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2020-21 Program

Monday

Louis Kuritzky, MD
Dermatology Potpourri

Longtime practitioner and clinical instructor, Louis Kuritzky, MD, surveys commonly encountered dermatologic disorders as well as effective diagnostic and treatment approaches. Conditions covered include facial flushing, venous ulcers, Schamberg’s disease, head lice, Pityriasis Rosea, recurrent mouth sores, razor bumps and more.

Louis Kuritzky, MD

Gainesville, Florida

is a board-certified, family practitioner and a certified Specialist in Hypertension with the American Society of Hypertension. He is clinical faculty at the Family Medicine Residency Program of North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville and a clinical assistant professor emeritus at the University of Florida.

Dr. Kuritzky has given over 1,000 presen­tations to national and international medical audiences on dozens of clinical topics and has authored over 150 articles in journals including New England Journal of MedicineJAMAComprehensive TherapyHospital PracticeConsultantPostgraduate MedicineJournal of Pain and Palliative Care, and Patient Care.

You may contact Dr. Kuritzky with any questions or comments at (352) 377–3193 or by email at lkuritzky@aol.com.

Carole C. Foos, CPA
Choosing the Optimum Practice Corporate Structure

A practice’s corporate structure can have significant tax and asset protection as well as exit strategy implications. Healthcare focused tax specialist, Carole C. Foos, CPA, reviews legal entity options and their meaning for practitioners’ financial performance and liability exposure. Areas covered include protecting against inside and outside creditors, charging orders, operating agreements, partnerships, C and S corporations, retirement and compensation plans, and multiple entity structures.

Carole C. Foos, CPA

Cincinnati, Ohio

is a partner in OJM Group, a physician focused financial planning and asset management firm and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) offering tax analysis and tax planning services to the firm's cli­ents. Ms. Foos has over 25 years of experience in accounting, tax planning and financial consulting. She is a co-author of numerous books for physicians, including Wealth Management Made Simple and newly published Wealth Planning for the Modern Physician: Residency to Retirement. Ms. Foos has authored numerous articles and presented many lectures, webcasts, and podcasts on tax planning and wealth management.

You may contact Ms. Foos with any questions or comments at (513) 309–3946 or by email at carole@ojmgroup.com.

Brad E. Adatto, Esq.
Practice Risk Assessment – Part 1: The Government

Myriad federal laws and regulations govern today’s healthcare practice each presenting their own liability risks, some of them criminal. Principal of healthcare boutique law firm, ByrdAdatto, Brad E. Adatto, Esq., explores the who, what and why of this broad regulatory regime and offers advice on navigating the accompanying pitfalls. Areas reviewed include anti-kickback Stark laws, board jurisdiction, ancillary compensation restrictions, the regulators, safe harbors, enforcement and penalties.

Brad E. Adatto, Esq.

Dallas, Texas

is partner at ByrdAdatto, a business and health care boutique law firm with offices in Dallas and Chicago. His background is in regulatory, transactional, and securities law with deep expertise in healthcare law born originally of his family’s lon­gtime involvement in the healing professions. Mr. Adatto regularly counsels clients with respect to federal and state health care regulations that impact investments, transactions, and contract terms, including Medicare fraud and abuse, anti-trust, anti-kickback, anti-referral, and private securities laws. He has been recognized as Top Rated Lawyer by the Dallas Morning News (2016), a Best Lawyer in Dallas in health care by D Magazine (2016 & 2018–2019), selected as a Best Lawyer in America in health care (2017–2019), and recently named as a Best Lawyer in Texas (2019) and Texas Super Lawyer (2019).

You may contact Mr. Adatto with any questions or comments at (214) 291–3204, or by email at badatto@Bbrdadatto.com.

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Evidence-Based Management of Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction

The prevalence of heart failure is on the rise with a recent study revealing over 8 million cases in the U.S. Celebrated pharmacist and academician, C. Wayne Weart, PharmD, reviews the causes and costs of heart failure followed by an in-depth look at its management.  Areas explored include guideline directed management and therapy (GMDT), beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARBs and ARNIs, landmark studies and more.

C. Wayne Weart, PHARMD

Charleston, South Carolina

is professor of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy, as well as professor of Family Medicine in the College of Medicine, MUSC. Prior to MUSC he instructed at West Virginia University.

