October has arrived which normally means cooler weather, shorter days and leaves turning those magical colors. “Not so fast”, to quote Lee Corso on ESPN during the Saturday Game Day show. Most of Texas has experienced excessive rain fall in the spring, extended heat this summer met with lack of rain, drought conditions and most recent in North and Central Texas, flooding rains again; meaning I still have to mow the yard! Slow to come but I think fall is finally upon us!! As we all know fall normally signifies football and I have noticed a trend that most conversations, business and personally start with something about our little league team, our college team and or our favorite pro team on what happened that weekend or what will happen in the next game (basic trash talking). I recall in my travels this summer seeing team shirts on fans 6-8 weeks out from the season with anticipation of great things to happen. As I reflect on what I just said it reminds me of today’s healthcare; expecting one thing and getting another. Uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring, how will we cope, can we survive the storm, what will it look like when its passed…..my friends I don’t know that anyone has the complete answer but what I do know is that we are blessed to live in a great nation and a great state that can and will survive whatever storm you may encounter. National HFMA & the South Texas…
HFMA is the nation’s leading membership organization for healthcare financial management executives and leaders. More than 34,000 members, ranging from CFOs to controllers to accountants consider HFMA a respected thought leader on top trends and issues facing the healthcare industry. HFMA members can be found in all areas of the healthcare system including hospitals, managed care organizations, physician practices, accounting firms and insurance companies.
In the chapter, regional, and national level, HFMA helps healthcare finance professionals meet the challenges of the modern healthcare environment by: providing education, analysis, and guidance; building and supporting coalitions with other healthcare associations to ensure accurate representation of the healthcare finance profession; educating a broad spectrum of key industry decision makers on the intricacies and realities of maintaining fiscally healthy healthcare organizations and working with a broad cross-section of stakeholders to improve the healthcare industry by identifying and bridging gaps in knowledge, best practices, and standards.