Pre-Conference Activities

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Focus Group Breakfast
(by invitation)


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

AMGA Leadership Councils Networking Breakfast


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Joint Leadership Council General Session - Leading Change and Physician Alignment
John Cochran, MD - Retired Executive Director, The Permanente Federation


10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Leadership Councils are specialized education and networking groups that bring executive leaders together to privately discuss ideas, strategies, and solutions. Leadership Council meetings serve as the perfect venue for you to access an advisory board of your peers from groups similar to yours in size and structure. The following Leadership Councils will meet at the 2017 Annual Conference:

Board Chairs/Chief Executive Officers/Presidents
Chief Administrative Officers/Chief Operating Officers
Chief Financial Officers
Chief Information Officers/Chief Medical Information Officers
Chief Medical Officers/Medical Directors
Chief Nursing Officers
Human Resources Directors/Officers
Marketing/Public Relations Directors
Quality Directors/Officers

To learn more about the Leadership Councils, find the specific agendas, or to join,
please visit or contact Joe DeLisle, Manager, Membership and Council Relations,
703.838.0033 ext. 355 or


2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

MACRA Primer for Industry Partners: How the Move to Value Will Impact the Way You Align with Our Members
Industry Partners Only

Chet Speed, J.D., LL.M., Vice President, Public Policy, AMGA
David Introcaso, Ph.D., Senior Director, Regulatory and Public Policy, AMGA
Darryl Drevna, Director, Regulatory and Public Policy, AMGA
Scott Hines, M.D., Chief Quality Officer, Crystal Run Healthcare
Richard Johnston, M.D., FACP, Executive Vice President and CPO, USMD Health System
Frederick McQueary, M.D., M.M.M., President of Ambulatory Care, Mercy Clinic
Springfield Communities
Aric Sharp, M.H.A., CMPE, FACHE, VP Accountable Care, UnityPoint Health

MACRA has changed Medicare’s physician financing model in the most significant and far-reaching way since the program’s inception in 1965. This legislation will have a profound impact on healthcare financing in all sectors of our industry. From system-wide generic drugs, to purchasing a single brand of medical devices, our medical groups and integrated systems of care will be making intense, complex financial decisions, driven by the move to “value” that will directly affect the way you currently do business. Hear from renowned subject matter experts and a number of progressive healthcare leaders, as we provide you with vital information on MACRA and how it will affect the way you and your organization align with these systems. Featured sessions include:

  • What is MACRA? A primer on the law and the key regulations that you need to understand
  • Positioning strategies for success under MACRA
  • MACRA’s future impact on the healthcare industry, a macro-analysis
  • How living under MACRA and “value” will impact various areas of the industry, a micro-analysis

Want to learn more? Visit

*This program is for industry partners only. A separate registration fee applies.


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

AMGA Board and Leadership Councils Reception


Thursday, March 23, 2017


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast (Immersion Session registration required)


9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Immersion Sessions

The pre-conference immersion sessions are specially designed, focused learning workshops.
For a more detailed agenda, visit

  • Exploring the Patient Experience
    Creating a culture where the patient experience is a top priority should be a goal of all leaders at medical groups and health systems if they want to remain competitive in their marketplace. Now more than ever, it’s important to know how investing in strategies such as leadership, communication training, behavioral interviewing, and score transparency can promote a culture that makes for effective patient engagement. During this preconference workshop, we have invited the world-renowned Disney Institute to provide an overview of their model of customer service that has made their destinations so consistently popular. In addition, three award-winning AMGA members will present their best practices in patient engagement and satisfaction.

  • Understanding Value-Based Payment Models under MACRA
    Preparing your organization to be successful under MACRA and taking risk will depend on your ability to evolve in value-based payment arrangements and to learn from experience with existing federal incentive programs. In this pre-conference session, a panel of experts will discuss their experience with risk, ACOs, APMs, and bundled payment models and share tips for success, pitfalls to avoid, programs to ensure successful implementation, and what they would do differently if they could do it all over.

  • Care Redesign in a Value-Based World
    How can medical groups and health systems redesign care in innovative ways to deliver coordinated, patient-centered, high-quality, value-driven health care? As payment models move toward risk-based payment, medical groups are looking for new ways to create impactful changes that engage and empower the entire care team. This session will focus on expanded roles for care team members—pharmacists, community health workers, patients, and technology experts—all working together to meet patient needs.

  • Compensation Techniques Used to Improve Provider Performance and Alignment
    Successful transformation from fee-for-service to value-based/risk payment arrangements requires a shift in physician compensation formulas, no matter the structure of your organization. This interactive pre-conference session will feature case studies and best practices from progressive member groups sharing their paths toward successful value-based arrangements. We also will explore innovative approaches for designing provider compensation plans; different approaches for aligning compensation to support the culture changes; cutting-edge compensation models and when to implement them; and models for compensating physicians for non-production activities.


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Women in Leadership (Special Registration)
This meeting is limited to women of all career levels at AMGA medical group members. In this private forum, attendees will be able to share solutions for some of the unique issues women face as well as being able to network with each other and learn from the invited speakers.


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

AMGA Foundation Silent Auction


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall