Thomas F. Rahlfs, M.D., FASA, and Harriet W. Hopf, M.D, FASA, FUHM
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Breakout Session) Minding Your P's and Q's: Payment and Quality Initiatives for Your Practice in 2020 Sharon Merrick, M.S., CCS-P, Matthew Popovich, Ph.D., and Thomas Miller, Ph.D., M.B.A.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Physician Leadership: What Is It and Why Would Anyone Want to Be One Raul H. Zambrano, M.S., M.D., FACHE
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1 – 1:10 p.m. FAER Presentation  
1:10 – 2 p.m. A Strategic Seat at the Table: Anesthesia Collaboration in Supply Chain Roseanne M. Fischoff, MPP, Robert M. Shakar Jr., M.D., FASA, Christopher Steel, M.D.
1 – 3 p.m. (Breakout Session) Skills and Tools for Transitioning from Clinician to Physician Leader Raul H. Zambrano, M.D., FACHE
2 – 3 p.m. Anesthesia: A Leading Partner in Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Ihab Dorotta, M.D.
3 – 3:30 p.m. Break in Exhibit Hall
3:30 – 5 p.m. Roundtable Discussions  
5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Non-Accredited
A Panel Discussion on Value Based Care: The Intersection of Regional Anesthesia and Hospital Administration
William R. Mayfield, MD: Chief Surgical Officer, Wellstar Health System
Richard Teames, MD, BSN: National Clinical Director of Regional Anesthesia, Envision Physician Services
Moderator: Jonathan Slonin, MD, MBA: Regional Medical Director, TeamHealth Anesthesia


Sunday, January 19, 2020
Time Title Speaker
6:30 – 7 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7 – 7:05 a.m. Introduction Alexander Choi, M.D., M.P.H., FASA
7:05 – 8 a.m. Working Hard, Hardly Paid: How Current Compensation Plans Are Wrecking Clinical Practice Stanley Stead, M.D., M.B.A., FASA
8 – 9 a.m. Anesthesia Practices: Creating Value for Health Systems Lee B. Sacks, M.D.
9 – 9:30 a.m. Break
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Other Advanced Computing – Can They Improve Patient Care and the Business of Health Care Brian S. Rothman, M.D. (Moderator), Jack Neil, M.D., Matthew Levin, M.D., Samir Kendale, M.D., FASA, and Vesela Kovacheva, M.D., Ph.D.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Aging Anesthesiologists: Facts, Challenges and Strategies Mohammed Minhaj, M.D., M.B.A., FASA, FACHE, and Genie Blough, M.B.A., FACMPE
11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks Alexander Choi, M.D., M.P.H., FASA



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