Chapter Committees

ACCOUNTING AND REGULATORY TECHNICAL UPDATE

This Committee is responsible for organizing an October educational program focused on updating the membership on current year updates in the following areas: accounting standards and guidelines; reimbursement and compliance regulations; IRS and other tax matters for tax exempt health care organizations; and other industry hot topics. The Committee publishes these updates in a technical bulletin distributed to the attendees. The Committee generally meets once a year in-person and has telephone conference calls every three to four weeks between that first meeting and October. Each conference call lasts about one hour. In addition to the October educational program, the Committee also generally coordinates periodic webcasts covering accounting and regulatory topics of interest. The Committee will also prepare a “teaser” blog post for the educational program, a synopsis blog post following the program, and will recruit writers to prepare 2-3 additional blog posts for the chapter’s blog.

Board Liaison: Joanna Kroon
Chair: Eric Schwartz

CAPITAL FINANCE COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Capital Finance Committee is to engage with both traditional financing vehicles as well as with the developing forms of equity and debt financing sources available in the capital markets.  The Committee will focus on the overall financing trends within the health care sector and engage with a broad spectrum of enterprises to develop educational programs that address changes in health care delivery that will require new forms of capital formation to support the needs of established enterprises as well as new companies representing alternative approaches and disruptive technologies.

Educational programs will include webinars, hosted roundtable discussions, and at least one half-day educational session.  These programs will be designed for senior-level healthcare finance, strategic, and operating professionals, focusing on emerging trends and opportunities. The educational sessions will feature healthcare leaders; investment bankers, private equity, banking, venture capital, and other investing professionals; and policy makers.  The programs will address the investment activities of major health systems, providers and other health care delivery participants including insurers and others and how these activities support institutional goals as well as new forms of healthcare delivery.

Board Liaison: Karen Kinsella
Chair: Gary Janko

COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE

This Committee will focus on all aspects of corporate compliance activities required of health care organizations. The Committee will explore compliance program best practices and coordinate an educational session that will be offered in December. The Committee will meet approximately six times during the year, either in person or by telephone and for at least one social event. During these meetings, the Committee will not only prepare for our educational session, but will benefit from facilitated discussions and presentations on current compliance issues. The Committee will also prepare a “teaser” blog post for the educational program, a synopsis blog post following the program, and will recruit writers to prepare 2-3 additional blog posts for the chapter’s blog.

Board Liaison: Donna Schneider
Chair: Dhara Satija

HEALTHCARE DELIVERY TRANSFORMATION COMMITTEE

This committee combines the interests and expertise of the former managed care, enterprise performance management and physician practice management committees.  As the delivery of and payment for healthcare services continues to evolve, there are far more similarities than differences among the operational and financial concerns of  managed care, performance management and physician practice management.  Mergers, acquisitions, alternative payment methodologies, and state and federal health reform efforts continue to transform how care is delivered and require payers and providers to continually innovate and adapt to new technologies and systems. The goals for this committee include:

  • Identifying and presenting innovative and practical methodologies and tools to improve healthcare operational, clinical and financial performance to thrive in today’s changing industry.
  • Promoting adoption of the most effective use of technology and current industry thinking
  • Addressing trends concerning both operational and financial issues across the health care continuum including those trends affecting the delivery of ambulatory care, physician and hospital services, and alternative delivery models such as homecare and telemedicine
  • Reviewing new ideas and approaches to both financial management and care delivery in physician practices as well as hospitals and healthcare systems.
  • Providing timely, applicable, solutions-oriented information and tools related to developments in managed care and insurance,
  • Focusing on changes in state and federal healthcare reform, as well as challenges and opportunities resulting from new payment methodologies and delivery system transformation

Exploring and learning from successful examples of effective collaboration in the marketplace and new issues/products emerging in the managed care environment.

Board Liaison: Karen Granoff
Chairs: Karen Granoff, Gary Janko, Krista Katsapetses, and Roger Price

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

This Committee is in charge of maintaining and expanding the Chapter’s membership in Massachusetts and Rhode Island based on the goals established by the National HFMA. To accomplish this goal, the Membership Committee has the responsibility to develop a recruitment and retention plan for members that must be carried out each year in alignment with national initiatives. These initiatives may include: newsletter articles, prospective membership recruitment, the Member-Get-A Member Program, membership renewal activities, and outreach to prospective members from non-traditional settings including health care students and employees in non-hospital settings. The Committee works closely with the Social/Networking and Education Committees to ensure that activities and programs are aligned with the goals of Membership growth and retention, including the recruitment and retention of young professionals. In addition, this Committee is responsible for the posting of the Chapter’s Annual Membership Directory.

