MGMA16: Comedy, politics and a health IT ‘Shark Tank’

The 2016 MGMA conference in San Francisco kicks off on a light note with comedian Jim Gaffigan taking the main stage on Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m. But starting Monday morning, the topics turn to more serious matters, including the changing landscape of physician practices and what the 2016 Presidential election might mean for healthcare regulations and government programs.

Here’s a rundown of the headliners and keynote addresses at the Medical Group Management Association event:

Monday, Oct. 31, 8:45- 9:45 a.m.

Daniel H. Pink, the author of five books about workplace culture, will cover something physicians know well: the complicated nature of change, how it really happens in an organization and why small increments can have a big impact--especially when it comes to delivering care at the new pace of change. Small wins, he says, can transform an organization more effectively than massive, top-down initiatives.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 4:00-5:15 p.m.

A “Shark Tank”-style healthcare innovation presentation will highlight emerging healthcare technologies that deliver innovative solutions to the business challenges facing medical practices, healthcare systems and patients. Five “qualified, vetted and curated” digital health company finalists will present products to improve care, reduce costs and improve workflow. And the audience will help evaluate, rate and ultimately select the best emerging digital health technology solution.

Wednesday Nov. 2, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Anders Gilberg

Two MGMA Washington-based politicos--Anders Gilberg, senior VP of government affairs and

Jennifer McLaughlin, government affairs senior associate director--will discuss the current political and regulatory environment and MGMA’s ongoing efforts to advocate for medical group practices.

Gilberg and McLaughlin will review the current regulatory and political landscape in Washington for medical practices, delve into MIPS and APMs within the broader context of Medicare physician payment reform and cite key federal health policy issues that will impact medical group practices in 2017. 

For a preview of Daniel Pink's presentation, check out this video he did on what motivates people to innovate--you might be surprised at the impact of financial incentives on performance: