MGMA 2008 Datebook

Monday, Oct. 20: 

10:15 a.m. - How Effective Leaders Respond to Context and Complexity in the Medical Practice
In this session you'll learn the importance of becoming faster and more efficient at analyzing and solving problems of all difficulty levels. Alan Winkler, vice president of clinic operations for St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, Arkansas will lead the discussion.

3:15 p.m. - The Verdict on Practice Fraud Prevention
Barb Dechering of CHBC and Cathy Cheshire with Vonlehman Co. Inc., will talk about the devastating effects fraud can have on your practice, and what steps you can take to prevent it. After this session, you'll be able to assess how risky various areas of your practice are, from payroll and accounts receivable to patient information processes.

Tuesday, Oct. 21: 

10:30 a.m. - When Should You Send Your Accounts to a Collection Agency?
In these tough economic times, it can be hard to determine when exactly is the right time to call on a third-party to collect your outstanding debts. In this case study with Mona Reimers, director of revenue services at Orthopaedics Northeast PC, and Brenda Thomas, a supervisor also with Orthopaedics Northeast, you'll learn different strategies for collecting on accounts overdue. You'll also hear about new and different technologies within the industry.

1:30 p.m. - A Day in the Life of an EMR Physician
Steve Hampton, a physician of orthopedic medicine at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Beford, Indiana, discusses tips and tricks of adjusting to using electronic medical records. After this session, you should be able to identify the challenges of using EMRs and how to overcome them, as well as the advantages to using it. 

Wednesday, Oct. 22: 

8:45 a.m. - The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find your Next Golden Opportunity
Gary Bradt, a doctor in clinical psychology and founder of Bradt Leadership Inc., leads a focus session centered around change. He will discuss how to work through uncertainty to find the many opportunities that change can bring about.

10:30 a.m. - Merging can Bring Terrific Opportunities-or Horrific Disaster: A Process for Good Decisions
In this session, Joel Sauer, CEO of Heart Center Medical Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana, discusses the ups and downs of mergers. This session will teach you why mergers must be "organized and methodical," as well as what can happen if a merger takes place too quickly.