Practice Management Institute to Host Health Care Reform Panel for Physicians and Staff on May 20

Healthcare Reform Panel in San Antonio will feature representatives from the American Medical Association, The Texas Medical Association and the University of Texas Pan American. The panel will address questions from physician practice professionals about the changes that can be expected in the coming months and years to their profession due to the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act.

San Antonio, TX, May 13, 2010 --( 2010 National Conference for Medical Office Professionals Health Care Reform Town Hall Panel. This is an opportunity for media representatives and conference participants to ask questions and receive answers from a panel of experts on the current status of healthcare reform in the U.S. This session is intended to help health care professionals plan for the changes ahead. Up-to-date, interactive discussions of recent governmental recommendations and their impact on physician practices. This session will be an interactive Town Hall format. Bring your questions on future physician reimbursement and insurance reform.


Cyril M. Hetsko, MD
Member, Board of Trustees, American Medical Association
Cyril M. "Kim" Hetsko, MD, is an internist from Madison, WI, with subspecialty interests in infectious disease and laboratory medicine. He has been a member of the AMA Board of Trustees since 2003. He was elected to a second term in 2007. A clinical professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Hetsko is also the chief medical officer for COLA, a clinical laboratory education, consultation, and accreditation organization in Columbia, MD.

Dan Finch
Director, Legislative Affairs, Texas Medical Association
Dan Finch is Director of Legislative Affairs for the Texas Medical Association in Austin. Prior to this he served 24 years as the Associate Director and Director of Public Affairs for the Harris County Medical Society in Houston.

Frank Ambriz, PA-C, MPAS
Chair and Program Director UTPAPA Program, Clinical Assistant Professor
Mr. Ambriz has been a practicing physician assistant for over 30 years. He currently teaches Health Management, Health Policy among other courses at the UTPA PA Program. In 1994 he was appointed by Governor Ann Richards to the Texas State Board of Medical Examiner Physician Assistant Board. During his six year term with the board he was chair of the Licensing committee for physician assistants.

Moderator: Regina Mixon Bates, IRO, TPA, CMC, CMIS, CMOM, CPC, CPC-I, Director of Associate Faculty Development, Practice Management Institute
Regina is CEO of The Physicians Practice S.O.S. Group Inc. and has over 20 years of medical management and education experience. Regina and her Atlanta-based company are approved through the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) as an Independent Review Organization (IRO). She is licensed as a Third Party Administrator (TPA) and holds certifications in medical practice management, physician practice coding and medical insurance billing.

Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market Street, River Level, Room 007,
San Antonio, TX 78205

When: May 20, 2010, 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.

Practice Management Institute® (PMI) is the training, networking and credentialing source for medical office professionals. For more than 25 years, physicians and their staff have looked to PMI for skills that contribute to a more efficient, profitable and compliant office. Classes are hosted in 400 of the nation’s leading hospitals, medical societies and colleges. PMI awards certification by exam to accomplished medical office coding, reimbursement, and management professionals. In all, more than 14,000 medical office professionals have earned their credentials through PMI. For more information, visit

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