Board Liaison: Nan Jones
Chair: Nan Jones

NETWORKING/SOCIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE

This Committee is focused on holding events and creating opportunities for members to become better acquainted with the Chapter, HFMA, and each other, and to network for business sharing, career opportunities and industry insight.

The group will have a set of goals that will be instrumental in achieving the overall goal of the Committee based on National HFMA Chapter Balanced Score Card (CBSC). In addition to ongoing events and improved communication processes, national and chapter awards will be administered through the Committee in conjunction with the Past President’s group (which includes the Reeves, Follmer, and Founders Merit Awards). In addition to acknowledging these significant service achievements at the annual awards event, the Committee is charged with identifying other opportunities to recognize member accomplishments.

During the fiscal year, The Committee will create a minimum of four (4) various events to conduct business networking and social interaction. A minimum of twelve conference calls will take place during the course of the year. The goals will include planning and executing events for new members, legacy members, and the “Young Professionals,” with the understanding to educate and make these members comfortable in the Chapter and to bring levity to the industry.

Participants on this Committee have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the Organization, its administrative functions, and opportunities for business networking and socializing with their peers and others who have helped to advance the mission of the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter.

Board Liaison: Jennifer Samaras
Chair: Jennifer Samaras

REVENUE CYCLE COMMITTEE

This Committee is focused on issues relating to all aspects of hospital, physician, and community health center revenue cycle management and enhancement. The Committee’s primary responsibility is presenting the annual Revenue Cycle Conference (RCC) which is held at Gillette Stadium in January of each year. The RCC attracts 450+ attendees including 50+ exhibitors and has expanded to a two-day format (Thursday/Friday). The Revenue Cycle Conference includes educational offerings geared towards different focus areas of the Revenue Cycle. These focus areas typically include: General Revenue Cycle, Hospital, Physician, Community Health Centers, Government, Information Technology, and CFO issues and concerns. We also continue to attract prominent keynote speakers who help frame the healthcare financial landscape.

The Committee typically has about 25 members and is broken up into various Sub-Committees that are responsible for educational programming (identifying relevant topics and speakers), as well as vendor and sponsor recruitment. The Committee is also looking for members who are particularly interested in marketing the Conference. The Committee will also prepare a “teaser” blog post for the educational program, a synopsis blog post following the program, and will recruit writers to prepare 2-3 additional blog posts for the chapter’s blog. The Committee convenes via conference call every two weeks starting in the summer months and continuing to the two-day event in January. Conference calls are scheduled for 60 minutes. In addition to the bi-weekly conference calls, Committee members are also expected to research aspects of their particular Sub-Committee and contribute at the Conference. Participation in this Committee brings many benefits including: networking with top industry professionals, access to leaders in the healthcare community, and exposure to current industry information, ideas and management trends. As a bonus, active committee members who also volunteer at the Conference, attend the event for free.

It will take a strong team to develop the educational content for the RCC while maintaining our high standards for educational quality and professional networking. We need your assistance! We hope you will join us; the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the event is very rewarding and we even have some fun along the way!

Board Liaison: Patrick McDonough
Co-Chairs: Julie Hall, Jonathan Moss, Sara Sullivan

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE

The Young Professionals Committee focuses on fostering a professional network and increasing industry knowledge for our future healthcare leaders. The Committee provides an opportunity for members to become better acquainted with HFMA, the MA-RI Chapter and each other, and to network for business sharing, career opportunities and industry insight.

During the year, the Committee will plan and execute the New to Healthcare Seminar in the fall, as well as a spring networking event. The Committee will be responsible for reaching out to local colleges and universities to educate students on the benefits HFMA membership and the Chapter events. Participation may include meeting with professors and students at job fairs or department events. Opportunities for interns will also be explored each year.

During the fiscal year, the Committee will contact a minimum of four (4) colleges and universities to increase awareness. A minimum of six (6) conference calls will take place during the course of the year. The goals will include planning and executing events for the “Young Professionals,” which may include legacy members with whom to network.

Participants on this Committee have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the Organization, its administrative functions, and opportunities for business networking and socializing with their peers and others who have helped to advance the mission of the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter.

The Committee will be responsible for meeting/exceeding the required National HFMA requirements for Networking and Innovation.

Board Liaison: Kimberly Carlozzi
Chair: Open