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    The MGMA Focus | Private Practice Conference presents a curated lineup of rigorously evaluated content that is solution-oriented and targeted at addressing the most significant challenges for private practices today. Gain insights from top experts across various session formats, including interactive sessions, lectures and more.

    By attending live sessions, attendees can qualify for up to the following credit totals: ACMPE: 8.5 | ACHE: 7 | CEU: 8.5 | CME (*AAPC): 7 | CPE: 8.4 | PDC:Click here for details on these credit offerings.


    Thursday, August 22

    Registration Open 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM


    Mid-Atlantic Meet-up Hosted by PA, VA, NJ, MD/DE/DC MGMA 9:30 - 10:00 AM

    Networking Session 10:00 - 11:00 AM

    Navigating Private Practice Challenges with Fellow Attendees

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | CEU: 1

    Interactive | Basic | Comprehension

    Strategic Decisions

    Kick off the conference by joining fellow attendees to discuss unique key challenges facing privately owned practices. Participants will join roundtables organized by state and topical interests to help them make meaningful connections. The moderated networking session will start four key questions to help frame the discussion and foster problem-solving for issues facing privately owned practices.

    Learning objectives:

    • Discuss key challenges facing healthcare organizations
    • Share solutions with fellow healthcare executives


    Passing Break 11:00 – 11:15 AM


    Main Stage Session 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    MS1: The Power of Two: Harnessing Trust and Collaboration in Dyad Leadership Partnerships

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Traditional | Intermediate | Analysis

    Leading People

    Speaker: Laurie K. Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE

    Effective leadership is crucial for navigating change and driving positive clinical, operational and financial outcomes in private physician practices. This session delves into the dynamic world of leadership partnerships, where the synergy between two leaders can propel organizations to new heights or lead to a lack of alignment and catastrophe. Participants will explore the concept of complementarity in dyad leadership, discovering how the unique strengths and perspectives of each leader can combine to create a high-performing culture. Attendees will gain insights into the importance of trust as the foundation for the dyad and best practices to apply when they return to their practices.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Examine the dynamics of complementarity and synergy between dyad partners
    • Outline strategies for nurturing and sustaining trust within dyad partnerships
    • Distinguish best practices for enhancing collaboration, communication and decision-making within dyad partnerships


    Lunch and Networking 12:15 - 1:45 PM


    CON100 Series 1:45 - 2:45 PM

    CON101: Scaling Your Private Practice for Growth in a Rapidly Evolving Market

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Traditional | Intermediate | Analysis

    Strategic Decisions

    Speaker: Drew Braucht, Director, Ziegler

    Amid rapid consolidation and major corporations such as CVS and Amazon entering new markets, healthcare leaders must plan strategically for long-term success and adapt to a changing landscape. This session will provide an overview of the healthcare market activity and review pathways to achieve scale, including local mergers, hospital joint ventures (JVs)/partnerships, national partnerships, private equity (PE), and management service organizations (MSOs). Drew Braucht will discuss the state of the market, recent transactions and stakeholders in healthcare, strategic growth pathways, investments required to ensure competitive differentiation, key performance indicators (KPIs), technology tools such as AI and strategies for building scale.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Examine the current and emerging landscape for private practices and the need to adapt and optimize care models for shifting consumer preferences
    • Breakdown strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for private practices
    • Organize near-and-long-term strategic decision-making to enable sustainable growth


    CON102: Culture Branding: Building a Strong Business Case for Organizational Success

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Interactive | Basic | Comprehension

    Strategic Decisions

    Speaker: Laurie K. Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE

    In today's competitive business landscape, organizational culture has emerged as a key driver of success, influencing everything from employee engagement and retention to patient satisfaction, brand loyalty, and financial performance. This session explores the business case for culture branding and offers practical insights into how organizations can leverage their culture to achieve strategic objectives and drive sustainable growth.

    Through a blend of research insights, real life case studies, and interactive discussion, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the link between culture and business performance. We will explore how a strong organizational culture can enhance employee morale, attract and retain top talent, and foster innovation, ultimately translating into improved financial outcomes and competitive advantage. Participants will walk away with actionable insights and strategies for building a compelling business case for culture branding within their organizations.

