Greetings AAHAM Friends!

I am very excited and honored to serve as your IL AAHAM President again for the 2018-2019 term. I love AAHAM and everything our organization stands for. I have challenged the IL AAHAM Board of Directors to a lofty goal of accomplishments over the next 2 years! I love to think outside of the box and try new things! I want to show our members and Corporate Partners the value of their membership by continually offering new and exciting educational and networking opportunities!

Spring is just around the corner! It has been a busy winter for IL AAHAM. Your Board of Directors met for a strategic planning session on January 26th in East Peoria to begin planning out the 2018 events!

It was a great meeting. Many new ideas. We have several new faces on the Board. We said farewell to our Chairman of the Board, Kenny Koerner as he moves to focus on his role with National AAHAM, and welcomed back our “new” Chair of the Board, Doris Dickey. Doris is a true AAHAM “cool Kid” and we are thrilled to have her join us again!

We have many exciting things happening this year! We are of course finishing our Membership Renewal Campaign! If you have not renewed, the time is now! Do you know someone that is not a member and would like to join?? IL AAHAM is the 3rd largest Chapter in the Nation and we want to maintain or beat our membership numbers for 2018!

Student Membership is going to be a new focus for our Membership Committee. With the offering of free Student Membership, in conjunctional with National, we are marketing IL AAHAM to local colleges and universities to attract students that have an interest in the Revenue Cycle! We are very excited about the opportunity this presents to our Chapter.

The 2018 Corporate Partner Renewal campaign is winding down as well. I want to thank all of our 2017 Corporate Partners and welcome our new and returning 2018 Corporate Partners! We are truly thankful for your support and could not do it without you! I encourage our membership to seek the services provided by our Corporate Partners first when you are looking for new partners!

We will again be offering several Webinars to our membership for added educational and CEU opportunities!

Save the Date for the Spring Meeting! Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Holiday Inn and Suites Bloomington Airport, Bloomington, IL! The agenda is being completed as we speak and registration will open this week! I hope to see you all there!

We are looking at the possibility of hosting a couple of social events this summer as well for IL AAHAM Membership and their families! Perhaps a game night with the Peoria Chiefs! Stay tuned for more details!

It is my honor as the President of IL AAHAM to serve on the National AAHAM Government Relations Committee. We are just a few short weeks away from the 14th Annual Legislative Day event in Washington, D.C. Our topic this year is 340B Drug Pricing Program Cuts! Join AAHAM as we lobby lawmakers against making cuts to the 340B Drug Program. This is an issue that affects us all. We hope that you will consider joining us this year!

Looking Forward to a successful 2018!

Yours in AAHAM,
Joshua Johnson, CRCP-I
Illinois Chapter President