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AAAAI Practice Management Workshop

Practice Management Workshop


The Practice Management Workshop is going virtual to help you and your practice navigate the new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re offering a program of online events, starting with several webinars focusing on COVID-19 and its impact on A/I practice. These webinars specific to COVID-19 address a variety of important topics, and are available free of charge for all AAAAI members and their staff. Join us for one, two or all of the sessions. All sessions will offer CME/CE credit.

Can’t fit a specific webinar into your schedule? We’ll have recordings available for you to view on your schedule. Check this page regularly for updates.

Practice staff interested in virtual PMW webinars should send an email to practicemanagement@aaaai.org to obtain a coupon code for free registration.

These two webinars are being offered free of charge to FIT and NAIA members; all others must pay a registration fee.

Practice Management Basics for the New Allergist: Introduction to Coding, Billing and Business Management
December 3, 7:30 – 9:00 pm CST
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This two-part webinar is designed specifically for FITs and new allergists getting started in practice. Part one will cover the basic principles of medical coding and business management principles. You’ll learn how to establish and monitor key financial benchmarks to ensure a healthy and efficient practice.  

Speakers:

Marshall P. Grodofsky, MD, FAAAAI, Managing Partner, Connecticut Asthma & Allergy Center, LLC, West Hartford, CT
Teresa Thompson, CPC, CMSCS, CCC, TM Consulting Inc., Carlsborg, WA
Maria A. Slack, MD, Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay, OH (moderator)


Practice Management Basics for the New Allergist: What You Need to Know Before You Start Practice
January 14, 7:30 – 9:00 pm CST
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This two-part webinar is designed specifically for FITs and new allergists getting started in practice. Part two will review the key steps you need to take before starting practice, including navigating the credentialing process, determining if a practice opportunity is the right fit for you (and your family), and how to negotiate an employment contract.    

Speakers:
Vivian P. Hernandez-Trujillo, MD FAAAAI, Allergy and Immunology Care Center of South Florida, Davie, FL
Penelope (Penny) Phillips, JD, Attorney, Felhaber Larson, Minneapolis, MN
Weily Soong, MD FAAAAI, Physician and Managing Partner, Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center, Birmingham, AL
Gayatri Patel, MD, Clinical Instructor, Division of Allergy-Immunology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (moderator)
 

Access all webinar recordings here.

Sustaining Your Practice: Pandemic Marketing Strategies and Managing Federal Provider Relief Funds
Struggling to return to full patient capacity due to COVID-19 or just looking for fresh marketing ideas for your practice? Get tips on cost-effective ways to market your practice and learn how to get the most bang for your marketing bucks. In addition, many allergy practices received relief funds through the CARES Act and other federal funding mechanisms during the pandemic. Presenters from the AAAAI’s advocacy partner Hart Health Strategies will provide the latest requirements for reporting and auditing on these funds.
 
Speakers:
Shana Christrup, MPH, Vice President, Health Policy, Hart Health Strategies, Washington, DC
Judith Gorsuch, JD, Vice President and Counsel, Hart Health Strategies, Washington, DC
Christy Johnson, Digital Strategist, o2ideas, Birmingham, AL
Helen B. Combs, Executive Director, Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center, Birmingham, AL (Moderator)


Engineering Your Practice for the Continuing Crisis
As COVID-19 cases continue to expand across many areas of the country, practices are grappling with how to best meet the needs of patients, maintain staff safety and keep the practice moving forward. This lively panel discussion will review key lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to date and provide practical ideas that will help your practice meet the continuing challenges of the pandemic. Topics include:   
•    Protocols for obtaining PPE
•    Navigating staffing challenges
•    Managing practice cash flow
•    Modified scheduling strategies

Panelists:
Helen B. Combs, Executive Director, Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center, Birmingham, AL
Dianne LeDuc, RN, CNOR, Practice Manager, Allergy Partners, Chantilly, VA
Andrew W. Murphy, MD, FAAAAI, Suburban Allergy Consultants, West Chester, PA
Ewa Schafer, MD, FAAAAI, Clinical Assistant Professor, NorthShore Medical Group, Glenview, IL
Mohamed Yassin, MD, FAAAAI, Allergy, Asthma & Pulmonary Associates PA, Saint Cloud, MN
Priya J. Bansal, MD, FAAAAI, Asthma and Allergy Wellness Center, St. Charles, IL (Moderator)


Telemedicine Strategies for COVID-19 and Beyond
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and commercial payers have relaxed rules and requirements for telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, but how long will these changes last? This webinar will provide the most up-to-date information available on telemedicine regulations, rules, and coding and billing protocols. You’ll also hear how the AAAAI is advocating for the continuation of expanded telemedicine rules and how individual allergists can make an impact in their state.

