2018 Annual Meeting Recap

Preserving The Future Through Innovation

Day 1 Highlights

We kicked things off with a great day of programming and multiple workshops for Practice Administrators, Research Coordinators, Lab Directors and Medical Directors. Our extensive CME program, Disruptive Technologies – What to Know, included didactic presentations on topics including focal therapy, the future of prostate cancer care, TURBT technique and more.

We wrapped up the day discussing the future of independent practice with the next generation of leaders in urology at the LUGPA Forward networking reception.

Day 2 Highlights

Dr. Neal Shore started Friday’s session with a candid discussion on LUGPA’s decade of success and future plans. Next, Dr. Stephen Beeson demystified innovation and spoke about the power of change management in independent practice. His key takeaways to create change were to find an innovation you are passionate about and take the lead in the process.

Christian Milaster, an expert on telehealth programs, discussed the obstacles and opportunities facing telehealth in the current landscape. He specifically focused on applications in urology, offering tips and advice for both outbound and inbound solutions.

Members had the option of attending two of the day’s five breakout sessions featuring innovative ways to make our groups more relevant to our patients, our partners and our staff. Breakout session topics included: a more in-depth discussion on telehealth from Christian Milaster, a best practices session on effective digital marketing and social media from Jennifer Dally of Attune Marketing and a unique open mic and networking session moderated by incoming LUGPA Board member Dr. David Ellis and former board member Earl Walz of The Urology Group.

Dr. Gary Kirsh, chair of LUGPA’s Advanced Payment Model Task Force, as kicked off our afternoon session. He shared the latest on the future of advanced payment models and how LUGPA has been at the forefront of this issue.

Our keynote lecture was given by leadership expert and #1 New York Times best-selling author, John Maxwell. Maxwell told us about the “leadershifts” he made over the course of his career that led to his current success, and how leaders in the independent urology field can do the same.

Next on the program was one of LUPGA’s key initiatives – political affairs and health policy. Dr. Neal Shore moderated a panel of health policy experts including Dr. Gary Kirsh, incoming board member Dr. Mara Holton and LUGPA legislative consultants John McManus and Tracy Spicer. Political affairs are at the core of maintaining the practice of independent urology, making for a relevant and informative session.

After the panel, Dr. Evan Goldfischer provided an update on a key project of interest to members: practice management benchmarking. The LUGPA Practice Benchmarking Taskforce vetted proposals from four companies, but after careful review the board elected not to enter into a contract this year. The taskforce will continue to identify and evaluate potential vendors.

Friday concluded with a champagne toast in the exhibit hall from Dr. Shore celebrating LUGPA’s 10th anniversary.

Day 3 Highlights

The final day of this year’s meeting focused on leadership to help our groups achieve success and growth into the future.

Dr. Scott MacDiarmid shared his manifesto about the crises of corporatization and burnout facing physicians today. His rousing message about the forces in healthcare, how they affect us and what we can do about it was a wakeup call to the realities in the industry He encouraged physicians to rely on their team as they gear up to face these challenges, and ultimately to “be different.”

Our final speaker was Jim Veronesi, a special director and faculty member of the Advisory Board Company’s talent development division. Jim helped us navigate through uncertainty, prioritize our workload and use tiny shifts to gain big results. He provided actionable insights that can help leaders reduce their workload and stave off burnout.

After the morning’s plenary presentations, Saturday’s breakout sessions offered attendees the opportunity to learn more about the important topics of incorporating more female partners into our practices, methods to maximize productivity and workflow and reviewing the value of our annual meeting.

Closing words from Program Chair, Dr. Henderson:
A huge thank you to our members for your continued support into 2019 and beyond. We look forward to another year of working alongside you as we fight for the field of independent urology. As we close out 2018, we hope to see you and other members of your groups at our regional meetings, academy meetings and other key events focused on fueling your practice for the coming year.

Mark your calendars now – the 2019 Annual Meeting will be at the Fairmont Chicago from November 7-9. Our 2019 regional meetings are scheduled for March 22-23 in New Orleans, April 26-27 in St. Petersburg and June 7-8 in San Diego.


LUGPA members can review most presentations from this meeting in the archive! Visit members.lugpa.org to access them.

Thank you to all of our industry partners for their generous support of the 2018 Annual Meeting. Visit the Industry Partners page for a full list.


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