Healthcare Billing & Management Association Announces 2011 Regional Meeting Schedule

Educational Meetings in Orlando and Chicago Kickoff Association’s Regional Focus

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA), a non-profit educational resource and advocacy group representing third-party medical billers and practice management billing professionals, announced today the addition of two upcoming regional events – Thursday, May 12 in Orlando, Fla. and Friday, May 13 in Chicago.

Consisting of participation by Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) representatives, commercial payors and other healthcare leaders, these one-day meetings are part of a larger HBMA initiative to build a regional organizational structure consistent with that of CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) MACs.

Select speakers include:

  • Shefali Mookencherry, Principal Consultant of Strategic and Advisory Services, Hayes Management Consulting
  • Pete McDermott, Senior Sales Executive, The SSI Group
  • Tammy Banks, Director of the Practice Management Center and Payment Advocacy, American Medical Association
  • Dave Jakielo, CHBME, Healthcare Billing Consultant and Past President of HBMA
  • Ken Ryan, Vice President of Member Advocacy, Illinois State Medical Society

“With each new change in legislation, maintaining a regional focus in today’s healthcare arena is becoming more and more crucial,” said Sherri Dumford, director of external affairs and past president of HBMA. “While each meeting will address some issues from a national or macro level, each one is really designed to provide attendees insights on the specific health issues affecting their own states, including a better understanding of accountable care organizations, RAC audits and compliance, AMA’s Heal the Claims Initiative, and impending hurdles to effective billing.”

In addition to the slate of educational sessions, each meeting will feature a payor panel featuring the major payors in the area including First Coast Health Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. For more information on how to register for the Orlando meeting or the Chicago meeting, visit HBMA’s individual event pages, email [email protected] or call 877-640-4262.

About HBMA

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


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