Should You Join A Professional Organization? If so, which one? - Part 6
AAHAM – American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management
The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) was founded in 1968 as the American Guild of Patient Account Management. It was originally created to serve the interests of hospital patient account managers but now serves a wide range of healthcare professionals. The AAHAM’s mission statement is “to provide education, certification, networking, and advocacy for healthcare revenue cycle professionals.” Their main goal is the professional development of members. They also focus on legislative and regulatory monitoring to help shape the future of health care administrative management. They have 31 local chapters across the U.S. that are overseen by officers elected by the membership.
They help provide professional development opportunities through publications, conferences and seminars, benchmarking, professional certification, and networking. They offer members four different certification options that focus on the revenue cycle or compliance. Other benefits include networking in local chapters, leadership opportunities, a membership directory that allows you to keep in touch with members and vendors locally and nationwide, a job bank, web forums and networking, monthly newsletters, magazines, and discounts on various products and services, such as credit cards, hotels, and rental cars.
The AAHAM holds a yearly conference which they call the Annual National Institute (ANI). It is attended by about 500 national members and over 75 exhibitors. It is a time to exchange ideas, network, and further members’ knowledge and education. They have a variety of speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors.
National membership in the AAHAM is $175 a year and is discounted for only portions of the year. Students can get a discounted membership of $50 a year. In addition to national membership, if you would like to participate in a local chapter, you may also have to pay chapter dues, which vary from $0 to $50.
To find out more about the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management please visit www.aaham.org or find them on Facebook or LinkedIn.