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Who we are

RPA represents and serves the interests of nephrology practitioners in their pursuit and delivery of quality renal health care.

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Text RENAL to 41411 to receive any last minute changes or announcements during the Annual Meeting and afterwards.

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You can call us at 301-468-3515 or email rpa@renalmd.org

Supporters

This activity is supported by an educational grant from the following company:

AstraZeneca

Financial support for this meeting was provided by the following companies:

Hotel Key Cards

Fresenius Medical Care

Registration Counter Kick Panel

Humacyte

Welcome Reception

Nephrology Associates of Nashville, an RPA Single Invoice Participant

Final Program Book, Meeting WiFi, Practice Manager’s Lunch and Happy Hour

OPKO Renal

Day 1
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Day 2
Friday, March 17, 2017
Day 3
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Day 4
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by Nephrology Associates of Nashville, RPA Single Invoice Participant

Satellite Symposium hosted by Amgen, Inc.

Satellite Symposia are approved by the RPA. They are NOT an official part of the official RPA Annual Meeting as planned by the RPA Education Committee

Registration Open

Continental Breakfast served in Exhibit Hall

RPA Year In Review

Rebecca Schmidt, DO, FACP, RPA President

RPA Advocacy Agenda

Gain an understanding of current legislative and regulatory issues affecting nephrology practitioners.

Regulatory Update on MACRA

Understanding the regulatory requirements to implement MACRA.
10:00 am

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

RPA Benchmarking Survey Results

Compare practice performance against national and regional benchmarks with regard to configuration of providers, productivity of providers and the distribution of revenue and expenses in nephrology practices.

Future of the Nephrology Workforce

The recruitment of young nephrology graduates to a practice has become a challenge especially in the current era of bundling payments and more so in rural areas. Find out how...
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12:30 pm

Lunch On Your Own

Satellite Lunch Symposium hosted by Fresenius Medical Care

Satellite Symposia are approved by the RPA. They are NOT an official part of the official RPA Annual Meeting as planned by the RPA Education Committee

Addressing the Pain & Depression Screening Mandate: A New QIP Requirement

In 2016, CMS mandated that all dialysis facilities regularly screen patients for depression and pain, with a goal of integrating broad indicators of patient well-being into traditional patient care. With...
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A Marriage of Medical Practices

Gain insight on how to merge/blend practices to capitalize on economies of scale while maintaining autonomy and individual identity. You’ll learn motivations for practices to mergers as well as possible...
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Pitfalls and Pluses of Electronic Health Records

Since 2010, the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by physicians has grown substantially, largely due to the financial incentives offered by the federal government as well as providers becoming...
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Business Management Track: Nephrology Dashboard Indications

A panel of practice managers will discuss practice performance dashboards used in their individual practices, explaining why metrics were selected, how data is collected and their reporting templates.
3:45 pm

Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

Addressing the Pain & Depression Screening Mandate: A New QIP Requirement

In 2016, CMS mandated that all dialysis facilities regularly screen patients for depression and pain, with a goal of integrating broad indicators of patient well-being into traditional patient care. With...
Read More

A Marriage of Medical Practices

Gain insight on how to merge/blend practices to capitalize on economies of scale while maintaining autonomy and individual identity. You’ll learn motivations for practices to mergers as well as possible...
Read More

Pitfalls and Pluses of Electronic Health Records

Since 2010, the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by physicians has grown substantially, largely due to the financial incentives offered by the federal government as well as providers becoming...
Read More

Business Management Track: Compliance – Meaningful Use Audits and Security Risk Analysis

A panel of practice managers will discuss practice performance dashboards used in their individual practices, explaining why metrics were selected, how data is collected and their reporting templates.

RPA PAC Reception

For RPA PAC Contributors Only

AAKP Medal of Excellence Dinner

Tickets may be purchased from AAKP

Registration Open

Continental Breakfast served in Exhibit Hall

Health Informatics: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Discover health IT tools that can help grow your patient base, improve care, and increase patient engagement.

ESCO Panel Discussion

Hear updates from participants in multiple ESCOs. What have they learned and accomplished in their first year in action?
10:00 am

Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall

Telemedicine in Nephrology Practice

Telemedicine is rapidly becoming integrated into the provision of healthcare. How and where telemedicine will fit best into our daily nephrology practice remains to be seen. This presentation will discuss...
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12:30 pm

Lunch on your own

Satellite Lunch Symposium hosted by NxStage

Satellite Symposia are approved by the RPA. They are NOT an official part of the official RPA Annual Meeting as planned by the RPA Education Committee.

The Conflict of Conformance and Caring

Francis W Peabody described fundamental secret of the care of the patient being caring for the patient. Practice of medicine demands perfection and compassion. However, current regulatory environment brings in...
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Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Program

Physicians can now earn MOC credit for monthly QAPI activities. Find out how credit can be earned through RPA’s Kidney Quality Improvement Registry and understand the minimal required elements of...
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Business Management Track: Practice Diversity

There are three distinctly different Physician “Work/Lifestyle Choices” found in current day Nephrology Practices. This session will review the impact of those choices and how practice administrators can better understand...
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3:45 pm

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

The Conflict of Conformance and Caring

Francis W Peabody described fundamental secret of the care of the patient being caring for the patient. Practice of medicine demands perfection and compassion. However, current regulatory environment brings in...
Read More

Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Program

Physicians can now earn MOC credit for monthly QAPI activities. Find out how credit can be earned through RPA’s Kidney Quality Improvement Registry and understand the minimal required elements of...
Read More

Business Management Track: ESCOs Practice Time and Resource Commitment

This session is designed to highlight how nephrology practices can become good ESCO partners. Find out the resources needed to be successful in the shared risk/shared savings model as well...
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Breakfast Satellite Symposium Jointly provided by PCME and Rockpointe Supported by an educational grant from Merck

Satellite symposia are approved by the RPA.  They are NOT a part of the official meeting program as planned by the RPA Education Committee.

Registration Open

Continental Breakfast

Automated Wearable Artificial Kidney

An automated wearable artificial kidney operating continuously simulates the normal kidney and can lead to relaxed fluid and diet restrictions and other advantages. CAPD has demonstrated that a wearable artificial...
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Advance Revenue Cycle Management

Learn the steps to monitor your practice’s coding and billing activity and identify audit risk areas.

Employment Law Update and Hot Topics

Participate in an interactive case-based format that will discuss multiple areas of employment law including without limitation, EEO-1, Title VII, FMLA/ADA, social media, NLRA issues, FLSA update and the proper...
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Immune Tolerance in Transplantation

The presentation will touch upon the need transplant tolerance, briefly describe the approaches taken by various centers, describe in detail three different clinical tolerance trials being conducted at Northwestern University,...
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Bioengineered Access

This session will give an overview of bioengineering technology that is applied to creating vascular tissue. In addition, there will be a discussion on the preclinical and clinical development of...
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Strategic Planning for Employee Benefit Programs

“Volume to Value” starts internally. Deliver more value to your employees. Protect your budget. A long-range strategic plan strengthens your recruiting and retention, improves cost controls, and gets you out...
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Literature Review

Join this rapid fire presentation to learn the latest news about clinical advances in nephrology. Be sure to stay for this final session so you can head home with essential...
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