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Keynote Speakers and Pre-Conference Programs Announced for the 2010 Annual HBMA Conference

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08/17/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Keynote Speakers and Pre-Conference Programs Announced for the

2010 Annual HBMA Conference

Presentations will educate medical billing professionals on how to improve their business within a climate of increased market scrutiny and ongoing economic challenges

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — August 18, 2010 — The Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA), a non-profit educational resource and advocacy group representing third-party medical billers and billing professionals, announced today that Tim Wright, founder of Wright Results, Inc., and William Jessee, MD, FACMPE, FACPM, president and CEO of MGMA, will serve as the opening and closing keynote speakers for the association’s 2010 Annual Conference. The conference, which is being held at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark from September 12-14, 2010, will kick off on Sunday, September 12 with a series of pre-conference programs focused on compliance and technology topics and will be followed by two-and-a-half days of educational sessions, legislative insights and networking opportunities for the medical billing community.

Tim Wright’s opening keynote address, Creating Higher Levels of Engagement, will focus on how to apply leadership talents to create greater employee engagement. Scheduled for Sunday, September 12 from 1:30–3pm, the session will outline how improved employee engagement can lead to a stronger business identity, increased client loyalty and reduced business expenses as well as more committed employees and better talent management.

The closing keynote address, Paying for Health Services: What’s Likely to Happen by William Jessee, MD, will explore the profound billing system changes likely to occur in the near future, why change is inevitable, when those changes may occur and how best to prepare for them. Topics to be reviewed include:

  • Driving changes in how insurers pay for health services;
  • Impact of ICD-10-CM, PQRI and other quality reporting programs; and
  • Potential impact of delivery system reform on healthcare billing.

“The HBMA annual conference embodies the mantra that ‘Change isn’t coming, it’s already here.’ Each year, HBMA designs its conferences so that attendees can walk away with actionable knowledge and tactics that they can immediately apply within their organizations to improve medical billing and management processes,” says HBMA President Scott Everson, CHBME. “This year’s keynote addresses and pre-conference sessions will highlight the overarching theme of change by offering solutions to more effectively engage employees, anticipate healthcare billing challenges and proactively address today’s most pressing compliance and technology issues.”

Beginning Sunday, September 12 from 8am—12pm, Holly Louie, RN, CHBME, PCS, and Robert Burleigh, CHBME, will host a pre-conference program entitled, Hot Topics in Compliance, which will explore real-life compliance scenarios from billing companies across the nation.

In the second pre-conference program, Technology Update 2010, presented by Robert Spencer, PhD, attendees will learn about the most significant challenges for technology in 2010/2011, explore ways to extend the longevity of existing XP systems and identify measures to encrypt and protect sensitive information.

“Beyond working to ensure that this year’s speakers and conference content are as compelling and informative as possible, we’ve engaged with leaders from HBMA membership to ensure that we were able to meet their fiscal requirements,” adds Everson. “Registration fees at HBMA’s national conferences provide significant value when compared to similar professional conferences and educational meetings. Not only is the cost of airfare, hotels and dining in St. Louis very reasonable, but we have also decided to kick off this year’s conference on a Sunday and wrap up on Tuesday. For many attendees, this means they only have to be away from the office for two days instead of the typical three or four days, enabling them to maximize their productivity.”

HBMA’s host hotel, the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, is ideally located downtown and within walking distance to some of the Gateway City's most acclaimed attractions, historic landmarks, entertainment, restaurants and shopping.

HBMA educational conferences are open to anyone interested in learning more about the healthcare revenue cycle process. Conference sessions have been specifically designed to confront the challenges facing third-party billers, as well as addressing the unique needs of healthcare providers who manage their own billing. To learn more or register for the HBMA 2010 Annual Conference, visit the event page at www.hbma.org.

About HBMA

A non-profit, member-led trade association, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) represents more than 30,000 employees at well over 650 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:

Dave Anderson, Dodge Communications, (770) 576-2547

danderson@dodgecommunications.com

Brad Lund, Executive Director, HBMA, (877) 640-4262

brad@hbma.org