Friday, September 16, 2022 at 12:00 PM MDT
Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 4:00 PM MDT

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AC Hotel
110 N Tracy Ave
Bozeman, MT 59715

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Montana Medical Association

2022 MMA Annual Meeting Registration 

Join us at the new AC Hotel in downtown Bozeman on September 16 and 17, 2022, to connect, learn and celebrate with your statewide colleagues at the 144th Annual MMA Membership Meeting.

Meeting Agenda: 

Friday, September 16

Noon - 1:15 p.m.: Opening Lunch - Lunch speakers:   

Value of Health Information Exchanges (10 minutes) - Ben Tyrrell, CEO, Big Sky Care Connect

 Physician-Led Team-Based Care (30 minutes) - Bryan N. Batson, M.D., Hattiesburg Clinic, coauthor of Value-Based Care Study on Cost Data and Nonphysician Providers

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Frontier Care: Building a Rural Health Care Workforce
Montana continues to face a physician workforce shortage. Shortages now are felt across all health care professionals. During this session, Roundtable participants will share their perspectives are how to solve the physician workforce shortage – from expanding the scope of practice of pharmacists to the use of telehealth. Roundtable leaders:  

  • Kendall Cotton, CEO, Frontier Institute
  • House Representative Jane Gillette, D.D.S., MPH, House District 64
  • J. Douglas Muir, M.D., Medical Director Logan Health Behavioral Health, MMA Board of Trustees (invited, looking at schedule to confirm)
  • Bryan N. Batson, M.D., Hattiesburg Clinic, coauthor of Value-Based Care Study on Cost Data and Nonphysician Providers
  • Facilitator: Shawna M. Yates, D.O., CEO Southwest Montana Community Health, MMA Board of Trustees

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Networking Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.: Growing the Physician Workforce                                                                      Building the physician workforce is a priority and it takes time. During this session, Roundtable participants will share their perspectives on medical education and graduate medical education and what physicians can do to grow the workforce and retain who we have. Roundtable leaders: 

  • David J. Park, D.O., FAAFP, FACOFP, Vice President and Founding Dean, Rocky Vista University, Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Robert J. Stenger, M.D., MPH, Program Director of Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana and Chair, GME Advisory Council
  • Jay S. Erickson M.D., Assistant Dean, WWAMI Clinical Phase Montana
  • Facilitator: Sarah F. Morgan, M.D., Bozeman Health, MMA Secretary

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Medical Services: The Playbook for Frontier Health Care                                  Hear from physician leaders across Montana on the topics of the health care workforce and growing the physician workforce and how the solutions proposed by earlier panels would impact the delivery of medical care in Montana. Roundtable leaders:

  • Michael S. Bush, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, SCL Health Holy Rosary Group
  • Megan A. Evans, M.D., Southwest Community Health Center, Health Officer of Beaverhead County
  • Bonnie E. Stephens, M.D. Chief Medical Officer, Community Medical Center
  • Kevin A. Harada, M.D., Chief of Medical Staff, Northern Montana Hospital
  • Ernest (Joe) Gray, M.D., Medical Director, Blackfeet Community Hospital, MMA Board of Trustees
  • Facilitator: Denny Orme, D.O., Northern Rockies Anesthesiology Consultants, MMA Vice President

4:30 p.m.: Wrap-Up

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Welcome Reception

  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: MMA President’s Dinner & Celebration

Guest speakers: 

Jay S. Erickson M.D., Assistant Dean, WWAMI Clinical Phase Montana 

Mark E. Whipple, M.D., MS, FACS, Assistant Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine 

Saturday, September 17

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.: Networking Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: 2022 Emerging Issues: Legislating Access to Reproductive Health Services
2022 emerging issues include scope battles, overdose rates, behavioral health needs, and women’s health. The MMA has focused on expanding access to reproductive care since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. This session will be a discussion among Roundtable leaders about the legal and patient care issues we are facing, legislation being considered, and strategy moving forward. Roundtable leaders:

  • Andrew M. Malany, M.D., Helena OB/GYN Associates, MMA Board of Trustees
  • Justin K. Cole, Partner, Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP
  • Facilitator: Carley C. Robertson, M.D., Big Sandy Medical Center, MMA President 

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.: Telehealth: Demonstrating High-Quality Care                                                     The pandemic moved telehealth adoption by physician practices, and action is needed to pass measures to expand coverage, payment, and equitable access to telehealth. During this session, we will hear from national Telehealth Initiative participants and discuss key policy drivers to ensure sustained access to high-quality telehealth post-pandemic. Roundtable leaders:

  • Cara J. Harrop, M.D., Pure Health DPC, MMA Board of Trustees
  • Eric R. Arzubi, M.D., CEO and Co-Founder Frontier Psychiatry
  • Reza Hosseini Ghomi, M.D., MSE, CINO and Co-Founder Frontier Psychiatry (attending virtually)
  • Facilitator: Jason C. Cohen, M.D., Alternate Delegate to the AMA, MMA Board of Trustees 

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.: Networking break

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: Fighting Burnout                                                                                                    It’s time to support physicians. This means system changes and addressing prior authorization and other administrative demands. During this session, we will first hear from the American Medical Association on the Recovery Plan and then have a reaction panel to discuss remarks and strategies to address declines in physician wellbeing. Roundtable leaders:

  • Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, M.D., MACP, FRCP, Chair, AMA Board of Trustees  
  • J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA,  Co-Founder, Lorna Breen Foundation and CEO, University of Virginia Physicians Group
  • Mark S. Williams, M.D., Chief Physician Officer, Bozeman Health
  • Craig J. Lambrecht, M.D., MPH, MBA, MHSA, FACEP,  President and CEO of Logan Health
  • Facilitator: Pamela V. Cutler, M.D., MMA Immediate Past President

Noon – 1:10 p.m. : Networking Luncheon 
Speaker:  Tsun Sheng Neil Ku, M.D., FIDSA, Billings Clinic (invited) (10 min)                                        W/ Additional Guest Speaker

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.: Closing Message: Carley C. Robertson, M.D., MMA President, Big Sandy Medical Center

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Board of Trustees Business Meeting


 This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Utah Medical Association through the joint providership of the UMA Foundation and the Montana Medical Association. The UMA Foundation is accredited by the Utah Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UMA Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


No refunds will be provided on registrations after Thursday, September 1, 2022.

Event Parking:

Valet parking is offered at the AC Hotel for $15 for day use $30 overnight. A public parking garage is available across the street from the hotel venue. 

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