Urogyn Practice Management Course: How to Make Your Practice Successful in 2017

    AUGS has developed an educational course to help members understand how to succeed within the new Quality Payment Program and to qualify for a bonus for the 2017 reporting year. Attend the course and learn more about the tools and resources AUGS has available to help you fulfill this new physician reimbursement model.

    Course Description

    Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program has been put into legislation and reforms the way Medicare reimburses health care providers. There are significant financial incentives and penalties for physicians and hospitals based on their quality of care that started January 1, 2017. This interactive session will prepare you to make key strategic, financial, and operational decisions regarding MACRA, plus provide tools and guidance to help you design a successful action plan in the future. Participants will have any opportunity to begin to assess their “readiness” for MIPS or an advanced APM and also spend some time considering the complex interplay between this payment system, ACOs, and health system finance.

    AUGS has designed tools specifically to help you in this transition year. Come learn how other AUGS members are using these tools and their plans for avoiding a 4% cut.

    This workshop is designed for physicians, however, coding staff and practice managers may also attend. Get up to speed on what you need to do by attending this course in person or virtually.

    This course will:

    • Provide detailed explanations of the MACRA Quality Payment Program's requirements.

    • Detail the two different tracks that make up the QPP - the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) - and each of their different rules.

    • Highlight issues you should consider now and in the future to ensure that your practice can successfully navigate these Medicare changes.

    • Provide answers to your most challenging coding questions

    Course Information

    Date and Time
    Saturday, March 25, 2017
    11:00 am – 6:15 pm Central Time 

    Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
    150 East Houston Street
    San Antonio, Texas 78205 
    Meeting Room: Verona I (Second floor of hotel)


    $150 Attend in person
    $250 Virtual (live streaming of the course)


    Please note that this course will be available on-demand after the live course (cost of $250). Attendees who attend the live course and streaming will be provided the on-demand course at no cost.

    Program Schedule
    All times listed below are in Central timezone.

    Download a pdf of the course agenda.


     Session Topic


    10:00 am - 11:00 am 

     On-Site Registration Open


    11:00 am - 11:10 am

    Welcome and Introductions

    Sarah Hamilton Boyles, MD, MPH   

    11:10 am – 11:30am

    Alphabet MACRAroni

    Robert Flora, MD, MBA, MPH

    11:30 am - 12:15pm

    Quality Payment Program – The Ins and the Outs

    • Two Highways - MIPS and APMS
    • Go at Your Own Pace

    Jill Rathbun, Galileo Consulting Group

    12:15 – 12:45 pm

    Why should I care? What's in this for me?

    • Q&A (5 min)

    Jill Rathbun, Galileo Consulting Group
    Sarah Hamilton Boyles, MD, MPH                          

    Robert Flora, MD, MBA, MPH
    Ryan Stratford, MD, MBA

    Blair Washington, MD, MHA


    12:45 pm - 1:30 pm



    1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

    Tools to Use for MIPS in 2017

    • AQUIRE Demonstration and Orientation/Value Add
    • Q&A (10 min)

     Michael K. Flynn, MD, MS

    2:10 pm – 2:40 pm

    Overview of Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA or IA) and How AQUIRE Meets These Requirements

    • Q&A (10 min)

    Robert Flora, MD, MBA, MPH

    2:40 pm – 3:15 pm

    Case Study Panel

    • Here is how we are doing it/getting ready in my practice
    • Q&A (5 min)

    Sarah Hamilton Boyles, MD, MPH

    Ryan Stratford, MD, MBA

    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

    2018 and Beyond: What to Expect

    • Future of Quality Measurements: Challenges and Opportunities
    • Patient Reported Outcomes

    Sarah Hamilton Boyles, MD, MPH

    3:45 pm - 4:00 pm


    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

    AUGS Alternative Payment Model

    • SUI Model Discussion and Feedback

    Jerry Lowder, MD, MSc
    Jonathan Shepherd, MD

    4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

     Coding Tips and Tricks

    Mitchell Schuster, MD

    6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

     Closing Remarks/Q&A/Wrap Up

    Jill Rathbun, Galileo Consulting Group
    Sarah Hamilton Boyles, MD, MPH


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