Association News -February 2020

Healthcare IT has a wide net of careers and employers. As the industry has evolved so have the supporting membership associations and organizations. From tech support to CIOs, from practice administrators to hospital administrators, from product developers to EHR vendors there is an association for you. Whether you are looking to broaden or renew your specialty certified skills or looking for your next career, an industry association is always a good place to start. Here is the latest news from our industry associations.


The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) works to solidify family medicine as the cornerstone of a functioning health care system. They lobby government, negotiate with payers, partner with employers, educate patients, and champion family medicine on the national stage. The AAFP’s largest annual Family Medicine Event will be held October 13 – 17, 2020 in Chicago. Follow them on Twitter @aafp.

Block Grant Plan Would Hurt Medicaid Patients, AAFP Warns
A proposed Medicaid policy announced Jan. 30 by CMS drew a swift, sharp response from the Academy, which recognized the change as one that would restrict rather than expand health care options for Americans.


The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) is the nation’s largest medical coding training and certification association for medical coders and medical coding jobs. Healthcon2020 is April 5 in Orlando, FL. Follow them on Twitter @aapcstaff.


2019 Salary Survey: AAPC Credentials Advance Careers
In this climate of healthcare reform, our members are advancing their careers in leaps and bounds. As an AAPC-credentialed member, you should be proud of yourself. You’ve taken what AAPC offers and run with it, creating a reputable industry of healthcare revenue integrity specialists. AAPC’s 2019 Salary Survey shows the solid footings you’ve instilled in the business of healthcare, and there’s nowhere for you to go but up.


The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) was launched in 2014 in order to provide an education and networking platform to healthcare’s senior IT security leaders. Follow them @AEHISecurity

CYNERGISTEK CEO Emeritus Mac McMillan Receives 2020 Leadership Excellence Award from Baldrige Foundation
CynergisTek, Inc., a leader in cybersecurity, privacy, and compliance, today announced that founder and CEO Emeritus Mac McMillan is the recipient of the 2020 Leadership Excellence Award in the cybersecurity sector from the Baldrige Foundation, the private-sector partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The award recognizes exemplary business leaders committed to the Foundation’s mission to support organizational performance excellence in the United States and around the world.


The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. The 2020 AHA Annual Membership Meeting is April 19-21in Washington DC. Follow them on Twitter @AHAhospitals

AHA Names Vice President of Trustee Engagement and Strategy
Sue Ellen Wagner recently joined the AHA as vice president of trustee engagement and strategy, where she oversees the development of trustee education, tools and resources as part of AHA’s Field Engagement team. Wagner comes to AHA after more than 25 years with the Healthcare Association of New York State.


The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a professional association for health professionals involved in the health information management needed to deliver quality health care to the public. Save the Date for the AHIMA20: Health Data and Information Conference taking place from Wednesday, October 14 through Saturday, October 17, 2020, in Atlanta, GA.  Follow them @AHIMAResources


The America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) serves as a strong, unified voice for an industry that is leading the way in transforming health care. Tens of thousands of industry professionals rely on AHIP to provide first-class advocacy, education, and information on our changing health care system, covering topics such as delivery and payment reform, high-cost drugs, Medicare Advantage (MA), Medicaid, and provider networks. Institute and Expo 2020 will be held June 17-18 in Miami, Florida. Follow them on Twitter @AHIPcoverage

New Study: Majority of Americans Value Privacy and Affordability over Transparency
Patients and consumers deserve better access to personalized, actionable health care information to empower them to make better, more informed decisions – but it should not drive up health care costs or compromise the privacy of their personal health data. That’s according to a new nationwide poll of patients and consumers from Morning Consult, conducted on behalf of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).


The American Medical Association (AMA), founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of physicians—both MDs and DOs—and medical students in the United States. The AMA’s mission is “to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.” Follow them @AmerMedicalAssn

AMA offers 6 tips to improve heart health during American Heart Month
o help the millions of Americans currently living with high blood pressure reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering six tips that Americans can take to improve their heart health. The release of these tips coincides with the start of February’s American Heart Month this week.


The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) AMIA is a community committed to the vision of a world where informatics transforms people’s care. Over the last 35 years, the use of informatics has grown exponentially to improve health and to make better healthcare decisions. Today, informatics is the key to accelerating the current goals of healthcare reform. AMIA’s 5,600+ members are subject matter experts in the science and practice of informatics as it relates to clinical care, research, education, and policy. The AMIA 2020 Annual Symposium will be held November 14-18 in Chicago. Follow them on Twitter @AMIAinformatics

AMIA: NIH Misses Mark on Data Sharing Proposals
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) warned the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that its proposed data management and sharing policy would be detrimental to data-driven discovery and lead to increased compliance burdens for researchers.


