• 15 Great Ways to Start AAO 2017

    Reconnect with and learn from your colleagues.

    Attend Hot Topics Roundtables| SPE 12 at AAO 2017!

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    Join your colleagues for one of 15 hot-topics roundtables on Saturday, Nov. 11 -- the perfect kick off to AAO 2017. Reconnect with and learn from your colleagues through these engaging discussions focused on current and trending topics in ophthalmic practice. From MIPS to burnout, financial management to recruitment, we'll have a table for almost every practice management challenge you face.

    Each table has an assigned moderator to keep discussions moving. You can also float among the tables to make the best use of this learning opportunity.

    Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. | Room 288-289

    Hot Topics Roundtables

    Supported, in part, by a grant from Genentech. Topics subject to change.


    1. Academic practice members — Updates with colleagues, moderated by Bob Lafollette
    2. Alternative business models — Optical, plastics and aesthetician Services, moderated by Ann Hulett
    3. Benchmarking to improve efficiencies — What are the KPIs? moderated by Dixon Davis
    4. Going lean, moderated by Amanda Mestler and Heidi Campbell
    5. Government and my sanity… MACRA, MIPS, HIPAA, moderated by Jessica Peterson and Joy Woodke
    6. HR manual/policy guidance/holding employees accountable, moderated by Nancy Baker
    7. If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, Why Am I in the Pits? (Erma Bombeck) — Avoiding/overcoming burnout, moderated by Julia Lee
    8. "Injectables"/inventory management, moderated by Sean Goodale
    9. Managing a not-so-great EHR, moderated by Tim Couch and Noah England
    10. Managing your finances, moderated by Mary Becka
    11. Meet your retina colleagues, moderated by Natalie Loyacano
    12. My first meeting — Meeting orientation/what are roundtables, classes, etc., moderated by Joanne Mansour
    13. Outsourcing: Is it right for me? moderated by Traci Fritz
    14. Recruitment and retention secrets for the best staff — Managing difficult people (when the docs say they must stay), moderated by Elise Levine
    15. Transitioning into management — Going from colleague/friend to the “boss,” moderated by Rosa M. Montes