Greetings! I am so excited about everything that is about to happen for AHVAP in 2016 and beyond!
First, I want to take a few minutes to reflect on the past year to gain perspective on where we are going. History is made in the present and didn’t happen on its own. Our history happened as a result of our hard working, dedicated members who contributed to all of the phenomenal accomplishments we have seen over the past several years. Understanding the past helps us to build our future – it provides the foundation for our continued success; additionally it is an important vehicle that shapes our approach to the critical issues we face today and is a factor in our future decisions.
For example looking at our Annual Education Conference & Supplier Showcase. In 2007 in Phoenix we had 52 registrations with 12 exhibitors/sponsors growing to 117 registrations and 38 exhibitors/sponsors in 2015!
Now let’s look at the trends with our membership. In November of 2014 there were 230 members with a loss of 17 members and had a 60% annual retention rate. In December of 2015, we had 303 members, gaining 66 for that month and a steady retention rate at 78%!
Last but not least, AHVAP introduced the industry’s first and only healthcare value analysis credential which is known as the Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional (CVAHP).
All three of these astounding accomplishments are the foundation and leverage needed to keep the momentum and the passion alive within the association to help us achieve even more substantial achievements in the future.
We heard numerous times at the conference about the shift to reimbursement based on value versus volume and the importance of value analysis contributing to healthcare organizations to avoid reimbursement cuts without forsaking the delivery of safe and quality patient care. As a result, it is more apparent than ever how value analysis is on the minds of healthcare professionals who facilitates the delivery of outcomes-driven; patient-centered care. Our plan is to increase AVAHP’s influence in the industry, grow our membership levels, and strengthen our community. Each and every member is a vital part of making that a reality. It is about the collective strength we have together as a whole, than it is just one or two working together. John O’Leary stated: Friends, real victory isn’t about what we can do for ourselves, but what we can achieve together”.
What does it take to get us there and ensure these three areas truly drive impact?
Our plan is built on three, key initiatives:
- In order to influence we need to leverage our members - that means you!! Yes, AVAHP is primed to provide industry best-practices to help increase the impact of value analysis within healthcare across the country. However, our organization cannot sustain itself without the involvement and engagement of all members and we need your help to create rich and engaging original content. It is imperative for AHVAP to increase its visibility by being in the forefront of leading best practices within Value Analysis which is our Vision – “Value Analysis is recognized as an essential component of the delivery of healthcare. Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals is nationally recognized as the preeminent clinical resource in providing education and resources and networking to its membership and promoting Value Analysis in the healthcare community”.
- In order to grow we need to get social in a whole new way. Leveraging social media avenues such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter can spread our message and attract new members. However, we need to hear from our membership what content and activities will bring the most value to you as a member. What are the essential programs or information which will increase your knowledge and skill level which leads to increasing your value as an expert in your organization? If social media is not your forte, we need your ideas on how to grow the association through other avenues. In this day and age of multi-generational work cultures, we need members from all generations involved like we never have before. We need to learn from each generation how to effectively collaborate resulting in growth within the organization.
- In order to strengthen our community, we need to use value analysis best practices and apply them to our own organization. Just as it is important to have clinician involvement and engagement within the value analysis teams, we need our members to be engaged and communicate among themselves. This sharing of knowledge and data among our peers empowers us to build a stronger value analysis community and helps us make decisions improving our organization. Think of the power we have among ourselves to strengthen and grow AHVAP if each member would recruit one person to join AHVAP – we could double the size of our organization in just one year!
Let’s use what we know, to get where we need to be.
Our goal for 2016 is to prepare for the future by developing, documenting and deploying operational policies, procedures, and guidelines to help us influence, grow and strengthen the association!
Thank you for allowing me to have this opportunity to share my thoughts with you. Based on the words of the late John F. Kennedy, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”, I challenge each and every one of you to take a few minutes to reflect how you can become involved and engaged with AHVAP!
Gloria Graham, DNP, RN, CVAHP