Happy Fall Y’All. I’m filled with renewed inspiration having just completed the HFMA Fall President’s Meeting in Memphis Tennessee. Each year the Presidents and President-Elects from every chapter come together for strategic discussions, and to network with their peers. As Regional Executive it was my responsibility to organize the regional meeting and plan networking events. Of course that meant a trip to Graceland!! What a great experience.
The Fall President’s Meeting kicked off on Sunday with updates from HFMA National. We received an update on the Chapters 2.0 projects and we learned about the HFMA Strategic Direction discussed at this year’s board retreat:
Our Challenge: How can HFMA lead healthcare stakeholder to meet the challenges of today while creating a sustainable healthcare industry?
Our Audience: Healthcare Finance Professionals 3-circle CFO’s, Health Insurance Professionals, Physician Leaders, Vendor/Business Partners
· Easy Access to Relevant Information
· Collaborate to Define & Influence Change
· Helping “Audience” Successfully Navigate Complexity & Pace of Change to Support FinancialSustainability
· Invest in Acquiring, Developing, and Retaining Talent
On Monday and Tuesday we broke out into our regions where we had an opportunity to discuss many National, Regional, and Chapter topics. HFMA Secretary/Treasurer, Kevin Brennen, joined us for conversation regarding membership and HFMA Strategies. Region 5 provided Kevin with feedback from the Chapter Leadership and Chapter Member prospective. Additionally, our Region was fortunate to have HFMA staff member, Lorraine Schnelle, present during our meeting. Lorraine was a wonderful person to bounce ideas off and she took copious notes to bring back to HFMA to share our prospective.
The unanimous consensus was that the meeting was very informative and productive. Additionally, the group enjoyed the networking events which allowed them to build relationships with their peers thereby strengthening the Region as a whole.
In November I will attend the Regional Executive Counsel meeting in Chicago to represent Region 5. The primary focus of this meeting is to evaluate the Chapter Balance Score Card (CBSC) and the metrics assigned thereto as well as chapter awards. The CBSC is designed to assists chapters with goal setting and performance tracking of key chapter activities. At the FPM the Presidents and President-Elects of Region 5 shared their ideas for possible changes to the CBSC. I look forward to bringing these recommendations to the REC meeting and to effect some meaningful modifications to the CBSC.
I wish everyone a peaceful and healthy holiday season!