Dr. Weart has authored more than 100 publications and he has presented hundreds of hours of lectures to numerous professional groups and societies, medical and house staffs at both West Virginia University and MUSC, and national pharmacy and medical seminars across the country. He has received numerous awards and honors in his field including: “Outstanding Teacher” awards at both West Virginia University and MUSC; “Hospital Pharmacist of the Year” in both South Carolina and West Virginia; and designation as a Fellow of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. In 1991 Dr. Weart was among the first pharmacists to become a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

You may contact Dr. Weart with any questions or comments at (843) 792-3606 or by email at weartcw@musc.edu.

 

Tuesday

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Preventive Cardiology and Lifestyle Medicine Update

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States.  Preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation expert, Barry A. Franklin, PhD, offers a comprehensive update on accurate risk assessment and cardioprotective medical and lifestyle approaches to reduce the changes of an adverse event. 

Barry A. Franklin, PHD

Royal Oak, Michigan

serves as Director, Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation, at Beaumont Health, as well as Professor, Internal Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He is past president of both American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Franklin is past editor in chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention and serves on the editorial boards of 15 other scientific and clinical journals. He has written or edited more than 700 scientific and clinical publications, including 26 books, and has given over 1000 invited presentations worldwide. In 2015, he was listed among “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” (Clinical Medicine).

You may contact Dr. Franklin with any questions or comments at barry.franklin@beaumont.edu.

 

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Preventing Burnout by Managing Stress

Veteran clinical psychologist and noted speaker, Joseph W. Shannon, PhD, defines toxic stress, identifies its causes and symptoms - both physical and emotional - and then explores 12 specific strategies for reducing it and preventing professional burnout.  Approaches discussed include self-assessment, cognitive adjustment, exercise and nutrition, knowing and enforcing personal limits, schedule management, mind-centered work and more.

Joseph W. Shannon, PHD

Columbus, Ohio

has a doctorate in counseling psychology and over 30 years of clinical experience as a psychologist, consultant, and trainer. An expert in understanding and treating a broad range of mental disorders, he has appeared on several television programs including CBS’ Morning Show and PBS: Viewpoint. Dr. Shannon has developed and presented training programs for medical, allied medical, mental health, and substance abuse professionals in the United States and Canada, consistently earning exemplary ratings for presenting key insights and practical approaches with clarity, enthusiasm, and humor.

You may contact Dr. Shannon with any questions or comments at (614) 297-0422 or by email at jshannon@insight.rr.com.

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Diagnosing and Treating Common Hand Problems and Injuries

The majority of hand problems and injuries are treatable in the non-specialist’s office provided of course they’re properly diagnosed and addressed.  Board certified plastic surgeon and hand specialist, Herman P. Houin, MD, offers a helpful review of both discussing the 3 most common infections, anesthesia, subungual hematoma, burns, mallet finger, wrist block, fractures, splinting, casting, ring removals and much more.

Herman P. Houin, MD, FACS

Detroit, Michigan

is board-certified in plastic surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in surgery of hand. Dr. Houin practices as a plastic surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and serves on that institution’s OR Operations Committee. He is associate clinical professor at Wayne State University’s Department of Surgery and sits on Purdue University’s Biological Sciences Academic Alumni Council. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, has published numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on his specialty.

You may contact Dr. Houin with any questions or comments at (313) 982-8355 or by email at hhouin@yahoo.com

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Drug Diversion: Safeguarding Your Healthcare Practice

An estimated 10-15% of Americans have a potential for drug addiction, a figure with obvious implications for drug diversion challenges faced by medical practices.  Past president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Commander John J. Burke, explains the behaviors and characteristics of drug seekers as well as protective screening and prescribing practices.  Areas covered include new patient procedures, physical signs of addiction, prescription monitoring programs, prescribing techniques, pain agreements, patient education and more.

Commander John J. Burke

Cincinnati, Ohio

retired as the Commander of the Greater Warren County, Ohio, Drug Task Force and of the Southern Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in 2015, an operation which included focus on pharmaceutical diversion. He is president of Pharmaceutical Diversion Education, Inc. (PDE), a company providing education and training to health professionals, law enforcement, and regulatory agents on the issues of prescription drug abuse, and the balance required between pain management and drug diversion.

