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President's Message


As we enter into the Fall season, it seems like a good time to reflect on the first five months of my Presidency of the HFMA Metropolitan NY Chapter. The Chapter leaders spent the summer months planning many seminars and networking events. The Annual Golf Classic at North Hempstead Country Club on September 24th was a success with perfect weather! Many thanks to Kiran Batheja, John Coster, John Mertz, Wendy Leo, Diane McCarthy, Robin Ziegler and the entire Golf Committee volunteer group for coordinating such a premier event. Next up we had the Annual Past Presidents Dinner Dance honoring Immediate Past President Maryann J. Regan and all other past presidents on September 29th at the Woodbury Country Club. The event was well-attended, and Maryann gave a moving speech thanking our corporate sponsors and volunteers for their devotion and attributing her success to them.
All of the Chapter committees have been hard at work planning and conducting events. Our Finance Committee and the Technology Committee hosted two successful educational days in September: Mid-Year Accounting and Reimbursement and Frontier in Healthcare Innovation, respectively. The Technology Seminar was our first-ever full day seminar on the topic and was hosted by our new corporate sponsor, Accenture, followed by a networking social event. We received a lot of positive feedback. Our Special Events Committee was hard at work as they just put on the Day at the Races at Belmont Park on October 26th, which was well attended and enjoyed by all. Next up, our Community Outreach Program is coordinating the Knowledge is Power event, a Breast Cancer Luncheon on November 9th at Jewel. We have three dynamic speakers and registration is still open.
We have many other events in the works. The Finance Committee is planning their second event of the year, Ethics, Accounting and Audit Update Seminar on December 6th at the E&Y Manhattan Office. E&Y is also a corporate sponsor and a networking event is planned at the conclusion of the seminar. The Revenue Cycle Committee is planning a two-day roadshow called Medicare Fundamentals, featuring presenters from National Government Services to be held on back-to-back days in January, with one session in Nassau County and the other session planned in Suffolk. The Revenue Cycle Committee is working on a Physician Revenue Cycle academy during the winter months. The Finance Committee will hold the Annual Reimbursement Seminar this winter, too. We have conducted several convenient lunchtime webinars hosted by our Metropolitan Chapter Webinar committees. These sessions, along with all of the others throughout the winter, point toward another successful year.
Our Special Events Committee has planned an Italian Cultural Night on February 23, 2019 at Memorare Caterers in Seaford. The Annual Institute Committee, led by Cathy Ekbom and James Linhart, has been hard at work organizing the 60th Joseph A. Levi Annual Institute on March 7 – 8, 2019 at the Uniondale Marriott. The program is in great shape with both traditional and new sessions scheduled. Look for timely topics and in-depth conversations with industry experts that address the challenges of our modern healthcare environment.
I am proud to serve as President of the HFMA Metropolitan NY Chapter and to lead the team of dedicated volunteers that make our organization such a success. Thank you to the Newscast editors for taking the time and care to bring forth this publication to our membership. A special thank you to all of our corporate sponsors; your continued support allows us to provide quality events to healthcare finance professionals year after year. I hope that everyone enjoys the beautiful Autumn weather and a wonderful holiday season.
 Mario Di Figlia, FHFMA
President, HFMA Metropolitan NY Chapter
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