The American Telemedicine Association (ATA), established in 1993, is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology. ATA2020 Annual Conference and Expo will be held May 3-5 in Phoenix, AZ. Follow them @AmericanTelemed


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is a professional organization for chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. CHIME20 Fall Forum will take place November 9-12 in San Antonio, TX. Follow them on twitter @CIOCHIME

The 2020 CHIME-HIMSS CIO Forum
One day, four sessions, six speakers and infinite impact. The 2020 CHIME-HIMSS CIO Forum will take digital healthcare executives on an educational journey that will prepare them to lead change through innovation. Hosted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in conjunction with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the spring forum will feature three keynote speakers and three CHIME members who will share real-life experiences as healthcare innovators.
When: March 8-9
Where: Orlando, Fl


The Healthcare Business Management Association (HBMA), a non-profit professional trade association, is a major voice in the revenue cycle management industry in the United States. HBMA members collectively submit a significant percentage of all initial medical claims to the country’s governmental and commercial payers. Those claims not submitted by HBMA member companies are usually submitted directly by the provider. HBMA2020 Healthcare Revenue Cycle Conference is September 9 – 11 in Dallas, TX. Follow them @HBMABusiness

Anatomy of Successful Enrollment, Setting up your Practice for Success
Health systems have historically accepted that acquiring a physician practice results in a direct loss for these employed physicians, but are willing to make that investment in order to gain market share and/or protect their current market from competitors. The attitude toward the acquired practices has been more of “how do we mitigate our losses” rather than trying to maximize the potential of a new revenue source. This presentation examines how the provider enrollment and credentialing process impacts the revenue cycle of your acquired physician practices; providing basic fundamentals and best practices for success.
Presented by: Michelle Pivelja, CPCS, PESC, Director of Credentialing with PracticeWorx & Dawn Anderson, PESC, CPMSM Sr. Manager, Client Success and Consulting with Verity
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Time: 1:00pm ET
Cost: Free to HBMA Members/Free for Non-Members


The Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA) is a prominent nonprofit trade association supporting the education, networking, resource and advocacy needs of benefit administrators (TPAs), stop loss insurance carriers, managing general underwriters, audit firms, medical managers, technology organizations, pharmacy benefit managers, brokers/agents, human resource managers, plan sponsors and health care consultants. HCAA’s Executive Forum 2020 will be February 24 – 26 in Las Vegas, NV. Follow them @HCAAinfo


With more than 38,000 members, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the nation’s premier membership organization for healthcare finance leaders. HFMA builds and supports coalitions with other healthcare associations and industry groups to achieve consensus on solutions for the challenges the U.S. healthcare system faces today. The 2020 Annual Conference will be June 28 – July 1 in San Antonio, TX. Follow them @hfmaorg

Find the Latest Numbers Shaping Healthcare Finance
Safety-net hospitals receive reprieve  from DSH cuts, but only until May. The start of a $ 4 billion cut to Medicare payments for hospitals serving high numbers of low-income patients was delayed to May 23, 2020, as part of an omnibus federal funding package enacted near the end of 2019.


The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is an American not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care in quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS20 Conference will be March 9 – 13 in Orlando, FL. Follow them @HIMSS


Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is a key element in perpetuating success throughout the healthcare industry. MGMA empowers healthcare practices and providers to create meaningful change in healthcare. The MGMA20 Conferences are approaching. Follow them on Twitter @mgma.

New Report by Healthgrades and MGMA Analyzes 8.4 Million Patient Reviews
Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems, and MGMA, the premier healthcare business association for medical practices, today released the 2020 Patient Sentiment Report, which provides new insights into how patients experience healthcare.


The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) was founded in 1976 and remains the only organization dedicated to healthcare quality professionals. Our history and successes are attributed to the great members and volunteers who work to further our mission. Follow them @myNAHQ

NAHQ Elects New 2020 Board Members
The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) announces its new board members: Carole Guinane, RN BA MBA CPHQ, Cedars-Sinai, as its 2020 president; Marian Savage, MSN RN NEA-BC CPHQ PMP, Virginia Hospital Center, as president-elect; and Patricia Kirkpatrick, MJ RN CPHQ, Amerigroup Community Care/Anthem, as secretary/treasurer.


The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) is the national collaborative representing health information exchanges (HIEs). SHIEC allows HIEs to work together across the country to elevate the conversation about HIEs’ common needs and their collective successes. It provides a forum for HIEs to work together, share best practices and together identify joint solutions to address their needs. 2020 SHIEC Annual Conference will be August  16 – 19 in San Antonio, TX. Follow them @SHIECLive

Final Results of SHIEC HIE Survey Presented at ONC Annual Meeting
The final results of the SHIEC HIE Survey were presented at the ONC Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 28, 2020 by David Kendrick, MD, MPH. Dr. Kendrick is the founder and CEO of MyHealth Access (Tulsa, OK) and is on the Board of Directors of SHIEC. Dr. Kendrick and his team at the University of Oklahoma compiled the results of the survey.

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