Merging Medicine & Management (M3) Conference Post Event Wrap Up

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Last week, NCMGMA, along with our friends at the NC Medical Society, wrapped up our 2017 Merging Medicine & Management Conference (M3) with over 290 attendees and 59 exhibitors over the course of three days. There were many great educational sessions that integrated the nuts-and-bolts of practice management with the clinical aspect for physicians, important networking sessions with other like-minded practice managers, and exhibitor time with vendors offering the best in innovative products and services for our North Carolina practices.

The goal of the M3 conference is for the two organizations to collaborate and host a conference where administrators, managers, physicians, PAs, and students can come together, learn from one another, and attend sessions that put the focus on the practice and those leading it.

A few things we wanted to highlight from last week’s event include:

North Carolina Medical Group Management Association Names
Matt Johnson 2017 Administrator of the Year

m317-aoy320bMatt Johnson, Chief Administrative Officer of Wake Internal Medicine Consultants (WIMC), was named the 2017 NCMGMA/Medical Mutual Administrator of the Year during the Merging Medicine and Management (M3) Conference on Friday, September 15th.

The Administrator of the Year award honors a medical practice administrator who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and management proficiency, and who has helped enhance the effectiveness of health care delivery in North Carolina. Sponsored by Medical Mutual Insurance Company, the Administrator of the Year Award also provides the recipient with a stipend for continuing education at a state or national Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) meeting.

Matt Johnson has been in health care since 1994 and spearheaded the joint venture between a physician-owned corporation and a not-for-profit hospital before joining WIMC in 2014. With an unwavering dedication to the betterment of each physician, manager, and staff member, Matt has created the Employee Activity Council, has organized multiple food and school drives, and has implemented Loyalty Grades throughout the 170-employee practice.

“When the committee looks at the nomination forms, we look for an individual who has strong leadership qualities, and who is an advocate for patients, staff, and community” says Fran Sembert, NCMGMA’s Governance Chair and past president. “Since Wake was awarded the Practice of the Year in 2015, we already knew it was being led by someone who is passionate about what he does, the providers he works for, and the staff he works with. Matt Johnson truly embodies what we look for when choosing the winner of this award.”

Kim Harrah Becker Volunteer Award

Kim Harrah, a beloved NCMGMA member and board member, lost her battle with cancer in 2016. To honor Kim’s vibrant personality and true dedication to anything she put her energy toward, we created the Kim Harrah Volunteer Award.

Steve Parker of Medical Mutual helped us recognize this year’s recipient, Todd Pittman, CMPE, during the M3 Conference dinner on Friday night. The Kim Harrah Volunteer Award highlights the true meaning of volunteerism for NCMGMA and we are proud to present it to Todd, a member whose continuous service and commitment to our organization truly embodies the spirit of this award.

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NCMGMA Business Meeting:
New Slate of Officers

During the NCMGMA Business Meeting, Melissa White (President) gave her President’s Report and thanked the NCMGMA Leadership Council, chapter presidents, and leaders who have given their time to our organization.

Additionally, those present voted in our new board members (these are three-year terms beginning November 1, 2017):

Western Region At-Large Director
Amanda McKinney, MBA
A Woman’s View
Hickory, NC

Piedmont Region At-Large Director
Leah Paraschiv, CMPE
MSOC Health
Chapel Hill, NC

And the 2017-18 NCMGMA Officers:

President
Sandra Jarrett, CMPE
Salisbury Orthopaedic Associates, PA
Salisbury, NC

President-Elect
Jane Lutz
Charlotte Radiology, PA
Charlotte, NC

Treasurer
Tessa Wolfarth
Coastal Carolina Surgical Associates, PA
Wilmington, NC

Secretary
Donna Garvey, CMA, CMPE
Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement of Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

Thank again to all those who were able to make the 2017 M3 event!

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Top Five Things to Know About the M3 Conference

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The M3 – Merging Medicine and Management Conference – is just over a month away . If you haven’t registered yet for this unique gathering of physicians, physician assistants, practice administrators, and medical group managers, then consider these five facts about the conference to be held in Raleigh, September 14-16:

  1. The 11 general sessions feature noted national and local experts on everything from physician burnout to health care policy during the Trump administration. Review the agenda.
  2. The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) will present their annual awards during the conference including the Administrator of the Year Award and the E. Harvey Estes Award. Be there to honor your colleagues.
  3. The M3 brings together a who’s who in the medical community, creating fertile ground for insightful discussions and networking with your peers from across the state.
  4. Enjoy great food and drink and ample opportunity to socialize with old and new friends.
  5. Register before Aug. 25 and save $50.

Get all the details and register today at this link.

M3 Attendee Registration Opens Soon

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September 14-16, 2017
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, NC

What is M3?

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) have joined forces to offer the educational conference of the year, focusing on practice improvement, leadership in health care and personal development. Presented by leading experts and industry professionals, the hand-selected educational sessions will help you understand and implement new payment and practice models, sharpen your leadership and management skills, adapt to changing technology and keep your practice ahead of the curve in the ever-changing world of health care.

