The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) is the premier professional organization in healthcare administrative management. Your one-stop resource center for information, education and advocacy in the areas of reimbursement, admitting and registration, data management, medical records, patient relations and so much more.
Professional development of its members is one of the primary goals of the association. Publications, conferences and seminars, benchmarking, professional certification and networking offer numerous opportunities for increasing the skills and knowledge that are necessary to function effectively in today’s health care environment.
AAHAM actively represents the interests of healthcare administrative management professionals through a comprehensive program of legislative and regulatory monitoring and its participation in industry groups such as ANSI, DISA and NUBC. AAHAM is a major force in shaping the future of health care administrative management.
The association’s Board of Directors is made up of the presidents of AAHAM’s local Chapters. The Officers are elected by the membership at large and serve two year terms. The only non elected national officer position is that of Chairman. That position is filled by departing national president. Committee Chairs are picked by the national president and serve at the discretion of the president.
The National Office Staff is made up of full time professionals who strive to provide the national membership with the best services and benefits possible. The National Office is located just south of Washington, D.C. in Fairfax, Virginia.
History of AAHAM
AAHAM was founded in 1968 as the American Guild of Patient Account Management. It was initially formed to serve the interests of hospital patient account managers.
On January 1, 1998, the American Guild of Patient Account Management adopted the new name, The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management. The decision of a name change was a difficult one for the National Board of Directors; however, for AGPAM to continue to represent the diversity of health care administrative personnel, a name change was just a step in that direction.
The first Hawkeye AAHAM meeting was held in Boone Iowa in April 1976. Al Wilson was the first Hawkeye Chapter president.