Association News 6-19-19
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 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. Follow them @HIMSS
Health 2.0 European Conference
The HIMSS and Health 2.0 European Conference was June 11-13 in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to displaying the latest thinking on leveraging information and technology to advance healthcare, HIMSS President and CEO Hal Wolf shared thoughts on digital transformation and redesigning care services to ensure the patient is at the center.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is a professional organization for chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. Follow them @CIOCHIME.
CHIME19’s Keynote Speakers Announced
Rana Foroohar, Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, and Eric Topol, MD will discuss the global digital economy, digital innovation and emerging technology at the 2019 CHIME Fall CIO Forum in Phoenix in November.
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. Follow them @AHIMAResources
Apprenticeship Program Key to Meeting Workplace Demands
Journal of AHIMA outlines how participation in the AHIMA Foundation apprenticeship programs can help ensure health information management (HIM) departments meet the demands of the ever-changing healthcare industry.
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. Follow them @hfmaorg
2019 winners of the MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle
HFMA’s MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle recognizes providers that have excelled in meeting industry standard revenue cycle benchmarks, implemented the patient-centered recommendations and best practices embodied in HFMA’s Healthcare Dollars & Sense® initiatives and achieved outstanding patient satisfaction. Twenty winners will be formally presented the award on June 25 at HFMA’s Annual Conference in Orlando.
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. Follow them @HBMABusiness
HBMA Adopts Policy Framework for Unexpected Out-Of-Network Medical Bills
HBMA announced a new policy framework for federal and state legislative proposals to address unexpected out-of-network (OON) medical billing scenarios. The “HBMA Framework for Out-of-Network Billing Legislation” (Policy Framework) affirms HBMA’s commitment to protecting patients from unexpected medical bills and points out the role health insurance plans must play to address this important issue.
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. Follow them @AmericanTelemed
ATA Receives PCORI Award for Telehealth Research Dissemination Forum
The ATA has been awarded $50k in funding through the Eugene Washington Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Awards Program. These funds support the ATA’s Telehealth Research Dissemination Forum.
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.
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— HCAA (@HCAAinfo) March 8, 2019
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. Follow them on Twitter @aafp.
AAFP Honors Two with Congressional Primary Care Champion Award
Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill. (llinois’s 10th District,) and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, (New York’s 21st District) received the Congressional Primary Care Champion Awards. This award recognizes members of Congress who demonstrate exceptional leadership in advancing public policy that promotes the value of family medicine and primary care to individuals, families, and our health care system.
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. Follow them on Twitter @aapcstaff.
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— AAPC Staff (@aapcstaff) June 14, 2019
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. Follow them on Twitter @mgma.
5 FDA-Approved Apps for Primary Care Physicians
EKO: Digital Stethoscope + ECG, My Dose Coach, The Quell Relief, KardiaMobile, and Withings Thermo are the five apps the FDA approved for primary care physicians and patients.
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. Follow them on Twitter @AHAhospitals
Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Vertical Health Care Mergers
The discussion at this week’s hearing focused on mergers involving pharmacy benefit managers, insurers and pharmacies, but also covered hospital acquisitions of physician offices.
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.
Follow them on Twitter @AMIAinformatics
AMIA Supports Further Refinement of FDA AI/Machine Learning Regulatory Framework
The AMIA gives four additional observations and recommendations for consideration in developing the regulatory Modification Framework for Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML)-based software as a medical device (SaMD).
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.
Follow them on Twitter @AHIPcoverage
How to Protect Seniors’ Access to the Medications They Need
Health insurance providers support establishing a Maximum Out of Pocket (MOOP) limit for Medicare Part D so seniors citizens will be able to get the medications they need at a cost they can afford.