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The Sebastian – Vail
16 Vail Road
Vail, Colorado 81657



The 2020-2021 Medical-Dental-Legal Update

Preferred Property

The Sebastian – Vail

Meetings Dates

Every Week,
May 31 – August 27, 2021
Monday – Friday
7:30 – 11:30 am.



  • Standard Tuition $645
  • Discounted Tuition
    • Medical Resident $545
    • RN, RNP, RDH or PA $545
    • Doctor, Attorney, and Office Manager Spouses $445
    • All other Spouses $345

Active duty military personnel, please call for additional discount.

Liberal Cancellation Policy: You may cancel any time prior to attendance and receive a full tuition refund less a $25 administrative fee. Or, if you like, you may use your entire tuition amount as a credit against a future registration.

Course Presentation Format

To ensure COVID safety, The Update will now be presented in a Destination-based, Virtual Classroom. As in the past you must participate in Vail during scheduled lecture hours, however, you will view The Update on your laptop, tablet or smart phone from the comfort and safety of your hotel room or condominium, and you will do so in the virtual and interactive company of your colleagues participating from all learning destinations in the same time zone. It’s a classroom learning environment, without the classroom! We think this offers the best of all worlds; comfort, safety and the ability to interact in real time with a now larger multi-discipline audience of professional pe­ers.

Discounted Lodging

AEI registrants can enjoy lodging discounts at The Sebastian – Vail. Call 800.354.6908 and use discount code GAEI20 to book your room now.

In the heart of Vail Village, The Sebastian – Vail, A Timbers Resort, captures the magic of this storied place like nowhere else, from the works of art in common areas to the exciting venues and amenities throughout. No visit to Vail is complete without stopping in at Bloom Spa, Frost bar, The Library when it’s time to be social, and the visionary restaurant, Leonora. Relax in the mountain-view pool with steaming hot tubs any time of day or any time of year. During ski season, enjoy the convenience of Base Camp, The Sebastian's pri­vate mountain club at the foot of Vail Mountain where ski valets help you step into warm ski boots and onto the lift. Return for hot chocolate and cookies while they tune up your gear, or shed a layer as the sun warms the slopes. Accredited CME, CLE and CE weekly in beautiful Vail….perfect.



  • Dermatology Potpourri Louis Kuritzky, MD

    Longtime practitioner and clinical instructor, Louis Kuritzky, MD, surveys commonly encountered dermatologic disorders as well as effective diagnostic and treatment approaches. Conditions covered include facial flushing, venous ulcers, Schamberg’s disease, head lice, Pityriasis Rosea, recurrent mouth sores, razor bumps and more.

  • Choosing the Optimum Practice Corporate Structure Carole C. Foos, CPA

    A practice’s corporate structure can have significant tax and asset protection as well as exit strategy implications. Healthcare focused tax specialist, Carole C. Foos, CPA, reviews legal entity options and their meaning for practitioners’ financial performance and liability exposure. Areas covered include protecting against inside and outside creditors, charging orders, operating agreements, partnerships, C and S corporations, retirement and compensation plans, and multiple entity structures.

  • Practice Risk Assessment – Part 1: The Government Brad E. Adatto, Esq.

    Myriad federal laws and regulations govern today’s healthcare practice each presenting their own liability risks, some of them criminal. Principal of healthcare boutique law firm, ByrdAdatto, Brad E. Adatto, Esq., explores the who, what and why of this broad regulatory regime and offers advice on navigating the accompanying pitfalls. Areas reviewed include anti-kickback Stark laws, board jurisdiction, ancillary compensation restrictions, the regulators, safe harbors, enforcement and penalties.

  • Evidence-Based Management of Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction C. Wayne Weart, PharmD

    The prevalence of heart failure is on the rise with a recent study revealing over eight million cases in the U.S. Celebrated pharmacist and academician, C. Wayne Weart, PharmD, reviews the causes and costs of heart failure followed by an in-depth look at its management. Areas explored include guideline directed management and therapy (GMDT), beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARBs and ARNIs, landmark studies and more.


  • Preventive Cardiology and Lifestyle Medicine Update Barry A. Franklin, PhD

    Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the U.S. Preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation expert, Barry A. Franklin, PhD, offers a comprehensive update on accurate risk assessment and cardioprotective medical and lifestyle approaches to reduce the changes of an adverse event.

  • Preventing Burnout by Managing Stress Joseph W. Shannon, PhD

    Veteran clinical psychologist and noted speaker, Joseph W. Shannon, PhD, defines toxic stress, identifies its causes and symptoms - both physical and emotional - and then explores 12 specific strategies for reducing it and preventing professional burnout. Approaches discussed include self-assessment, cognitive adjustment, exercise and nutrition, knowing and enforcing personal limits, schedule management, mind-centered work and more.

  • Diagnosing and Treating Common Hand Problems and Injuries Herman P. Houin, MD, FACS

    The majority of hand problems and injuries are treatable in the non-specialist’s office provided of course they’re properly diagnosed and addressed. Board certified plastic surgeon and hand specialist, Herman P. Houin, MD, offers a helpful review of both discussing the three most common infections, anesthesia, subungual hematoma, burns, mallet finger, wrist block, fractures, splinting, casting, ring removals and much more.

  • Drug Diversion: Safeguarding Your Healthcare Practice Commander John J. Burke

    An estimated 10-15% of Americans have a potential for drug addiction, a figure with obvious implications for drug diversion challenges faced by medical practices. Past president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Commander John J. Burke, explains the behaviors and characteristics of drug seekers as well as protective screening and prescribing practices. Areas covered include new patient procedures, physical signs of addiction, prescription monitoring programs, prescribing techniques, pain agreements, patient education and more.


