Healthcare administrators and providers come together for Collaborate in Practice 2017

Press Release - February 28, 2017

Joint MGMA-AMA conference to offer action-oriented insight for moving medical practice forward

Englewood, Colo. – The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are coming together for only the second time ever for the Collaborate in Practice Conference this April 9-11 in Chicago. Bringing together leading healthcare administrators and providers from across the country, the conference provides an unmatched opportunity for collaborating and sharing ideas for powering practices in today’s rapidly-changing industry. 

Featured speakers at this year’s conference will include Anders Gilberg, MGMA’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, and Richard Deem, AMA’s Senior Vice President for Advocacy, who will take a deep dive into the latest federal policy discussions and their potential impact on medical groups across the country – including recent changes to Medicare reimbursement and program policies and the shift to value-based care. Attendees will also be eligible to visit MATTER, Chicago’s healthcare startup incubator, to see how healthcare ideas are being turned into industry-changing solutions, meet start-up companies harnessing technology to improve healthcare, and learn how to assess the impact of future digital technology on their practices.

“As practice managers and providers transition to value-based care models, Collaborate in Practice will give them the intelligence they need to face new business challenges and ensure their continued financial success,” said MGMA President and CEO Halee Fischer-Wright. “We are thrilled to join forces with the AMA again to bring together these two groups of practice leaders who, for too long, have operated in silos without the kind of collaboration that will power practices in a complex industry. Only through cooperation will we be able to deliver effective, affordable, team-based care.” 

This year’s preconference programming includes a special MACRA readiness workshop that will provide participating attendees with the education, tools and resources they need for MACRA compliance and success. As part of the workshop, attendees can receive a customized Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Readiness Assessment and Action Plan. Using practice-specific data, the personalized MACRA assessments will spell out specific steps individual practices should take in 2017 to prepare for MACRA, based on the steps they’ve taken thus far and the impact MACRA will have on their practice revenue, operations, and more. Interested attendees who register before March 3 can take advantage of this unique assessment opportunity. 

“Today’s medical practice leaders must also be business leaders, effectively managing teams of people, budgets, and government mandates to reduce costs and improve the patient experience,” said AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD. “The AMA stands ready with the MGMA to help healthcare professionals and administrators leverage skills and strategies they need to lead and transform our industry.”

Learn more and register for the Collaborate in Practice Conference. Registration is open through April 9, including on-site, and there is an opportunity for continuing medical education credit for this conference. Attendees who register by March 10 will receive a $200 discount on the total registration fee.


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