LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., April 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Healthcare Administrative Technology Association (HATA), the national association representing the practice management system (PMS) industry and other affiliated stakeholders, announced the topics covered at the association’s Spring Membership Meeting. Sponsored by AllMeds, the event was held April 12 in Atlanta, and served to update HATA members on strategic initiatives, initiate roundtable discussions, and lay the foundation for the association’s advocacy efforts in 2017.

“Last week’s meeting included intense debates about the challenges faced by today’s practice management system vendors,” said HATA Executive Director, Tim McMullen, JD, CAE. “Sessions tackled regulatory compliance, value-based care, ASC X12N, prior authorization, marketing strategies, physician engagement and the future of attachments. Investigation into these issues prepared our association for June’s advocacy efforts, which will provide our members with face-to-face access to CMS administrators and members of Congress. These meetings in Baltimore and Washington D.C. will allow HATA members to share their collective knowledge and voice relevant legislative and regulatory concerns.”

Membership Meeting sessions included:

•HATA President’s Report

  • Eric Christ, PracticeAdmin

•Strategic Plan Initiatives Update

  • Eligibility Workgroup – Mary Dooly, Alpha II
  • Prior Authorization Workgroup – Sherri Dumford, HATA
  • Non Fee-for-Service Payments Workgroup – Tammy Banks, Optum
  • PMSAP Update – Tim McMullen, HATA
  • 277CA Update – Tammy Banks Optum

•CAQH Update – Prior Authorization, Value Based Payments, 2016 CAQH Index Report and Phase IV Certification

  • Robert Bowman, CAQH

•Prepare Your IT Systems to Embrace Future Shifts in Revenue Cycle Management

  • Jeffery Daigrepont, EFMP, CMPE, Coker Group

•Organized Medicine as a Strategy for Engagement with Physicians

  • Susan W. Moore, Medical Association of Georgia

•Attachments – Short and Long-Term Impact on PMS Roadmap - Clearinghouse Panel

  • Renee Lamatina, eSolutions, Inc.
  • Marc Menendez, WorkCompEDI
  • Susan Titterington, Practice Insight, LLC

•Hashtags, Handshakes and Health IT: Relationship Marketing for your Business

  • Dave Anderson, Anderson Interactive

About HATA
HATA is a non-profit trade association that provides a forum for the PMS industry and other affiliated stakeholders. The association serves as the representative voice to advocate and educate key stakeholders and government representatives on PMS vendor issues. Its members, AdvancedMD, ALC Consulting, Inc., AllMeds, Alpha II, AMA, AMBA, Aprima, Availity, Azalea Health, CallPointe, Clinix, e-MDs, eProvider Solutions, eSolutions, Inc., Find-A-Code, GeBBS, Greenway Health, Healthcare EDI Partners, Inc., HealthPac, InMediata, InstaMed, Medinformatix, MGMA, NextGen, Office Ally, Optum, PAHCOM, PaySpan, PracticeAdmin, PracticeInsight, TriZetto Provider Solutions, WorkCompEDI, Zelis Payment Solutions, represent more than 750,000 providers.

To learn more about the Healthcare Administrative Technology Association, visit the website at or contact Tim McMullen, JD, CAE, Executive Director, 844-440-HATA (4282) or