Southwest Regional Meeting

2017 Southwest Regional Meeting
San Diego, CA
September 15, 2017

Supported by AbbvieMerck, West, and Optum

This meeting will be held at the
The Pendry Hotel
550 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, September 15: Future Care Model Innovations

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions
Pete Johnson, Western Regional & Workshop Retreat Program Director, AMGA

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

AMGA Legislative Update
AMGA Public Policy
What are the latest updates on CMS payment models, including MACRA? What’s happening with the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Entitlement reform under the new Administration and Congress? Join AMGA’s expert advocacy team member as they highlight key items on AMGA’s 2017 healthcare agenda for Congress, as well as the critical need-to-know items that will affect your medical group in both the legislative and regulatory arena.

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

A Tasting Model of New Care Models
Beth Averbeck, MD, Senior Medical Director, Primary Care, HealthPartners Medical Group
Meeting the changing needs of patients requires innovative and customized care models. After building reliable workflows, HealthPartners has customized care to meet the varying needs of their patients. This presentation will examine technology, documentation, staffing models, and workflow automation as means for achieving new care models. It will provide an overview of HealthPartners’ methods, detail their results, and give tips and resources on how you can get started implementing innovative care models within your own organization.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Co-located, Integrated Community Specialists in the Primary Care Medical Home at Mayo Clinic: Maximizing Value Utilizing Curbside, Electronic, Triage, and Traditional Consultations
Muhamad Y. Elrashidi, M.D., M.H.A., Senior Associate Consultant and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Primary Care Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine
Healthcare delivery in the US continues to present challenges to practitioners and healthcare institutions given the complexities of providing care to an increasingly aging, multi-morbid population across multiple care settings and amid significant changes to patterns of reimbursement and increased focus on delivering high value care. As a result, there is a critical need for development and dissemination of novel, high value care delivery models that can overcome these challenges. This session will empower attendees by highlighting these key issues and presenting Mayo Clinic’s experience with the development and impact of the Integrated Community Specialist (ICS) care model as a component of the patient-centered, primary care medical home (PCMH).

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

No Appointment, No Problem: Evolution of the Walk-in Clinic
Renee Kolonick, M.H.A., Senior Director, Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic
Access can be challenging in a reactive healthcare environment, diagnosing and treating problems as they occur. It’s further complicated in a proactive population health environment, when visits may be more frequent and patient compliance is critical. This presentation will show how an extension of primary care through the use of walk-in clinics can not only provide a low-cost access point for the same-day acute need, but also open the PCP schedule to improve access for the chronic disease, and use this model to build practices of new physicians.


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

From There to Here: Contracting and Care Transformation for the Move to Value
Elisabeth Stambaugh, M.D., FACOG, Chief Medical Officer, Cornerstone Health Care, LLC, an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health
Transformation requires comprehensive change to business models. Success requires an understanding of the drivers of healthcare costs, such as an aging population, chronic disease, and hospital readmissions. Value-based reimbursement models better align incentives to promote team-based, coordinated care. New care models focus on reducing excess medical spend and lowering year-over-year increases in the cost of care. Learn how Cornerstone Health Care followed a disciplined process to identify areas of opportunity and quantify savings. Efforts have resulted in the Disease Management programs saving 3% compared to costs before enrollment and 15% of inpatient hospital costs.


3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wrap-Up and Adjourn



The Pendry Hotel
550 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101

The Southwest Regional Meeting will take place at The Pendry Hotel. AMGA has negotiated a discounted conference rate of $229 per night for attendees. 

Cancellations, Refunds, and Substitutions

Members: Cancellations received more than 72 hours in advance and substitutions will not incur any fees. However, no-shows or cancellations within 72 hours will incur a fee of $125. 

Non-members: Cancellations must be submitted in writing no later than two weeks prior to the event date in order to receive a refund, less a $75 processing fee. No-shows are not eligible for refunds. Substitutions are welcome and will not incur a processing fee. Cancellations after the date are not eligible for refunds.


For more information, please contact Beth Sutter at (703) 838-0033 ext. 322 or