The Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA), a non-profit educational resource and advocacy group representing third-party medical billers and billing professionals, today announced details of the association’s 2010 Annual Conference. The conference, which will be held at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, September 12-14, 2010, will feature three full days of educational sessions, legislative insights and networking opportunities for the medical billing community.
“Year after year, HBMA’s Annual Conference proves to be the premier educational and networking event for medical billing professionals as well as first party billers who specialize in office-based billing and practice management,” says Brad Lund, executive director of HBMA. “Now that the Meaningful Use guidelines have been published, healthcare provider interest in electronic health records is reaching new heights. Newcomers and industry veterans looking to stay on the cutting edge with timely and relevant information won’t want to miss Bill Finerfrock’s government update or the EHR-focused sessions by HBMA’s EHR consultant, Mark Anderson.”
On Sunday, September 12 at 4 p.m., Bill Finerfrock, HBMA’s government representative and vice president of health policy for Capitol Associates in Washington D.C., will present the HBMA Washington Update, which will address how current legislative and regulatory activity is affecting the billing community.
Mark R. Anderson, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, CEO and Healthcare IT futurist of the AC Group, Inc., will host the a post-conference workshop on Tuesday, September 14 from 1-5pm entitled, Ten Steps for Creating and Implementing Your Own EHR Program. Anderson will also lead an educational session, EHR Marketplace – Hype or Reality.
The HBMA Annual Conference features 16 pre-conference and post-conference programs, as well as an array of concurrent educational sessions focused on today’s issues in the billing management industry. These sessions would affect medical billing certification. Session highlights include:
- How to Build Continuous Improvement into the Revenue Cycle
- Improving Rejections through Process Improvement & Automation
- Road Map to SAS-70 Compliance
- Billing Companies & Medical Practices: Building Meaningful Business Relationships
- Business Social Networking
- Creating Customer Happiness
- ICD-10 Implementation
- Out-Sourcing in Today’s Global Economy
- Processing Plastic: Credit Card and Other Forms of Payment
The conference also offers extensive networking opportunities, highlighted by the Exhibitor Showcase, where attendees are able to meet face-to-face with technology and service vendors, consultants and other healthcare business partners to learn about the latest technology and administrative advances.
First-time attendees and new members will be honored at a luncheon on Sunday, September 12 from 12-1pm. The HBMA Annual Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon will take place on Monday, September 13 from 12-2pm, where the board of directors will highlight the state of the Association, and principal members will have the opportunity to vote for their candidate of choice for open board positions and on proposed bylaw changes.
On Monday, September 13 from 7-10pm, Gateway EDI will host an offsite reception at the Gateway Arch for all registered attendees, their guests and exhibitors. Other highlighted special events include the Grand Opening Reception, the exhibitor-hosted wine and cheese reception, the HBMA 2010 cash drawing and the silent auction. A percentage of the silent auction proceeds will be donated to a national charity, which has been the American Red Cross the past several years. The remaining proceeds support the association’s government advocacy efforts.
HBMA educational conferences are open to anyone interested in learning more about the healthcare revenue cycle process. Conference sessions have been specifically designed to confront the challenges facing third-party billers, as well as address the unique needs of healthcare providers who manage their own billing. In 1993, HBMA held its first organizational meeting in Chicago, and since that time, the number of exhibitors and attendees has grown considerably. The association now hosts spring and fall conferences annually, with venues changing each year to accommodate participants from across the country. To learn more or register for the HBMA 2010 Annual Conference, visit the event page at www.hbma.org.
A non-profit, member-led trade association, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) represents more than 30,000 employees at well over 650 third-party medical billing firms. Annually, HBMA companies submit more than 350 million initial claims on behalf of hospital-based physicians, office-based physicians and other allied healthcare providers. Founded in 1993, HBMA and its members foster personal development, advocate on the behalf of the profession, and promote cooperation through a wide range of business resources, educational events, networking opportunities, certification programs and adherence to the Medical Biller’s Code of Ethics. As the only trade association representing the interests of medical billers in Washington D.C., HBMA works with legislative stakeholders and federal agencies to improve the business of medical billing and the practice of healthcare. Learn more about how HBMA is elevating the medical billing profession at www.hbma.org.