This week, National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM) professionals from around the country will gather together at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina for their 38th annual conference. The dates of the meeting are 05/08 through 05/12 and the conference agenda appears to be packed full of educational seminars and learning labs centered around curriculum regarding revenue cycle management, patient access, communication, patient flow, medicare/medicaid management, and many more topics. This year’s theme is “Patient Access: The Helm of the Revenue Cycle,” an appropriate testament to the critical role of patient access healthcare professionals to help keep costs down and revenues strong.
NAHAM is the leading resource for managing successful patient access services and describes itself as:
“We establish best practices and subject matter expertise; provide an array of networking, education, and certification opportunities; and enable our members to influence and promote high quality delivery of Patient Access Services.”
The recent changes in healthcare reform have shone a brighter spotlight on administrative operations so for the past couple of years, patient access has increasingly come into focus as a vital and integral part of a medical facility’s fabric and a key spoke in keeping healthcare costs down. The shift to EHR in healthcare has thrust the role of patient access managers and other healthcare personnel as stewards of the initiative, and these folks remain on the forefront of the changes.
It’s a safe bet that the Exhibit Hall will be packed with technology vendors showcasing their solutions and meeting with NAHAM members to understand more about their needs and market direction. M2SYS will be among those in attendance at Booth #808 where we will be showing a live demo of our RightPatient biometric patient identification system featuring iris recognition. If you are attending the show, please stop by to see us!