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HATA to Host Industry ERA/EFT Summit on April 12

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., March 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Healthcare Administrative Technology Association (HATA) announced today an ERA/EFT (Electronic Remittance Advice/Electronic Funds Transfer) Summit to be held Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Silversmith Hotel in Chicago, Ill. The half-day event will allow HATA, in addition to its practice management system (PMS) members, to engage payers, providers and their trading partners such as billing services and clearinghouses, in achieving full adoption of ERA/EFT to maximize cost savings across stakeholders. For more information or to register for the HATA ERA/EFT Summit, visit the HATA Event Registration page.

The objectives of the Summit are three-fold: 1.) Identify the barriers that are keeping the industry from full adoption of ERA/EFT; 2.) Gain commitment from industry stakeholders and PMS vendors to remove those barriers; and 3.) Actively encourage payer and provider adoption.

"We recently measured PMS systems' capabilities and role within in the ERA/EFT process through an industry-wide survey, and the findings highlighted barriers that could only be overcome through industry stakeholder collaboration," said HATA Executive Director, Tim McMullen, JD, CAE. "Through this event, and our other educational initiatives, HATA is looking to take the lead on a multi-stakeholder initiative to raise awareness of PMS issues and seek resolution within the healthcare industry for a commitment to administrative simplification. We're equipping our members and stakeholders with the best practices to assist them in developing the automated systems that will streamline and automate the ERA/EFT workflow and increase provider satisfaction."

The full schedule of the event includes:

12:00 p.m. – Welcome/Introduction/HATA Overview – Tim McMullen, JD, HATA Executive Director

12:15 p.m. – State of the Union/Laying Out Meeting Objectives – Chris Bruns, HATA President

12:30 p.m. – Overview of the Current ERA/EFT Environment and Survey Results – Tammy Banks, HATA Board Member and Summit Moderator

12:50 p.m. – Identification of the Key Stakeholders/Participant Introductions

1:00 p.m. – Panel Session: Identifying Barriers within each Industry Segment and the Goals Required to Achieve Adoption

a) Standards Organizations – Bob Bowman, Senior Manager, CAQH; Priscilla Holland, Senior Director, NACHA

b) Payers – Invited panelists from Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna and Humana

c) Providers – Heather McComas, Director, Administrative Simplification Initiatives, AMA; Robert Tennant, MA, Sr. Policy Advisor, MGMA; American Hospital Association (invited)

d) Practice Management Systems – Chris Bruns, HATA President; Buddy Clayborn, HATA Secretary

e) Clearinghouse – Sherry Wilson, President, Cooperative Exchange - The National Clearinghouse Association

2:00 p.m. – BREAK

2:10 p.m. – Industry Resources Already in Place – Priscilla Holland, Sr. Director, NACHA; Bob Bowman, Senior Manager, CAQH; Heather McComas, Director, Administrative Simplification Initiatives, AMA

3:00 p.m. – Breakout Session: Stakeholder Segments Identify Barriers and "Wish List" for Successful Implementation

3:30 p.m. – Report Out: Barriers and Wish List

4:00 p.m. – Round Table Solutions – Solidifying the Takeaways – Tim McMullen, JD, HATA Executive Director; Heather McComas, Director, Administrative Simplification Initiatives, AMA; Robert Tennant, MA, Sr. Policy Advisor, MGMA; Sherri Dumford, HATA

4:30 p.m. – Reporting Out – Call to Action and Getting the Commitments – Tammy Banks, HATA Board Member and Summit Moderator

4:45 p.m. – Next Steps – Tim McMullen, JD, HATA Executive Director

5:00 p.m. – ADJOURN

About HATA

HATA seeks to be an invaluable resource for its members to receive education and healthcare industry information quickly and easily, provide the tools to expand and build upon a member's client base, network and collaborate with practice management system (PMS) peers and other industry stakeholders, advocate with one representative voice, and influence the healthcare community on issues vital to the healthcare administrative technology industry. For more information, visit www.hata-assn.org.

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Source: HATA