The end of the third quarter has come and gone. Your chapter should be at or above 75 percent of your CBSC goal with enough estimated hours entered into in the Program Planning Tool to carry you past the finish line.

Can you realistically achieve your goal with the programs already in place? If you aren’t sure, contact the Chapter Relations team for assistance with an in-depth review.

If it appears you may fall short of your goal, don’t despair. We’ve assembled 14 strategies that can help your chapter boost its education hours.

  1. Add to a scheduled program. You’ve already got the audience, so this is one of the easier ways to boost your numbers with minimal effort. You can also add registration choices to allow more people to attend at least part of your program.
    • Add an additional 1-2 hour session
    • Make a half-day event full-day
    • Add an educational speaker at lunch
    • Add a pre-conference session
    • Break up registration packages to encourage greater participation:
      • Single-day registration for multi-day conference
      • A.M. or P.M. registration for full-day programs
  2. Plug and Play. It’s take-out education programming. Our Prepared Presentations ready to present at your chapter program. Use these as standalone programming like a lunch and learn or chapter webinar or as a supplement to an existing chapter program. Topics include Certification and the Value of HFMA. Just plug and play!
  3. Tell a compelling story. Do you have a provider who has a compelling story to tell about how they solved a common problem? Share the knowledge by presenting a case study as an onsite program or as a webinar. Find guidelines for presenting a case study in the Program Chair Toolkit.
  4. Program Chair Toolkit. Find speakers who may be able to provide a program for you:  
  5. Member Satisfaction Surveys. Go to page three of your chapter’s Member Satisfaction Survey to see which topics your members say they want most, then deliver!
  6. HFMA’s 2014 Virtual Conference
    • There’s still one live program left on April 24 that offers 3 CPUs and did we say people who have not been HFMA members in the past get free membership when they register for the Virtual Conference?
    • On-demand sessions
    • Ads and web banners, and promotional copy are available in the Newsletter Chair Toolkit
  7. Live HFMA webinars . These include a new series from the American Health Lawyers Association (most webinars are free; there is special series pricing for AHLA webinars.)
  8. HFMA’s recorded, on-demand webinars (on LMS). Not sure which to choose? We’ve done the vetting for you with our 2013 Top 5 On-Demand Webinar Recordings.
  9. Chapter Leaders Webinars . Encourage your leadership team to participate in all appropriate live webinars.
  10. Mini-LTC/Strategic Planning. Chapters can claim one session each DCMS year for education credit. If your chapter hasn’t already entered a planning session, schedule one before the end of the DCMS year.
  11. Promote HFMA education programs. Check out the Education Roundup for information on upcoming education opportunities. Remember, chapters receive DCMS education hours for every member who participates in an HFMA national education program. Consider promoting these events in your newsletter or on your website. There are still two major on-site programs for the 2013-14 DCMS year: The Value Summit 2014, March 17-18 in Chicago and Spring Seminar, March 19-21 in Orlando.
  12. Regional webinars. Get together with the chapters in your region to produce a regional webinar.
  13. Be a Copy Cat. Ask a neighboring chapter if they had a successful program that could be easily duplicated in your chapter.
  14. Contact Chapter Relations. Just email if you have questions or need advice on increasing your education hours.