GMGMA Annual Conference Attendee Registration 2020
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GMGMA Annual Conference Attendee Registration 2020

Make plans to attend the Georgia MGMA Annual Conference in beautiful Savannah GA! The agenda is packed with great topics and speakers, ACMPE CEU's, and enjoyable evening events as well! VIEW THE MEETING AGENDA BELOW!

 Export to Your Calendar 9/13/2020 to 9/15/2020
When: Sunday, September 13, 2020
3:00 PM
Where: Map this event »
Marriott Savannah Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Blvd
Savannah, Georgia  31401
United States
Contact: Elaine Cook

Online registration is available until: 9/13/2020
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COVID-19 Warning

Our focus is on the health and safety of our members, vendors, speakers and guests.

We are taking measures along with the Marriott to help us all stay well during our event

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending the GMGMA Annual Conference, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


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Georgia MGMA Annual Conference 2020

Sunday, Sept 13, 2020

3:00 – 5:00          Attendee and Exhibitor Registration

5:30 - 6:30          Welcoming Reception with Vendors                            

Evening on your own


Monday, Sept 14, 2020

8:.00 - 9:00          Breakfast with Vendors 

7:30 - 3:00           Attendee Registration

8:00 - 4:00           Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 - 9:15           Welcome and Opening Remarks Brenda Messick, President 2019-2020

9:15 - 10:15         “Make Finding Your Dream a walk in the Park” Ronda Rich

Ronda Rich is a best-selling author and syndicated columnist, a former award-winning sports writer, with a weekly column which appears in over fifty newspapers.  She has appeared on dozens of television shows including The View, Fox and Friends, The Other Half, Fox Sports, CNN as well as in the pages of People, USA Today, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, New York Times, Washington Post, Southern Living and Woman's Own.  Ronda excels in the kind of storytelling for which Southerners are renowned: lyrical, entertaining, thought-provoking and often downright funny. As demonstrated in her best-selling books and weekly syndicated column, she dynamically brings her stories to life in front of an audience, holding folks spellbound as she weaves tales of life in general, Southern life in particular and bits and pieces of this and that.


10:30 – 11:00      Break with Vendors

11:15- 12:15       “Self-Care for Caregivers: Secure Your Own Mask First!” Scott Carbonara

Caregivers often operate at a high level of selflessness, going above
and beyond providing comfort and support to others. Sadly, though,
those same caregivers tend to be more stingy when it comes to
self-care where they give themselves the comfort and support they
need. Some believe that taking care of themselves is selfish; others
want to take care of themselves, but they reach for the wrong things
such as so-called “comfort food” or even Southern Comfort! This
humorous, practical, story-based session will teach you how to build
your resilience and improve your mental health. As a former awardwinning
crisis counselor, speaker Scott Carbonara stood on the brink of
burnout before studying and harnessing the power of applied positive
psychology. As a result of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize the difference between selfish and self-care;
2. Appy 5 best-practices from positive psychology to build their
resilience and improve their mental health; and
3. Spread resilience to others

12:30- 1:30         Lunch

Breakout Sessions…        

1:45 – 2:45        ““Healthy Healthcare Partnerships: The 7 Parts of a Smart, Positive Partnership in Healthcare”

              Rob Lemos, Vice President, Market Development, Privia

Not all healthcare partnerships are created equal.  Are you getting the value you deserve from your ACO, IPA, or     partner? To help you assess whether a potential partnership is right for you and your practice, go through these seven criteria and evaluate how the partner would contribute.   

1:45 – 2:45          “Labor Law and Audit Preparedness” Adam Walters, Attorney Walters Law, P.C.

Health care entities are frequently targeted for Department of Labor (“DOL”) audits.  This presentation will educate you on the scope and procedure of a DOL wage and hour audit, as well as best practices for responding to an audit.Topics include:  

  • What is the scope of a wage and hour audit?
  • What are the common reasons for an audit?
  • What is the procedure of an audit?
  • What best practices should a physician practice follow during an audit?
  • What steps can a physician practice take to prevent audits?   

1:45 – 2:45        “Coaching for Performance Excellence” Scott Carbonara

Healthcare is known for its compliance standards, for good reason: patient care depends upon them! How do you ensure your employees are equipped to ensure compliance? How do you coach employees for performance success? For years, Scott provided one-on-one coaching for leaders, and over time he saw a trend: most leaders hadn’t been taught a simple, practical coaching method that could be applied universally to a variety of people performance issues. During the workshop, leaders will learn:

  • Why people do what they do
  • What motivates and discourages people
  • How to clarify expectations of others
  • How to catch someone doing it right
  • Dealing with undesired performance and behaviors
  • Maximizing desired performance and behavior

3:00- 3:45:          Break   

3:45 – 4:45         “MGMA Washington Update” Drew Voytal, Associate Director, Government Affairs MGMA


5:30 – 6:00        New Member/First Time Attendee/ Chapter President Reception

6:30 – 8:30        Dinner and Comedy Club with Comedian Leanne Morgan


Tuesday September 15, 2020

7:30 - 8:30          Breakfast with Vendors

7:30 – 8:30          ACMPE Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45         Welcome and Opening Remarks Brenda Messick, President 2019-2020

8:45 – 10:15      "A Legal Compass for a Winding Path” Rich Sanders, Esq. Southern Health Lawyers, LLC

A timely legal update to give us a smoother walk in the park on legislative and regulatory issues confronting us.

10:15 - 11:00      Break with Vendors

11:00 – 12:00     “How to Increase Patient Acquisition through Google” Alex Membrillo, CEO of Cardinal

              Digital Marketing

As the #1 search engine, Google has become the go-to resource for patients seeking medical information, treatment programs, and providers. 47% of Internet users search for information about doctors or other health professionals Plus, 73% of consumers use search engines to research treatments. However, with search engine optimization (SEO), paid search, local map packs, and more, it is hard to know where to begin.  We’ll discuss the pillars of:

  • Finding more patients on Google
  • Improving the reputation of your providers
  • Determining whether you should be posting to social media The session will include general trends, how-to advice, and advanced level tips to help you take your medical marketing campaigns to the next level.
12:00 - 1:30        Lunch – ACMPE Celebration Lunch! Join us as we honor our FACMPE’s and CMPE’s  All Attendees and Vendors are invited!

1:30 -2:30         Opioids and Medical Marijuana, Current Regulations and Best Practices William S. Kanich, MD, JD, Chief Medical

              Officer, Mag Mutual Insurance

  • Current state laws regarding dispensing of opioids and marijuana
  • What are practices and practitioners getting in trouble for when it comes to prescribing opioids?
  • Penalties for not prescribing correctly?
  • Documentation pearls to protect your practice


2::30– 2:45             Distinguished Service Award Sponsored by GMGMA Platinum Business Partner Mag Mutual

2:45– 3:00              Business Meeting

3:00 – 3:30          Break with Vendors

3:30 – 4:45          Listserv Live

The session voted #1 by our attendees!  A “live” version of GMGMA’s popular online forum, this interactive session is led by YOU. 

  • Talk with your colleagues about issues you are facing at your practice
  • Give and receive valuable input
  • Learn from others’ experiences
  • This time is yours to present your questions and issues to other healthcare leaders around Georgia!                                                          

6:00 - 10:00        Door Prizes, Cocktail Reception with Jazz Saxophonist followed by a Haunted History

              Tour in Downtown Savannah! 





King or Double $190.00 per night
$19 daily self-parking

You must cancel your reservation 3 days prior to arrival to avoid a one night penalty charge.

Group Rate Cutoff is August 12, 2020

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Marriott Savannah Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Blvd
Savannah, GA   31401