Attending medical conferences could be a full-time job. That’s because there are hundreds of training conferences designed to boost your knowledge and keep you on top of the latest changes in the field. From state-specific medical associations and role-specific training to regional gatherings to large national and international conferences, it seems there is literally something each month for healthcare workers to attend. Attending these conferences is particularly important because healthcare is changing so rapidly, both clinically and in terms of the regulations that govern our industry.
How will you know which conferences are the most worthwhile? Here are some suggestions.
General Industry Conference
General industry conferences can include events that are specific to the healthcare worker’s role, like the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s Annual National Conference (HFMA ANI) for finance, coding and billing experts. Or, check out the Medical Group Management Association’s Annual Conference (MGMA) for practice management training. Both HFMA and MGMA have state-specific chapters. These smaller groups also offer local training, which is more affordable than the national conferences. For example, in 2018, the local New Hampshire and Vermont chapters of HFMA put on a regional conference specific to FQHCs in Portsmouth which covered topics such as cost reporting and compliance.
There are also conferences geared toward the C-suite in hospitals and healthcare facilities, such as the Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting in Chicago. Or, check out The Innovative Healthcare Care Leader: From Design Thinking to Personal Leadership, sponsored by Stanford Medicine at Stanford University in California.
Finally, there are even conferences for each subset within the healthcare field. For example, clinical providers have training to keep their skills sharp. But there are also technology-specific conference tracks, for CIOs, CMIOs and other technologists in the healthcare field. One of the best is the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.
While each of these conferences has something for the FQHC provider, are there specific conferences for our unique and important service lines?
To start your search for FQHC-specific conferences, go to the National Association of Community Health Centers, always a solid resource for providers in this field. They offer a Policy & Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. each year which is not only an excellent location for networking, but also gives attendees a chance to potentially influence the regulatory landscape.
Next, check out the Rural Health Information Hub for national and regional trainings such as the 2019 Annual Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health in Portland. This conference illustrates an important point; in addition to national and job-specific conferences, there are events geared toward the specific populations served by FQHCs. For skilled workers seeking to boost their careers, consider attending a conference geared toward the areas you’re seeking to serve, such as the 2019 Conference for Agricultural Worker Health in Albuquerque.
Best Way to Boost Your Medical Career
Perhaps the number one way to boost your medical career is to make a connection with the talent team at UHC Solutions. We’ve provided staffing to the FQHC community for 20 years. Contact us to discuss how to improve your career in the FQHC field today.