As opposed to politics as usual, it was: Politics, as usual.
Although the NCAA basketball tournament offered a respite, there was no escape from healthcare politics at the American Medical Group Association's annual meeting in New Orleans, which was held March 18-20 at the New Orleans Marriott just on the edge of the city's famed French Quarter nonstop party district.
There was also no escape from the basketball crowds either, as New Orleans hosted one of the 65-team tournament's opening rounds, and fans from the Baylor, East Tennessee State, Notre Dame, Old Dominion, Sam Houston State, Texas, and Wake Forest universities poured into the Crescent City to cheer their school or alma mater on. Kentucky University fans in blue and the Texas group in orange were the most visible. (It also appeared that the Suddenly Stop Walking and Stand in the Middle of the Sidewalk Club was meeting in New Orleans at the same time and had a sizable contingent.)