4 Conferences Healthcare Professionals Should Attend
As a healthcare professional, you’ll have many conferences to choose from to sharpen your skills. From educational to strategic, there are clinical meetings, technology innovation workshops, skill certification classes, and so much more to choose from each year. The healthcare profession is constantly changing as new clinical techniques are adopted, regulatory rules change, and new technology is adopted. How will you decide which workshops and conferences to attend?
Top Four Must Visit Conferences
1. Annual Conference of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA A/C)
In most clinical settings there are skills that must be maintained via recertification. One of the best general conferences to attend is the Annual Conference of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA A/C). MGMA is the nation’s largest network of medical practice managers, providing clinical and administrative best practices in peer-to-peer training classes all year long. MGMA has chapters in all 50-states, so it’s likely that you will find a local group to support your educational goals. But it’s the MGMA Annual Conference that provides medical practice managers and providers in the medical field with the widest variety of training and certification that will keep your skills sharp.
2. Healthcare Financial Management Association’s Annual National Institute (HFMA ANI)
The Healthcare Financial Management Association’s Annual National Institute (HFMA ANI), like MGMA’s A/C, is the nation’s largest yearly gathering of healthcare financial managers. HFMA also has state chapters, but they aren’t as widespread as MGMA. But the HFMA ANI is the perfect setting for healthcare managers seeking to update their knowledge base. Whether it’s the latest coding changes or reporting shifts, or even sharing best practices on how to capture additional revenue, this conference is worth attending.
3. Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society holds an annual conference for the innovator in all of us. HIMSS is for anyone interested in learning best practices around technology. The conference features a variety of vendors ready to demo their technology products. From practice management systems, telemedicine, remote monitoring tools, to electronic medical records, HIMSS is the conference for all things tech in healthcare.
4. 2019 AANP National Conference
There is also a host of specialty conferences geared for the myriad subsets of the healthcare field. For example, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners offers an annual conference (AANP NC) that is the nation’s largest gathering of NPs. This year there are more than 400 education sessions and most quality for CEs. The conference offers general sessions on national, state, and local regulatory issues affecting the field, as well as hands-on practicums and ample opportunities to network with colleagues in the field.
All of these conferences offer both casual and certification-tracked workshops that range from one hour to a full day. There are also state and regional gatherings designed for specific medical subspecialties. These conferences and workshops are imperative to meet your career goals as well as providing certification in your daily practice. Perhaps even more valuable, they offer time to decompress in comfortable settings with other colleagues in the field.