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New Continuing Ed program to aid physicians as business owners
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (956) 665-2741
Posted: 04/02/2013
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In an age of managed care, rising operational costs, and shrinking profit margins, it is becoming increasingly difficult for physicians and other health care practice managers to efficiently play the dual roles of doctor and business person.

Pictured left to right are Executive Practice Management Certificate Program instructors Dr. Joseph Hemer, physician and administrator, Valley ENT; Mario Garza, administrator, One-Care Pediatric Therapy Home Services; and Orlando Julian, vice president of Operation, Superior Health Plan - Hidalgo SDA; Jayshree Bhat, director of UTPA's Continuing Education; and program instructors Earnesta Taylor, attorney, Walker & Twenhafel LLP; David Armstrong, CEO, CORE Business Solutions; and Marco Garza, Border Regional Development, Unique HR. All the program's main instructors are practitioners with extensive knowledge in health care practice management.
In a recent poll by Medical Economics Magazine, four out of five physicians found it challenging to maintain their dual roles, and of those who responded, 76 percent expect the challenge to handle such tasks as automating patient records and managing third party reimbursement and malpractice insurance costs/coverage, among others, to get harder over the next few years.

To help meet these challenges, the Office of Continuing Education (CE) at The University of Texas-Pan American has initiated the Executive Practice Management Certificate Program, specifically designed to help physicians and other health care practice managers develop hands-on knowledge to better operate their health care practices.

The certificate program, which begins June 15, offers a curriculum focused on the critical components of business ownership not taught within traditional medical programs. CE administrators say the non-credit certificate program is carefully designed to be a comprehensive learning experience that bridges the knowledge gap from "clinician" to "business owner."

The program includes six case-study based modules, with each module spread out over three weeks with three-hour-long in-class sessions on Saturday afternoons. The program also includes a supplemental online web course titled "eCommunity" that is solely customized to medical practice management. Mario Garza, who previously taught the Physician MBA Program at UTPA, will be the lead instructor. He said program participants will learn the latest medical practice operational strategies at a great value.

"This is a very well-crafted course, providing the Physician Executive with the basic business principles to better manage their practice and understand our rapidly changing medical marketplace," Garza said.

The program includes Continuing Medical Education (CME) approved by UT-San Antonio Medical School's CME Department.

For more information, visit the Office of Continuing Education website at www.utpa.edu/ce, email continuinged@utpa.edu or call (956) 665-2071.