Attending health management conferences in 2017 will be even more important for industry leaders to stay informed on changes under Trump’s administration.
Conferences are professional development events held yearly to discuss the latest regulations, technology advancements, patient care models, and financial constraints. Whether you manage a hospital, ambulatory care center, nursing home, or physician office in urban or rural settings, conferences for health management can provide valuable strategies to boost your organization’s efficiency and productivity.
Below we’ll map out 10 great conferences in the United States discussing emerging trends in health management.
1. 30th Annual Rural Health Care Leadership Conference: Phoenix, AZ
February 5-8, 2017
This February, escape the winter chill at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa for the Health Forum Education’s 30th Annual Rural Health Care Leadership Conference. Rural hospital CEOs, administrators, and system leaders congregate to share strategies for performance improvement. Attendees can receive 18 ACHE Qualified Education credits in workshops on topics like MACRA physician payment systems and rural ACOs. Managers will network with representatives from leading sponsors, including AthenaHealth. Partial scholarships are available to reduce the $675 AHA member fee.
2. HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition: Orlando, FL
February 19-23, 2017
At the Orange County Convention Center, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will hold its Annual Conference & Exhibition in February. This five-day event is ideal for healthcare management professionals to protect their organization’s IT systems against cyber adversaries. Attendees will network will nearly 45,000 colleagues in 300+ credit-incurring sessions devoted to clinical information exchange. This year’s keynote speakers will include IBM CEO Ginni M. Rometty, Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec, and former U.S. Speaker John Boehner.
3. ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership: Chicago, IL
March 27-30, 2017
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) will host its Congress on Healthcare Leadership at the Hilton Chicago in late March. Centered on the theme “Discovering Possibilities & Opportunities,” the large, four-day conference will provide innovative solutions for transformative health management. Guest speakers like Bernard J. Tyson, Liz Wiseman, and Ann Compton will inspire the over 4,000 attendees. Recent graduates could benefit greatly from the on-site Employment Referral Service (ERS) for job openings. There’s also a Fun Run/Walk planned for Fisher House donations.
4. MGMA/AMA 2017 Collaborate in Practice Conference: Chicago, IL
April 9-11, 2017
Another of the health management conferences in the “Windy City” in 2017 is presented by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and American Medical Association (AMA). The three-day Collaborate in Practice Conference provides CEU credits to health administrators seeking to enhance patient care while reducing costs. Sessions will be led by industry leaders like Zubin Damania, Rushika Fernandopulle, and Mo Kasti at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Attendees could also take a field trip to MATTER, a Chicago healthcare innovation hub.
5. Becker’s Hospital Review 8th Annual Meeting: Chicago, IL
April 17-20, 2017
Attracting 2,000 health services managers, the Becker’s Hospital Review 8th Annual Meeting will kick off in mid-April at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency. Featuring celebrity keynotes from Jay Leno and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the four-day conference offers strategic, business-focused discussions on the latest healthcare challenges. More than 300 sessions are arranged in distinct tracks, such as Patient Safety and Quality Issues or Physician Hospital Alignment Issues. In addition to ACHE credits, attendees will gain access to top-notch exhibitors like VMware and Crowe Horwath.
6. IFEBP Health Care Management Conference: New Orleans, LA
May 1-3, 2017
The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) will offer its Health Care Management Conference in May at the Loews New Orleans Hotel. The three-day event’s action-oriented, roundtable discussions will delve into drug cost management, cybersecurity, healthcare fraud, preventive care, and more. Attendees also hear insightful seminars from speakers like CEO Cherie Pleasant, VP Frank Gentilella, and Director Marianne Steger. The foundation’s over 33,000 members receive a discounted price of $1,445.
7. HFMA Annual National Institute: Orlando, FL
June 25-28, 2017
With 90+ expert-led sessions, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) will hold its Annual National Institute in Orlando this June. Following the theme “Collaborating for the Future,” the four-day conference invites health management leaders specializing in finance to resolve compelling monetary concerns. Attendees earn up to 25 CEU credits within the ideal forum for networking, sharing ideas, and sparking financial advancement. The Exhibit Hall will also display offerings from over 400 suppliers, including CapitalSource and Siemens.
8. NCCHC Correctional Health Care Leadership Institute: Las Vegas, NV
July 28-29, 2017
In July, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) will take over the Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for its yearly Leadership Institute. Offering 15 CEUs, the jam-packed, two-day conference will uniquely share the best management practices for healthcare in jails, prisons, and juvenile detention centers. Attendees pick from 25+ educational sessions exploring correctional ethics, inmate lawsuits, occupational stress, and more. Taking the Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) exam on-site is also possible.
9. AAHAM Annual National Institute: Nashville, TN
October 18-20, 2017
At the Opryland Resort in “Music City,” the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) will host its Annual National Institute in mid-October. Welcoming 500+ members, the three-day conference will exchange essential knowledge on patient account management. It’s ideal for compliance officers, medical billing managers, financial services directors, and CFOs for improving the revenue cycle. Over 75 exhibitors will set up, including NueMD and McKesson Technology Solutions. Also consider attending the AAHAM’s 2017 Legislative Day on May 1st on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
10. APHA Annual Meeting & Expo: Atlanta, GA
November 4-8, 2017
Network with more than 12,000 health management peers by attending the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta this November. The can’t-miss, five-day conference will focus on the theme “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health.” Up to 30 CPH credits are available through learning institutes, social media labs, the Lowell Reed Lecture Series, and more. Register before August 11th for the Early Bird rate of $510. Busy healthcare administrators can also attend virtually through APHA Live.
Health services managers should avoid career stagnation by arming themselves with new, cutting-edge practices at healthcare conferences. Registering for a conference will broaden your skills, expand your industry network, introduce you to new exhibitors, and fulfill essential continuing education hours for re-certification. Many healthcare facilities will even reimburse your registration rate for professional development. So, put some of these 10 great health management conferences on your 2017 calendar.