March 11, 2023
Westin Dallas Southlake
1200 E State Hwy 114 | Southlake, TX 76092
FRIDAY, MARCH 10
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Cocktail Reception & Welcome Dinner | Skyline Ballroom (2nd Floor)
DHPA will hold a cocktail reception and dinner at the Westin for those Board members and other physician and administrative leaders from our DHPA member practices arriving early enough on Friday evening.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11 | Skyline Ballroom (2nd Floor)
7:15 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast
A breakfast buffet will be available starting at 7:15 am for you to enjoy while catching up with colleagues from our DHPA member practices.
8:00 am – 8:15 am: Welcome by DHPA President and Board Chair Dr. Latha Alaparthi
8:15 am – 9:30 am: Federal Legislative & Regulatory Issues of Importance to Independent GI Practices
DHPA’s lobbyists, John McManus and Elizabeth Barnett (Tracy Spicer’s partner at Avenue Solutions), along with DHPA legal counsel, Howard Rubin, will provide an overview of key health policy issues of practical importance to DHPA’s member practices. Among other topics, John, Elizabeth and Howard will discuss (i) health policy priorities in the 118th Congress; (ii) MACRA reform, (iii) efforts to promote expansion of site-neutral payment policy, (iv) Part B Drug reimbursement, (v) the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed rule banning non-competes with workers, (vi) status of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, and (vii) the future of telehealth coverage and reimbursement.
9:30 am – 10:30 am: Choice and Competition in Care Delivery
We are delighted to have Dr. Brian Miller joining us to present the keynote address on health policy reforms needed to safeguard independent physician practices as a competitive counterbalance to hospitals and hospital systems. In a recent article published in JAMA Health Forum, Dr. Miller wrote that “[e]ncouraging growth of physician-owned and physician-operated enterprises through Stark law reform represents a promising, untapped policy lever to increase competition between physician and corporate care delivery.”
Dr. Miller’s recent article published in Management and Business Review, entitled The Reality Distortion Field in Care Delivery: Overcoming Obstacles to Improve Health Care Delivery is a thought-provoking piece on the topic of the reforms needed to improve health care delivery in the United States.
Dr. Miller is a nonresident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on Medicare payment policy, healthcare competition policy, and public health policy. Concurrently, Dr. Miller, who is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, is a practicing hospitalist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Business at the Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee, and a consultant and expert witness on health insurance for the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.
Wall Street Journal: End ObamaCare’s Ban on Physician-Owned Hospitals
Banter: Brian Miller on Hospital Consolidation
The Hill: Stop Hospital Consolidations to Lower Health Care Prices for All Americans
CNN: How to Fix American Healthcare, According to Six Experts
10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break
10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Board of Directors Business Meeting (Alaparthi, Rubin)
Agenda to include:
(i) Antitrust Compliance Statement;
(ii) Financial Report;
(iii) Discussion of DHPA Policy Priorities for 2023;
(iv) Payor Coverage Issues Impacting Patient Access to GI Care;
(v) Reports from Diversity Equity & Inclusion and Communications Committees;
(vi) Recruiting Additional Member Practices; and
(vii) New Business
10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Corporate Member Sessions for Non-Board Member Physician & Administrative Leaders
Medtronic Presentation: Trophy Club (1st Floor) | Takeda Presentation: Westlake (1st Floor)
While the Board of Directors holds its business meeting, all other attendees will divide into two groups and participate in two 40-minute sessions with our corporate members Takeda and Medtronic, switching rooms after the first 40-minute session. These sessions will focus on significant health policy issues of importance to our member practices and the patients we serve. The sessions will be led by Mr. Jeff Potkul, Medtronic’s Global Senior Director for Health Economics, Policy & Reimbursement, and Ms. Kirsten Powell, who leads the Public Policy and Reimbursement function for U.S. Public Affairs at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
10:45 am – 11:25 am: First Breakout Session
11:35 am – 12:15 am: Second Breakout Session
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm: Buffet Lunch Provided
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: The Importance of DHPA Political Fundraisers
Each year, DHPA’s member practices have supported fundraisers for candidates for federal legislative office who are committed to promoting and protecting the high quality, cost-efficient care furnished in independent GI practices. DHPA’s Chair of Health Policy, Dr. Scott Ketover, along with other DHPA physician leaders who have been working to redesign DHPA’s political fundraising efforts will present a revamped political fundraising initiative for the coming year. DHPA lobbyists John McManus and Elizabeth Barnett will offer their thoughts on the importance of consistent, bi-partisan fundraising for an advocacy organization such as DHPA, and legal counsel Howard Rubin will present on compliance guidelines applicable to DHPA’s political fundraisers.
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: State Health Policy Committee (Ketover, Rubin)
DHPA Chair of Health Policy, Dr. Scott Ketover, and DHPA legal counsel, Howard Rubin, will report on legislative issues pending in statehouses that could have significant impact on patient access to high-quality, cost-efficient care furnished in independent GI practices. Among other topics, Dr. Ketover and Mr. Rubin will report on (i) scrutiny of “material change” transactions impacting the health care provider landscape; (ii) Sunshine Act notice obligations; (iii) utilization review and prior authorization reform, including “Gold Card” legislation; and (iv) regulation of pharmacy benefit managers.
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Break
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: Data in Medicine—Foundation of the Future
DHPA’s Chair of Data Analytics, Dr. Paul Berggreen, and Shailendra Sharma, CEO of Specialty Networks and PPS Analytics, will present a vision for—and lead a discussion of—how DHPA and its member practices can mine data not only in support of health policy initiatives but also to develop clinical protocols, enhance practice operations, and build value-based care models.
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm: The Voice of Independent GI Practice—DHPA’s Next Generation of Leaders
In fall 2022, DHPA hosted its first ever Next Generation Leadership Conference. Since that time, we have seen a growing level of engagement by DHPA’s next generation of leaders. In this session, you will hear from several of these leaders about the importance of engaging the next generation of gastroenterologists in advocacy efforts, and DHPA’s plans for expanding their role within the organization in the coming years.
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Recap of Goals & Priorities for 2023
4:00 pm: Adjournment
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Executive Committee Meeting