Jon Melling, BSc (Hons) Mgmt Sciences, FHIMSS
On behalf of the HIMSS executive leadership and staff we would like to introduce you to the HIMSS 2014 Health Business Solutions Committee (HBSC), formerly the Medical Banking and Financial Systems Committee.
The Medical Banking and Financial Systems (MBFS) Committee was originally created in 2010 following the acquisition of Medical Banking Project by HIMSS in 2009. Individuals who had participated in the project and members of the Financial Systems Steering Committee were looking for an opportunity to build on the synergies of their two groups without losing the valuable branding of the MBFS, which had become highly recognized in the banking and financial sector. In its early years the committee focused on the relationships between the healthcare institutions and the banking sector. Initial work on ICD-10 preparation expanded to include work on Revenue Cycle efficiencies and smoothing payments and remittance processing using concepts such as Straight through Processing.
Since the Committee’s inception, however, the issues facing the healthcare industry have moved far beyond ICD-10 and relationships between banking and healthcare. Additionally, HIMSS has continued to develop and its committees have changed in response to market and member requirements. Given these changes, and in response to feedback received from Committee members and others, it was determined that it was appropriate to change the name of the Committee to one that better reflects the broader scope of issues we will be addressing going forward.
The HBSC supports HIMSS’ vision of improving the health of our nation’s citizens through information technology. Building on the excellent work of the MBFS Committee, we will contribute to the mission of the HIMSS Technology Services Department to facilitate an improved understanding and implementation of health IT and infrastructure components by not only maintaining our focus on ICD-10, but incorporating issues such as privacy and security concerns related to health information exchange and health insurance marketplaces and revenue cycle process improvement into our agenda. To achieve this, we will collaborate with other Committees, Task Forces and Work Groups to ensure clear direction and support.
In addition to changing the Committee’s name, the Committee members agreed on a revised Purpose Statement that has been submitted to the Executive Management Team for their approval. The proposed Statement reads, in part:
Health Business Solutions Committee identifies and promotes the effective use of financial and administrative systems for healthcare organizations. Building on the historical work of the Medical Banking and Financial Systems Committee, this Committee will work collaboratively with others to understand and define the points of intersection of finance and financial systems across the healthcare continuum.
As co-chairs we were energized and delighted by the level of enthusiasm and commitment exhibited during our July Committee kick-off meeting. It is an exciting time to be part of a leading edge organization such as HIMSS. Given all the changes facing healthcare reimbursement and financing we are expecting a busy year. We look forward to providing the best possible support for our members and contributing to HIMSS success and its role as a key influence agent to our industry through the efforts of our Committee and Task Forces.
Pam Jodock isDirector, Business Development, Health Care, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. As the Director of Commercial Business Development for Health Care at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, she is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with forward thinking allies interested in reducing fraud, waste and abuse and improving health care cost and quality outcomes through data analytics.
Jon Melling,BSc (Hons) Mgmt Sciences, FHIMSS, is Practice Director, Top Tier Consulting, and Past President, AzHIMSS. He has over 30 years’ experience working in health IT globally. For the past two years, he served as President of HIMSS Arizona Chapter and is the recipient of the 2011 HIMSS Chapter Leader of the Year Award. John is a member of the HIMSS ICD-10 and Accountable Care Task Forces.