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Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium MISS Optional Workshops

MISS Workshops

We are in the process of putting together the 2015 MISS workshops.
The 2014 MISS workshop information is found below to give you an idea of topics covered.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Optional Hands-On Workshops


Improve Your Skills: Laparoscopic Suturing      SOLD OUT!
2 CME Credits Available

Workshop Co-Directors:
Ninh Nguyen, MD, FASMBS and Brian Smith, MD

Workshop Overview and Target Audience:
This course provides an overview of laparoscopic suturing skills and how they allow surgeons to advance to an expert level by adding the flexibility of intracorporeal suturing and knot tying. The workshop is designed for practicing general and bariatric surgeons who wish to improve on their laparoscopic suturing skills.

Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Perform advanced suturing techniques including tissue approximation, knot tying, and completion of a hand-sewn anastomosis
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of intra-corporeal suturing
  • Apply intracorporeal suturing techniques to manage common laparoscopic surgical problems
Agenda:
8:15 am Overview of Tools and Suture Material
Principles of Efficient Laparoscopic Suturing
How to Tie a Knot: Free Needle and Hand-Held Device
Special Techniques: Staple-Line Reinforcement, Closure of Mesenteric Defects and Construction of a Hand-Sewn Anastomosis
8:45 am Suture Lab
Practice Sewing an Anastomosis with Free-Needle and Hand-Held Devices
10:15 am Adjourn
Please note: MISS Hands-on Workshops are open to MISS registrants only. Click here to register now.

Improve Your Skills: Interventional Endoscopy     SOLD OUT!
2 CME Credits Available


Workshop Co-Directors:
Ninh Nguyen, MD, FASMBS and Kevin Reavis, MD

Workshop Overview and Target Audience
This workshop features endoscopic techniques for therapeutic endoscopy, including clipping, thermal ablation, balloon dilation, and endoscopic stenting. The workshop is designed for practicing general and bariatric surgeons who wish to improve their endoscopy skills.

Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Understand the indications for diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
  • Describe endoscopic technique for performing hemostasis
  • Learn the technique of balloon dilation for the treatment of stomal stenosis
  • Understand the role of endoscopic stent placement
  • Understand the technique for endoscopic antireflux procedure









Agenda
10:45 am Lecture on technique for all tasks listed below
11:15 am Therapeutic endoscopy lab: 7 Duplicate stations (14 in all)
  •    Balloon dilation
  •    Deployment of flexible covered stent
  •    Hemostasis: injection therapy
  •    Hemostasis: thermal ablation
  •    Hemostasis: clips
  •    Esophyx station
  •    OverStitch station

12:45 pm Adjourn
Please note: MISS Hands-on Workshops are open to MISS registrants only. Click here to register now.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Industry-Sponsored Workshop (Free admission for MISS participants)



LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System
Aftercare Workshop


Optimizing Aftercare to Improve LAP-BAND® System Outcomes
&
Clinical Algorithms for Identifying and Managing Complications of Laparoscopic
Adjustable Gastric Banding
12:30 PM Registration
Outside General Session
1:00 PM Satiety and the LAP-BAND AP® System - Not Restriction!
John Dixon, MD, PhD
1:30 PM Best Practice Models of Optimal LAP-BAND® System Aftercare
John Dixon, MD, PhD
2:00 PM The U.S. Aftercare Models
-  The TRAC Tool
-  University model
-  Private practice model

Christine Ren-Fielding, MD, Jeff Allen, MD
3:00 PM Break
3:20 PM Clinical Algorithms for Identifying and Managing LAP-BAND Complications: Overview
John Dixon, MD, PhD
3:30 PM Unsatisfactory Weight Loss
-  Loss of ’restriction’
-  Band erosion
-  Pouch dilatation
-  Slippage
-  Maladaptive eating behaviors
-  Variability of published results
George Fielding, MD, Emma Patterson, MD
4:45 PM Lack of Improvement or Recurrence of Co-morbidities
John Dixon, MD, PhD
5:15 PM Q&A and Panel Discussion
John Dixon, MD, PhD, All Faculty
5:45 PM Adjourn

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

MISS Practice Management Workshop

Please note: This workshop is open to non-attendees as well as attendees of MISS.

Enhancing Your Surgical Practice: Cutting-Edge Strategies to Help You in the New Environment!!

Alternative payment and pay for performance with incremental changes to payment for value will significantly impact your practice. Learn more about this and strategies to optimize performance and reimbursement!

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the importance of quality and quality measurement in the new healthcare environment. Pay for performance, Patient engagement, and Patient experience are key issues facing healthcare providers. This workshop will help you understand how these are important, and how to become more successful and measure that success in your practice.

