ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum

The ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum offers practical management strategies aimed at recalibrating your business operations for new health care models, improving profitability, and introducing a value-based mindset within your team.

Jan. 11– 13, 2019 
Hyatt Regency Houston
Houston, Texas

Join us in 2019 for a high-impact program of learning, networking and solution-building with the nation’s top radiology business strategists.

The ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum offers practical management strategies, tailored for a radiology environment, that will boost your practice performance, align your business operations with new health care models and promote a value-based mindset within your team.

  • Gain all-new insight into the economic and cultural factors driving radiological change
  • Lay a strategic roadmap for success ― explore new ideas for achieving optimal practice performance
  • Collaborate and innovate with colleagues and top business experts
  • Network with colleagues and top leaders
  • Boost your management impact and build confidence as a strategic thinker

Act now for early-bird savings! Earn CME, Category A and RBMA Credits


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Friday, Jan.11

1:10–2:10 pm 
Various Imaging Practice Models in Preparation for Changing Medical Reimbursement 
Moderated and introduced by Keith Chew, MHA, CMPE, FRBMA

The intent of this session is to describe innovative pathways for radiology practices to sustain themselves in the ever-changing future of healthcare delivery. Possible models include consolidating with a nationalized practice such as RadNet, a model of radiologist and hospital collaboration such as CDI, consolidating / aggregating community practices with academic practices into a larger network (University of Rochester) and an alternative private practice model.

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Delineating some of the various models utilized by medical practices to strategically position for future success in an ever-changing industry
  • Define the advantages and disadvantages of consolidating with a national radiology practice
  • Explain the opportunities and challenges of aggregating with an academic medical center
  • Understand an alternative private practice model that allows radiologists to maintain their autonomous groups.

Session Speakers:
Presentation #1: Regionalization of imaging in academic medical centers 
David Waldman, MD, PhD, FACR
James Forrester, MD

Presentation #2: National Outpatient Radiology Practice 
John Melnick, MD
Elisabeth Quam

Presentation #3: An Alternative Private Practice Model 
Paul Berger, MD
Greg Rose, MD, PhD

3:20 – 4:20 pm 
Leadership Development, Transitions in Leadership and Succession Planning 
Moderated and introduced by Frank Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR

The intent of this session is to delineate and describe various successful methods, processes and concepts which can be utilized to address leadership transition/succession planning.

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand leadership training and evaluation in a lifecycle model
  • Manage issues before, during, and after a leadership transition
  • Develop a robust framework for handling succession planning in your practice.

Session Speakers:
Presentation #1:
Mohammed Naeem, MBBS, MD, FCCP, Colonel, US Army

The presenter will list and briefly describe various formal and informal methods and techniques used to evaluate the leadership potential of military radiologists during their careers. The career progression/professional lifecycle of a military radiologist will be presented with an emphasis on leadership development being an integral part of professional military education courses offered to physicians and which are a must in order to move up the ranks.

Presentation #2:
Chuck Falci, CPA

Radiology Succession Planning – Consideration for the Generations
In this session, I will highlight the need for Radiology groups to plan for changes in their leadership structure as older members plan to slow down and retire and new members rise to roles of greater prominence and impact.  These changes can be best navigated by establishing a plan that takes into account the needs and desires of all members. The successful practices who choose to evolve are those who recognize the distinct differences between the generational groups.  

Presentation #3:
Kamran Ali, MD

Three Presidents in two years?  How did this happen in a successful private practice
When a private practice group undergoes leadership transition after close to two decades of same leadership, the transition can be difficult.  This talk will focus on one groups transition through such change, in the setting of a changing radiologist demographic landscape, evolving healthcare demands and administration flux.
Presentation Objectives:

  • Explore the attributes in prior leaders which can help inform current leaders
  • Examine how using emotional intelligence queues and engaging all shareholders helps with buy-in of decisions and fosters growth of emerging leaders
  • Understand the value of administrative support and their role in helping leaders promote their vision to the organization

