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Survival Guide: Emerging Issues in Healthcare

AS THE EDUCATIONAL needs of physicians evolve in a changing practice environment, the Chicago Medical Society has teamed up with the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section to bring you the "Survival Guide: Emerging Issues in Healthcare, What to Expect & How to Prepare," on June 8-9 at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago. This year’s program addresses the survival needs of physicians in any practice setting or those who are simply entering the field of medicine. Interactive workshops on everything from negotiating contracts to optimizing your compensation will provide you with information and resources to master the challenging and changing healthcare delivery system.

Physicians, attorneys and their administrative partners will hear how issues such as aggressive hospital systems, lower reimbursement and consolidation in payer markets are being addressed by physicians and how physicians can succeed at maintaining viable medical practices that offer quality services at their core.

The conference provides access to national speakers and education on key issues affecting employer and hospital relationships, business and industry responses to payer consolidation and market control, and every-day “survival” techniques in hospital and private practice settings.

This CME and CLE conference is targeted towards all physicians and attorneys who specialize in healthcare-related matters. Physicians may earn up to 15.3 CME credits.

What You’ll Learn
The "Survival Guide" conference may only span two days but those two days are jam-packed with information that is critical for the success of your practice or organization. The conference’s global learning objectives include:
• Examining recent payment models and initiatives in the insurance marketplace and discussing how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has affected payor alignment and marketplace strategies.
• Discussing key policies for implementing clinical integration and the need for physician leadership.
• Identifying how high-performing networks play a vital role in the evolution of provider delivery payment from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement.
• Examining the promise and limitations of federal healthcare reform and identify which risks need to be considered.
• Reviewing current trends in recent False Claims Act cases and provide practical, real-world ideas for physicians to address and prevent False Claims Act exposure.
• Providing an overview on how to minimize the risks in prescribing controlled substances.
• Implementing alternative concierge medicine practice models and strategies, which can be rewarding for physicians and very satisfying for patients.
• Providing insight and practical advice on how to treat the client or patient struggling in addiction while offering a front-row seat to the state of current and proposed public policy on addiction issues.
• Discussing the impact of the Quality Payment Program, including MIPS and Advanced APMs, on physicians as well as how physicians can act today to avoid a payment penalty in 2019
• Equipping providers and legal counsel with the tools to analyze commercial reasonableness of physician compensation considering the evolving healthcare delivery system.
• Explaining potential changes resulting from healthcare reform legislation and other initiatives that will impact practicing physicians.
• Addressing key issues when facing an audit and successful strategies for appeals.
• Reviewing and discussing the practical implications of the revisions and clarifications to the Stark regulations in the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
• Providing an overview of employment contracting and guidance on hospital contract negotiations.
• Addressing ways to combat physician burn-out and promote physician health.
• Grasp the challenges presented by advances in technology that may result in professional responsibility concerns for both physicians and attorneys.

We have also planned a networking event for physicians and attorneys on Thursday evening. We’ve even scheduled some relaxation time with a doctor/ lawyer golf tournament at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club on Saturday. Be sure to come. You’ll come away with new knowledge and new resolve!

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