2019 Practice Management Program

March 29, 2019


Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

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Don’t miss the 11th annual Practice Management Program held in conjunction with the WAEPS Annual Meeting. This program is designed for practice managers, physicians and other office personnel interested in the latest topics that will affect the day-to-day running of a successful ophthalmology practice. All members of your staff are welcome to register. Physicians who wish to attend lectures at both the Practice Management Program and physician scientific CME program must complete a Physician Program registration form and be sure to choose the “dual pass” option. This will give the physician the freedom to move between the two meetings throughout the day.

Note that Practice Management sessions are not CME eligible.


  • Dan Briceland, MD, Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Corporation
  • Barbra Nault, JD, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.
  • Michelle Pineda, MBA, Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Corporation
  • Rachel Reinhardt MD, WAEPS Practice Management Program Chair
  • Emily Studebaker, JD, Hall, Render Killian Heath & Lyman, P.C.
  • Aaron Weingeist, MD, WAEPS Legislative Chair
  • Robert Wiggins Jr. MD, MHA, Asheville Eye Associates


  • 7:30 – 8:30 am — Continental breakfast in the exhibitor hall – Center Hall A
  • 8:30 am — Welcome | Rachel Reinhardt, MD, Practice Management Program Chair
  • 8:35 – 9:45 amRegulatory Issues Affecting Operations and Profitability of Ophthalmic Practices — Including the Role of Private Equity Partners — Emily Studebaker, JD
  • 9:45 – 10:15 am — Refreshment break with exhibitors – Center Hall A
  • 10:15 – 11:45 am1. Lean Healthcare: Improving Quality & Lowering Cost of Healthcare
    2. Disruptive Innovation: How New Technology Affects Care
    — Robert Wiggins Jr., MD, MHA
  • 11:45 am – 12:55 pm — Lunch in Center Hall B
  • 12:55 – 2:15 pmWorkplace Violence In the Healthcare Setting — Barbara Nault, JD
  • 2:15 – 3:30 pmInformed Consent: What Plaintiff Attorneys Don’t Want Your Doctors To Know — Dan Briceland, MD and Michelle Pineda, MBA
  • 3:30 – 3:50 pm — Refreshment break with exhibitors – Center Hall A
  • 3:50 – 4:20 pmLegislative Happenings in Olympia — Aaron Weingeist, MD
  • 4:20 – 5:15 pmBurning Questions For Your Peers? Small Group Networking and Q&A Session — Rachel Reinhardt, MD
  • 4:30 – 5:45 pmPresident’s Reception

Registration Fees

Your fee will be based on whether you are an employee of a WAEPS member practice. In order to take advantage of the significant member discounts, the member’s 2019 dues must be paid prior to registration.

Registration Fee per Person

  On or Before March 1 After March 1
WAEPS Member Practice



Non-WAEPS Member Practice



Fee includes course materials, breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, and President’s Reception.

Physicians wishing to participate in the Practice Management seminar as well as the physician scientific CME program should register for the dual pass via the physician registration form. There is an additional fee of $50 for the dual pass.

Reciprocal society members

WAEPS has reciprocal arrangements with ophthalmology societies in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and British Columbia. Physicians and their employees providing proof of membership in their respective state and province societies may register at the Active WAEPS Member rate. Please contact our office for details if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity: [email protected]

Overnight accommodations 

A discounted hotel room block has been reserved for our conference participants at the brand new Seattle Marriott Bellevue (located an easy two block walk from Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue). The room block (available until March 6, 2019) is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. The rate is $189 and discounted parking has also been negotiated. A link to the dedicated reservation page for our event is found on this page of our website: To go directly to the reservation website and receive the discounted room rate, click here. 


We encourage participation by all individuals. If you require accomodations, please notify Kim Conn at the WAEPS office at [email protected] at least two weeks prior to the conference. Note that our conference venue is fully accessible and ADA compliant. 

Other Participant Needs

Moms needing access to our “pump room” during breaks should contact us for details. Special dietary needs? Indicate these on your registration form or contact us via phone or email and we’ll do our best.


Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. There is a $50.00 fee for cancellation before March 1, 2019. There are no refunds for cancellations after March 1, 2019..

Questions regarding registration? Please contact Curt in the WAEPS office at 206-956-3646 or email [email protected]

Information about each of the other components of our annual meeting 

For information about the other programs and for printable brochures, please click on the links below:

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Ophthalmic Coding, Documentation, and Reimbursement Seminar
Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (Tech) Program
Physician Program