Workshop concludes with QandA and a relaxing Wine and Cheese Reception
1:00 - 1:05 PM Welcome and Introduction
Philip Schauer, MD
Director of the Bariatric Metabolic Institute of the Cleveland Clinic
1:05 - 1:20 PM The ACA and beyond: Impact on Surgical Practices
Jim Saxton, Esq.
Chair - Healthcare Litigation Group & Co-Chair Healthcare Group
Stevens and Lee, LLC
1:20 - 1:50 PM Hitting the Trifecta: Enhancing revenues and Patient outcomes, and Reducing Malpractice Risk: Enhanced Patient Safety and Patient Engagement in Surgical Practice
Diane Pinakiewicz, MBA
National Policy Expert on Patient Experience and Patient Engagement Issues Immediate Past President and Founder of the National Patient Safety Foundation Senior Patient Safety Advisor
Stevens and Lee, LLC
1:50 - 2:15 PM Responding to Market Demand: Using Smart Phone Apps to Engage patients with your Practice
Scott Haiges
CEO, Medstatix
2:15 - 2:30 PM Break
2:30 - 3:20 PM Patient Experience: Essential for High-Value Care
James Merlino, MD
Chief Experience Officer
Associate Chief of Staff
Cleveland Clinic
3:20 - 3:45 PM Quality Quandry? The Importance of Designation.
Philip Schauer, MD
Director of the Bariatric Metabolic Institute of the Cleveland Clinic
3:45 - 4:05 PM Improving Care and Enhancing Revenues Through Improving Performance on Quality and Safety Measures
T. Karl Byrne, MD
Professor of Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina

4:05 - 4:30 PM Reducing Practice Expenses and A Major Source of Pain: A Surgical Risk Mitigation "Took Kit"
Jim Saxton, Esquire
Chair - Healthcare Litigation Group & Co-Chair Healthcare Group
Stevens and Lee, LLC

Karl Byrne, MD
Professor of Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
4:30- 4:45 PM Case Studies - It can be Done: Breakthrough Surgical Practices!
Amanda Budak, RN, CBN, PhD
Executive Director
SE Healthcare Quality Consulting
4:45 - 5:00 PM Questions & Answers
Of Special Note!!! There will be materials provided to attendees and the opportunity to personally interact with the faculty during the sessions.

Special Invited Guests:

Philip Schauer, MD - Chief of Minimally Invasive General Surgery and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. Dr. Schauer is the executive director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium and a Professor of Surgery in the Lerner college of Medicine. Dr. Schauer travels internationally providing educational support to bariatric and minimally invasive surgeons.

James Merlino, MD - Chief Experience Officer and Chief of Staff of the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Merlino is also the founder and current president of the Association for Patient Experience. As a member of the Clinic’s executive team, he leads initiatives to improve the patient experience across the Cleveland Clinic Health System. In addition to his work in patient experience, he also leads efforts to improve physician-patient communication, and referring physician relations. In addition to this work, he is an actively practicing colorectal surgeon.

Diane Pinakiewicz, MBA - Immediate Past President and Founder of the National Patient Safety Foundation and a leading expert on issues of patient engagement and patient safety. Diane is nationally recognized for her work in the field of patient engagement and safety and brings a unique perspective from her work with the National Patient Safety Foundation and how that work has helped to frame current quality and safety initiatives.

Scott Haiges - Marketing and research expert and co-founder of MedStatix. He has significant expertise in measuring ROI in digital marketing. MedStatix is a medical specialty patient experience solution for physicians and their practices.

James Saxton, Esq - Healthcare litigator with more than 30 years of experience analyzing surgeons claims and liability issues. He also brings a unique understanding of the ACA and through his work with physician practices and hospitals can help you understand the implications the ACA will have on your practice.

Karl Byrne, MD - Practicing surgeon with a passion for quality and safety as the NSQIP champion for the Medical University of South Carolina. He brings an understanding of managing the current demands for quality and safety in a busy surgical practice. Dr. Byrne is one of the founding board members of SE Healthcare Quality Consulting, a company with a passion for working with hospitals and physician practices to improve the quality and safety of care delivery.

Amanda Budak, RN, CBN, PhD - Clinical consultant with experience in measuring quality and outcomes. Currently she provides consulting assistance to physician practices and hospitals to evaluate care delivery models and ways to improve efficiencies and safety of care provided.

Note: This workshop is open to non-attendees as well as attendees of MISS.
Click here for a registration form for the Workshop only.