Speakers:
Sakina S. Bajowala, MD, FAAAAI, Physician/Owner, Kaneland Allergy and Asthma Center, North Aurora, IL
Emily L. Graham, RHIA, CCSP, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Hart Health Strategies, Washington, DC
Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE, Founder and CEO, ABISA, Valrico, FL
Paul V. Williams, MD, FAAAAI, Director, Northwest Allergy and Asthma Center, Seattle, WA
Priya J. Bansal, MD, FAAAAI, Asthma and Allergy Wellness Center, St. Charles, IL (Moderator)


Academic Practice Management in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Geared specifically for members in academic practice, this session will review new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
•    Managing clinical trial patients
•    Interviewing for FIT positions virtually
•    Workflows and process changes

Speakers:
David M. Fleischer, MD, FAAAAI, Section Head, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Aurora, CO
Vivian P. Hernandez-Trujillo, MD, FAAAAI, Allergy and Immunology Care Center of South Florida, Davie, FL
Aidan A. Long, MD, FAAAAI, Clinical Director of Allergy and Immunology, Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA
Christina E. Ciaccio, MD, FAAAAI, Chief, Allergy/Immunology and Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (Moderator)


EIDL, PPP and Stimulus Payments: How Do I Keep it All Straight?
This session will review the variety of financial assistance programs available through the CARES Act for allergy/immunology practices and the requirements for each specific option, including appropriate expenditures and reporting requirements. You’ll also get insights from a practicing allergist and practice manager on their experiences with the process, and how they’ve adapted practice protocols.

Questions and answers from the webinar.

Speakers:
Shana Christrup, MPH, Vice President, Health Policy, Hart Health Strategies, Washington, DC
Judith Gorsuch, JD, Vice President and Counsel, Hart Health Strategies, Washington, DC
Dianne LeDuc, RN, CNOR, Practice Manager, Allergy Partners, Chantilly, VA
Mohamed Yassin, MD, FAAAAI, Allergy, Asthma & Pulmonary Associates PA, Saint Cloud, MN
Priya J. Bansal, MD, FAAAAI, Asthma and Allergy Wellness Center, St. Charles, IL (Moderator)

 

Job Prospects During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Options Exist?
This session will address alternative employment options during the COVID 19-pandemic and is primarily geared towards graduating fellows-in-training (FITs) and New Allergist/Immunologist Assembly (NAIA) members, although it will be relevant for any member experiencing employment changes such as reduced work hours, loss of income, or layoffs/furloughs due to the pandemic. Panelists will review options for private practice, academic practice, and non-traditional options such as consulting.

Speakers:
Gayatri Patel, MD, Fellow-in-Training, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Maria A. Slack, MD, Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay, OH
Helen B. Combs, Executive Director, Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center, Birmingham, AL
Weily Soong, MD, FAAAAI, Physician and Managing Partner, Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center, Birmingham, AL
Kevin J. Kelly, MD, FAAAAI, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Rael Mazansky, MD, Co-Founder, DOC Jobs, New York, NY
Christina E. Ciaccio, MD, FAAAAI, Chief, Allergy/Immunology and Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (Moderator)


Managing Stress and Maintaining Wellness During a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic brought sudden and dramatic societal changes. Allergists reacted quickly with practice adjustments to keep patients and staff safe, but many are now experiencing high levels of stress. Practices are facing tough economic challenges, and some allergists are caring for COVID-19 patients or dealing with the illness in family members or themselves. Many are counseling patients, family members or friends who are resistant to public health protocols and don’t take the pandemic seriously. Everyone is coping with the emotional toll of long-term changes to “normal” life. This webinar will provide techniques allergists can utilize both at work and at home to help mitigate the feelings of burnout brought on by the pandemic along with strategies for combatting pandemic misinformation in person and on social media.

Speakers:
Theresa A. Bingemann, MD, FAAAAI, Associate Professor, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
Anil Nanda, MD, FAAAAI, Allergy and Asthma Center, Lewisville, TX
Hemant P. Sharma, MD, MHS, FAAAAI, Chief, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC
David R. Stukus, MD, FAAAAI, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Giselle Mosnaim, MD, MS, FAAAAI, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, Department of Medicine, Core Program Director, Outcomes Research Network
NorthShore University HealthSystem, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine (Moderator)
 

Planning Committee Members

Priya Bansal, MD, FAAAAI, Chair
Mohamed Yassin, MD, FAAAAI, Co-Chair
Tessie Adams
Christina Ciaccio, MD, FAAAAI
Helen Combs
Marshall Grodofsky, MD, FAAAAI
Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD, FAAAAI
Doug Jones, MD, FAAAAI
Dianne LeDuc, RN
Mike Tankersley, MD, MBA, FAAAAI
Gayatri Patel, MD, FIT Committee Liaison
Maria Slack, MD, NAIA Liaison
 

Questions?
Email practicemanagement@aaaai.org or call Lauri Sweetman at (414) 272-6071.


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