President's Message -- Fall 2015

Hello All!  Fall is here and the leaves are finally starting to change.  The KC Royals are still winning as I write this message.  Football season is well under way.   ICD-10 has officially been implemented.   There is a lot happening in my world.  I am sure it is much the same in your world.  We (Sunflower Chapter) had great turnout to the Cost Report workshop and Quarterly meeting in July.  The Chargemaster workshop will have probably been held by the time you read this, but I look forward to seeing many of you and your co-workers there.

Josh Honn and I attended the HFMA Fall President's meeting in Chicago in September.  The weather was perfect.  The food was tremendous.  I personally walked well over 50,000 steps over the long weekend, which is good since deep dish pizza weighs a ton.  We met with our fellow Region 8 Presidents and President-Elects.  I find it very informative to hear what other chapters are doing, what challenges they face and where they have seen success.

HFMA National is extending their membership discount for New Members through the end of October.  Please take time to encourage your coworkers who are not members to become one at the reduced price.  They can call the Member Services Team at 1-800-252-4362 extension 2.  We are tracking all new members and sponsors of members and entering them into a drawing for great prizes.  Last year the prizes were an I-Pad and a flat screen TV.  If they miss that deadline, we will always accept newbies in whatever month they join.

If you are a Chapter member and are ready to volunteer for a leadership or committee role, please see me, one of the officers, or board members and we will find a place for you.  You are not too young or too old to become a new volunteer as every generation has a unique and valuable contribution to make.  I will say from my own personal testimony, that I've had fun as a volunteer and met a lot of great people with whom to network.

I know the annual Chapter Satisfaction Survey has gone out to all chapter members.  I hope you took time to respond.  If you haven't, then there is still time.  The Chapter leadership will receive the survey results later this year, which will set the stage for future Chapter direction.  If you want to see some improvements, then I would highly encourage you to volunteer and help steer that improvement.

As mentioned in my summer message, we have 29 HFMA certified members within our chapter.  The process for becoming a certified member is both challenging and rewarding at the same time.  National has revised the process recently and this may be something you want to do to elevate your professional development.  I would encourage all members to research the National HFMA website for the revised certification process and see if this is something you want to do.  Our chapter will reimburse some of the costs for your certification attempt.

Your staff may also be interested in the HFMA Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) program, which can be a great way to professionally grow your employees.

Thanks and have a great Fall and I hope to see you soon.

Bill Lane
President, 2015-2016

Healthcare Financial Management Association (National)