Commander Burke has been a law enforcement officer for 49 years and in 1990 was asked to establish the Cincinnati Police Department’s Pharmaceutical Diversion Squad, one of the first units of its kind in the United States, where he pioneered the development of policies and procedures unique to the investigation of prescription drug abuse. He lectures nationally, has authored a monthly column on drug diversion in Pharmacy Times magazine for the past 15 years, and is the past president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. In 2015 he co-founded the International Health Facility Diversion Association and is the current President of this non-profit organization which provides training and networking for healthcare facility diversion professionals with the link available at www.ihfda.org

You may contact Commander Burke with any questions or comments at (513) 623-3278 or by email at burke@rxidversion.com.

Wednesday

Louis Kuritzky, MD
Defining, Diagnosing and Treating Heart Failure

Louis Kuritzky, MD, returns to offer a comprehensive definition of heart failure, it’s proper diagnosis and current treatment options.  Areas discussed include diagnostic implications of collagen, BNP and the HF scoring system, the disease’s pathophysiology and epidemiologic burden, therapeutic approaches such as BP control, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, aldosterone antagonists, beta-blockers and thiamine, as well as landmark clinical trials.

Louis Kuritzky, MD

Gainesville, Florida

is a board-certified, family practitioner and a certified Specialist in Hypertension with the American Society of Hypertension. He is clinical faculty at the Family Medicine Residency Program of North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville and a clinical assistant professor emeritus at the University of Florida.

Dr. Kuritzky has given over 1,000 presen­tations to national and international medical audiences on dozens of clinical topics and has authored over 150 articles in journals including New England Journal of MedicineJAMAComprehensive TherapyHospital PracticeConsultantPostgraduate MedicineJournal of Pain and Palliative Care, and Patient Care.

You may contact Dr. Kuritzky with any questions or comments at (352) 377–3193 or by email at lkuritzky@aol.com.

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Holistic Asset Protection: Identifying and Protecting Against Practice Risks

Asset protection specialist, Ike Z. Devji, Esq., draws on his experience with over a thousand physician clients to review myriad professional and personal risks, and then set forth a layered approach to asset protection including compliance culture, management of predictable risk, insurance and defensive legal structures.  Areas of risk explored include malpractice, director’s and officer’s liability, employment law, data breach, RAC audits, drug treatment liability, premises and automobile accident exposure, ADA compliance and more.

Ike Z. Devji, ESQ.

Phoenix, Arizona

has been solely focused on asset protection and wealth preservation planning for the last 14 years. He and his colleagues have protected over $5 billion in personal assets for a national client base that includes thousands of successful physicians, as well as business owners and entrepreneurs. Mr. Devji is a noted national educator (CME, CLE, and CE), an author with over 300 nationally published bylines, and a frequent speaker, having taught thousands of doctors, lawyers, and advisors on asset protection and risk management, in addition to being a contributing author to multiple books and a dozen medical journals. He is AVVO rated “10.0 Superb” for nine years in a row and is included in “Arizona’s Finest Lawyers” among other distinctions.

You may contact Mr. Devji with any questions or comments at (602) 808–5540, by email at id@thewealthy100.com, or through his website at www.ProAssetProtection.com.

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Impacting Cardiovascular Disease through Improved Lipids Management

Recent AHA and ACC guidelines significantly changed existing treatment protocols with an increased focus on LDL goals.  C. Wayne Weart, PharmD, award winning instructor and clinician, reviews these widely endorsed recommendations and their proper implementation.  Areas covered include the updated ASCVD plus 10-year risk calculator, the significance of LDL reduction and ways to achieve it including appropriate statin dosage, ezetimibe and CSK9 inhibitors, the potential of EPA, and landmark trials

C. Wayne Weart, PHARMD

Charleston, South Carolina

is professor of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy, as well as professor of Family Medicine in the College of Medicine, MUSC. Prior to MUSC he instructed at West Virginia University.

Dr. Weart has authored more than 100 publications and he has presented hundreds of hours of lectures to numerous professional groups and societies, medical and house staffs at both West Virginia University and MUSC, and national pharmacy and medical seminars across the country. He has received numerous awards and honors in his field including: “Outstanding Teacher” awards at both West Virginia University and MUSC; “Hospital Pharmacist of the Year” in both South Carolina and West Virginia; and designation as a Fellow of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. In 1991 Dr. Weart was among the first pharmacists to become a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

You may contact Dr. Weart with any questions or comments at (843) 792-3606 or by email at weartcw@musc.edu.

 

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Patient Experience and Brand Management – Part 1: Optimizing Satisfaction Time:

A healthcare practice’s brand is a function in the first instance of patient experience.  What factors define that experience?  How are they optimized and then translated into positive reviews?  25-year healthcare marketing veteran, Kathy Gaughran, answers all these questions focusing on the specific elements of the office visit and the physician relationship which inform patient satisfaction.

