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2020 National Physician Advisor Conference | April 27-29 – Orlando, Fl

The NPAC 2020 Planning Committee is Accepting Applications for Speakers!



National Physician Advisor Conference 
April 27-29, 2020 | Orlando, FL

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel



The deadline for submission is September 30, 2019 – Speakers will be notified by January 1, 2020 if they have been selected. ACPA will cover the cost of travel (up to $600), three nights in the conference venue hotel, and conference tuition for the primary speaker. Speakers will be responsible for their own meals.


Please click here to submit your #NPAC2020 materials for consideration.

Presentation Submissions will be Assessed for:

  • Pertinence to conference focus
  • Compliance in adherence to regulatory practices
  • Inclusion of supportive materials
    Take home items or illustrative charts/data
  • Program level
    A balance of beginner & advanced sessions to meet all experience levels
  • Creativity


Proposed Sessions

The committee has identified desired topics to assist those submitting applications. Unique ideas are also welcomed. Presentations should be 45-minutes in length. Panel Q&A sessions will be held before lunch and at the end of the day.


Professional Development

Sessions should focus on management and leadership skills as well as training and functional activities related to the advancement of Physician Advisor program.  For example:

  • The Physician Advisor role in multi-disciplinary rounds/transitions of care/quality initiatives
  • The Physician Advisor role in an academic medical center/multi-facility health system
  • Effective Physician Advisor – Case Manager teams (basic and advanced sessions)
  • Medical staff engagement: Utilization and documentation performance dashboards
  • Communication skills: Promoting the cause/team interaction/challenging providers
  • The value of the Physician Advisor – monitor and report
  • Governmental affairs/action/advocacy

Regulatory Strategy

Sessions should focus on government-related and other regulatory or payment issues that Physician Advisors should be aware of and involved in. For example:

  • Utilization Management Committee functions (UMC)
  • Conditions of Participation (CoP)
  • Status determinations for medical and surgical patients
  • Medical necessity and length of stay (LOS) management
  • Code 44, Medicare Part A to Part B re-billing
  • Patient notifications
  • Payment details: DRG vs. APC, Observation service hours, carve-outs, patient responsibilities
  • 2020 IPPS CDI changes and impact

Finance & Revenue Cycle

Sessions should focus on the role of  the Physician Advisor within the Revenue Cycle Chain  for revenue integrity. For example:

  • Revenue Cycle basics – registration, charge capture, coding, claim submission, and final payment
  • 835 remittance forms, denial codes, tracking of each and utilization of data trends
  • Medicare Advantage – how do the plans work, community vs. nationwide, provider networks
  • Case Mix Index and impact of Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI)
  • Payer  denials – status, medical necessity, clinical validation – case studies and action taken to successfully track and address denials


Expansion & Innovation

Sessions in this category should break the traditional inpatient Physician Advisor model and offer innovative approaches to advance the profession either within short-term acute care facilities or within niche markets and healthcare settings.  For example:

  • Payor contracting – how it works in the finance area and impacts  Case Management/Health Information Management/Patient Finance Services/Utilization Management/Clinical Documentation Integrity, and ultimately, Physician Advisors
  • Leverage the Electronic Health Record to improve documentation

Pediatric Physician Advisors

Sessions should focus on the unique aspects of serving in the Physician Advisor role for pediatric populations. For example:

  • Pediatric quality reviews (HACs, PDIs, NQIs)
  • Approaches to pediatric-specific denials
  • Advocating with your state's Medicaid plan
  • Pediatric CDI

Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI)

Sessions should focus on coding and documentation guidelines, the Physician Advisor role, and the impact on revenue and quality. For example:

  • CDI role in quality (HRRP, VBP, bundled payments, HACRP, PSIs, mortality metrics)
  • CDI for surgical service lines/Emergency Department
  • Queries – ensuring compliance, creating templates
  • Condition-specific direction on high-value diagnoses (e.g. sepsis, myocardial infarction, acute respiratory failure, encephalopathy, acute heart failure)
  • Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) and their impact on Inpatient and/or Outpatient CDI



Please click here to submit your #NPAC2020 materials for consideration. A draft of your power point is required.  A short video clip is optional.

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