Presentation #4:
Frank Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR 

Succession Planning and Execution in Private Groups
One of the most difficult leadership challenges in private practice is planning for succession. This talk will discuss how to plan for succession, who to involve in the process and how to carry it out. Common mistakes and pitfalls will be discussed. Key issues in preparation will be emphasized.
Presentation Objectives:

  • Understand the need for advance planning for a change in leadership
  • Develop infrastructure to make critical group decisions in succession
  • Present an optimal approach to making this work

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

8– 8:30 am
The Future of Radiology - A View from the Chair of the Board of Chancellors

8:30–9:30 am
Get a Grip: How to Excel at Solving Workplace Conflict by Harnessing Your Emotional Intelligence 

The intent of this session is to define the concepts and processes of emotional intelligence and conflict resolution as well as to explore how they relate to each other and to radiology practice. Participants will learn about communication styles, core values and essential principles of negotiation. Interactive exercises will follow to provide practice using these tools.

At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

  • Define emotional intelligence and communication styles
  • Describe the concepts of conflict resolution
  • Demonstrate how emotional intelligence may facilitate or impede the processes of conflict resolution in radiology practice, including group member interactions and governance

Session Speakers:
Presentation #1 Michael Fishman, Melissa Merres, and Shira Fishman
Presentation #2 Lawrence Muroff

10:45 am – 12 noon
The “Nuts and Bolts” of the QPP in 2019

This session will provide a high level overview of CMS’ 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule with a focus on the program components that are changing from Performance Year 2018 to Performance Year 2019.  The QPP consists of two major tracks, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs), and both will be analyzed with respect to significant changes from Year 2 to Year 3 of the QPP. The “nuts and bolts” of participating in and succeeding under the QPP will also be explored and a Case Study will review actions taken to convert a failing score to a high performance score.

At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between Year 2 (2018) and Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program.
  • Identify the elements of successful participation under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
  • Analyze the pros and cons of participating in a MIPS Alternative Payment Model (APM) versus participating in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM).

Session Speakers:
Ezequiel Silva, III, MD, FACR
Barbara F. Rubel, MBA, FRBMA
Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR
David S. Nilasena, MD, MSPH, MS

1:15 – 2:00 pm
Artificial Intelligence In Radiological Practice: What Radiologists Need To Know 

Artificial intelligence applications in healthcare are poised to be the next generation of informatics tools that will help radiology professionals take better care of our patients and provide more value to our health systems. We will discuss the opportunities and limitations of AI in healthcare and how involvement of radiology professionals in the development and implementation of AI tools in clinical practice is essential for AI to reach its full potential.

At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

  • Describe current and future applications of data science and artificial in clinical practice for medical imaging, the radiological sciences and health care in general
  • Describe the role of the ACR and the ACR Data Science Institute in guiding the development and clinical implementation of AI in radiological practices
  • Discuss avenues for both academic and community radiology to participate in AI development
  • Described the opportunities, limitations and risks of AI in healthcare and radiological practice

Session Speakers:
Clinical Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Applications in Medical Imaging: Current and Future Applications
Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD

Artificial Intelligence in Radiological Practice: Leveraging the Value of Radiologists
Bib Allen Jr., MD, FACR

Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: A Contrarian View
Jonathan Berlin, MD. MBA, FACR

How Radiologists Will Be Involved In AI Development And Deployment

  •  Legal and ethical issues over data ownership and patient safety – centralized versus decentralized environments for AI training, testing, validation and deployment
  • Case Study examples of clinical implementation of AI and workflow enhancements

3:25– 4:25 pm
Artificial Intelligence In Radiological Practice: Data Science To Clinical Practice

In order for AI to gain widespread use in clinical practice, AI algorithms will need to be safe, effective and economically sustainable while demonstrating value for radiologists, patients and the healthcare system. We will discuss ways radiology professionals and the ACR can assist the Us Food And Drug Administration move toward solutions that decrease the time to market and provide post-market monitoring for AI technology while ensuring patient safety and effectiveness of AI algorithms in clinical practice. We will also discuss the economic implications for AI in radiological practice and practice patterns that may emerge as AI gains widespread use.   