Kathy Gaughran

Irvine, California

is Senior Marketing Strategist at Healthcare Success Strategies, a data driven healthcare marketing company. She has over 25 years experience in healthcare marketing having personally consulted with over 7,000 clients and created thousands of strategic plans for clients in myriad medical and institutional clients. Ms. Gaughran has authored numerous articles in her field and has spoken to hundreds of audiences across the country.

You may contact Ms. Gaughran with any questions or comments at (714) 328-2865 or email at kathy@healthcaresuccess.com.

Thursday

Louis Kuritzky, MD
Practical Aspects of Depression Management

Award winning instructor and veteran practitioner, Louis Kuritzky, MD, reviews the scope and impact of depression and then offers important recommendations on screening, diagnosis, treatment goals, and therapies.  Areas discussed include proper treatment objectives, therapy augmentation and poly-pharmaceutical approaches.

Louis Kuritzky, MD

Gainesville, Florida

is a board-certified, family practitioner and a certified Specialist in Hypertension with the American Society of Hypertension. He is clinical faculty at the Family Medicine Residency Program of North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville and a clinical assistant professor emeritus at the University of Florida.

Dr. Kuritzky has given over 1,000 presen­tations to national and international medical audiences on dozens of clinical topics and has authored over 150 articles in journals including New England Journal of MedicineJAMAComprehensive TherapyHospital PracticeConsultantPostgraduate MedicineJournal of Pain and Palliative Care, and Patient Care.

You may contact Dr. Kuritzky with any questions or comments at (352) 377–3193 or by email at lkuritzky@aol.com.

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Practice Risk Management Assessment – Part 2: Patients, Partners & Staff

Healthcare practices are a minefield of malpractice and business risk.  Healthcare boutique firm ByrdAdatto principle, Michael J. Byrd, Esq., explores liability associated with patients, practice personnel and professional colleague, and how they’re avoided.  Areas covered include angry patients, malpractice insurance, asset protection, partner disputes, and hiring, managing and firing employees.

Michael S. Byrd, ESQ.

Dallas, Texas

is partner of ByrdAdatto, a business and health care boutique law firm with offices in Dallas and Chicago. As the son of a doctor and entrepreneur he comes to his specialty naturally and has become a leading advocate for doctors and dentists throughout the United States lecturing routinely at academic institutions, hospitals, and professional gatherings. Mr. Byrd has been named to “Texas Rising Stars” and “Texas Super Lawyers” for multiple years (2009-2019), “Top Rated Lawyer” by the Dallas Morning News (2016) and recognized as a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” in health care by D Magazine (2013, 2016-2019).

You may contact Mr. Byrd with any questions or comments at (214) 291-3202 or by email at mbyrd@byrdadatto.com.

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Treating the Highly Non-Compliant Patient

Abusive behavior, frequently missed appointments and refusal to follow professional recommendations are all common characteristics of the very resistant patient.  Veteran clinical therapist, Joseph W. Shannon, PhD, explores the definition and manifestations of extreme non-compliance as well as its various underlying causes, and then offers effective strategies towards its minimization and appropriate ways to terminate treatment if necessary.

Joseph W. Shannon, PHD

Columbus, Ohio

has a doctorate in counseling psychology and over 30 years of clinical experience as a psychologist, consultant, and trainer. An expert in understanding and treating a broad range of mental disorders, he has appeared on several television programs including CBS’ Morning Show and PBS: Viewpoint. Dr. Shannon has developed and presented training programs for medical, allied medical, mental health, and substance abuse professionals in the United States and Canada, consistently earning exemplary ratings for presenting key insights and practical approaches with clarity, enthusiasm, and humor.

You may contact Dr. Shannon with any questions or comments at (614) 297-0422 or by email at jshannon@insight.rr.com.

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High Deductible Patients: Optimizing Care and Collections

Healthcare insurance deductibles have tripled over the last eight years profoundly impacting patient utilization and the importance of collecting fee amounts for which they are responsible.  Veteran practice management consultant, Susan Childs, FACMPE, explores ways to optimize both patient access and practice collections.  Areas discussed include patient portals, e-statements, revenue cycle management strategies, preventive screening safe harbors, HSAs, patient education and more.

