Hello AAHAM Friends!

Will spring ever arrive? I do not know about you, but I am ready for winter to be over with so we can enjoy the renewal of spring. Speaking of spring, your IL AAHAM Board has been busily preparing for our spring meeting next week, Thursday March 7, at the Memorial Medical Center for Learning and Innovation in Springfield. We are excited to try a new location and appreciate the Memorial organization for hosting us! I hope that you have all registered to attend our meeting and will enjoy networking with colleagues and AAHAM friends. We will be hosting our annual payer panel, we have excellent content lined up with our presenters and we have brought back Vendor Speed Dating…a fun and popular event! I hope to see you all next week!

As I mentioned in my previous message, it is time to renew your annual AAHAM Membership. I hope that you have all received your renewal notices and have gotten them turned in. If not, there is still time! You may be receiving a phone call or e-mail from our membership committee as a reminder if you have forgotten. Do you have a new colleague or co-worker that you think would benefit as a new member to IL AAHAM?? We welcome all new members and hope that you will share in the value of all things AAHAM. Certification, Education, Networking…AAHAM is the Nation’s Premiere Organization for all things pertaining to Revenue Cycle professionals like us. Share your experience with a new member of your staff or organization. Let them know about the benefits to AAHAM’s outstanding certification program. Tell them all about the networking possibilities that come along with an AAHAM membership!

As the IL AAHAM President, I have the privilege of serving on the National AAHAM Government Relations Committee. Spring always signifies that the National AAHAM Legislative Day in Washington D.C. is just around the corner…and I couldn’t be more excited! This year marks the 15th Legislative Day event and will be held April 15-16, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Our topic is a hot-button issue that affects our industry, the IPPS final rule published on Pricing Transparency! In addition, of course, more 340B follow-up discussions. When grassroots advocates from around the nation unite, shaping healthcare policy becomes more effective. Once you register, we will schedule meetings with your Senator and Representative. Before going to Capitol Hill you will be given issue overviews, talking points and any other information you need to make our case. Although the idea of meeting with elected officials may seem daunting, those that have met with them report very positive experiences. Remember, your elected officials work for you! We need your support to make sure our voices are heard. AAHAM encourages you to bring other chapter members and coworkers along for this fantastic learning experience. I hope that you will consider participating in this very important event. Not to mention, Washington DC is a FANTASTIC place to visit and the entire experience is incredibly rewarding.

See you all next week at our meeting!
If you have any questions about Legislative Day you can contact me directly at any time and I would be happy to share more.
Think Spring!

Yours in AAHAM,
Joshua Johnson, CRCS-I/P, CRCP-I, CRCE-I
Illinois Chapter President