Healthcare Billing & Management Association Announces Details of the 2011 EHR Summit

Third annual event will address medical billers currently involved in EHR initiatives and will include Newcomer’s Session for those looking to enter the EHR arena

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – November 2, 2011 – 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 third annual EHR Summit, which will be held at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, November 16-18, 2011.

“With the growing momentum of EHR initiatives taking place throughout most organizations, the EHR Summit is one of HBMA’s key events each year,” said Patrick Lukacs, Chair of HBMA’s EHR Committee. “There’s true value for attendees to participate in our educational lineup, hear best practices, strategize with industry experts on what has worked for peers, as well as view first-hand the current leading EHR technologies on the market. We see this as an event that will still have notable relevance in the years ahead.”

This year’s event will feature three distinct days of content designed to meet the educational needs of both first- and third-party medical billers and the practices they serve, regardless of their organization’s current EHR system/model.

  • Day one will consist of a Newcomer’s Session, with the educational content centering on early stages of electronic health record adoption to include EHR types, vendor selection, and learning to understand the impact EHR will have on providers and clinics. While geared for individuals newer to the process, the topics covered will provide valuable takeaways for attendees at any stage within the EHR implementation process.
  • Day two will dig deeper into areas such as vendor selection, medical legal considerations within an electronic record, guiding practices through the trenches of meaningful use attestations, and an update on RECs and HIEs.
  • On day three, attendees will have the option of attending sessions in three distinct tracks: EHR Implementation and Beyond; Moderated Roundtables, which will discuss HBMA’s five levels of EHR business models for third party billing companies; and an opportunity to view side-by-side Vendor Demonstrations of EHR products in a unique Product Showcase.

Veteran EHR consultant Ron Sterling will deliver the conference keynote presentation, “EHR: Where are we today?” at 8:00 a.m. on the conference’s second day, as well as lead the Newcomer’s Session the day before. Mark Anderson, FHIMISS, CPHIMS from the AC Group and Margaret Amatayakul, RHIA, CHPS, CPHIT, CPEHR, FHIMSS of Margret\A Consulting, LLC will each moderate the concurrent sessions on day three. 

HBMA educational conferences are open to both members and non-members of the association. 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. Attendees of the EHR Summit may earn up to 7.5 hours each day toward the designation of CHBME (Certified Healthcare Billing & Management Executive) certification. To register or to view the agenda for the summit, please visit HBMA’s EHR Summit page or www.hbma.org.

About HBMA

A non-profit, member-led trade association, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) represents more than 30,000 employees at well over 700 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.