Johnita Forbes

HFMA responses from Students

I am glad that you were able to join the VA-DC HFMA Fall Educational Conference. Can you tell us a little about your overall experience of the conference and the highlights from the main sessions and breakout sessions plus what you think other students/early careerists will gain from this conference?

I had the honor to be able to attend the Healthcare Financial Management Association Conference in Virginia Beach, VA.  On Wednesday, after registration, we attended the welcome opening by Jessica Poston, the President of the VA-DC HFMA. Once the welcoming was over, the first session was about the upcoming election. We discussed the candidates for the Presidential Election and what each candidate had to offer when it comes to healthcare and the financial side of it. At this session a few topics we discussed was the payment updates and APM incentives, Merit based incentive Program (Quality, Advancing Caring Information, Clinical Practice improvements, Activities, and Cost).  These sessions taught me so much more about topics that I didn’t know much about. On Thursday, we were able to go to more sessions. We went to a forum with different CFOs for different companies. In this forum we learned about the CFOs different views on certain situations. Later that day we attended another forum known as the Leadership Forum. In this forum we learned more about the panels and their varying executive roles within their organization and the complexities of healthcare management on a day-to-day basis. The networking reception was one of my favorite parts of the whole conference. It gave us the opportunity to meet different people from all over and learn more about what they do. One of my favorite sessions was the “Medical Identity Theft”. We talked about the Military Health System (MHS) and how it is an integrated medical team that provides optimal health services in support of our nation’s military mission – anytime, anywhere. We also discussed TRICARE which is a health care plan using military health care as the main delivery system (Direct Care). It also was created by law in 1993 to replace the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS). The misuse of an individual’s personally identifiable health information (IIHI) to obtain or bill for medical services or medical goods. IIHI includes patient name, date of birth, Social Security Number (SSN), or insurance policy number

The partnership with HFMA and NSU will assist future students by allowing them to learn more about financial aspect of healthcare. It is also a great networking opportunity for future students to go out and show others what they have learned and what they are capable of learning. This conference was defiantly a learning experience for me. I am so grateful that Johnita thought about Norfolk State University and allowed us to come to the conference. I will take everything I learned from Johnita and the conference and carry it with me for the rest of my career. Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience. 

Jalessa Edwards is a graduating in December as a Health Services Management graduate from Norfolk State University. She is highly interested in obtaining experience in the ambulatory setting and long-term care environment. She is also focused on obtaining her Long-Term Administration license in the state of Virginia.

I am glad that you were able to join the VA-DC HFMA Fall Educational Conference. Can you tell us a little about your overall experience of the conference and the highlights from the main sessions and breakout sessions plus what you think other students/early careerists will gain from this conference?

On September 28, 2016 it marked the first day of the 2016 VA-DC Health Financial Management Association Fall Educational Conference. For three days financial workers ranging from data analysts and accountants to controllers and CFO’s, brought their own sets of skills and areas expertise from their respective health facilities to share with the conference’s attendees.

The conference’s first general session provided an update on the current presidential election and how the outcome may affect healthcare in this country. With an election win by Donald Trump and control of the House and Senate, Republicans will look to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democrats on the other hand will support the ACA and look to expand it.

In the second general session, the speaker addressed the Medicare coverage of inpatient admissions that do not satisfy the two midnight benchmark.  Under current Medicare guidelines, inpatients admissions with an expected lengths of stay less than 2 midnights is considered rare and unusual.

The following day’s agenda began with a CFO Forum. Members of the audience asked the panel questions such as “How would you present departmental or an organizational revenue loss to the appropriate parties?” and “What is the biggest problem your organization faces?” The fourth general session titled The New Paradigm of Patient Access. This session emphasized how health care providers can meet patient’s expectations and maximize their satisfaction. Not only did they take lessons from successful providers, they also looked at how other industries are satisfying their customers.

The conferences last day began with a presentation on fraud on profitability in the healthcare system. The speaker warned the audience of the dangers and consequences of healthcare fraud. They also gave the managers the procedures in order to detect fraud within their company. The final presentation consisted of the best practices used in revenue cycle. Examples included using technology in the billing process, educating staff on payer instructions, and receiving ongoing and specialized education on coding.

The HFMA Conference is a perfect opportunity for students to be exposed to different facets of the healthcare system.  Students will also have the opportunity to network with individuals who work within the healthcare financial industry. These discussions give them a chance of hearing and comprehending jargon actually used in the field.  This assembly of managers is also a great opportunity for students seeking employment after graduation. They’ll have the ability to convey their skills and knowledge acquired in college to employers.  Overall, the conference was very informative and I will use my acquired knowledge going forward as I enter my career.

  • Akeem Adams is a graduating senior from the Health Services Management program at Norfolk State University. He currently has a curiosity about finance and analysis within healthcare. Akeem likes collaboration and research and plans on after graduation to obtain his Masters of Health Administration degree.