    Learning objectives:

    • Define culture branding and its impact on organizational performance
    • Explore the role of culture in shaping employee behavior, performance, and engagement
    • Identify key metrics and performance indicators for measuring the impact of culture branding initiatives


    CON103: Details coming soon! – Hosted by Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, DC MGMA  

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1


    Refreshment Break 2:45 – 3:00 PM


    CON200 Series 3:00 - 4:00 PM

    CON201: The Journey from ‘Data’ to Delivering ‘Your Practice Value Proposition

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Interactive | Intermediate | Application

    Strategic Decisions

    Speaker: Doral Jacobsen, MBA, FACMPE, Chief Executive Officer, Prosper Beyond; Independent Consultant, MGMA

    Discover key value-based care data points to successfully translate the information into clear, concise, impactful talking points. We will address the ‘data disconnect’ by taking attendees through a unique journey of identifying and analyzing cost of care data and then demonstrate how to translate findings into a memorable story.  These stories are what attendees can use in payer contract negotiations as a focal point for enhancing revenue, supporting cultural change, and improving patient outcomes.  This session is interactive, and participants will set intentions relative to a ‘personal successful data connection’ story, discover data visualization tools, work on activities and share learnings / key takeaways as a group. Attendees will receive a toolkit as a takeaway.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Employ a data analysis approach method
    • Discover and access available data to support a practice value proposition
    • Identify methods, tools and resources available to utilize in data analysis and storytelling


    CON202: Build Your Annual Revenue Cycle Playbook

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Advanced | Traditional | Synthesis

    Financial Mastery

    Speakers: Shawntea Gordon, MBA, FACMPE, CMOM, Chief Revenue Cycle Officer, H4 Technology, LLC

    Kem Tolliver, FACMPE, CPC, CMOM, President and Chief Executive Officer, Medical Revenue Cycle Specialists 

    As physicians and their practice leaders collaborate on revenue cycle operations it is important that key stakeholders work in alignment toward strategic revenue cycle goals. This program aims to highlight key focus areas and establish a roadmap for developing an annual revenue cycle playbook. Participants of this session will review best practice goals and the responsibilities of each role necessary to guide performance improvement.

    Learning objectives:

    • Develop an understanding of best practice goals in revenue cycle management and their relevance to performance improvement
    • Evaluate quarterly task assignments and quadrant-based distribution, utilizing the unique skills and proficiencies of individual stakeholders
    • Construct a framework for developing an annual revenue cycle playbook tailored to the specific needs and objectives of the practice


    CON203: Value-based Care (VBC) Readiness Assessment for Private Practice 

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Traditional | Basic | Comprehension

    Operational Excellence

    Speakers: Taylor Johnson, MBA, CMPE, Manager, Physician Practice Development, American Medical Association 

    Bryan Batson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Hattiesburg Clinic 

    Join this presentation to review the current VBC landscape and to discuss the various transition practices experienced when moving toward value. Also included in this presentation are key considerations around risk, data sharing, infrastructure cost, and employee engagement related to value-based care.

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Identify key considerations for practices transitioning to value-based care
    • Describe how practices can assess their readiness to deliver value-based care
    • Review additional infrastructure and data sharing needs required to deliver value-based care


    Passing Break 4:00 – 4:15 PM


    CON300 Series 4:15 – 4:45 PM

    CON301: Aligning the Oars: Strategies for Unifying Your Team's Direction

    Eligible for: ACMPE: .5 | CEU: .5
    Traditional | Basic | Comprehension
    Strategic Decisions

    Speaker: Zed Williamson, Founder, Physician Growth Accelerator

    The goals of the practice may be difficult to achieve without alignment of the team. Often, it can feel like one or two people are doing everything and the rest of the staff just seem to be along for the ride. Attend this session to learn actionable steps to drive measurable and immediate behavior change in your employees and get them to row in the same direction to achieve their goals predictably.

    Learning objectives:

    • Manage measurable and immediate behavior change with your employees
    • Use techniques to increase your team’s alignment and engagement
    • Employ strategies that increase proactivity among your existing employees


    CON302: Details coming soon!

    Eligible for: ACMPE: .5 | CEU: .5


    CON303: Details coming soon!

