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ACCOUNTING AND REGULATORY TECHNICAL UPDATE

This Committee is responsible for organizing a fall 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 generally has video conference calls every two to three weeks between the first kickoff meeting and the fall program. Each conference call lasts about one hour. In addition to the fall educational program, the Committee also coordinates periodic webcasts covering regulatory topics of interest. The Committee will also prepare blog posts throughout the year focused on the educational program and other relevant topics for the chapter’s blog.

Board Liaison: Joanna Kroon
Chairs: Steve Doneski and Erik Lynch

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: Gary Janko and Eric Schwartz
Chairs: Gary Janko and Robert Guadagno

COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE

This Committee focuses on all aspects of corporate compliance & privacy activities required of healthcare organizations. The Committee is charged with exploring compliance program best practices and coordinating at least one regional, annual educational session offered to those in the healthcare compliance industry. Additional sessions may be held jointly with another professional association. The Committee meets approximately six times a year, either in-person or by telephone. During these meetings, the Committee discusses current events and hot topics and prepares for the educational session, all while benefitting from shared knowledge and learning from across the industry. The Committee is also responsible for organizing promotional content for the annual education session, including blog posts prior to and following the session, recruiting writers to prepare 2-3 additional blog posts for the chapter’s blog and general advancement activities aimed at enhancing and growing the chapter’s membership.

Board Liaisons: Dhara Satija and Donna Schneider
Chairs: Dhara Satija and Donna Schneider

DIGITAL STRATEGY / SOCIAL MEDIA COMMITTEE

If you enjoy marketing, digital media, or photography or have an interest in growing one or more of these skills, this is the committee for you. Tap into your creative side. The Digital Strategy / Social Media Committee oversees maintaining and expanding the Chapter’s Social Media presence.

To accomplish this goal, the Committee meets monthly to develop and enhance processes for managing and releasing digital media content, including the Chapter blog, LinkedIn posts, Tweets, and Facebook posts. Committee members oversee soliciting industry relevant blog articles. Participants on this Committee have opportunities for business networking and socializing with others who help advance the mission of the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter. The Committee works closely with the Social/Networking, Education and Sponsorship Committees to promote awareness of the HFMA MA-RI Chapter and to promote upcoming events and programs.

Board Liaisons: Jenny Davies, FHFMA and Susan Graves
Chairs: Jenny Davies, FHFMA and Susan Graves

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 requires 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 healthcare 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 and Krista Katsapetses

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 Liaisons: Radha Radhakrishna and Dhara Satija
Chairs: Radha Radhakrishna and Dhara Satija

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 Liaisons: Evan Dressel and Jeremy Shaw
Chairs: Evan Dressel and Jeremy Shaw

REVENUE CYCLE COMMITTEE

This Committee is focused on issues relating to all aspects of hospital and physician revenue cycle management. The Committee’s primary responsibility is organizing the annual Revenue Cycle Conference (RCC) which takes place at Gillette Stadium in mid-January of each year. The RCC attracts 450+ attendees including 50+ exhibitors to this two-day eagerly anticipated event (Thursday/Friday). To ensure engagement with those who are not comfortable with in person events or whose employer does not permit it, we anticipate including virtual presentations leading up to the in-person event. The Revenue Cycle Conference includes educational offerings geared towards different focus areas of revenue cycle and financial optimization. We also continue to attract prominent keynote speakers who help frame the healthcare financial landscape along with a celebrity guest speaker.

The Committee has members who contribute via Sub-Committees (educational programming, vendor/sponsor recruitment, marketing/social media, and day-of operations). The Committee convenes via conference call approximately every two weeks starting in the late summer months and continuing to the two-day event in January. Conference calls are scheduled for 60 minutes (but are often shorter). 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. As a bonus, active committee members who also volunteer at the Conference, attend the event for free.

Board Liaison: Julie Hall
Chairs: Emily Anne Jacobstein, FHFMA and Tom Jabro

WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

Join other healthcare industry leaders to help develop the Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC). This annual event will present an in-depth review of issues impacting women in their work and their life, moving beyond the normal vanilla topics and into issues related to emotional intelligence, the changing picture of a successful manager, the gender wage gap and ageism. The goal is to foster leadership among women and empower them to make changes in their own professional world as well society at large, which is important to all of us. This committee meets for one hour every other week via conference call from September until the Spring program.

Board Liaison: Beth O’Toole
Chair: Beth O’Toole

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’s post-program social event 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 Liaisons: Evan Dressel and Jeremy Shaw
Chairs: Evan Dressel and Jeremy Shaw