Given the physician payment update problems of Medicare and other financial conditions influenced by government regulation, the legislation and public policy sessions are expected to be among the most well-attended at this year's meeting of American Medical Group Association.
"The lack of payment and the real need to reform Medicare in this country will be front-burner issues," says AMGA President and CEO Donald Fisher.
Conferees also will be able to attend a session on medical malpractice reform and explore how Congress and state legislatures are attempting to deal with the problem.
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Justice Elliot Maynard and Sen. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) will lead these discussions at the conference, which will be held Feb. 27 through March 1 in Hollywood, Fla.
As in previous years, healthcare leaders as well as leaders from other businesses will share success stories about improving quality and service and controlling costs while returning pride to the workforce and raising morale.
Richard Teerlink, retired chairman of motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson, is scheduled to explain how he gave employees more responsibility and control over the direction of that organization.
Neal Patterson, CEO of Cerner Corp., will explain how medical group executives can capitalize on electronic infrastructure to meet the needs of patient-centered care, focusing on the ability of automated data collection to improve the efficiency and safety of healthcare delivery.
Two new tracks have been added to spur dialogue among peers in independent practice associations and academic and faculty practices. Other conference sessions will focus on innovative partnerships and customer service.