Physician Business Leadership Certificate Program - Session One

Des Moines, IA US
February 7, 2023



  • $2,850 - IHA/IMS/IAFP members
  • $3,200 - IHA nonmembers

Click here to register. 

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


Providers today face an era of change unlike any before. Reform policies, shifting requirements, and fiscal uncertainty create a chaotic atmosphere for professionals and providers. During times like these, strong leaders with innovative 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.


Physician Business Leadership Certification is achieved by attending educational sessions, completing networking requirements, and involvement with other industry activities. The program includes three areas of focus:

  1. Foundational Leadership Skills: Fundamental leadership and business skills.
  2. They are equipping for Health Care Today: Topics helping physicians improve their execution, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  3. Keeping Up to Date About Hot Topics: Includes issues in health care delivery affecting physicians like crisis management and behavioral health program development.


Emerging and aspiring physician leaders.


COURSEWORK: Participants may have minor prep work for the session topics before each session. This will help them be fully prepared to engage in the subject matter.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS: These sessions are led by subject matter experts and include interactive group discussions and group work.

ASSESSMENTS: Following the conclusion of each session, attendees will be given a survey to examine whether the educational objectives for that session were achieved.

NETWORKING: Peer-to-peer learning and discussion of best practices will be integrated into the sessions.

INVOLVEMENT IN INDUSTRY EDUCATION EVENTS: To qualify for the Physician Business Leadership Certification, participants must attend four additional professional or educational events within 24 months.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 3.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 3.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/07/2023 - 8:30am CST
Event ends: 
02/07/2023 - 3:30pm CST

Program and Speakers

TimePresentation Title and Speaker
8:30 am

Introduction to the Iowa Hospital Association

Chris Mitchell, President and CEO, Iowa Hospital Association, Des Moines

9:00 am

Language and Tools for the Business of Health Care (Non-CME)

Michael T. (Mickey) Harris, MD, Founder, MTH Health, New York

In this session, we will review specific metrics you need to track to run a profitable medical practice or program and some tools you can use to help manage your accounts receivable. Next, we will learn some of the language common to decision-makers in all industries and remove the mystery from financial concepts that determine whether any business (including yours) will thrive or fail. Finally, we will develop a simple business plan that will help you evaluate the financial viability of a project (new hire, program, or equipment). This will give you the credibility you need to fund your next great idea and expand your sphere of influence in your institution.

  • Use contribution margin and perform breakeven and target analyses to help in critical decision-making.
  • Track and interpret critical metrics of medical practice management.
  • List key financial concepts that affect any business, including yours.
  • Discuss the nature of fixed and variable costs and the relation among costs, volume, and profit.
10:00 am

Making Better Decisions

Michael T. (Mickey) Harris, MD, Founder, MTH Health, New York

We make thousands of decisions every day. Fortunately for everyone involved, most are automatic and work reasonably well. But as we make decisions as or on behalf of an organization, we almost always do so without the process we need to optimize our chances of a good outcome. Formalizing the decision-making process has led to faster results and better outcomes than any other factor. In this highly interactive workshop, we will apply the tools of decision authority and decision management to real issues facing the participants. We will examine universal barriers to good decision-making and learn specific strategies to overcome each.

  • Apply these strategies to specific issues facing each participant.
  • Learn the application of a decision-authority matrix for organizational decisions.
  • Recognize how universal cognitive biases affect our decisions.
  • Discuss the rationale and data supporting a formal decision-making process.
  • Use strategies to address and overcome common cognitive biases.
12:30 pmLunch
1:15 pm

Advocacy 101

Erin Cubit, Senior Director, Advocacy, Iowa Hospital Association, Des Moines

Hospital advocates must engage with legislators from a grassroots level. This session will review state and federal legislative activities affecting health care and providers and detail how to access the local representatives. In addition, this session will discuss how an idea moves from thought to a bill and is approved.

  • Detail the process of moving an idea through the government into a bill and getting it approved.
  • Discuss legislative issues facing the federal and state legislature and the impact on Iowa providers and health care organizations.
  • Explain ways to get involved in advocacy efforts at a grassroots level.   
2:30 pm

Statehouse Visit (Non-CME)

Participants will experience advocacy at the state level as they interact with legislators at the capital and gain insights into state government and the process of turning an idea into a bill.

3:30 pmAdjourn
Iowa Hospital Association Conference Center
100 Grand Ave
Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309
United States
+1 (515) 288-1955

Accreditation Statements

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 3.75 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 3.75 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 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM


No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will 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). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Corey Martin - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
  • Michael T. (Mickey) Harris, MD - Speaker
  • Erin Cubit - Speaker


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It 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

  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 3.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 3.75 CE Contact Hour(s)


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  • $2,850 - IHA/IMS/IAFP members
  • $3,200 - IHA nonmembers

Click here to register. 

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


  • Cancellations and substitutions are welcome anytime. Email cancellations and substitution requests to IHA will bill no-shows.
  • A full refund will be given to cancellations received ten or more business days before the first session.
  • IHA will charge $50 for cancellations received six to nine business days before the first session.
  • IHA will not refund cancellations received five or fewer business days before the first session.
  • IHA will calculate refunds by the date received and the IHA business days remaining before the first session.
  • IHA reserves the right to cancel the conference because of insufficient enrollment. If so, IHA will notify preregistered participants and provide full refunds.


IHA does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, or disability in its educational programs. IHA wishes to ensure no one with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or treated differently than others because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need any auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans With Disabilities Act to attend this conference, call 515-288-1955 or write to IHA’s Education Department.