Gain valuable insight as world-leading gastroenterologists
focus on a global view of GI and hepatology diseases and treatments
at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017

Friday Courses

Get in-depth discussions on the latest in GI and hepatology, endoscopy and practice management when you attend one or more of the optional Friday courses. Four courses are offered: two, half-day courses, GI Pathophysiology Course and What’s New in GI Pharmacology Course; and two, full-day courses, Practice Management Course and the ASGE-WGO Endoscopy Course.

Attending the Postgraduate Course? Register for GI Pathophysiology and What’s New in GI Pharmacology and save up to 10 percent! The GI Pathophysiology Course and What’s New in GI Pharmacology Course, and the Postgraduate Course make up the Three-day Clinical Review, your comprehensive clinical update.

Course Directors: Louis J. Wilson, MD, FACG and Ralph D. McKibbin, MD, FACG

Healthcare delivery is transforming at an accelerating rate, but opportunities in the field of gastroenterology remain strong for private practice physicians to claim ownership of their practices and their careers. Physician leadership and ownership will be even more important during these changing times, but that alone will not be enough for success. Participants in the 2017 Practice Management Course in Orlando, Florida will hear from private practice colleagues about new ways to improve the operations, enhance productivity, and guarantee success of their practices.

Friday, October 13, 2017 | 7:30 am – 4:10 pm
6:00 am Registration
7:00 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am Welcome and Outline
Session 1 The Big Picture in a Small World
7:40 am Presidential Address: Physician Wellness: A Critical Mission
8:00 am Market Forces in GI Practice: Is Ownership a Vanishing Dream?
8:20 am Quality Reporting Update: The Happy Side of MIPS
8:40 am Q & A
Session 2 Ventures and Entrepreneurship
8:50 am Quick Tidbit: E&M Coding Basics
8:55 pm Physician Entrepreneurs in GI Medicine
9:15 am Business Models and Market Strategies: The Anatomy of a Great Business Plan
9:35 am True Adventures in Ancillaries
9:55 am Q & A
10:05 am Break
Session 3 The Circle of Life in Your Practice
10:20 am Quick Tidbit: Revenue Cycle Terms and Review Methods
10:25 am Advanced Use of Advanced Practice Providers
10:45 am Stop the Leaks: Solving Your Overhead Problems
11:05 am Med Law Update: Healthcare Fraud and Other Risk Areas
11:25 am Audit Proof Your Practice
11:45 am Q & A
12:00 pm Break / Pick-up Box Lunches
12:15 pm Netorking Lunch
Session 4 Engaging Patients and Improving Care
12:45 pm Quick Tidbit: E&M CPT Time Codes
12:50 pm Transforming Patient Engagement to Close Care Gaps
1:10 pm Improving the Customer Journey
1:30 pm Effective Patient Education and Communication
1:50 pm Reputation Management
2:10 pm Q & A
2:25 pm Break
Session 5 Your Practice Culture
2:40 pm Quick Tidbit: What is ERISA? Why Does it Matter?
2:45 pm Partnership and Conflict
3:05 pm Cultivating Ownership by Developing New Leaders in Your Group
3:25 pm Culture Change and Transition in Your Practice
3:45 pm Q & A
4:00 pm Wrap Up
4:10 pm Adjourn

Practice Management Course Faculty

Ken J. Brown, MD
Digestive Health Associates of Texas, PA
Plano, Texas, USA

Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
Director, Center for Colon Polyp
and Cancer Prevention;
Vice Chair, Department of Gastroenterology
and Hepatology
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio

Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG
Partner Physician
Austin Gastroenterology
Austin, Texas

Reed B. Hogan, II, MD
GI Associates
Jackson, Mississippi

Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG
Akron Digestive Disease Consultants, Inc.
Akron, Ohio

Caroll D. Koscheski, MD, FACG
Gastroenterology Assoc. PA
Hickory, North Carolina

Lawrence R. Kosinski, MD, MBA, FACG
Managing Partner
Illinois Gastroenterology Group
Elgin, Illinois

Ralph D. McKibbin, MD, FACG
Director of Operations
Blair Gastroenterology Associates
Altoona, Pennsylvania

Michael S. Morelli, MD, CPE, FACG
Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Indianapolis, Indiana

Richard E. Moses, DO, JD, FACG
Gastroenterologist and Attrorney
Philadelphia Gastroenterology Consultants, Ltd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
John Muir Health
Walnut Creek, California

Harry E. Sarles, Jr., MD, FACG
Founding Partner and Medical Director
Digestive Health Associates of Texas,
DHAT Research Institute
Rockwall, Texas

James A. Turner, Jr., MBA, MHA
Chief Executive Officer
Indianapolis Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Indianapolis, Indiana

Louis J. Wilson, MD, FACG
Managing Partner
Wichita Falls Gastroenterology Associates
Wichita Falls, Texas

Jay N. Yepuri, MD, MS
Digestive Health Associates of Texas
Medical Director
Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital GI Lab
Bedford, Texas

Zetter HealthCare
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Member Registration Pricing

Member Type Price
Physician $275
Resident/Trainee/Candidate $75
NP/PA $200
Allied Health $200
Practice Manager $75

Non-Member Registration Pricing

Non-Member Type Price
Physician $325
Resident/Trainee $250
NP/PA $250
Allied Health $250
Practice Manager $250
Exhibitor/Guest/PharmD/PhD $325


The American College of Gastroenterology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Gastroenterology designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 8 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.