Second only to The Alamo, the River Walk is perhaps San Antonio's best known attraction, a public park open 365 days a year, lined with businesses, restaurants and hotels, a welcoming site for conference goers. MGMA 2012 runs from October 21-24.
Expect some on-stage painting when Erik Wahl takes the stage Sunday, Oct. 21 in San Antonio. Wahl is an internationally recognized graffiti artist, author and entrepreneur. In his program The Art of Vision: Discovering Success in a Changing Healthcare Environment, Wahl promises to make the case that healthcare professionals who embrace collaborative practice models and innovation are better equipped to succeed in the future than does who do not.
Author, consultant and speaker Marcus Buckingham talked to the audience about where their personal strengths might fit in which efficiency and competency rule. He urged them to become more powerful contributors, more powerful managers and more effective leaders.
There are four generations in one workforce. What does it mean for employers, managers and sales people? Cam Marston, author of "Motivating the 'What's In It For Me' Workforce: Managing Across the Generational Divide," offered the medical practice administrators and physicians several motivational strategies.
Author Malcolm Gladwell warned his MGMA 2010 audience in New Orleans that more information might make you dumber. "What happens when leaders feel as though they have perfect information?" he asked. "It turns out that giving experts more data doesn't increase accuracy or improve their decisions... It only increases their confidence about their own decisions and leads to overconfidence."
Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, a medical ethicist and oncologist, who had been advising President Obama on healthcare matters, spoke to the audience at MGMA 2009 in Denver at a time when he had become a controversial choice as speaker. Some described him as "brilliant," others as a "deadly doctor." Oh, and Emanuel is the brother of former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama and now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and of Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel.
Quint Studer spent 10 years as a teacher before entering the healthcare industry in 1984 as a community relations representative. From then until he founded Studer Group he served in executive positions at a number of organizations and as president of Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He told his audience at MGMA 2008 that being straightfoward and transparent can help medical groups thrive.
A surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and a writer for The New Yorker, Atul Gawande spoke to the MGMA 2007 audience about the vast amounts of information physicians today have to process and also about safety and his book Checklist Manifesto, in which he advocates for a simple checklist as an effective way to eliminate errors in the operating room.
Thomas A. Scully served as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2001-2003 under President George W. Bush. He spoke at the MGMA 2006 in Las Vegas.
Newt Gingrich, author, politician and longtime advocate of health information technology, spoke at MGMA 2005. Gingrich served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representives from 1995 to 1999.