Live Session AGENDA

Saturday, April 10, 2021

* We invite you to explore the virtual event booths in the exhibit hall


7:50 AM – 8:00 AM

Opening Remarks CME Chair Ashley Malliet & President Ron Stavale

8:00 AM
 – 8:50 AM

Behavioral, Fluid, and Imaging Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

John L. Woodard, Ph.D.

Objectives: 1. Attendees will be able to identify behavioral, fluid, and imaging biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease risk. 2. Attendees will be able to describe the new biomarker-based research criteria for defining and staging Alzheimer’s disease across its entire spectrum. 3. Attendees will be able to identify several non-pharmacologic interventions for slowing or delaying cognitive decline in late-life.


8:50 AM
 – 9:40 AM

Covid-19 Updates: Where are We Now?

Dr. Allison Weinman

Identify potential long-term complications of COVID-19. Objectives 1. Understanding the pandemic 1 year later,  Objective 2 Recognition of the various COVID-19 vaccine developments, similarities and differences. Objective 3 Identify potential long-term complications of COVID-19.


9:40 AM – 10AM Break


10:00 AM
 – 10:50 AM

Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Related Breathing Disorders

Omar Khan
, MD

Demographics, risk factors, and complications of untreated sleep apnea Diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea Management of obstructive sleep apnea.


10: 50 AM – 11:40 AM 

Reimbursement Hot topics:
James A. Kilmark, PA-C
1. Stop Chasing Incident to….It’s ok that PAs only get paid 85% of the physician fee-for-service rate. Value-based payments allow for PAs to be paid much more than 100%. Why less means more and how to define your value.
2. PAs are no longer required to be supervised. Why some organizations still use the word supervision and why you NEVER should.
3. Payers like BCBS and Priority Health have rules to tell PA employers how your services are reimbursed. Most of these rules can be easily accessed by PAs. Why you should read payer provider manuals and how to access the most important information.
4. BCBS now credentials PAs individually. Priority Health and other payers now credential PAs as PCPs. Why payment arrangements are improving for PAs and how it will impact your career.
Attendees will:
1). – Understand the evolving role as providers in Value Based Payment world and why efficiency should take precedence over chasing “incident to”
2) – understand how Michigan Legislation governing PA practice removed the term supervision and why it is important to understand the relationship between a PA and a physician who they have a collaboration agreement with.
3) – understand how they can better prepare themselves to understand the reimbursement that is received for their services by accessing provider manuals for the third party payers they participate with.  
4)  – understand how third party payers are transitioning PAs to being enrolled as providers and how these policies can reveal their worth to the practice and influence their employment relationships 


11:40 AM
 – 12:30 PM

I’m Not Biased! Addressing Implicit Bias in the Healthcare Setting

Ashley Malliett, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C

Professional Development Training with the following objectives. Objective 1: Define what implicit bias is and how to recognize your own biases. Objective 2: Reflect on how bias has historical influenced the clinical care provided and how bias may be influencing your practice today. Objective 3: Learn ways to address bias in clinical practice to improve patient outcomes and create equal opportunities for patients regardless of the providers belief system.


12:40 PM – 1:30 PM 

Lunch with AstraZeneca Presentation, Clinical Considerations in Acute Ischemic Stroke or TIA 
Imaobong Vanderpool, DNP, AGPCNP-C


Burden of Disease: Stroke, Use of Brilinta in patients with acute ischemic stroke/high risk TIA and Effectiveness of Brilinta in patients with ischemic stroke and high risk TIA.


1:30 PM
 – 2:20 PM

Michigan PA Issues & Answers 2021

Ron Stavale PA-C, Thadd Gorma,  Samantha Danak PA-C, Julia Burkhardt  PA-C, Michelle Petropoulos, DMSc, PA-C, Representative Ben Frederick, Michigan House of Representatives

1. Update Michigan PAs on current legislation affecting PA practice in Michigan  with Thadd Gormas & Samantha Danak PA-C.
2. Introduce the concept of the MAPA Task Force looking into Future Issues affecting Michigan’s PAs  with Julia Burkhardt  PA-C.
3. Current MAPA  practice issues and how to change them  with Michelle Petropoulos PA-C  & Ron Stavale PA-C.
4. View from the Legislature with Representative Ben Frederick, Michigan House of Representatives


2:20 PM -
 3:10 PM

High Risk and Benign Breast Disease

Michelle Khan MMS, PA-C

Breast Health Lecture covering the following. Objective 1: Identify who is at risk for breast cancer and factors that make you high risk. Objective 2: Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction Objective 3: Benign Breast Disease


3:10 PM
 – 3:30 PM Break


3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

Cognitive and Psychological Issues Affecting Patients with Covid-19

P. Tyler Roskos, Ph.D.

This talk will focus on describing what is known about cognitive and psychological issues that can develop in patients with acute COVID-19, as well over the course of recovery. Those attending the session will gain understanding of the risk factors for cognitive and psychological sequelae related to COVID-19, be able to discuss common cognitive deficits and psychological conditions affecting these patients, and learn about appropriate clinical tools and methods for evaluating for neuropsychological problems in patients recovering from COVID-19. Also, the talk will address changes to practice approaches during the pandemic and case examples will be discussed to illustrate cognitive and psychological factors related to COVID-19.


4:20 PM
 – 5:00 PM

Forgot about Freud: Making the Case for the Psychodynamic-oriented Psychiatrist in an era of Neuroscience

Harinder “Harry” Rai, MD

Objectives: This talk will be an evidence-based discussion of the role of psychodynamic therapy in modern psychiatric practice with case examples 1) To review the history of psychodynamic therapy and define its role in modern psychiatric practice 2) To review the scientific evidence supporting the use of psychodynamic therapy 3) To demonstrate the effective use of psychodynamic therapy during daily practice in 4-5 different case examples

 5:00 PM – 5:10 PM

Closing Remarks CME Chair Ashley Malliet & President Ron Stavale


Pre-Recorded Sessions

Environmental Toxidromes: Rashes, Poisonings, and Envenomations

Robert Ayotte PA-C

Exploration of natural and managed landscapes may pose health risks in terms of aggravating rashes, toxicity from plant or mushroom ingestion, or envenomation by any number of animals. Children are at particular risk. Join Physician Assistant and Naturalist, Robert Ayotte, for a discussion of common toxic exposures in the Great Lakes Region – and their treatments. Objectives 1: To provide the practitioner insight into the myriad environmentally derived medical conditions that may present to their clinic, and their associated potential treatments. Objective 2: To enjoy learning about nature, and derive confidence over some of these, often puzzling, presentations. Objective 3: Allying fears and safely approaching natural areas.

Introduction to Poloneuropathy.

Matthew Holtzman, MD

Participants should be able to: Objective 1 understand the difference clinically between an axonal and demyelinating polyneuropathy. Objective 2 understand the major and most common causes of polyneuropathy. Objective 3 understand the appropriate workup of polyneuropathy.


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