Susan Childs, FACMPE

Raleigh, North Carolina

is principal of Evolution Healthcare Consulting. She has over 30 years of experience in hospital and public accounting in healthcare administration and in her consulting and public speaking focuses on the physician-patient relationship and optimal management of the medical practice in areas including revenue cycle management, financial checks and balances, operations and workflow and many others. Ms. Childs is a contributor to numerous medical publications and a frequent speaker to healthcare audiences across the country.

You may contact Ms. Childs with any questions or comments at (919) 641-5373 or via email at schilds@evohcc.com.

Friday

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Interpreting the Conventional Exercise Stress Test

Beyond S-T segment depression there’s a wealth of information from exercise stress tests available to identify at risk patients and assess cardiopulmonary fitness, the safety of physical exertion, safe exercise prescriptions and work-related capabilities.  Nationally renowned preventive cardiology guru, Barry A. Franklin, PhD, explores lesser known techniques for mining the plethora of prognostic data available from these tests. 

Barry A. Franklin, PHD

Royal Oak, Michigan

serves as Director, Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation, at Beaumont Health, as well as Professor, Internal Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He is past president of both American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Franklin is past editor in chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention and serves on the editorial boards of 15 other scientific and clinical journals. He has written or edited more than 700 scientific and clinical publications, including 26 books, and has given over 1000 invited presentations worldwide. In 2015, he was listed among “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” (Clinical Medicine).

You may contact Dr. Franklin with any questions or comments at barry.franklin@beaumont.edu.

 

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Sleep Disorders and their Management

50 to 70 million Americans are sleep deprived impacting their health status and our country’s healthcare system.  Education director of the University of Minnesota’s Neurology department, Michael J. Howell MD, FAASM, explores common sleep disorders and their proper treatment.  Problems covered include failure to fall asleep, circadian rhythm delay, restlessness and restless leg syndrome and CNS hypervigilant insomnia.

Michael J. Howell, MD, FAAN, FAASM

Minneapolis, Minnesota

is an associate professor of Neurology at University of Minnesota where he is the Vice-Chair for Education. He is board certified in both neurology and sleep medicine and is a fellow of the American Academies of both specialties. Dr. Howell is a frequent international speaker, a co-investigator of numerous research projects, widely published and co-founder and president of Sleep Performance Institute.

You may contact Dr. Howell with any questions or comments at remwalkers@gmail.com.

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Strategies for Managing Hypertensive Patients to Goal

Hypertension is the number one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in the U.S, yet only 50% to 60% of hypertensive patients are achieving blood pressure goals.  Renown author, speaker and clinician, C. Wayne Weart, PharmD, explores the debate on identifying and measuring BP goals, how and why hypertension is treated, as well as important outcome trials.

C. Wayne Weart, PHARMD

Charleston, South Carolina

is professor of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy, as well as professor of Family Medicine in the College of Medicine, MUSC. Prior to MUSC he instructed at West Virginia University.

Dr. Weart has authored more than 100 publications and he has presented hundreds of hours of lectures to numerous professional groups and societies, medical and house staffs at both West Virginia University and MUSC, and national pharmacy and medical seminars across the country. He has received numerous awards and honors in his field including: “Outstanding Teacher” awards at both West Virginia University and MUSC; “Hospital Pharmacist of the Year” in both South Carolina and West Virginia; and designation as a Fellow of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. In 1991 Dr. Weart was among the first pharmacists to become a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

You may contact Dr. Weart with any questions or comments at (843) 792-3606 or by email at weartcw@musc.edu.

 

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Patient Experience & Reputation Management – Part 2: Managing Your Brand

Reputation is all and while patient experience is the indispensable starting point building and maintaining a positive brand requires intelligently managing it.  Healthcare Success Strategies’ Senior Marketing Strategist, Kathy Gaughran, shows how with a wide ranging discussion including encouraging reviews, digital marketing, social media profiles and directories, online platform rankings, SEO performance, testimonial videos, reputation management software, and minimizing bad reviews while dealing with the ones you can’t prevent.

 

Kathy Gaughran

Irvine, California

is Senior Marketing Strategist at Healthcare Success Strategies, a data driven healthcare marketing company. She has over 25 years experience in healthcare marketing having personally consulted with over 7,000 clients and created thousands of strategic plans for clients in myriad medical and institutional clients. Ms. Gaughran has authored numerous articles in her field and has spoken to hundreds of audiences across the country.

You may contact Ms. Gaughran with any questions or comments at (714) 328-2865 or email at kathy@healthcaresuccess.com.