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March 3, 2017

Congratulations to HFMA San Diego-Imperial Chapter member Leticia Stewart! Leticia recently obtained her Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) certification, and is our third member to earn certification through the new exam process.
Leticia has worked in Healthcare for over 25 years.  Her focus is Revenue Cycle and she has experience in various settings including hospital, home health, lab, and physician groups.  Regarding her certification Leticia stated, "I decided to take the CHFP course to demonstrate my range of knowledge.  The course covers a variety of topics and was very intuitive.  I highly recommend."
The new CHFP program is geared toward financial professionals, clinical and nonclinical leaders, and payers - all those whose jobs require a deep understanding of the new financial realities of health care. Click here for more information on Certification
March 8,Lunch and Learn Webinar 

March 8, 2017 - 12:00 P.M. FREE Lunch and Learn Webinar
Hosted by HFMA Northern CA
Operational and Strategic Changes to the Clinical Lab Fee Schedule (CLFS)
This webinar will cover:
* Types of lab services provided by hospitals
* Medicare outpatient lab coverage requirements
* Medicare outpatient lab billing requirements
* Upcoming changes to Medicare payment of outpatient lab services (2017 & 2018)

March 9, Lunch and Learn Cyber Security Update

March 9, 2017 -  Free Lunch and Learn Webinar - Cyber Security Update
Hosted by HFMA San Diego Imperial

Please join us for a Cyber Security Update Webinar with our speaker Sriram Bharadwaj Sriram Bharadwaj is Director, Information Systems, University of California, Irvine, Healthcare (UCI Health) and has over 25 years of Information Management Systems experience in multiple industries including healthcare.

The topic of discussion will be The Growing Impact of Cyber-security Risks to an Healthcare Enterprise

This Webinar will highlight the growing concern among financial executives around Cybersecurity risks and threat landscape:
  • What an OCR investigation means and how this can be avoided by deploying proven risk management practices at health care organizations
  • Current OCR penalty scenarios and the increase in litigation and action by both federal and state authorities
  • Tips and tricks on how a holistic approach to Cybersecurity will deliver dividends in the long term for healthcare organizations

March 15, Lunch and Learn Webinar Occupational Mix Survey

March 15, 2017 - 12:00 P.M. Lunch and Learn Webinar
Hosted by HFMA Northern CA
Preparing Your Occupational Mix Survey Webinar
Those attending the webinar will learn the following: 
· The importance of the Occupational Mix Survey and its implications
· How to collect the data for the standard occupational categories
· How the occupational mix adjustment factor is calculated
· The impact it has on the wage index and payments to hospitals

March 20, Lunch and Learn Webinar - Training Current Staff As CDIS

March 20, 2017 - 12:00 P.M. Lunch and Learn Webinar
Hosted by San Diego Imperial Chapter
Why Training Your Current Coding Staff as CDIS Makes Good Financial Sense
Speaker -  Hayley J. Book
CCS is the owner of Full Code CDI™ and founder of the EverNorth CDI Academy 
Objective:  To understand the many benefits, financial and otherwise of  cross training coders as CDIS.
Webinar Overview:
In the face of disconcerting predictions about ICD-10's impact on reimbursement; which is yet to be full understood and the explosion of new codes some hospitals still  lack a formal Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) program.
The reasons hospitals have not implemented a CDI program vary. Smaller hospitals have not justified the investment in resources due to the high cost of implementing a CDI program with one of the major CDI vendors, and some hospitals have implemented CDI programs that failed.  But the most common reason we find is that the majority of hospitals simply don't know that a CDI program can be implemented without the required high dollar initial investments paid out to consulting firms.
For hospitals, fully implementing CDI is daunting in terms of cost, training, and education required. With the key players being - physicians, coders, and nurses; who often are at odds and don't necessarily collaborate well together. All the while, hospitals have a myriad of other challenges competing for their attention and threatening their bottom line. 

April 28, 2017  The Second Annual Women's Event!
J oin us April 28, 2017 
for our 2nd Annual Women's Event

We are excited to be teaming up again with Southern California HFMA 

We have a fabulous lineup of speakers and panelist.

Gentlemen, this isn't just for Women you are welcome too!

For information on 
Registration, Sponsorship, Hotels, Take the Train option and our Charity Raffle and Silent Auction, Please go to our Women's Event Information Page.  Want to share the news, please download our Women's Event Flyer


Early Bird Pricing now through April 1st.

National Webinars Coming up Next Week
Learn about timely healthcare finance topics and earn CPEs. Most live webinars are free for HFMA members and $99 for non-members, unless otherwise noted. 

Membership Callenge - We need your help!
NEWMEMBER  Help us meet our membership goal!.  We are over 80% to our membership goal and we would like to Challenge our San Diego Membership to help us make it to 100%.   You KNOW there's someone in your circle who could benefit by joining HFMA and  needs to come on board. 

Invite your colleagues - in hospitals, health plans, and physician practices - to join HFMA and earn great prizes as our way of saying "thanks".
  • 1-2 Recruits: Choose between HFMA 'swag' and a $25 Visa debit card
  • 3-4 Recruits: Receive a $100 Visa debit card and entry into a drawing for $1,000
  • 5+ Recruits: Receive a $150 Visa debit card and entry into a drawing for $2,500
  • Plus, for every member you recruit, you get a chance to win an Apple Watch Sport and a $5,000 grand prize ($3,000 cash and $2,000 donated to a charity of your choice).
How to Participate

To be eligible, recruits must list your name and ID number in the "sponsor" area when they sign up.  Join   online or contact HFMA's Member Services Team at 800/252-4362, extension 2.  You can also print and have them  fill out the Membership application and mail it in,
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Thank you for helping grow our Chapter!

March 8,  FREE  - Operational and Strategic Changes to the Clinical Lab Fee Schedule (CLFS)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 12:00 P.M.
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March 9 - FREE - Cyber Security Update 
Thursday, March 8, 2017 12:00 P.M.
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March 15 - Preparing Your Occupational Mix Survey Webinar
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:00 pm
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March 20 - Why Training Your Current Coding Staff in CDIS Makes Good Financial Sense
Monday, March 20 2017 12:00 pm

April 28 - Pursuing Your Passion, Second Annual  Women's Event Co-Hosted by HFMA Southern California and San Diego Imperial Chapters
Friday 8:30 - 3:30 p.m. Self Guided Tours 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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Your 2016-2017 HFMA San Diego - Imperial Chapter Team
President - Julie Haluska-
President Elect Debbie Binczewski-
Vice President - Fahd Benabdeljalil -
Secretary - Shannon Vanderbilt -
Treasurer - Josephine Lee-
Membership - Mindy Scher -
Programs -     Basak Kaya -
Newsletter Director - Dan Bannister -
Sponsorship - Pia Labos -
Director and Chair Founders, Chapter Awards and Volunteerism