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70th Annual Assembly and Exhibition


The 70th Annual Assembly & Exhibition was held August 3-6, 2017, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, LA. Overall there were about 240 attendees and 54 exhibitors. The exhibit hall was a mix of familiar faces along with new supporters!

With 20.0 hours of Prescribed Credits, there was a combination of local faculty as well as nationally known faculty in attendance. Thursday night was the Welcome Reception that was free to all attendees and their families, which was a huge success and sponsored by Louisiana Healthcare Connections! As usual, Friday brought our General Assembly, with updates brought to us from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The charitable spirit continued into the night as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana hosted our Annual Foundation Auction and President’s Party. This year’s event was a Great Gatsby themed event, where we danced the night away with the band featuring one of our LAFP members, Dr. Will Maranto. The night ended in over $10,000 being raised from the live auction. Thank you to all that donated!
Topics of the assembly were presented by both local speakers and national speakers including:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

  1. Screening for Skin Cancer: Current Recommendations and Management for Soft Tissue Sarcoma, John M. Lyons, III, MD
  2. Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction David E. Moll, MD
  3. Louisiana’s Heroin Epidemic and the Overuse of Opioids, William “Beau” Clark, MD
  4. HPV Cancer Prevention: Give It a Shot (Or 2), Debbie Saslow, PhD
  5. The Importance of Sleep Health, Paul Doghramji, MD
  6. Diagnosing and Treating Common Sleep Disorders in Primary Care, Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH & David Neubauer, MD

Friday, August 4, 2017

  1. CME Session – The Meaning of the White Coat, Brian Elkins, MD
  2. Practice Management – Alternative Payment Models: Where Are We Now?, Nadine Robin & Matt Wheeler
  3. CME Session – Horse or Zebra? Considering Less Common Diagnoses When Evaluating Dyspnea, Steven Nathan, MD
  4. Practice Management – Direct Primary Care: A Practice Option*, Karl Hanson, MD
  5. CME Session – From Depression to Wellness in MDD: Improving Patient Physical, Emotional and Cognitive Health in the Real World, Paul Doghramji, MD
  6. Practice Management – Destination Quality: Are We There Yet?*, Lisa Sherman, RN, Quality Improvement Specialist
  7. CME Session – New Guidelines for Developmental Screening and Surveillance in Louisiana Children, Susan Berry, MD, MPH, FAAP
  8. Practice Management – Antibiotic Stewardship, Mark Alanin Déry DO, MPH, FACOI
  9. Practice Management – MACRA: Medicare’s Shift to Value-based Delivery & Payment Models, Bob Hall
  10. Practice Management – Improving Care for Post-Treatment Cancer Survivors in the Primary Care Setting, Allison Harvey, MPH, CHES

Saturday, August 5, 2017

  1. Evaluating Newer Targeted Therapies for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Addressing Unmet Needs in the Primary Care Practice, Barbara Goldstein, MD, MMSc
  2. Comorbid Conditions and Antipsychotic Use in the Patient with Depression, J. Sloan Manning, MD and Thomas W. Heinrich, MD
  3. The Future Physician: Chronic Disease Championed by Primary Care...With a Little Help from a Few Friends, Dustyn Williams, MD
  4. Managing Chronic Hepatitis C in the Primary Care Setting: Best Practices from Screening to Treatment, Ricardo Franco, MD

Sunday, August 6, 2017

  1. Non-CME Breakfast Symposium – Keys to Locking Out Lawsuits & Lowering Taxes, Leland McKay
  2. Physician Well-Being: Thoughts on Burnout and Compassion, Elmer Rigamer, MD, MPA
  3. Preventative Medicine Recommendations Update, Danette Null, MD
  4. 2017 Update on the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Wayne Gravois, MD

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Future Meeting Dates

  • July 5-8, 2018
    Destin, FL

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