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06/07/2012

Medical Billing Association Addresses Regulatory Issues Affecting Medical Billing
Companies and Physician Offices with Members of Congress.

LAGUNA BEACH, California – May 29, 2012 – Recognizing the need to educate Congress about the critical issues affecting medical billing companies and physicians’ clients, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA), is offering its first-ever 'How to Lobby' program with a visit to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on September 11th, 2012. HBMA, the premiere non-profit educational resource and advocacy group representing third-party medical billers and billing professionals, also has prearranged meetings with Representatives or Senators or their staff, and a luncheon with key elected officials and staff to discuss updates and developments in healthcare reform.

“The medical billing industry is experiencing a cascade of new regulation, audit, fraud and abuse activities, and financial pressures. As an industry, we advocate for administrative simplification, a less difficult claims submission process, and greater clarity and consistency in claims submission and payment policy,” says Jackie Willett, Government Relations Chair of the HBMA. “In many instances, the government has listened, but unfortunately their solution many times includes more regulation to clarify prior regulation, achieving the exact opposite of what was intended. Our industry needs a voice in Washington now more than ever.”

The HBMA advocates on behalf of its membership and their clientele on many topics including ICD-10, HIPAA/HITECH, and EHRs. HBMA members submit nearly 80% of claims submitted by third-party medical billing companies and nearly one-third of all initial medical claims to the country's governmental and commercial payors, with the majority of the other two-thirds submitted directly by providers.

Bill Finerfrock, Director of Government Affairs for HBMA, stated, “HBMA has a unique opportunity to get our members involved in the Association's efforts to educate Congress about the critical issues affecting medical billing companies and physicians.”

To learn more about the HBMA, the HBMA Lobby Day and Hill Visit, or to register for this special event, go to www.hbma.org, click on Education & Certification, National Conference. This event is only offered to members of HBMA.

About HBMA

A non-profit, member-led trade association, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (www.HBMA.org) 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.

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Press contact information:

Fran Cashen, HBMA Public Relations, (949)735.5641
fran@hbma.org

Brad Lund, Executive Director, HBMA, (877) 640-4262
brad@hbma.org

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