At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

  • Review the current regulatory environment for AI and how radiologists can be effective in ensuring AI applications in the radiological sciences are safe and effective for patients 
  • Outline the economic implications for AI in radiological practice in fee-for-service and value-based payment models
  • Discuss changes in current and future practice patterns that may result may result from AI in healthcare

Session Speakers
Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Practice: The FDA and Regulatory Hurdles
Bib Allen Jr., MD, FACR

How Will Reimbursement for AI Fit in a Fee-For-Service And Value-Based Payment Model?
Ezequiel "Zeke" Silva II, MD

Will AI Change My Practice? And if So, How?
Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD

Economics Of Artificial Intelligence In Radiological Practice.

  • Who should pay for AI in health care? 
  • How will we get paid for AI? Could increased efficiencies lower our professional reimbursement?
  • Preparing for the future – workforce, residency training, new roles for radiologists

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019

8– 8:45 am
Capitol Hill Update

8:50–9:50 am
Diagnosing Happiness: Lessons From Positive Psychology

Sanj Katyal, MD, FACR

The absence of burnout does not equal wellness. The vast majority of radiologists (and people in general) are able to function. We get to work on time, pay the bills, manage to watch some of our kids sporting events, and go out to dinner on the weekend. It is a busy life but one that we can “get through” as we look forward to the weekend or our next vacation. Occasionally we will stop and reflect on how we got here. We accomplished most of the goals we set for ourselves. We became masters in delayed gratification as we waited for the next stage of our lives to finally be able to relax, to enjoy life, to be happy. The reward for all of this work should be more than just the absence of burnout. The reward should be more than simply getting through the day with mild to moderate levels of anxiety and stress. The goal for all of us should be to flourish not just function. 
Fortunately for us, there is a new field devoted entirely to the scientific study of flourishing – positive psychology. In this session, we will explore key concepts and evidence-based positive psychology interventions that can guide us away from burnout, move beyond functioning, and head toward flourishing.  

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Differentiate between concepts of happiness and flourishing
  • Assess your own level of well-being 
  • Define key goals and principles of Positive Psychology
  • Incorporate evidence-based tools and techniques into daily life
  • Learn how to track your own path toward flourishing

10:20 – 11:00 am
Reducing Risk through Employee Engagement 

Barry Nielsen, MBA, CRA, RT (R), CPC

Enjoy a 40-minute session describing a practical approach to reducing areas of risk using techniques dedicated towards improving physician and employee engagement. This topic addresses some of the common problems facing radiologists today causing various areas of risk, stress, and lost business opportunities.  As groups continue searching for ways to add value, this session will explore ideas, communication techniques, and culture changes proven to increase value while reducing risk to the radiologist in areas of patient outcomes, growth, finance, process, and important relationships.

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understanding the various areas of risk to the radiologist and practice specific to employee engagement?
  • Why should you and your practice address these areas of risk? Learn concepts derived from interpersonal communications, conflict management, negotiations, emotional intelligence, and persuasion to add strength to your value proposition.
  • Solutions and ideas to engage practice partners, employees, referral sources, and administration to create an improved environment for radiologist, patient, and employee through engagement.  How to implement and apply these value driven changes to reduce risk, improve efficiency, grow/protect the business, while improving radiologist satisfaction.

11:00 – 11:45 am
Online Reputation Management

Jennifer Kammer, MBA and Kim Kelley, FRBMA;

Access to review sites are readily available, patients want their voices heard, and a bad online reputation can be damaging. Your practice’s reputation is more visible than ever with the growing use of Yelp, Healthgrades, Google Reviews, and social media. Your patients and referring providers are talking about you, and the reputation of your own physicians and entire organization matter. The question is, are you aware of what they are saying and how this may influence their perception of your practice? Join this interactive session as we discuss the tools for managing your online reputation.

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Utilize available tools to get a baseline of your current reputation and identify new reputation management tools.
  • Learn how to monitor your online reputation and which websites to watch.
  • Learn best practices for responding to a negative review.
  • Proactively manage your reputation and research the reputation of others when considering a joint venture, merger or collaboration.

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