IL AAHAM Family,
Friends and colleagues, amid ongoing concern regarding the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19), IL AAHAM’s top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our members. As the premier organization for healthcare revenue cycle professionals for more than 35 years, IL AAHAM has lived by a set of core values; quality education, networking opportunities and certification. These values guide us as we address the challenge of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing around the evolving situation, and The Board of Directors are committed to being responsive and flexible to your needs.
The Board of Directors took into consideration recommendations from the CDC, along with newly recommended travel policies and postposed our Spring Conference/State Legislative Day. We are diligently working to reschedule the Spring Conference portion of the event and offer our members a virtual conference instead. Moving forward in this manner will allow us to address the current environmental concerns while still providing our membership with valuable education, CEU’s and networking ability. We intend to then reconvene in Springfield for our Fall Conference and proceed with our first State Legislative Day.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and commend all of the healthcare workers who are on the front line working to contain the coronavirus. As you work internally with leaders on your own organizations action plan on how to address COVID-19, recommended best practices for healthcare facilities can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/steps-to-prepare.html.
We are closely monitoring the latest news about the Coronavirus from the CDC at cdc.gov and will keep you informed of news that may affect our membership. For a situational summary on COVID-19, including background, CDC response and recommendation as well as risk assessment go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html.
Remember, practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat.
We recognize this is an unsettling time and IL AAHAM is committed to helping you navigate through these challenges. Stay safe friends!
Vanessa Haydon, CCT
Illinois Chapter President