When pondering what makes the Iowa Chapter of HFMA such a strong and visible presence in the nationwide HFMA community, the following words come to mind: collaboration, commitment, teamwork, relationships, culture, networking, and thought leadership. All of these descriptors paint a picture of the people that make up our great chapter – our members, sponsors, committee members, board members, and numerous other volunteers. As a group, we work together to help advance healthcare in our state, as well as in the surrounding region.
When the COVID pandemic hit in 2020, our chapter experienced disruption, no different than any other organization. While we were forced to cancel our meeting in April 2020, our team was determined to persevere and lead the way in navigating through these tough times. We initially developed virtual meetings and networking events. We then moved into conducting hybrid meetings and are proud to say we were one of the first chapters in the nation to do this. Today, we continue to offer hybrid meetings, but are happy to see that our in-person attendance is moving back toward pre-pandemic numbers.
National HFMA has established OneHFMA, where chapters can collaborate with HFMA national leaders who assist with certain administrative tasks of our meetings. We were one of the first chapters to utilize OneHFMA, which allows our chairs, board, and volunteers to focus more on content and communication between our members, sponsors, and the group as a whole.
Special thanks to Dave Muhs, our past president, for his hard work and dedication to Iowa HFMA over the years. As Dave mentioned in his president’s welcome last year, “The Iowa Chapter has a long, rich history of being a top tier chapter.” This continues to be the case today. Just recently at HFMA Leadership Training Conference in April 2022, the Iowa Chapter was awarded the “Innovation” award for the revenue cycle event we held in February 2022 in conjunction with a neighboring chapter.
I am honored to be your president this year and look forward to another successful year. Thank you to our sponsors, whose continued support of our Chapter allows for exceptional programming and events, as well as our numerous volunteers. Our leadership team has been planning for the upcoming year, and we hope to enhance the great events we already hold, including improving networking opportunities and increasing our overall attendance at events.
If any of our members have ideas, would like additional information on something, or are interested in volunteering on an Iowa HFMA committee, please let me know.
Here’s to a great year!
Joe Splinter, CPA, CHFP
Partner, Eide Bailly LLP
Iowa HFMA President, 2022-2023