HFMA 2017 features redesigned networking events, attendee choice polls and tailored agendas

Networking party
This year's HFMA conference will feature two networking receptions as well as attendee choice sessions.

The Healthcare Financial Management Association will unveil new features at this year’s annual conference in Orlando based on feedback from previous attendees.

Attendee choice sessions

Among the changes: Attendees will have control over shaping content during the June 25-28 event via “attendee choice” sessions that include topics not already addressed in the program to gauge interest in topics, the association will conduct a series of interactive polling question. 

The first online question asks attendees which of the following topics are of the most concern to them: Creating partnerships to stay competitive; how physicians and physician leaders are leading the transitions to value-based care; operationalizing analytics and building a robust technology infrastructure, deploying emerging technologies and innovations, drug pricing and cost containment, modernizing consumer payment options or understanding how proposed changes to MACRA impacts physician payments.

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New and redesigned networking events

Sunday’s opening reception at 6 p.m. will take place immediately after the opening keynote presentation with MSNBC’s Morning Joe cohosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. The event will include a special ANI 2017 custom cocktail, food, beverages and entertainment.

HFMA promises no speeches, no formalities and no programs at Tuesday night’s reception, which is described as an event like no other. The event, from 6 to 10 p.m. will include an open bar, unlimited food, a band and two DJs to ensure plenty of dancing under the disco ball.

The new Collaboration Hub will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday and will allow attendees to participate in facilitated discussions. The hub also includes the HFMA Career Center, where attendees can receive complimentary professional headshots, resume reviews and career coaching.

Tailored agendas for execs, doctors, payers

Although all the educational content at the conference is centered around collaboration, HFMA has put together a list of sessions of most interest to healthcare executives, those who work in a health plan setting, as well as topics for physicians, clinical leaders and those who work for physician practices. Those sessions include using data to improve patient outcomes and physician-led practice design for value-based reimbursement.

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