NMPMA Balloon Fiesta Conference

October 5 - 8, 2017 

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Conference Schedule      (Subject to change)

Thursday, October 5th -PAIN CME 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM 

Lisa Lakota, D.O. Board Certified in Pain Management and Addiction Medicine will present THURSDAY, October 5th, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., on techniques, modalities, and CYA’s of proper prescribing in today’s environment. Please join her for this 2 AOA CME Credit lecture at the Hotel Albuquerque in Oldtown. Cost is $50.00 per attendee and registration is separate from the NMPMA Conference Fee. 

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 5:30 PM Evening Reception / 7 PM Legislative Meet-up

Friday, October 6th  Physician Education Track Schedule 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM 

7:00 - 8:00 AM           Registration- / Breakfast

8- noon            Combined tracks (NMOA + NMPMA)

 8:00– 9:30  Diabetes Track -  Virginia Valentine, CDE : “Diabetes… the tried, the true and what’s new” / Sarah Mele, DPM -"When to Consider Surgery in the DM Foot" / Lilibeth Sanchez-Geswaldo, DO - Diabetes and Bariatric Interventions

 9:30 – 10:00  Exhibit Break 

10:00 – 11:00   PICA Risk Management Lecture – Michael Brody, DPM -“Cybersecurity”

11:00 – 11:30    Gabrielle Brodehl, CPO - Gait and Mobility Salvage

11:30- 12:00    Ira Kraus, DPM – 21st Century Wound Care Review

12:00-- 1:00     Combined Lunch  (NMOA + NMPMA)  Physician wellness

1:00 – 6:00  NMPMA Track

1:00 –2:00 – DeCaro Part 1 Pediatric Biomechanics

  2:00- 2:15      Resident 1

 2:15-2:30        Resident 2

 2:30 -3:00         DeHeer    Equinus Management for Improved Patient Outcomes

 3:00 – 4:00     DeCaro Part 2 Pediatric Biomechanics

Exhibit Break

4:00 – 4:30  Edwards - MPJ Updates #1 

 4:30 – 4:45    Resident 3

4:45 – 5:15     BAKO sponsored lecture – Wayne Bako, DO- Biopsy Pointers        

5:15 – 5:30     Resident 4

5:30– 6:00       Edwards - MPJ Updates #2    

Saturday, October 7th - 10AM to 6 PM  

Pre-Conference event - Balloon Ascension 

9 – 10:00            Registration/Exhbits           

10:00 –Noon   NMHI sponsored combined track NMOA + NMPMA                                                                     

Noon – 1:30    Lunch combined NMOA + NMPMA (Medical Cannabis)   

1:30 – 6(630?) NMPMA Track

1:30 - 2:30       DeCaro – H&P Pediatric  

2:30 – 3:00      DeHeer - Hallux Abducto Valgus: A New Old Approach

3:00 – 3:30      Seigel - Missionary Foot and Ankle 

3:30 - 4:00       DeHeer - 1st MPJ Arthrodesis Functional Outcomes: A current literature review –       

4:00 – 4:30 BLAND- IM Nailing

4:30 - 5:00  ANDERSON- Double plate fixation in high risk ankle fractures- an outcome study report

5:00 – 5:30 WRIGHT- 1st metatarsal Cuneiform fusions revisited

5:30 – 6:00  ANDERSON-Peroneal Tendon pathology with allograft options- Outcome studies and cases

Sunday, October 8th

10- 1:00 PM     Practice Management with Top Practices (Rem Jackson / Tina Del Buono/ Peter Wishnie)

Noon – 2 PM      Sponsored lunch (Asset  Protection)


Medical Staff Education -Coordinated by Lynn Homisak and Guests - Drs. Marlene Reid and Larry Kosova

Friday, October 6th  Medical Staff Education Track 

(8:00am) Welcome and Introductions

(8:15-9:00am) Survival Guide to Practice Challenges

Are you a “survivor” or a “casualty” of the every-day challenges one might face in a medical practices? Do you find that you are fighting an uphill battle due to too much inconsistency, a reluctance to change, non-compliant patients, poor collections & not enough communication? Our Survival Guide will tell you WHY it’s important to fix what is broken and HOW to go about making those “challenges du jour” a thing of the past. (45 min)

(9:00-10am)  In the Eyes of the Beholders - Dr. Marlene Reid, Dr. Larry Kosova and Lynn Homisak

Don’t understand some of the things your doctor says or does? Don’t feel like he/she understands YOU? Maybe we can help! Drs. Reid and Kosova join Lynn to assume their doctor and (former) staff positions and how differently they each might envision everyday situations. Having a better understanding of one another’s perspective in the practice will improve internal communications and increase confidence and productivity. It’s Live! It’s Unrehearsed! Call it Reality TV…only without the catfights…or the TV!

(10:30-11:15am) Non-Operative Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis – Demo/Workshop -Dr. Marlene Reid and Lynn Homisak

Learn the differences between acute and chronic plantar fasciitis and take a quick peek into the various conservative approaches for treatment, including proper taping and dispensing techniques. (45 min)

(10:30-11:15am) Common Sense Scheduling-Lynn Homisak

This session will focus more deeply on specific reasons why our day runs behind and (more importantly) reasonable action steps that can eliminate them (45min)

(11:15-12noon)  Podiatric Dermatology Coding Essentials -Jeneal Wiskerchen, Bako Labs

Objective: Cutaneous biopsy techniques are simple and well-reimbursed procedures that may be used in the practice of podiatric medicine. Biopsy techniques will be review, making notes of their indications, coding, and pearls to their application. (45 min)

(11:15-12:noon)  You Can’t Always Get What you Want (or CAN you?) Lynn Homisak

Is your practice doing everything it can to collect what patients owe? If not, let’s examine some potential weaknesses and what can be done to strengthen them? Our “Collections Checklist” will serve to help improve your billing and collections process by showing you what to look for. (30 min)

(12noon -12:30pm) Sure-fire Methods to Lose Patients- Lynn Homisak          Warning! These really work! (40 min)

12:30 - 1:30   Lunch 

(1:30-3:00pm) Staff Matters Series!

Part I: Drawing the Line at Diagnosing-Dr. Marlene Reid

Dr. Reid not only discusses what staff can and cannot do in the practice – but also where to draw the line at what they can and should NOT say. (45min)

Part II: Where Do We Go From Here? -Lynn Homisak

As the “eyes and ears” of the practice, staff see more, sometimes, than the practitioners themselves do. Learn how your role has evolved, how your awareness and involvement in the practice has become more and more invaluable, how your influence can improve patient outcomes and how your increased knowledge can raise the bar of Assistant growth and professionalism. (45 min)

(3:30-4:15pm) Defusing the “Difficult” Patient -Lynn Homisak

It is only through understanding the strengths and weaknesses of various personalities that allow you to choose how to best act (and not RE-act) in “difficult” situations. (45 min)

(4:15-5:00pm) Podiatry Pictionary -Lynn Homisak

A fun, educational way to end our day together. It’s all in the cards. Test your skills AND your podiatry knowledge. (45 min)



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