The 2019 ISAHU member annual survey was conducted a few weeks ago – one of the key responses to the survey were that 68% of the members were in favor of the Medicare Summit and ISAHU state convention be combined as one event in 2020. At the October ISAHU Board of Directors meeting the proposal to combine the events into one meeting for 2020 was approved. Please be on the lookout for future information regarding this event to be held in May 2020 in the Indianapolis area. Two more important results of the member survey were that the most important topics/issues to be discussed or addressed at ISAHU meetings were Legislation and topical Continuing Education classes. Though there is always room for improvement it was gratifying to see that 89% of the members gave ISAHU an A or B grade. Of course, the goal should be an A from 100% of the members.
NAHU has several chapter and individual awards. One of most important awards is the Distinguished Service Award (DSA). The DSA is presented to members who have contributed significantly above and beyond what is normally called for in connection with association volunteer service. DSA nominations may be made by any member or chapter. DSA awards are presented annually at the NAHU national convention. The next NAHU National convention is the 2020 NAHU National convention starting Saturday, June 27, 2020 until Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 E Upper Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60601. Please see your local chapter President for the current DSA application and the list below of the most recent DSA recipients from ISAHU chapters. Past ISAHU DSA winners include: Carol Cutter 1998, Dwight Hall 1999, Doug Young 2001, Robert Tretter 2003, Nicole Fairbairn 2007, Dwight Hall 2008, Susan Rider 2010, Anita Strauss 2011, Patricia Griffey 2011, Dan O’Brien 2013, Bill Robinson 2013, Kathy Goffer 2016, Carolyn Beck 2017 and Andrea Bogard 2018.
Capitol Conference 2020 – Carol Cutter Memorial Outing: The ISAHU Board of Directors has approved the granting of up to three (3) Cap Con scholarships of 1K each for 1st time attendees to Cap Con in February 2020. Please see your local chapter President for applications for these scholarships as the deadline for applying is in November. Also please be on notice that Region 3 is also offering 2 scholarships to Cap Con. In addition to raising funds for scholarships the Carol Cutter Memorial outing also raises funds to contribute to Carol’s church. ISAHU received a nice thank you letter from Carol’s church pastor for our most recent contribution.
A few months ago, the Indy chapter had Gloria Sachdev CEO of the Employer’s Forum of Indiana present the results of the Forum’s Rand research study on hospital costs in Indiana. The results of this study are groundbreaking in a political sense. As agents we all know how high Indiana hospital unit prices are but now we have data to back up our opinions. Please open the following links to learn more about this important topic and please be on the lookout this winter to see if the Indiana General Assembly begins to take action to address these egregious price points. The ISAHU Legislative Committee and ISAHU lobbyist Trent Hahn will be monitoring the 2020 session on this issue as well as any others that may impact ISAHU members and our clients. I have also included a link to an Indiana hospital profitability study from Ball State University. Gloria has informed me that on May 12, 2020 the Employer’s Forum will have a meeting open to the public to present the findings from the latest study of hospital costs, aka the Rand 3.0. She also told me she is willing to do webinars for ISAHU chapters in 2020. Please have your chapter President contact me if your chapter is interested in having Gloria present the Rand 2.0 findings.
Thanks for being an ISAHU member – please remember to always ask your local chapter President for help on any issue regarding NAHU or ISAHU as the strength of ISAHU is 100% based on the strength of the local chapters. My famous quote of the month comes from Albert Einstein No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.