Physician Business Leadership Certificate Program - Session 2

Des Moines, IA US
April 30, 2019


Please visit the meeting website to register. (coming soon)

  • Tuition is $2,500 for IHA, IMS, IAFP Members
  • Tuition for Non-Members is $3,000

Session dates include: February 28, April 30, June 20, and September 10.

If you have questions, contact Corey Martin at or 515-288-1955.

Target Audience

Emerging and aspiring physician leaders.


Providers today are facing an era of change unlike any before. Reform policies shifting requirements and fiscal uncertainty create a chaotic atmosphere for professionals as well as providers. During times like these, strong leaders who demonstrate innovation and focused decision-making abilities are required. Participants in this program will gain the tools to become successful leaders in today’s complex health care environment.

The Physician Business Leadership Certificate is achieved through attending four in-person sessions scheduled quarterly, along with additional requirements in networking and involvement with other industry activities. The content includes three areas of focus:

  1. Foundational Leadership Skills: fundamental leadership and business skills.
  2. Equipping for Health Care Today: topics helping physicians improve their execution, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  3. Hot Topics: issues in health care delivery currently impacting physicians, e.g., the opioid crisis, behavioral health issues.


8 amRegistration and Breakfast
8:30 am

Welcome and Introductions
Tammy Chance, DO, IHA Board Member, ED Medical Director, Boone County Hospital, Boone;
Michael Romano, MD, MHA, Nebraska Health Network, Council Bluffs
Tom Evans, MD, FAAFP, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Des Moines

9 amFoundational Leadership Skills - Why Are You Here?
Jim McKenna, MBA, PCC, Owner, James McKenna Organization
9:30 am 

Leading Others: Essential Skills Needed to Lead in Today’s Dynamic Healthcare World
Tom Evans, MD, FAAFP, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Des Moines

Remarkable change has occurred in US health care in recent years, and the pace is not slowing. These changes have encompassed not only marked change to health care delivery models that affect how we organize and lead our clinical practices, but also significant experimentation with different ways to pay for that health care delivery requiring a solid understanding of value-based contracting.

The move to value-based payment in health care has connected quality, cost, and risk in ways that physician leaders need to understand and be able to address and communicate. At the same time, technology continues to impact health care is unprecedented ways, from more complete and complex EHR use, to rapidly increasing patient monitoring/reporting technology, to population management software, to telehealth and improved communication opportunities, to apps for nearly everything imaginable. These profound and rapid transformation trends in US health care have placed new demands on physician leaders in terms of the skills needed to succeed. This session will explore those essential skills needed to lead others effectively through a time of rapid health care change.

  • Discuss the most dominant changes in health care and the challenges/opportunities these create for health care leaders
  • Describe the five most important skills needed by today’s physician leaders.
  • Discuss the importance of organizational metrics to lead and drive change.
  • Describe the interactions of quality, cost and risk in value-based health care delivery and contracting.Understand the fundamentals of leading through times of rapid change.
10:30 am

2019 CMS Quality Payment Program, Provider Financial Services and ACO Program Changes
Don Klittgard, MD, FAAFP, CEO, MedLink Advantage

Awareness surrounding value-based reimbursement developments is more critical than ever for Iowa’s economic vitality across the spectrum. These trends have a trajectory that we want to be involved in constructing and continuously improving. The focus of more mature value-based reimbursement is on collaboration and integrated systems of care, with a patient-centered design. Recognizing each of our unique contributions, we can help formulate practical opportunities resulting in better care, improved safety and increased value for the patient

  • Review CMS reimbursement trends and direction.
  • Demonstrate the importance of consumer engagement in payment re-design.
  • Change expectations and regulations for the payor and provider.
12 pmLunch
1 pm

Behavioral and Mental Health Care
Kevin Carroll, Vice President, Behavioral Health Services, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

Participants will learn about key operational, legal and financial issues impacting care of Iowans with mental health and addiction issues, including: Emergency Department Issues (EMTALA, Boarding Patients, Psych Bed shortage), Safety (Patients, Providers, Guests, Staff), Psych Patients on Medical Floors (med/surg, ICU), Inpatient Psych Units (Placement Issues), Stigma, Types of Psych providers, Levels of Care, and Provider Self Care – Your wellbeing.

2 pm


2:15 pm

Data and Decision Making
Sarah Pavelka, PhD, MHA, OTR/L, CPHQ, FNAHQ, Pavelka’s Point Consulting, LLC, Des Moines

As a health care practitioner, the use of data for patient care is very natural and is used daily to make decisions. This informative session will assist providers in using data for informed decision making and improve their environment for patient care. Following the session, participants will have the knowledge to be more equipped to face the challenges of data analytics in health care operations.

  • Describe the importance of data analytics in decision making across the organization.
  • Examine ways to utilize the benefits of information technology, quality and analytics within an organization.
  • Develop future analytic strategies and provide resources to strengthen patient care.
3:45 pmClosing Remarks and Session Wrap-Up
Tammy Chance, DO, IHA Board Member, ED Medical Director, Boone County Hospital, Boone
Michael Romano, MD, MHA, Nebraska Health Network, Council Bluffs
Tom Evans, MD, FAAFP, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Des Moines
4 pmAdjourn

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you're interested in reviewing an individuals disclosure form, please contact the DMU CME office at

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The Iowa Hospital Association has made a commitment to support your health by designing all meals and snacks to follow the Blue Zones philosophy. Blue Zones guidelines are designed to nourish your body, leaving you feeling satisfied, alert and awake. IHA practices mindful eating by encouraging you to slow down and enjoy the flavors in your food. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please contact Ellen Waller at

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 5.50 CE Contact Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/30/2019 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
04/30/2019 - 4:00pm
Iowa Hospital Association
100 E. Grand Ave, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309
United States



Iowa Hospital Association now has an official discounted corporate rate at the listed hotels that attendees can use for overnight accommodations if needed. The discounted rate is being offered to IHA event attendees on a “non-last room” availability, meaning that there are times when this rate will not be available to book due to high demand in the area so it is important to book early if you think you may need arrangements. When calling, please reference the corporate ID.

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Continuing Education Credit

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 5.5 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Hospital Association. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Educational Grants

No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 5.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 5.50 CE Contact Hours

Accreditation Period

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