President's Letter

Greetings, Fellow Travelers! We are certainly starting off the year in a cyclone of activity. That is not to be intended as an endorsement or slander of ISU, but the winds seem to change quite frequently in the business of healthcare finance.

There is a lot more happening with AAHAM than what we at the local level are aware of. For instance in 2017, full time college students can become National AAHAM members at no cost. This is a great opportunity to become certified in all areas of healthcare finance. Imagine what it could have been like starting your career armed with the knowledge that you now have.

I’ve seen many changes in health insurance since I began my career in 1978. Back then, there was no such thing as the birthday rule or universal billing forms. Many employers still had their own HCFA 1500 billing forms which had to go through their Human Resources departments for approval. What would HIPAA have to say about that?

I look forward to serving as your President for the next two years. Already I’ve attended my first ANI in Las Vegas and a board meeting in Nashville. In May I’ll be going to Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional staff to discuss aspectsof the rules and regulations on Observation stays.

In October 2017, the ANI will be held in Nashville. If you’ve never been to the Gaylord Opryland Resort or Nashville, I encourage you to start making plans to attend. There are opportunities for you to earn points to qualify for a drawing and possibly receive a scholarship to attend this event. You can find that information on our website.

We have a lot of new board members this year and I look forward to working with all of them. A talented group, so expect some new ways of doing things. We want your input about speakers, programs, schedules and anything else that you want to share. Feel free to reach out to me at any time. See you in May.

Rebecca Gough

President, Hawkeye Chapter AAHAM