December 14, 2018

OpenTempo's Guide to PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2019®

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Written by: James Nichols  |  Share:

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2019 is fast approaching

Whether you are getting ahead of things and formulating your learning plan for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2019 in Las Vegas, or waiting until the New Year, the show will be here before you know it (January 18-20, 2019).  That’s why we wanted to put together this guide to help you plan and make the most of your time at the show.

We have been participating in the American Society of Anesthesiologist’s PRACTICE MANAGEMENT shows since 2014, and we have some helpful tips for first-timers and veterans alike.  The PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2019 website has plenty of helpful resources to prepare you for the show and we wanted to share some of our favorites!


Education Sessions

Here are some of the sessions that we at OpenTempo are looking forward to the most:


Leading Value – Creating a Vision of Service – Identifying Initiatives and Opportunities for Improvement – James Mesrobian, M.D., FASA

Patients are the lifeline of any medical practice, so how do you attract and retain them?  How does your practice create a vision of service?  We don’t know, which is why we’re excited for this one!

When: Friday, January 18, 7:30 – 8:15 a.m.


O.R. Capacity – Allocating a Valuable Resource – Basics of Block Scheduling – John P. Lawrence, M.D. M.E.d

Dr. Lawrence is a thought leader in the area of capacity management and strategies to align clinical staffing levels to expected patient demand.  Labor costs represent the largest single operating cost for any healthcare delivery system, so ensuring clinical resources are deployed effectively is crucial to operational success.  We at OpenTempo share Dr. Lawrence’s passion on OR capacity management, so we are anxious to hear how a block scheduling strategy will support success in the OR.

When: Friday, January 18, 10:05 – 10:40 a.m.


Health System Consolidation – Strategies for Anesthesiology Practices - James R. Mesrobian, M.D., FASA, Lois Connolly, M.D., FASA, John P.Lawrence, M.D., M.Ed., Brian M. Parker, M.D., Keith J. Chamberlin, M.D., M.B.A., FASA

As Anesthesiology practices struggle to survive in a competitive environment burdened with rising costs and shrinking reimbursements, consolidation by larger practices and health systems is the growing trend.  It’s going to be an interesting two-hour session hearing the perspectives and insights on consolidation trends and implications from these industry leaders.

When: Friday, January 18, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

(Find the full agenda of sessions here)


Connection Center

Did you know there is a Connection Center? You can learn about new products, services, and career opportunities available in your industry.  OpenTempo will be at Exhibit Booth #403 giving brief demonstrations of our Physician Scheduling Software and showcasing why the country’s leading practices, health systems, and hospitals are choosing OpenTempo to help with maximize clinical capacity, increase provider satisfaction, and reduce administrative burden in the daily and on call schedule creation process.

A great time to experience the Connection Center is during Friday’s Welcome Reception where free food and drinks are offered as you explore the aisles.  Here is the Connection Center schedule:

Friday, January 18

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

5:30 - 7:00 PM (Welcome Reception)

Refreshment Break: 9:00 - 9:30 PM

Lunch in the Connection Center: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Refreshment Break: 3:00 - 3:30 PM

Welcome Reception: 5:30 - 7:00 PM


Saturday, January 19

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Refreshment Break: 9:00 - 9:30 AM

Lunch in the Connection Center: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Refreshment Break: 3:00 - 3:30 PM


If you are interested in scheduling a time for a demonstration of OpenTempo’s products and services at our booth, click here.



Las Vegas is a great city to enjoy when you’re not working…We did a little research and found these fun and engaging activities and places to visit around the days of PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2019:


Top of the World – Located within the Stratosphere Casino and 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip, Top of the World is an award-winning restaurant that offers a unique rotating dining experience with 360-degree views of Las Vegas.

Joe’s Las Vegas – If you want to stay a little more grounded, Joe’s is a famous steak and seafood restaurant with locations in Las Vegas, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.  Joe’s offers beautiful presentations and wide varieties of fresh seafood and steak and is conveniently located on the Strip.



Courtesy of NoMad Bar - Las Vegas

NoMad Bar – A beautifully designed bar and restaurant located within the NoMad Casino.  This is a perfect spot for a quick cocktail or hearty meal.  Red velvet covers the chairs and sofas and a piano can be found in the corner, which often hosts live jazz performances in the evenings.



ZZ Top – Venetian Theatre at the Venetian Hotel – January 18 & 19

Billy Idol – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort – January 18 & 19

Celine Dion – Caesars Palace – Colosseum – January 15-16 & 19-20



Premier Boxing Championships - Pacquiao Vs. Broner – Saturday, January 19

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Saturday, January 19



Hot-Air Balloon Ride – “Vegas Balloon Rides invites you to view Las Vegas as you've never seen it before! Get carried away in a Hot Air Balloon adventure, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. During your flight you will get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the gorgeous Red Rock Mountains and the famous Las Vegas Strip. You will drift silently over the city and countryside where you will watch for wildlife and talk with envious onlookers down below. After drifting serenely for approximately an hour, we prepare for landing.



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Grand Canyon Trips – Although the Grand Canyon is a 5-hour drive from Las Vegas, it is easily navigable and worth the trip if you’ve allowed yourself extra time.  If you’re short on time you can always just take a helicopter day trip instead!

Buggy Desert RacingAre you an adrenaline junkie? Check out some of the ATV, UTV, and Dune Buggy tours and rentals in the desert right outside of Las Vegas.

Whatever you choose to do while out in Las Vegas, we hope you have fun, stay safe, and schedule a time to drop in and see OpenTempo at Booth #403 to learn how we can give your practice or department a competitive edge with optimized physician scheduling strategies and clinical workforce analytics tools.


Topics: "Anesthesiology"