MGMA 2017: The future of medicine and politics

U.S. Capitol with flag
One of the keynote speakers at the MGMA conference will offer an update on what's happening in Washington, D.C. (Getty/Andrea Izzotti)
Viola Davis
Viola Davis

The 2017 MGMA conference gets underway on Sunday with actress Viola Davis taking the stage at 3 p.m. She’ll be talking about her journey to self-love and success that culminated with her winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress earlier this year for her performance in the movie "Fences."

Starting Monday morning, the focus of keynote speakers turns to organizational performance and other healthcare business topics, including what the 2016 presidential election has meant for healthcare regulations and government programs.
Here’s a rundown of the headlines and keynote speakers at the Medical Group Management Association event in Anaheim, California (all keynotes take place in Hall B):

Monday, Oct. 9, 8:15-9:30 a.m.

Chester Adrian
Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, the authors of two New York Times bestsellers, present their new findings demonstrating that today’s high-performance organizations have a distinctive culture that leads to results.

Based on their research and consulting experience with a who’s who of successful companies, they’ll present a seven-step road map that managers can use to create a high-achieving culture in their own organizations. 

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 10-11:15 a.m.

Zubin Damania
Zubin Damania, M.D.

Zubin Damania, M.D., a Las Vegas-based internal medicine doctor known online as "ZDoggMD," will delve into the ethical challenges of delivering compassionate healthcare in the country’s dysfunctional medical system.

During this session, Damania will propose collaborative ways to revitalize the system. 

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Anders Gilberg
Anders Gilberg

One year after the presidential election that shifted healthcare policy, Anders Gilberg, MGMA’s senior vice president of government affairs, will talk about the current political and regulatory environment in Washington.

He and MGMA staff will update the audience on MGMA’s ongoing efforts to advocate for medical group practices and provide an overview of the policies affecting medical practices within the value-based payment reform landscape.