    Eligible for: ACMPE: .5 | CEU: .5


    Friday, August 23

    Registration Open 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM


    Breakfast 7:30 - 8:00 AM


    CON400 Series 8:00 – 9:00 AM

    CON401: Growth by Design: Navigating Physician Practice Strategy in a Volatile Market  

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1  

    Intermediate | Interactive | Analysis

    Strategic Decisions

    Speaker: Andrew Sobczyk, MHA, FACMPE, Vice President, Coker Group

    Managing a private practice is more difficult than ever before. Declining reimbursement for physician services, labor shortages, ongoing inflation, growing competition, and provider recruitment challenges are squeezing margins and making financial viability more daunting for most practices. In this environment, leaders must be especially strategic when setting goals for growth. Adding a new service or location, expanding upon existing services, or simply growing the provider base can all be ‘make or break’ decisions for practice owners. This session will focus on how physician owners and practice leaders can approach such decisions. We will review specific growth strategies, how to determine which is optimal for your practice, and key considerations for implementation. We will also explore metrics and strategies for leveraging data to make prudent decisions.  

    Learning objectives:  

    • Examine different growth strategies and the pros and cons of each
    • Analyze each strategy and how it fits practice needs – ROI and strategic impact
    • Outline considerations for implementing growth strategies and discuss keys to success


    CON402: Crisis Averted: Effective Downtime Protocols for Your Revenue Cycle Operations

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Intermediate | Traditional | Comprehension

    Operational Excellence

    Speakers: Shawntea Gordon, MBA, FACMPE, CMOM, Chief Revenue Cycle Officer, H4 Technology, LLC

    Kem Tolliver, FACMPE, CPC, CMOM, President and Chief Executive Officer, Medical Revenue Cycle Specialists

    Many healthcare organizations have seen firsthand how rough it is to manage daily operations and revenue cycles under the strain of the rent clearinghouse cyberattack, leaving countless practices unprepared, confused and financially strapped. Healthcare leaders must prioritize downtime protocols for continuity of patient care when systems are offline. This presentation will explore strategies for developing a revenue cycle downtime protocol to reduce future impacts of internal and external threats to RCM operations.

    Learning objectives:

    • Examine the recent Change Healthcare cyberattack and its global impacts on stakeholders
    • Outline threats to successful revenue cycle management
    • Organize processes to minimize revenue cycle impacts during future downtime instances


    CON403: Utilizing Performance Management to Increase Retention– Hosted by Virginia MGMA

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Traditional | Basic | Comprehension

    Leading People

    Speaker: Jacob Henderson, Sr. Performance Management Consultant, HR Talent Engagement, University of Virginia 

    In the ever-evolving landscape of workforce management, performance management is often overlooked as a pivotal tool for enhancing engagement and reducing turnover. Jake Henderson and his innovative team at UVA have redefined this approach through years of dedicated research and practical application. This session will present a straightforward yet powerful framework for performance management that prioritizes continuous feedback and development. Join us to discover how this methodology can transform your organization by fostering a culture of ongoing growth, ultimately boosting employee engagement and lowering attrition rates. Expect to walk away with actionable insights and tools to revolutionize your performance management practices.

    Learning objectives:

    • Comprehend the complexities of engagement and attrition
    •  Master the art of engaging performance conversations
    • Implement effective feedback and development strategies


    Refreshment Break with the Exhibitors 9:00 – 9:45 AM


    CON500 Series 9:45 – 10:45 AM

    CON501: How to Become Financially Resilient Through Digital Transformation

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Traditional | Intermediate | Application

    Operational Excellence

    Speaker: Jeffrey Daigrepont, MHA, FACMPE, Senior Vice President, Coker Group

    Rising medical costs, continued staffing shortages, patient access challenges and staff burnout are challenges that healthcare organizations can no longer solve effectively through traditional strategies and outdated approaches.  This is also happening against the backdrop of an aging population, further increasing the burden on healthcare systems.  Many high-performing organizations have taken initial steps on the path forward through digital transformation strategies. This session will help leaders understand that using technology needs to be symbiotically and strategically leveraged. This is not about adopting a particular platform or device for the sake of incremental change; instead, we will focus on how to prepare for the future and thrive through the challenges. Attendees will learn digital transformation tactics that create financial resilience through automation, improve patient and provider experiences, and strengthen strategies for contracting and negotiating with vendors. The session will detail how to align technologies to improve financial performance, patient access and capacity.