Highlights

  • Three consecutive days of relevant, cutting-edge educational sessions;
  • Social events and networking opportunities;
  • Engaging speakers and informative sessions on the most timely health care issues;
  • Poster competition for medical students and residents;
  • Exhibit Hall with health care vendor products and services.

Attendees

Attendees of the M3 Conference include: Physicians, Physician assistants, Other allied professionals, Medical practice managers, Medical office staff, Physician group administrators, CEOs, CMOs, Residents, and Medical Students.

Attendee registration opens soon
For more information, please visit the M3 Conference website here.

Save the Date for the 2017 M3 Conference: September 14-16 in Raleigh

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September 14-16, 2017
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, NC

REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 31, 2017

What is M3?

The NC Medical Society (NCMS) and the NC Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) have joined forces to offer the educational conference of the year, focusing on practice improvement, leadership in health care and personal development. Presented by leading experts and industry professionals, the hand-selected educational sessions will help you understand and implement new payment and practice models, sharpen your leadership and management skills, adapt to changing technology and keep your practice ahead of the curve in the ever-changing world of health care.

Highlights

  • Three consecutive days of relevant, cutting-edge educational sessions;
  • Social events and networking opportunities;
  • Engaging speakers and informative sessions on the most timely health care issues;
  • Poster competition for medical students and residents;
  • Exhibit Hall with health care vendor products and services.

Attendees

Attendees of the M3 Conference include: Physicians, Physician assistants, Other allied professionals, Medical practice managers, Medical office staff, Physician group administrators, CEOs, CMOs, Residents, and Medical Students.

Registration opens Wednesday, May 31, 2017
For more information, please visit the M3 Conference website here.

President’s Message

Dear NCMGMA Colleagues,

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Jacob Rodman, 2015-16 NCMGMA President

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of summer and fall is almost here, and if your life has been like mine, this summer has flown by.

As I look back over the last several months and think of what NCMGMA has accomplished, I could not be more proud to be a part of this great organization. In June, we had a tremendous advocacy day’s event where Brad Wilson (BCBS), Wayne Goodwin (NCDOI) and others shared their thoughts and ideas on the current state of healthcare. Since then, we’ve been communicating with BCBS on a whole new level. NCMGMA has pulled up a seat at the table, and we have been making a difference. Thanks!

Looking towards the future, the joint conference committee has been hard at work planning a spectacular inaugural M3 Conference for us in September (September 15-18 at the Grandover Resort), as we partner with the NC Medical Society and all of our committees have been hard at work representing all of you every step of the way. I hope to see a majority of our membership at the Grandover Resort for this conference!  You can find complete information about the event here.

Healthcare has continued to be on shaky ground, and one thing is guaranteed from the elections this fall, healthcare will continue to be a hot national debate. The leadership team will be holding a retreat later this week to discuss our organization’s future and how best to position ourselves. Our main goal is to be an advocate for you, our members, while also providing top-notch education and allowing for networking opportunities for each of us. Our credo is to be “leaders for tomorrow’s healthcare.” This is a credo we do not take lightly and is at the center of every decision we make.

I thank all of you for your involvement in NCMGMA and can assure you that as always, the leadership is hard at working representing you, every single day. As we prepare for a new year in NCMGMA, I urge all of you to get involved in the state organization in addition to getting plugged into your local chapter. The connections and time spent will be well worth it.

Again, I hope to see you all at the M3 Conference in Greensboro in September. I can promise you that it will be an event unlike any other!

Respectfully,

Jacob A. Rodman
2015-2016 NCMGMA President

President’s Monthly Message

Dear Fellow NCMGMA Members,

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Jacob Rodman, 2015-16 NCMGMA President

As 2015 winds down and we begin 2016, I would like to take a minute to reflect on where we have been and where we are going as a North Carolina healthcare-focused organization.

In 2015:

  • NCMGMA had an extremely successful Advocacy Days where many of our members met with congressional leaders;
  • We hosted a great spring conference in Myrtle Beach;
  • We held our first ever Leadership Summit which was very successful; and, most importantly,
  • We saw our organization’s mission and influence continue to grow.

In 2016:

  • We look forward to our Annual Conference, May 11-13 in Charleston, SC;
  • We will host two regional Roadshows scheduled for August 5th in Asheville and October 14th in New Bern; and
  • Our first-ever Merging Medicine & Management (M3) conference will be held September 15-18 at the Grandover in Greensboro, to be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Medical Society.

We will continue to grow as an organization and forge new partnerships while also keeping our eye on what truly matters: providing unparalleled value to our members.  Healthcare has changed, our organization has changed, our methods for providing education have changed, and our jobs have changed, but one thing has remained steadfast: our need to network and come together to stand as a group and let our voices be heard.

I am honored to be part of such a wonderful organization and even more humbled to be the president of this great organization that I love.   As we find ourselves in the middle of December and completely focused on our practice, staff, and  physicians, may we never lose sight of why we do what we do to serve and positively affect the lives of the many patients our organizations touch each year.

Thank you for gifting NCMGMA the honor of your time and membership commitment. I would like to wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and a bright and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Jacob Rodman
2015-16 NCMGMA President