The Florida and Puerto Rico HFMA Chapters held their first-ever, joint educational event in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 16 – 17th, 2017. The chapters received a great turn-out and ended the conference with 106 registered attendees.
Through a series of several calls and emails, the event was organized utilizing the Florida Chapter’s structure. The education committee consisted of 2 key people from each chapter along with the assistance of Demarse Meeting & Event coordinators. Our language/ terminology differences created an interesting twist, but by the end of the conference communication was second nature.
Over the day and a half of education, participants learned a great deal about Puerto Rico as well as the challenges the Puerto Rico Chapter faces are very similar to Florida’s. Sessions on Cyber Security, MACRA, Revenue Cycle of the Future and Bundled Payments were delivered to name a few. Florida’s best practice “Vignettes” were introduced. Jeff Zade of the Florida Chapter spoke and led a joint certification session---Thanks Jeff!!
The Puerto Rico chapter provided a wonderful surprise during the opening reception with a local band performance. Sharing their traditional music and festivities made the welcome reception a perfect experience.
This fun and educational event allowed both chapters the opportunity to learn from different perspectives and enjoy Puerto Rico’s amazing culture. If you were lucky enough to stay the weekend, a bus tour was organized by Jose Guevarez, which provided a full-day, scenic tour of the island.
Many thanks to our Florida & Puerto Rico Corporate Sponsors and Speakers for making this first time event a huge success.
Author ~ Cheryl Spanier, 2016 – 2018 Director of Education, Program Chair