Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place
1500 Park Place Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN  55416

About the Program:

Experts from across Minnesota will gather together to discuss their experiences, insights and predictions for where the professional practice of psychology is headed in our state, providing valuable insight on starting, joining or participating in exciting alternative practice models.  You will begin to think more boldly about your own practice and more optimistically about the important role that psychologists are and will be playing in healthcare in Minnesota and across the country.  Whether you are working in a large healthcare organization, in a solo or group private practice, or just starting out in your psychology career, the topics that will be addressed by our panels of health care attorneys, health insurance executives and psychologists who are creating successful practices, will inspire and motivate you to get moving toward practice innovation and integration with nuts and bolts answers about how to make that happen.  

Throughout the day, attendees will:

  • Gain valuable tools to help you deliver services in different practice settings
  • Meet, network and collaborate with peers and potential partners
  • Identify innovative ways to bring psychology to healthcare and improve patient care
  • Identify legal and risk management issues and get expert answers to your questions
  • Earn 6 total hours of APA-sponsored continuing education credit

Schedule and Agenda:

8:00 - 8:30 AM        Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 AM        Introductory Remarks

                                  Robin McLeod, PhD, LP
                                  PhD, Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota
                                  President, Minnesota Psychological Association
                                  Owner, Counseling Psychologists of Woodbury & St. Paul

8:45 - 9:30 AM        Keynote Address

Our keynote speaker will discuss the significant role psychologists can and must play as we collaborate with medical professionals to improve patient outcomes, reduce health care costs, and increase patient satisfaction.  Macro trends in healthcare are shifting dominant models of practice and are introducing opportunities for integrated and team-based care.  The expertise of psychologists is needed to measure outcomes and quality, to provide consultation, and to implement evidence-based care.  We are poised to gain as a profession as we take leadership roles in these emerging models of care.

Matthew R. Syzdek, PhD, LP
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Clark University
Psychology Manager, Primary Care Behavioral Health
Hennepin County Medical Center

9:30 - 11:00 AM    Alternative Practice Models

Panelists will provide an overview of viable alternative practice models with practical advice for those interested in Independent Practice Associations (IPA) and Management Services Organizations (MSO). You will be inspired to form collaborative competition ventures with your psychologist colleagues when you listen to these successful psychologist-entrepreneurs talk about the benefits of pooling resources and increasing bargaining power.

Moderator:     Robin McLeod, PhD, LP

Panelists:       Mark Hansen, PhD, LP
                       PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of MO - Kansas City
                       CEO, River City Clinic

                       Mark Carlson, PsyD, LP
                       PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology
                       President/CEO, Mental Health Services

                       Deborah Rich, PhD, LP, CPLC
                       PhD, Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology, University of MN
                       Founder, Shoshana Center for Reproductive Health Psychology
                       Creator, MommaCareTM Training and Outreach

                       Lois Schlutter, PhD, LP, CCDPD
                       PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of South Dakota
                       CEO, Northern Integrated Health
                       Owner, Professional Counseling Center

11:00 - 11:15 AM      Break

11:15 - 12:15 PM      Risk Management and Legal Considerations

This speaker will explore a variety of risk management and legal issues for you to consider when transitioning to alternative practice models and integrated care settings, providing valuable information regarding practical steps and risk management aspects of shifting to an IPA or MSO model, or being part of a team that makes collaborative decisions about a patient’s integrated care.

Speaker:        Kevin Ryan, Esq. Partner
                       JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
                       Epstein, Becker & Green, Chicago, IL

12:15 - 1:15 PM      Lunch

1:15 - 2:45 PM        Working with Payers to Foster Integration

This panel features representatives from major third party payers who will talk about their companies’ initiatives and their perspectives on where and how psychologists can best bring value to the health care system.  Panelists will discuss ways psychologists can collaborate with third-party payers to support integration in their practices, and will discuss trends in reimbursement for services moving forward with attention to how this will impact various practice models.

Moderator:      Bruce Bobbitt, PhD, LP
                         PhD, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota
                         Treasurer, Minnesota Psychological Association
                         Formerly Sr. Vice President, Optum

Panelists:         Alice Nichols, MSW, LICSW, LCAC
                         MSW, University of Kansas
                         Director of Mental Health
                         MN Department of Human Services

                         Cary Zahrbock, MSW, LICSW
                         MSW, University of Iowa
                         Regional Vice President
                         Medica Behavioral Health

                         Karen Lloyd, PhD, LP
                         PhD, Clinical Psychology, Southern Illinois University
                         Senior Director, Behavioral Health and Resilience

                         Misty Tu, MD
                         MD, Texas Tech Health Science Center - Lubbock, TX
                         Medical Director, Psychiatry & Behavioral Health for BCBSMN

2:45 - 3:00 PM              Break

3:00 - 4:30 PM              How Psychologists and Physicians Can Communicate and Collaborate More

Panelists will share their experiences in developing and maintaining strong relationships with professionals across a broad spectrum of medical disciplines, giving you practical advice on what it means to practice in an integrated behavioral health care setting.

Moderator & Panelist:       Yasmine Moideen, PhD, LP
                                             PhD, Clinical Child Psychology, DePaul University
                                             Integrated Behavioral Health Program
                                             Central Pediatrics Clinic

Panelists:       Ryan Engdahl, PhD, LP
                        PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of South Dakota
                        Staff Psychologist, CentraCare Health

                        Douglas G. Heck, PhD, LP
                        PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of North Dakota
                        Duluth Psychological Clinic

                        Nora K. Keenan, PhD, LP
                        PhD, Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, University of
                        Primary Care Behavioral Health
                        Hennepin County Medical Center

Attendees of the Minnesota Summit on Practice Innovation and Integration will be able to:

  1. Explain the emerging trends in behavioral health practice within current healthcare systems.
  2. Distinguish between the alternative practice models known as management services organizations and independent practice associations.
  3. Identify three key steps to take when forming alternative practice models to manage anti-trust risks.
  4. Describe three benefits of collaborating with other psychologists to form larger private systems of behavioral healthcare.
  5. Communicate and collaborate more effectively with physicians.
  6. Collaborate with key regional third-party payers on integration and quality of care. 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (On or before July 29, 2016)

MPA Member - $149
Non-Member - $169
Student - $80

REGULAR REGISTRATION (After July 29, 2016)

MPA Member - $175
Non-Member - $195
Student - $80

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Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.