  • Defining, Diagnosing and Treating Heart Failure Louis Kuritzky, MD

    Louis Kuritzky, MD, returns to offer a comprehensive definition of heart failure, its proper diagnosis and current treatment options. Areas discussed include diagnostic implications of collagen, BNP and the HF scoring system, the disease’s pathophysiology and epidemiologic burden, therapeutic approaches such as BP control, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, aldosterone antagonists, beta-blockers and thiamine, as well as landmark clinical trials.

  • Holistic Asset Protection: Identifying and Protecting Against Practice Risks Ike Z. Devji, Esq.

    Asset protection specialist, Ike Z. Devji, Esq., draws on his experience with over a thousand physician clients to review myriad professional and personal risks, and then set forth a layered approach to asset protection including compliance culture, management of predictable risk, insurance and defensive legal structures. Areas of risk explored include malpractice, director’s and officer’s liability, employment law, data breach, RAC audits, drug treatment liability, premises and automobile accident exposure, ADA compliance and more.

  • Impacting Cardiovascular Disease through Improved Lipids Management C. Wayne Weart, PharmD

    Recent AHA and ACC guidelines significantly changed existing treatment protocols with an increased focus on LDL goals. C. Wayne Weart, PharmD, award winning instructor and clinician, reviews these widely endorsed recommendations and their proper implementation. Areas covered include the updated ASCVD plus 10-year risk calculator, the significance of LDL reduction and ways to achieve it including appropriate statin dosage, ezetimibe and CSK9 inhibitors, the potential of EPA, and landmark trials.

  • Patient Experience and Brand Management – Part 1: Optimizing Satisfaction Kathy Gaughran

    A healthcare practice’s brand is a function in the first instance of patient experience. What factors define that experience? How are they optimized and then translated into positive reviews? 25-year healthcare marketing veteran, Kathy Gaughran, answers all these questions focusing on the specific elements of the office visit and the physician relationship which inform patient satisfaction.


  • Practical Aspects of Depression Management Louis Kuritzky, MD

    Award winning instructor and veteran practitioner, Louis Kuritzky, MD, reviews the scope and impact of depression and then offers important recommendations on screening, diagnosis, treatment goals, and therapies. Areas discussed include proper treatment objectives, therapy augmentation and poly-pharmaceutical approaches.

  • Practice Risk Management Assessment – Part 2: Patients, Partners & Staff Michael J. Byrd, Esq.

    Healthcare practices are a minefield of malpractice and business risk. Healthcare boutique law firm ByrdAdatto principle, Michael J. Byrd, Esq., explores liability associated with patients, practice personnel and professional colleagues, and how they’re avoided. Areas covered include angry patients, malpractice insurance, asset protection, partner disputes, and hiring, managing and firing employees.

  • Treating the Highly Non-Compliant Patient Joseph W. Shannon, PhD

    Abusive behavior, frequently missed appointments and refusal to follow professional recommendations are all common characteristics of the very resistant patient. Veteran clinical therapist, Joseph W. Shannon, PhD, explores the definition and manifestations of extreme non-compliance as well as its various underlying causes, and then offers effective strategies towards its minimization and appropriate ways to terminate treatment if necessary.

  • High Deductible Patients: Optimizing Care and Collections Susan Childs, FACMPE

    Healthcare insurance deductibles have tripled over the last eight years profoundly impacting patient utilization and the importance of collecting fee amounts for which they are responsible. Veteran practice management consultant, Susan Childs, FACMPE, explores ways to optimize both patient access and practice collections. Areas discussed include patient portals, e-statements, revenue cycle management strategies, preventive screening safe harbors, HSAs, patient education and more.


  • Interpreting the Conventional Exercise Stress Test Barry A. Franklin, PhD

    Beyond S-T segment depression there’s a wealth of information from exercise stress tests available to identify at risk patients and assess cardiopulmonary fitness, the safety of physical exertion, safe exercise prescriptions and work-related capabilities. Nationally renowned preventive cardiology guru, Barry A. Franklin, PhD, explores lesser known techniques for mining the plethora of prognostic data available from these tests.

  • Sleep Disorders and Their Management Michael J. Howell, MD, FAAN, FAASM

    50 to 70 million Americans are sleep deprived impacting their health status and our country’s healthcare system. Education Director of the University of Minnesota’s Neurology department, Michael J. Howell, MD, FAASM, explores common sleep disorders and their proper treatment. Problems covered include failure to fall asleep, circadian rhythm delay, restlessness and restless leg syndrome and CNS hypervigilant insomnia.

  • Strategies for Managing Hypertensive Patients to Goal C. Wayne Weart, PharmD

    Hypertension is the number one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in the U.S, yet only 50% to 60% of hypertensive patients are achieving blood pressure goals. Renown author, speaker and clinician, C. Wayne Weart, PharmD, explores the debate on identifying and measuring BP goals, how and why hypertension is treated, as well as important outcome trials.

  • Patient Experience & Reputation Management – Part 2: Managing Your Brand Kathy Gaughran

    Reputation is all and while patient experience is the indispensable starting point building and maintaining a positive brand requires intelligently managing it. Healthcare Success Strategies’ Senior Marketing Strategist, Kathy Gaughran, shows how with a wide ranging discussion including encouraging reviews, digital marketing, social media profiles and directories, online platform rankings, SEO performance, testimonial videos, reputation management software, and minimizing bad reviews while dealing with the ones you can’t prevent.

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