Annual Conference

February 17-18, 2018
Hyatt Centric French Quarter
800 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

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AGS 2018 Conference Agenda

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Agenda (click on the session title to view the presentation)

Saturday, February 17
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
J. DeWayne Tooson, MD, AGS President

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
HCV Transplant Cholestatic Liver Disease
Phillip Henderson, DO, Clinical Instructor of Medicine, USA College of Medicine

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Advances in Pancreatic and Biliary Endoscopy
Kenneth Sigman, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates

10:15 a.m.
Morning Break with Exhibitors

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Management and Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B [Compatibility Mode]
David Fettig, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Management of Refractory IBD
Steve Hanauer, MD, Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

12:30  – 2:30 p.m.
Mardi Gras Lunch Party with Exhibitors

2:30 p.m.
Enjoy the rest of your day in the City of New Orleans

Sunday, February 18
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Business Session, Installation of 2018-2020 Officers

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Coding Pitfalls in Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Kristin Vaughn, CPC, Ask Mueller Consulting, LLC

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
GI Practice Management Ancillary Opportunities in GI
Reed Hogan, MD, GI Associates and Endoscopy Center

10:00 a.m.
Morning Break with Exhibitors

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy
Mouen Khashab, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Therapeutic Endoscopy, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
New technologies in Endocopy
Mouen Khashab, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Therapeutic Endoscopy, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

12:15 p.m.
Evaluation and Adjourn


Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation
requirements and policies of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama through the
joint providership of the Medical Foundation of Alabama and the Alabama
Gastroenterological Society. The Medical Foundation of Alabama is accredited by the
Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for
physicians.

Designation Statement
The Medical Foundation of Alabama designates this live activity for a maximum of 8
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate
with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the impact of HCV Transplant Cholestatic Liver Disease as well as current treatment and future therapies.
  • Recognize strategies to optimize management of Refractory IBD.
  • Recognize ICD-10 examples specific to gastroenterology, documentation tips to prevent denials and improve documentation in ambulatory surgery centers.
  • Discuss new endoscopic techniques for the treatment of Achalasia.
  • Review the latest technology and developments in advances therapeutic endoscopy.
  • Develop strategies for management of Biliary-Pancreatic Endoscopy.
  • Review the most current information in treating patients diagnosed with Hepatitis B.
  • Identify ancillary opportunities for physicians practicing gastroenterology.

Conference Notes #1: Spotlight – HCV Transplant Cholestatic Liver Disease, Phillip Henderson, DO
Conference Notes #2: Spotlight – Advances in Pancreatic and Biliary Endoscopy, Kenneth Sigman, MD
Conference Notes #3: Spotlight – Management of Liver Tumors, David Fettig, MD

Conference Notes #4: Spotlight – Management of Refractory IBD, Stephen Hanauer, MD

Conference Notes #5: Spotlight – Coding Pitfalls in Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Kristin M. Vaughn, CPC

Conference Notes #6: Spotlight – GI Practice Management, Ancillary Opportunities in GI, Reed B. Hogan, MD

Conference Notes #7: Spotlight – Management of Achalasia and Advances in Therapeutic Endoscopy, Mouen Khashab, MD


Future Meeting Dates and Locations

August 16-18, 2019
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
Greensboro, GA

February 29 – March 1, 2020
Royal Sonesta
New Orleans, LA