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2019 HFMA Western Region Symposium


By: Jeff Buehrle, AzHFMA President

Good morning. I hope your new year is starting off on the right foot. I really cannot believe January is almost over already. I had the opportunity to attend the HFMA Western Symposium from January 13-16. As you can see below the keynote speakers were amazing and their stories compelling. I found the conference provided me much time to self reflect and learn from session to session. I had an opportunity to hear from a Revenue Cycle panel that was quite informative with National speakers changing the way healthcare organization handle their Revenue Cycle and a CFO panel providing information and insights to their roles, personal development and what keeps them up all night. We all have very busy lives and work that keep us from taking advantage of learning opportunities, however, if you are looking for CEUs, Networking and learning opportunities, you will not find a better regional conference for it content versus value. We will hold the 22nd annual Western Symposium in Las Vegas in January 2020, a location that is convenient and close. Please mark your calendars for January 12-15, 2020 next year’s event. I promise you that you will not be disappointed. Thank you.

Event Photos

Samantha Brodt, Liz Ricafort and Joan Goda ready to represent Arizona at the 50s Sock Hop

Samantha Brodt and Terry Brennan – that’s his Dad’s jacket!

Both presentations had a full house!

Samantha Brodt and Joan Goda

Professional Credit hosted a large group of us for dinner at Hexx Kitchen – great food and company!

Jason Meyer, Samantha Brodt and Cally Christensen


AzHFMA 2019 Message


As we conclude an impelling 2018 in the healthcare industry and begin a new year, we will continue to drive toward population health advancements in 2019.  HFMA national and our local HFMA Arizona Chapter are focusing education on helping to succeed in healthcare reform.


The national HFM January 2019 magazine contains articles such as: Succeeding in industry disruption by empowering consumers, New approaches & technology for improving cost performance, and Creating PSAs that promote a meaningful hospital-physician bond.  Locally, we are partnering with The Hertel Report for our 3rd annual One Day Value Based Seminar which will be held Wednesday, March 13th at the San Marcos Resort in Chandler, AZ.  This year our theme is combining technology and institutional will to identify ways to meet the quadruple aim.  Similar to prior years, we will have health systems, ACOs/VBNs, health plans, ancillary providers, and others in attendance which will provide for excellent discussion and networking!


On Sunday, January 13th the 21st Annual HFMA Western Region Symposium will begin in Las Vegas, Nevada which is being organized by 13 HFMA Chapters including the Arizona Chapter.  Relevant presentations will focus on: Robotics, cognitive automation and artificial intelligence in revenue cycle; Using blockchain technology to help shape the future of healthcare; and payment variations in commercial health plans.


This new year will be another exciting year with the advancement of healthcare reform.  As each of us utilize HFMA as a resource for education, we will continue to make our personal contribution toward success in the quadruple aim! 



Leslie Flake
AZ HFMA President Elect


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Articles By Members


Maricopa Integrated Health System - Arizona HFMA’s First Enterprise Member

By Kelly Ryan
Regional Director of Business Development
Healthcare Resource Group

If you attended the most recent AZ HFMA Chapter conference you got to hear Jeff Buehrle, Chapter President, talk about the HFMA Enterprise membership program and, applaud the Chapter’s first Enterprise Member – Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS). The MIHS team saw the value and took advantage of this revolutionary approach to membership providing a cost effective access to HFMA value across the organization. Just in case you didn’t get the update here’s the 411 on this exciting program and why MIHS embraced it.

Historically, HFMA membership has been an individual offering. But, with organizational education budgets tightening it has become more difficult to provide this valuable resource to all that would benefit. Introduction of the HFMA Enterprise Membership program addressed that challenge by providing a cost-effective group membership delivering education, knowledge sharing and networking across the organization. 

“We did the math and looked at what we were paying for education and training from other organizations and it just made sense”, noted Nancy Kaminski, Senior Vice President, Revenue Cycle at MIHS. “The Enterprise Membership is a great pricing model that allows us the ability to offer quality education and training to all levels of employees – something we couldn’t do in the past.”  “I would challenge other organizations like ours to look critically at the ROI and opportunity the program provides- it’s well worth it ”, noted Kaminski.