Program

Day 1
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Day 2
Friday, March 18, 2016

RPA Year in Review

Rebecca Schmidt, DO, FACP, RPA President

Understanding MACRA

As we move away from volume-based to value-based medicine, find out how physician payment and incentive payment systems will affect your practice in the future.
10:00 am

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

Recognition of outgoing Board Members

Rebecca Schmidt, DO, FACP, RPA President

Importance of Benchmarking for Your Practice

How does your practice compare? Get a preview of current trends and benchmark key performance indicators specific to nephrology practice. Identify problem areas; apply best practices and implement a plan...
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Managing Quality and Cost: Impacting the QRUR

How do you compare with other groups of physicians caring for Medicare patients? Are you using your resources wisely? Learn what the QRUR confidential feedback report provides and what practices...
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Preventing Hospital Admissions

Find out what ESCO’s are doing to prevent dialysis patient admissions and how to apply those strategies to your practice.

Transitioning patients from CKD Care to ESRD Care

Understand how a large health system transitions patients from CKD to dialysis and how this can be applied to practices of all sizes.
12:30 pm

Lunch on your own

Advanced Care Planning

New codes are available for advanced care planning. Find out the requirements, reimbursements and other issues involved in providing these services and learn techniques to have these sometimes difficult conversations...
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Future of Private Practice in Nephrology

Analyze the trends in nephrology practices as they relate to size and employment; examine the pros and cons of selling a practice to health systems and dialysis companies; develop strategies...
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Developing Current and Future Physician Leaders

Turning physicians into leaders is critical for practice growth and viability. Learn how to seek out and groom physicians for practice leadership roles. Understand the qualities and skills of effective...
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Business Management Track: Analyzing Practice Data

Shifting market dynamics and healthcare reform demand ongoing quality improvements and constant cost reductions. To compete successfully in this complicated and changing healthcare arena, you need to harness your most powerful...
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Advanced Practitioner Track: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism

This session will focus on abnormalities in calcium metabolism and associated complications in patients with CKD and strategies for management. 
3:45 pm

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

Advanced Care Planning

New codes are available for advanced care planning. Find out the requirements, reimbursements and other issues involved in providing these services and learn techniques to have these sometimes difficult conversations...
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Future of Private Practice in Nephrology

Analyze the trends in nephrology practices related to size and employment, pros and cons of selling to health systems and dialysis companies, and strategies for staying strong as a small...
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Data Utilization in Evolving Healthcare

Healthcare is changing. From reimbursement to coding to care models, there is little in healthcare that is not being scrutinized, reevaluated and adapted as needed.  Find out how EHR software...
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Business Management Track: Alternative Payment Models-What Changes to Expect and How You can Prepare

CMS has targeted a transformation in health care reimbursement for providers. Find out how reimbursement will migrate from a volume-driven model to a value-driven model. Review specific areas to assess...
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Advanced Practitioner Track: Home Hemodialysis

Learn the benefits and risks of various types of home hemodialysis as well as the benefits and risks of each.
Day 3
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Optimizing Your Online Presence

You should be aware of how your  online presence affects the viability of your practice. Gain effective strategies for your practice to benefit from the internet and social media. 

Communicating with Patients in the 21st Century

Understand the liabilities and risks of communicating in the digital age and get a patient’s perspective on how they feel about managing their healthcare using the latest technology trends.

Telehealth and Kidney Patient Care

Research shows that chronic diseases exhaust a large percentage of healthcare resources; increase use of telehealth technology may facilitate more effective use of these resources.  Find out the current status...
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10:00 am

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

Louis Diamond Lecture: Win-Win-Win Approaches to Accountable Care: How Physicians, Hospitals, Patients, and Payers Can All Benefit from Better Healthcare Payment Systems

The federal legislation that repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate formula requires physicians to participate in either the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  Harold Miller will...
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Cultivating Strategic Relationships

Building lasting strategic relationships is about being resourceful. Gain insight on different strategies and ideas for partnering with health systems, dialysis companies and insurance carriers in providing kidney patient care.
12:30 pm

Lunch on your own

Resistent HTN: A Clinical and Business Opportunity

Learn about what is needed to establish a resistant HTN clinic from credentialing to diagnostic testing. Consider the potential business models and revenue opportunity when a nephrology practice incorporates this...
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Patient Safety Training

What do you say to patients and their families when something goes wrong, or when you or the care team have made a mistake? This workshop will focus on Disclosure: What...
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Business Management Track: The Auditor is Coming

It is important to be well prepared before the auditors arrive! Understand the types of audits affecting nephrology practices and how to respond when your practice is impacted.

Advanced Practitioner Track: Patient Communication

This interactive session will have case scenarios that describe complex situations advanced practitioners encounter  that include giving bad news, non-compliance, disruptive patients, addressing prognosis, assisting with treatment decision making and...
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2016 Coding and Billing Requirements

An update on coding and billing for nephrology practices in 2016.
3:45 pm

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

Patient Safety Forum

Are you interested in learning about novel ways to improve safety, involve patients and families, and advance a culture of safety in nephrology and dialysis care? This interactive discussion with...
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2016 Coding and Billing Requirements

An update on coding and billing for nephrology practices in 2016.

Business Management Track: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) – The New Black for Medicare Part B

Learn how the forthcoming MIPS program can impact your organization’s Medicare Part B payments by 30%.  We review key parts of the MIPS legislation and timeline and share experiences about...
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Advanced Practitioner Track: Symptom Management in ESRD

Understand the various symptoms seen in patients with ESRD and get “pearls” to manage them.
Day 4
Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Peer Report on Trends: Progress on Healthy People 2020 Kidney Disease Objectives

Assessing patient outcomes has focused on comparing providers by the use of Standardized Ratios. Recent advances in outcomes have received little attention despite a decline in mortality rates by 30%...
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How to Understand & Gain Control of Your Quality Data

Learn how to think through and implement the infrastructure, worfkflow, and personnel issues surrounding the capture and use of quality data in your practice.  The RPA Kidney Quality Improvement Registry...
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Contract Negotiations: Using Clinical & Financial Data

This session is designed to assist the participant in defining their Value Proposition.  It walks through the process of identifying and understanding the practice’s market position in terms of physical...
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Staffing & Employee Retention

This session will allow managers to modify forever growing practices and aid in retaining valued staff. Learn new practices in scouting, marketing, employing, and development of your team.

Nephrology – Year in 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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Innovation in Nephrology Practice – Sharing Successes

This session will allow managers to modify our forever growing practices and aid in retaining valued staff. We will discuss new practices in scouting, marketing, employing, and development of your...
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