2016 LUGPA Annual Meeting Recap

On November 3 – 5, 2016, LUGPA welcomed independent urology practices from across the country to our 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago. We celebrated record attendance and appreciated the enthusiastic media coverage. The meeting’s theme was, “How Independent Urology Groups Can Navigate the New Governmental Payment Systems.” This year’s agenda comprised nationally recognized experts discussing topical and practice changing content. Attendees received updates on ongoing progress that LUGPA has made in the political arena which will assist in positioning our independent practices to successfully navigate the rapidly changing healthcare ecosystem.

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Past-president Gary M. Kirsh, M.D.,
accepts a crystal vase for his
2014 – 2016 LUGPA presidency
The Honorable Newt Gingrich
addresses 2016 LUGPA Annual Meeting
attendees as Keynote Speaker

This year we presented our 5th annual CME program, which featured cutting-edge information on the treatment of both Bladder Cancer evaluation and management as well as information on the successful evaluation and management for Overactive Bladder/Incontinence patients.

In addition, Practice Administrators, Lab Directors and Medical Directors gathered for their exclusive workshops to discuss state-of-the-art concepts which will further strengthen the integrated approach to patient care.

There were numerous plenary presentations: including Robert Laszewski’s “U.S. Health Care Policy Beyond the 2016 Elections,” Mark B. McClellan, MD, PHD, and former director of CMS’ “Physician Group Leadership in Health Reform: Urology Care in Medicare’s Coming Payment Reforms,” and the keynote speech by The Honorable Newt Gingrich, “The Government Takeover of Healthcare and the Issues and Turbulence That Has Created.” These and other very well received presentations provided perspectives on the state of our healthcare system and how our practices can thrive under the fluidity of the pending new payment models.

Breakout sessions were offered for attendees to directly dialogue with LUGPA experts in an interactive setting. Topics covered included: Governance & Leadership, Practice Benchmarking; Setting up a Successful Clinical Trial Program; Smoothing the Transition to Senior Urologist Status; Achieving Compliance in a Large Urology Group; In Office Dispensing; MACRA & PQRS Reporting; The Keys to Utilizing Nurse Navigators for Maximum Practice Outcomes; Ancillaries in a Small Group Practice-How to make a Small Group Practice Like a Big Group; and an Open Mic Session to discuss all topics.

We thank all of our members for your continued support, active participation and collaboration with our industry exhibitors and sponsors. The unmatched commitment and dedication of our membership is our greatest resource which allows LUGPA to provide the best resources and information for its member’s practices to promote quality clinical outcomes, leadership opportunities and legislative advocacy.

We will be sending an e-mail in the coming weeks soliciting your input for future topics. For those of you who attended the CME course, you will receive a separate e-mail to receive your feedback and to obtain your CME credit.

Lastly, I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude to all of the Committee and LUGPA Board members for their efforts and dedication which establishes the LUGPA Annual as the most important U.S. Urology meeting for our membership.

Neal D. Shore, MD, FACS

Select presentations from the 2016 Annual Meeting are available on
the LUGPA Member’s site.