It's Board-Member Nomination Time!
Here's How You Can Join the Team
The entire country has voting and elections on its mind and HBMA, too, will be gearing up for the 2008 HBMA Board of Directors elections to be held on Thursday, September 11. This is an involved process and unless you are on the nominating committee, you may not be aware of it. But if you are interested in running for the Board, contact this year's chairperson, Sherri Dumford. "HBMA needs talented and motivated individuals to continue our growth and influence," says Dumford. "In addition to the educational benefits of serving, you have the satisfaction of knowing you are making an important contribution to the industry."
The nomination procedure is outlined in the By-laws, which can be found on the HBMA website. Here's a rundown of how names are placed into nomination (and how you might get your name on the list if you are interested).
The process leading up to the election begins in March when the Board of Directors authorizes the formation of a Nominating Committee. The immediate past president chairs the committee as an ex officio (non-voting) member and selects two members of the Board of Directors and one member-at-large (must be a current member in good standing) to form the committee.
The committee then identifies all potential candidates who meet the requirements to serve on the Board and have participated with HBMA in some meaningful way. This is your cue to contact Sherri Dumford if you think you qualify and would like to serve.
Once the list of potential candidates is selected, the Nominations Committee reviews the list to select the most appropriate candidates for the nomination slate. The committee then contacts each potential candidate to determine if the individual is interested in running for the Board. The candidates are then interviewed and asked a series of prepared questions to ensure each candidate has a good understanding of the depth of commitment required to serve in this capacity and to allow the candidates to ask any questions they may have regarding the process or the role of a director. The final list of candidate names must be presented to the Board at least 60 days before the election. This year, the presentation date is July 11, 2008.
Candidates may also be proposed by any member of HBMA by written petition signed by at least ten percent of the voting members of HBMA. The petition must be submitted to the Nominating Committee at least thirty days before the committee submits names to the Board. For 2008, the closing date for submitting such a petition is Friday, June 13, 2008.
"HBMA has become a powerful voice for the billing industry," says Dumford. "I encourage our members to become active in HBMA leadership."
Sherri Dumford can be reached by phone at 770/888-2524 or at SLD121@aol.com.
Certification: Do You Have It?
GET IT! USE IT! DISPLAY IT!
In today's competitive market, it's important to be able to distinguish yourself, your company, and its services from other organizations who do not know the importance of being certified. HBMA's certification program has been around for many years. The certification committee works together with other HBMA committees to promote areas of education and compliance within the billing community.
Over the recent months the certification committee has been working to enhance and promote our Certified Healthcare Billing and Management Executive (CHBME) and our Certified Medical Billing Associate (CMBA) programs. These designations after an individual's name means the titleholder has satisfied certain industry educational requirements and possesses a certain level of expertise in the field.
HBMA provides a list of approved educational forums, including Medicare conferences, Blue Cross and Blue Shield meetings and public aid programs, and trade association meetings—whether the AMA, MGMA or HFMA or other types of associations—that relate to medical billing.
Clients are relying more and more on billing companies to guide them in many different areas that affect their overall practice. Having obtained your CHBME and or your CMBA indicates to clients that you are dedicated to excellence in the profession.
To quote the former Certification Chair Andy Kokosa, "Those who have achieved the CHBME/CMBA designation are typically people who take pride in what they do on a day-to-day basis." Accreditation says you have committed yourself to more than just attending meetings and that you're involved in the participation of other industry related programs.
For more information on getting certified and how to maintain your certification, please go to www.hbma.org and click "Certifications" found under the "Become a Member" tab or contact Cindy Rounds at the National Office at email@example.com or ext. 266.
William Joseph DeZonia, Jr.
Long-time HBMA member William Joseph DeZonia, Jr., 55, executive vice president, chief operating officer and director for ADPI/Intermedix Corporation in Fort Lauderdale, FL, passed away Monday, March 3, 2008, after a courageous fight with cancer.
Bill was born on June 29, 1952, in Colorado Springs, CO. After graduating from Lynchburg College, Bill first worked for the FBI, then began his career in healthcare management. For over 25 years he had a distinguished career as an executive in health care billing and revenue-cycle management and became a leading national expert in his field. He was co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of The DeZonia Group, Inc., president and chief executive officer of Certus Corporation, chief compliance officer, chief operating officer, and president of the Physician Services Division for Per Se Technologies, and president of Medical Management Sciences.
As a teacher and guide, he motivated many others in their careers. Among his many accomplishments, Bill built several businesses into national industry leaders and saved troubled businesses from going under. As he took on new responsibilities, many of his colleagues followed him to new companies. His many wise sayings and business philosophies will be carried on by others.
Bill was also passionate about his love for music, fitness, reading, and traveling. He sought enjoyment from his family, friends, and four-legged children. Bill is survived by his wife of 26 years, Sherry Karen; his daughters, Courtney and Lindsey; and his three dogs, Molly, Max, and Bella. Bill was not only a devoted and loving husband and father but he was a best friend, mentor, and inspiration. His sense of humor and love for life will carry on for ever. Words cannot express how much Bill DeZonia was loved and will be missed.