Southern Regional Meeting

2018 Southern Regional Meeting
Dallas, Texas
May 11, 2018
Supported by AbbvieMerck, and Sanofi

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The Southern Regional meeting is more than just a one-day seminar. By tapping into our community's wealth of knowledge and expertise, our regional programs offer you a unique mixture of cost-effective networking with health leaders in your area, as well as innovative educational content that provides you with proven solutions to advance your organization. As a reminder, registration is a complimentary benefit of AMGA membership!

This meeting will be held at the
The Highland
5300 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206

Friday, May 11

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
Wayne Hartley, Chief Operating Officer, AMGA Consulting

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Practical Tips For Creating a Population Health Program in a Primary Care Practice
Winonah Hoffman, B.S.N., R.N., Nursing Manager of Population Health and Clinical Quality, Austin Regional Clinic, P.A.

Population health management requires a comprehensive approach to successfully advance healthcare quality, access, and outcomes, particularly in the world of value-based care. This presentation will highlight best practices and lessons learned for incorporating population health at a primary care practice. Winonah Hoffman will highlight how Austin Regional Clinic:

  • Leverages existing patient data and information from payers to identify at-risk patients
  • Empowers practice staff to close care gaps and proactively schedule visits
  • Leverages Medicare Wellness Visits to help patients receive more complete care while meeting payer quality metrics
  • Helps clinical staff make the transition from volume to value
  • Participants will leave this presentation with solutions to common population health challenges and ideas for designing or refining their primary care practices to meet their quality and performance objectives.

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    The Final Frontier: Post-acute Network Development and Optimization
    Philip Oravetz, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Medical Director, Accountable Care, and Mark Green, M.B.A., PMP, LSSBB, System AVP, Post-Acute Care Network and Transition Management, Ochsner Health System

    Post-acute services at medical groups and health systems have typically been operationalized as a separate care setting with little to no bi-direction collaboration. As payments move from fee-for-service to value-based models, reimbursement models change, and quality-based penalties reach across the post-acute space, the value proposition for both acute and post-acute services is great enough to drive meaningful relationships.

    Participants will learn from Ochsner Health System’s leadership about their standardized approach to developing and optimizing a post-acute network and the impressive results. Dr. Phil Oravetz and Mark Green will share strategies and insights that can be applied at your medical group or health system, including: how to understand data; build and manage a network; employ programs, such as bed assistance, home health recertification, and SNF readmission reduction; and measure results.

    11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

    Refreshment Break

    11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    How Policymakers Are Affecting the Delivery of Care: AMGA Policy Update
    Sarah Skirmont, Government Relations Assistant, AMGA

    AMGA’s policy experts will provide an update on healthcare reform activities in the nation’s capital. The session will offer insights on the 2018 mid-term elections and their potential impact on medical groups and health systems.

    12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

    Networking Lunch

    1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

    The Evolution to Value-Based Care for PCPs in Medicare Advantage

    Stephen Nowicki, M.D., FAAFP, CHIE, Regional Medical Director, WellMed Medical Management, Inc.

    To improve patient care, WellMed Medical Group has developed a care delivery model that incorporates stratifying patient risk, placing resources where they are needed most, and aligning incentives with the practicing primary care provider (PCP). The program has identified actionable data, educational processes and tools, and contract models calculated to engage PCPs, as well as methods for developing leadership in physicians interested in value-based care.

    This presentation by Dr. Stephen Nowicki also will highlight PCP engagement and identify the culture and leadership necessary to create successful engagement and improved patient outcomes at your organization.

    2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

    Physician Compensation Plans: Transitions to Team-Based Approaches and Panel Size

    Wayne Hartley, Chief Operating Officer, AMGA Consulting

    As the healthcare industry moves towards value-based care with increasing vigor, many provider organizations are contemplating physician compensation plan redesign to keep pace with market changes. In this presentation, Wayne Hartley will discuss contemporary approaches to provider compensation plans, including models with team-based measures. He will discuss transitioning from pure productivity models to plans that incorporate salaries or panel size. Using data from AMGA’s compensation and productivity surveys, he also will discuss recent trends in advanced practice provider compensation.

    3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Wrap-Up and Adjourn


    After you receive your registration confirmation, you will be eligible to reserve your hotel room at the Highland. In order to receive the special AMGA conference rate of $179 per night, please use the dedicated link provided in your confirmation email. 

    Reservations must be made by Thursday, April 12 in order to receive the discounted AMGA rate. After this date, rates and availability of rooms cannot be guaranteed.

    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