Hello to the members and friends of HFMA Region 8!
Region 8 has had a busy summer and the start of fall is looking to be just as full!
We had our most successful Mid-America Summer Institute (MASI) yet in August! Our fifth annual regional conference was held in Kansas City and was full of excellent programming, networking and collaboration among HFMA members! The 2017 MASI was so successful, the decision was made to continue to host the meeting in Kansas City through 2020! We feel strongly that one of the events our guests enjoy the most is the baseball outing. This year it was the Royals hosting the St. Louis Cardinals and everyone had an excellent time at the game. Keeping in mind that we want to continue hosting a baseball event as a part of MASI, we have chosen August 6-8, 2018 as the dates for our next regional conference. The Royals will host the Chicago Cubs on August 7. Mark your calendars now for next August for MASI18 – you won’t want to miss it!
Your chapter’s President and President-Elects have just completed the annual Fall Presidents Meeting (FPM) in Dallas. This meeting is an annual event in which HFMA initiatives and goals are shared and chapter leaders have opportunities to learn from others for the betterment of HFMA. There is much going on with HFMA on the national level and members will see many positive changes coming in the short and long terms. One of the immediate changes you will soon see is that we are moving to a new centralized registration platform, hosted by Cvent. As a member, this platform will be easier to navigate when you register for a webinar or conference and easier to accumulate continuing education hours. One of the main themes we heard at FPM is member engagement and the vision of how we continue to be the go-to source for healthcare financial professionals in this ever-changing time in our industry. Be watching for more information to be coming soon as HFMA continues to evolve to meet your needs!
As we outline the exciting things happening at the regional and national levels, we should also recognize the local chapters and the great work that goes on within your chapters! There are some exciting meetings coming up this fall and winter!
Our local chapters are usually the first introduction the member makes with HFMA and they provide excellent education and networking opportunities for you, our member. Whether you’re new to healthcare and want to learn about the industry, you’re a seasoned member and need a deeper dive into details of a specific segment or you’re an early careerist looking for a place to plug in, HFMA is your place! Local chapters are led by tireless and enthusiastic volunteers who are always welcoming to members who wish to participate. I encourage you all to engage with your local leaders – it can be as simple as attending a chapter meeting or volunteering for a committee. Believe me, you will get more out of it than you put into it!
Thank you again for the opportunity to serve HFMA Region 8, the best region in HFMA!
Region Executive – Region 8
2017 – 2018