Texas Gulf Coast Express - November 2016
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Dena McNeill, BBA President
2016-2017
I am very excited to share information on several outstanding and informative chapter events and conferences.  The Fall Institute (The Birthday Bash) was on October 21st at the Omni Houston Hotel and a huge success.  It provided the potential to gain 7 CPE points.  The Program Chair, Patrick Mason, and the committee worked diligently to plan an interesting and relevant conference.  We recently published our annual "Gold Sponsor's Special Edition" Newsletter.  The Communications Chair, Vania Duckett, and the committee also worked diligently to publish this additional Newsletter.  Did you know that we are the only chapter in the Texas region to publish this special edition newsletter recognizing our sponsors?  We appreciate our sponsors and invite you to join this elite group.  I appreciate Patrick and Vania for "stepping up" to support and improve our Chapter.  

Please visit our website at http://www.hfmatxgc.org/ for a copy of the Gold Sponsor's Newsletter and information on upcoming events.

EDITOR'S COLUMN
Vania Duckett Director
Communications Chair
APM, ACI, MIPS, MACRA, QPP

Make sure you know and understand the ABC's for the new Quality Payment Program (QPP).  This new program is focused on improving the quality of healthcare.  Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is a component of this program. 

According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), "T he Quality Payment Program improves Medicare by helping you focus on care quality and the one thing that matters most - making patients healthier".  CMS goes on to outline the two options you can choose, an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) or the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

To assist Americans in understanding the QPP intricacies, CMS launched a detailed website.

FEATURED ARTICLE
University Spotlight - Texas A&M 
MHA Student Article
CFE, FHFMA
Julie Rabat-Torki
CFE, FHFMA
 
According to the Urban Dictionary, professional courtesy simply means a sort of mutual respect between people in the same type of work. You've probably heard of this in the context of physicians, attorneys or policemen affording their colleagues with professional courtesy; it is also a philosophy of how to behave in a workplace environment, a professional etiquette of sorts. And while professional courtesy is not required, it has been found to make the workplace more enjoyable, with a more connected and engaged workforce.
 
Today, there seems to be a lack of professional courtesy in the business workplace.  

QUARTERLY SPOTLIGHTS
C-Suite Spotlight

Dr. Benjamin Chu President & CEO
 
Recognized by Modern Healthcare's 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders, Dr. Chu is the first ever physician to be CEO of Memorial Hermann.  He offers more than four decades of healthcare experience as a clinician, administrator and policy advocate.  He has received nationwide recognition for innovative leadership.  He has received the highest honor in health and medicine, an election to the National Academy of Medicine.  

Dr. Chu holds several board positions and is actively involved in Community Outreach.
 
University Spotlight

Texas A&M opened its doors in 1876 as the state's first public institution of higher learning. Today, it stands as a research-intensive flagship university. It is  among the nation's largest universities.
 
It is among few universities to hold the triple distinction of land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant designations.  It is also among few universities to host a presidential library, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
 
The School of Public Health offers several Master Degree programs to include Health Administration.  
The Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a professional degree program for students pursuing administrative practice in healthcare. Within the MHA is an Executive MHA, designed for employed executives and mid-mgmt professionals.

HFMA NATIONAL THEME TAGLINE
Mary Mirabelli
2016-2017  
National Chair
WEBINARS
Upcoming Live Webinars

Nov. 9 Understanding the Critical Role of Decision Support in the Capital Management Process
Nov. 14
Latest Updates on Legislative and Regulatory Issues and the Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Health Care
Nov. 16 Making Sense of the Final CMS MACRA Rule


CHAPTER EVENTS
Upcoming Events

Symposium
November 17, 2016
Healthcare Symposium
Luncheon
November 18, 2016
November Luncheon
Breakfast
January 27, 2017
HIMSS and HFMA
Texas Gulf Coast Joint Breakfast Symposium
MEMBERSHIP
It's All About You!!



Current 
Membership: 794

Goal: 860

Seasoned professional or newcomer to healthcare finance?

Either way, HFMA resources can provide the skills to strengthen financial, clinical, and operational leaders.

You can be a leader in your industry, and begin building your future.
CERTIFICATION
Congratulations!
Newly Certified Members


John Murray 
CPXP, MBA, CHFP
Kent Walters
CHFP

Need a Study Buddy?
We got you covered!
 
Multiple available resources to ensure success.
  • Reimbursement - $700 Exam Fee 
  • Study Groups
  • 1:1 Mentoring/Support
  • Exclusive Recognition Dinner
Becoming certified distinguishes you as a leader and high-level professional in the healthcare finance industry. Through HFMA Certification Programs, you can show your dedication to high industry standards. 
SAVE THE DATE

TEXAS STATE CONFERENCE


March 2017
AUSTIN, TX

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November 2016
hfm magazine

WE APPRECIATE OUR SPONSORS!
Gold Sponsors
 
Xtend Healthcare, LLC
 
BKD, LLP
pwc   
   
   
 
Silver Sponsors Bronze Sponsors

BESLER Consulting
Capio Partners, LLC
CHI St. Luke's Health
Enable Comp, LLC
HCFS
IMA Consulting
MDSave
Medical Data Systems
Protiviti
Resource Corporation of America 
SSI Group, Inc.
Triage Consulting Group


Please contact Dena McNeill 
for information on Sponsors
(713) 356-5939
BRAGGING RIGHTS!!!
Yerger Awards
Award Recipients
 
Innovation
Engage Student Volunteers to Increase Participation
Membership Development
Jordon Mitchell, Chair
Julie Rabat-Torki, Co-Chair


Innovation
University Spotlight  Program
Communications/Newsletter
Vania Duckett, Chair 
Ericka Jones, Co-Chair

 
Improvement
DeMarse Engagement/Contract
Region 9 committee; Texas Gulf Coast Chapter members are:  Steve Hand Chair, and Mark Worthen Chapter Representative

Founder's Awards
Award Recipients

Bronze:  
Amy Adams 
Patrick Maston

Gold:  
Dena McNeill
Pam Potter
Phyllis Speer 
 
 
Read more about the Founder's Award

Henry Hottum Award

The Henry Hottum Award is named in honor of the first president of the Tennessee Chapter-HFMA and presented each year to the chapter member selected by the Chapter's Board of Directors who has made significant contributions to the Chapter in the field of accounting and business office practices.
2016 FALL INSTITUTE
If you missed the Birthday Bash, you missed a TREAT!!
A special thanks for all who joined us in celebrating 50 Years of Quality Education. 

NEWSLETTER ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS
"Extra, Extra"
Read All About It

Texas Gulf Coast Chapter newsletters are mobile friendly!!
 
Next Newsletter Deadline:  
Articles due to the Chair - no later than January 1, 2017  
 
  • Articles should be submitted as MS Word, jpg, and/or tif files.  Please email articles to Vania Duckett, Communications Chair at vaniaduckett@live.com.
  • Gulf Coast Express is published quarterly by the Texas Gulf Coast chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association as a communication medium to Chapter members. Opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.  
  • The Editor reserves the right to accept, reject, and/or edit any submission for clarity and length.