It's the end of the third quarter; do you know where your chapter is towards its DCMS education goal?

By the end of the third quarter, you 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.

If you have questions about whether your can realistically achieve your goal with the programs already in place, contact the Chapter Relations team for assistance with an in-depth review.

We've assembled a number of strategies that can help boost your chapter's education hours, particularly for those who appear to be falling short of your goal.

1. Add to a scheduled program. You've already got the audience, so this is one of the best ways to boost your numbers with minimal effort. Add additional hours to your program or you may be able to adjust registration to allow for either full- or multi-day programs, so that more people can take advantage of the opportunity. For example, if someone can't attend a full-day session, it may be possible to attend the only-morning or only-afternoon sessions, or a single day of a multi-day program. You can also extend the length of your program.

  • Add an additional one-to-two hour session
  • Make a half-day event a full day
  • Add educational speaker at lunch
  • Add a pre-conference session
  • Break up registration packages to encourage greater participation:
    • Single day registration for multi-day conference
    • Only-morning or only-afternoon session registrations for full day programs

2. Program Chair Toolkit. Find speakers who may be able to provide a program for you:

3. Membership Satisfaction Surveys. Go to page three of your chapter's survey to see which topics your members say they want most, then deliver!

4. HFMA's Virtual Conference

  • There's still one live program left on April 15 offering three DCMS hours and 3 CPEs per attendee
  • On-demand sessions offering DCMS hours

5. 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.)

6. HFMA's recorded, on-demand webinars via HFMA's online learning management system.

7.Chapter Leader Webinars. Encourage your leadership team to participate in all appropriate live webinars.

8. HFMA's Value Project. Resources for chapters include presentation slides, discussion questions, facilitator tips, and suggestions for putting on a successful Value Project education session.

9. Certification study sessions. It's a two-fer! Education and a possible boost to the chapter's count of exams taken.

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. Partner with neighboring chapter. Get together with a neighboring chapter to bring in a high-level speaker for an on-site program or a webinar.

12. Regional webinar or program. Get together with the chapters in your region to produce a regional webinar or on-site program.

13. Copy. Ask a neighboring chapter if they had a successful program that could be easily duplicated in your chapter.

14. Contact HFMA's Education Coordinator, Nancy Smith at, if you have questions or need advice on increasing your education hours.


Publication Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012