The big themes at ANI 2014

Conference's overarching themes are focused on ideas driving change

This year’s Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) annual ANI conference to be held June 22-25 in Las Vegas is focused around specific overarching themes important for driving change.

All session content and speakers’ topics will center around one or more of the eight themes: business intelligence and analytics; regulatory impact of reform/rules; clinical integration/culture; organizing for value; payment trends; revenue cycle; cost management/margin transformation; and finance and operations.

“These competencies were gleaned from our Value Project research and other ongoing work,” said Diane Simmons, vice president of education for HFMA in an email sent to Healthcare Finance News. “The eight themes for ANI 2014 correlate to the competencies identified as critical for driving change in today's environment.”

For instance, on Monday, June 23, conference attendees can join Pamela Thompson, chief executive officer for the Association of Nurse Executives for an education session under the theme of clinical integration /culture. The session, titled Catalyzing Change: Aligning Nurses and Finance Professionals to Drive Value, will involve discussions around highlighting successful collaborative strategies to develop a deeper relationship between nursing and finance.

Another education session, the CFO’s Role in Physician Alignment and Education, scheduled for Tuesday, June 24, falls under the theme, Organizing for Value. During this session, attendees can expect to learn about preparing their employed physicians for critical transitions like ICD-10 and managing new practice acquisitions in collaboration with physician leaders.

And the conference’s keynote speakers – author and motivation expert Daniel Pink on June 22, physician and author Atul Gawande on June 23 and leadership expert and author Liz Wiseman on June 25 – will highlight the importance of strong leadership to achieve goals and foster a workplace that not only makes achieving goals possible, but exceeds them.