President’s Message – March 2020

Fellow members,

I will begin this message by addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it continues to evolve, and you are undoubtedly aware that it is affecting many large organizations, conferences and events around the country.  HFMA and the First Illinois Chapter’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our members and meeting attendees.

At this time, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting low risk levels for the American public, we have no plans to alter our upcoming event schedule. Should the situation change, we will communicate revised plans broadly. Below, please find the recommended precautions we’ll be following at our upcoming all-member strategic planning meeting, which as of today is confirmed and will be held this Friday, 3/13.

Upcoming meeting/conference precautions to reduce transmission of all illnesses:

  • Declare a handshake-free event.
  • Encourage frequent hand washing and other hygiene practices.
  • Provide increased access to hand sanitizer throughout the conference area.
  • Provide information on local healthcare providers if any attendees need to seek care.
  • Ask that attendees who are ill prior to travel to cancel their registrations.

I think we’ve all experienced an increased pace and sense of urgency surrounding our respective initiatives. First Illinois is also experiencing the same and here are some of the highlights.

On Feb 6th we held the annual FIHFMA & CHEF’s Managed Care Symposium. I was fortunate enough to attend and can tell you first-hand how much the attendees enjoyed the content and unique networking opportunity.

The day was full of rich content and ended with a C-suite panel moderated by our own Jim Watson. The discussion brought to surface the issue surrounding how we measure quality and what all the measures really mean. Thank you to the panelists for openly discussing how over focusing on these metrics, although necessary for regulatory and reimbursement reasons, do not necessarily tell a consumer where they should get their knee replaced.

Furthermore, it’s a drain on precious resources not to mention impacting where we align incentives/workflows for our frontline (clinicians). Definitely a conversation I’m hearing more and more across the country and yet another area ripe and I think ready for some disruption.

The Scholarship application deadline has been extended to 3/16. More information can be found HERE. For those that may not be aware, it’s our 14th year providing scholarships for our members and their children seeking higher education.  The Chapter awards five scholarships – one for $5,000, one for $4,000 and three for $2,000.

We are allowed to submit four applications for The Helen M. Yerger Award which recognizes outstanding chapter performance in the categories of Collaboration, Education, Improvement, Innovation, Member Communications, Member Service, and Membership Recruitment and Retention. I can tell you, our volunteers have accomplished so much that it was difficult to pick just four.

  • Collaboration (two in this category) e.g. Fall Summit provider attendance grew 37% to an overall provider/non provider mix of 60% and re-establishing a healthcare executive forum
  • Innovation within the certification program who continues to produce award winning results and helping our members reach new professional development levels.
  • Improvement in our partner management program that required a culture shift and creating a healthy balance between our chapter partners and provider members needs and objectives.

The Association will be sending out a brief, one question survey in April. If you believe the chapter is doing a great job, we’d really appreciate you reflecting that in the survey by giving us a 10! If there are areas that we need to be focusing on and we’re not, please reach out to me directly, especially if you’re not able to attend our strategic planning meeting this Friday, 3/13. Click HERE and you can find the feedback button on the right side to contact us.

Below please find all the upcoming events, including A&R on 4/20 and Revenue Cycle 201 on May 7th. I’d also like to announce that this year, First Illinois will host the Region 7 Fall Summit and we ask you to Save the Dates of 10/25-10/27. We’re extremely honored and excited to host our fellow chapters and members across the state of Illinois (McMahan Illini & Southern Illinois) as well as Indiana and Wisconsin. It will be a mega summit of sorts and we’ve already started planning.

If you’re interest in volunteering, we want to hear from you! Please let us know by clicking HERE and selecting the Volunteer button.

Upcoming events and volunteers needed:

  • April 20thAccounting & Reimbursement Conference (location:  Prentice Women’s Hospital) Take advantage of the Early-Bird discounts now through March 15th
  • May 7th – Revenue Cycle 201 (location:  Advocate Christ Medical Center).  Registration coming soon
  • August 17th – Women in Leadership Retreat (location: Eagle Brook Country Club). Registration coming soon
  • October 25-27th – Region 7 Fall Conference (more details to follow)

Kind regards,
– Lana

Lana Dubinsky
2019-20 President
First Illinois Chapter HFMA

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