    Learning objectives:

    • Discover digital opportunities for technology adoption and implementation
    • Employ effective methods for communication to key stakeholders
    • Produce a digital transformation action plan


    CON502: Physician Compensation: Strategies for Recruiting, Retaining and Incentivizing Physicians

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Traditional | Intermediate | Analysis

    Strategic Decisions

    Speaker: Jessica Minesinger, CMOM, CMPE, FACMPE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Surgical Compensation & Consulting; Independent Consultant, MGMA

    Physicians list compensation as the first consideration for taking or leaving a job. This session will cover tools and best practices for finding, keeping, and motivating physicians. We’ll discuss designing competitive and compliant recruitment incentives, compensation plans, and retention strategies that motivate physicians and build your practice.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Distinguish elements of physician compensation that help drive recruitment success
    • Compare methodologies and incentives for boosting retention of your physicians
    • Breakdown factors unique to private practices in motivating physicians


    CON503: Details coming soon! – Hosted by New Jersey MGMA

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1


    Passing Break 10:45 – 11:00 AM


    CON600 Series 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    CON601: Washington Policy Outlook with MGMA Government Affairs 

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1 

    Traditional | Basic | Comprehension 

    Government Affairs 

    In this session, MGMA Government Affairs staff will provide an update on current and potential policy developments impacting medical group practices. The speaker will discuss the latest legislative and regulatory issues covering topics such as Medicare reimbursement, telehealth, quality reporting, and surprise medical billing.   

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify key regulatory developments 
    • Discuss legislative issues impacting medical groups 
    • Describe MGMA advocacy initiatives 


    CON602: Physician Fit: Tips for Attracting and Retaining Physicians Who Will Thrive in Your Practice

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Traditional | Intermediate | Application

    Leading People

    Speaker: Jessica Minesinger, CMOM, CMPE, FACMPE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Surgical Compensation & Consulting; Independent Consultant, MGMA

    Private practices require effective retention strategies to address a critical physician shortage and escalating turnover rates. Embracing a vibrant practice culture is a secret weapon for attracting and retaining physicians who will thrive in your practice for the long haul. This session will highlight the art of identifying and drawing in physicians across generations, cultures, and career stages.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify key factors contributing to physician shortages, turnover and retention in your practice
    • Employ strategies to cultivate a culture that attracts and retains diverse physicians
    • Develop methods for identifying and attracting physicians from different generations, cultures and career stages

    CON603: Details coming soon! – Hosted by Pennsylvania MGMA

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1


    Lunch and Networking 12:00 - 1:00 PM


    Networking Session 1:00 - 2:00 PM

    Prioritizing Solutions and Building an Action Plan for Private Practices

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Interactive | Basic | Comprehension

    Operational Efficiency

    Facilitators: Brandi Fields

    Josh Dumas - Owens

    Before we return home, let's harness the collective knowledge of the attendees to help identify and prioritize the best solutions from the Private Practice conference. Participants will again join roundtables organized by state and topical interest to share insights in this moderated and structured networking session.

    Learning objectives:

    • Prioritize solutions to key challenges facing healthcare organizations
    • Build an action plan to implement impactful solutions


    Passing Break 2:00 – 2:15 PM


    Main Stage Session 2:15 - 3:15 PM

    MS2: Thriving Beyond the Exam Room: When Physician Entrepreneurs Thrive, Communities Win

    Eligible for: ACMPE: 1 | ACHE: 1 | CEU: 1 | CME(AAPC*): 1 | CPE: 1.2 | PDC: 1

    Traditional | Intermediate | Application

    Operational Excellence

    Speakers: Joshua Dumas-Owens

    Delaney Wallace

    Ensuring financial success and enhancing patient care often weigh heavily on private practice owners, driving many toward either burnout or to private equity acquirers. This session presents a third option: retain the independence of your practice while enhancing its financial and operational health. Discover the unique perspectives from a practice strategic operator and an exit planner, respectively, aimed at lifting your practice from the daily grind to sustainable success. Attendees will discuss the business levers that directly impact practice health. This session will dissect the hidden costs of overlooked business opportunities and outline actionable strategies for financial improvement. By focusing on strategic tax planning and systematic approaches to problem-solving, attendees will depart with insights to protect and enrich the future of their medical practice.  

    Learning Objectives:

    • Examine your practice’s financial health and how critical business decisions influence its worth
    • Outline financial neglect pain points that impact your practice’s business health  
    • Organize strategic tax strategies that will cut costs and ensure reinvestment and growth
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