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President's Welcome


It is an honor and privilege to begin a new HFMA year as your chapter President. I am thankful for the opportunity to represent a chapter comprised of so many exceptional leaders and together with close to our 2000 members, make this an outstanding chapter! 

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As the calendar turns to November and we enter the holiday season, it is a time to reflect and give thanks. It is an honor to serve as the President of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of HFMA for 2022-2023 and I am thankful for the support and commitment from our many chapter volunteers. Our chapter’s success has always   been based on the collective efforts of our volunteers, so many generously give their time and talents to support our great chapter. Our chapter year runs from June 1 to May 31 and it has been a successful first half of the chapter year. Today’s HFMA has grown to more than 90,000 members strong and our Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter now has over 2,200 members.

On Friday September 30th, our chapter held the 14th Annual Fall Institute at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia which was a very successful event with over 190 people in attendance.  It was nice seeing old friends as well as many new members at the Bellevue. Thank you to Danielle LaBraico and Nicole Orange for planning the event and for our volunteers who helped make this a great day.  We also recently held our Virtual Physician and Reimbursement Seminar on October 20th. I would like to thank the committee chairs and members Scott Besler, Adam Flade, Matt Killinger, Steve Molitoris, Tom Morse, Steven Honeywell, Michael Bradley and Julia Cascerceri for all of their efforts in putting together a successful event. We also hosted successful social events at the Deauville Inn in Strathmere, New Jersey and at Morgan Pier’s in Philadelphia. Our members appreciated the opportunity to connect and network with friends and peers.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Revenue Cycle Conference on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at the Live! Casino Hotel in Philadelphia.  This year’s theme is Partners in Revenue Cycle Operations. The sessions will focus on the partnerships surrounding the Revenue Cycle that are necessary for an organization’s overall success.

Register today for an exciting day filled with local leaders and inspiring topics!

In addition to this event, please join us at our other upcoming education events, including:

  • Virtual Professional Development Seminar – January 19, 2023
  • Health Care 101 Event – February 16, 2023 -- KPMG, Philadelphia, PA
  • Spring Institute – March 24, 2023 – The Bellevue Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

In addition to attending our educational events above, CPE credits are also awarded at the completion of the HFMA certification programs. (14 CPE credits for CRCR and 14 CPE credits for Module I of CHFP™).

One of the added benefits of your HFMA all-access membership subscription is that there is no additional cost to pursue HFMA’s certification programs (previously, some of these certifications cost in excess of $500). Simply log in at hfma.org and click MyeLearning at the top of the page and surf around the site – there’s an enhanced user experience, including better course organization and easier navigation. HFMA’s certifications demonstrates your qualifications to senior management, co-workers, and the industry—highlighting your commitment to the profession and maintaining up-to-date skills and knowledge. There are several HFMA certifications, including Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP™) and Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR). We encourage our members to consider pursuing an HFMA certification.

As always, thank you for your support of our great chapter. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the chapter board members with any feedback on how we can make our chapter work for you!

Al Deana

President, Metro-Philadelphia Chapter

This year I had the pleasure of hosting the Annual Past President’s Dinner on May 11th at Davio’s King of Prussia. This great traditional dinner gathers Past Presidents of the Chapter along with current Officers and Board Members. We were honored to have seventeen past presidents attend as well as Kevin Brennan and Joanne Judge, former HFMA National Chairs, and Mike McKeever, past president of the New Jersey Chapter and current HFMA regional executive for our region. Thomas Heron (1991-1992) was the earliest past president to join us. Chris Niwinski, who served as President during the 2020-2021 Chapter Year, presided over the Installation of New Officers and Board Members for the 2022-2023 Chapter Year.

The dinner is always filled with lots of laughs, stories and great memories from our past presidents and it was extra special that we could finally get together as a group after a three-year hiatus. Amidst the laughter, we also took the time to acknowledge the recent passing of Burt Church (1978-1979) and to remember how much he enjoyed this annual gathering. I also had the honor of presenting Chapter awards to several of our guests. Kevin Brennan received the 2020 Soon Lee Education Award. Joanne Judge received the 2020 Annual Achievement Award and Guy Hoffman received the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Award. Danielle LaBraico, who was not able to make the dinner, received the 2021 Edward Mallon Outstanding Member Award. The great atmosphere and camaraderie in the room was a great reminder to the newer members of the board of what it truly means to be a member/volunteer of this chapter.

Anne DelPizzo (2019-2020) captured some great pictures of the evening: https://philahfma.smugmug.com/2022-Past-Presidents-Dinner

 

Looking forward to next year’s event,

Al Deana