President's Letter

Greetings, Fellow Travelers. When this newsletter hits your email, spring will be so close you’ll be able to feel it in the air. But now it’s still March and we wake up to below zero temperatures. I even made a trip to Florida in January for the President’s training meeting and still had 26 wind chill.

One of my duties as president is to serve on a committee at the National AAHAM level. The previous year I was assigned to review the websites and bylaws of other chapters around the country. This year, I’m serving on the CRCS Certification Committee. I’m always open to hearing your thoughts and ideas about the Certification process and even more so this year.

John Currier, President of AAHAM has laid out several ambitious goals for local chapters. He’s identified seven (7) characteristics of a successful chapter.

      Strong leadership/Strategic planning
      Financial Responsibility
      Membership Growth, Retention, and Engagement
      High Quality Education
      Strong Certification Program.
      Valued Corporate Partner Program
      Active Involvement with Legislative Issues, Payers and Community

I hope that each of you can identify at least one of these areas where you’d like to be more active and involved. I invite you to contact me or any other board member if you need information.

March 26-28, 2017 was Legislative Day in Washington D.C. We met with members from the Senate and Representative offices to discuss our position on 340b. If you were not able to attend, but have some feedback about this program I’d love to hear it.

The National AAHAM office also monitors Iowa’s legislation and will send you an email if there is anything that would involve Iowa providers or the health industry. Be watching for articles of interest once we get a new Legislative Chair in place. Here is an excellent opportunity to be on a committee.

Nominations committee will soon be contacting persons to run for office for the 2019-2020 terms. All officers and 3 board members are up for election this fall. Please say, “Yes” if contacted.

If working on the newsletter is something that would be of interest to you, consider submitting articles by the 15th of the month to Steph Hultman or Laurie Gaffney. Remember that articles count as points to be entered into a drawing for free registration to ANI in October, plus $300 to apply towards airfare or hotel.

ANI is in Florida for 2018. The resort is beautiful and would be an ideal place for a family vacation. Las Vegas calls us back for 2019, and New Orleans in 2020.

Looking forward to a great meeting in May.

Rebecca Gough

President, Hawkeye Chapter AAHAM