Revenue Cycle Professionals Enjoy a Rock and Roll Show at The House of Blues

by Phil C. Solomon on June 27, 2012


Eddie Money Performs at Parallon’s House of Blues Bash During the 2012 HFMA ANI Conference

Revenue Cycle – Affordable Care Act – Rock and Roll – What do they all have in common? All three were a topic of conversation at 2012 HFMA’s ANI

I have one more day left at the 2012 HFMA’s Annual National Institute (ANI) Conference held in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center. This event is HFMA’s premier educational and networking gathering that is typically held every year in June. There were over 275 revenue cycle companies exhibiting at the conference where there was a vast array of products, services and solutions designed to support physician practices and acute-care  health systems. Every year, I walk away with ideas and information, which helps me provide better revenue cycle solutions for my clients. This year was no exception.

I especially enjoyed the keynote speaker on Tuesday morning, David Walker, who served as the CEO of the Government Accountability Office for 10 years. Walker thinks that our Legislators have “promised too much” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and as a result, the ACA “is not affordable, and it is not sustainable.”

Walker was steadfast in his opinion that regardless of what the Supreme Court decides (in regard to the ACA), major changes need to be made with healthcare reform. As a nation, we must find ways to make health care more appropriate, affordable, and sustainable. And given the nations rising debt load and the cost of health care, we must do so quickly, Walker says.

Walker indicated that healthcare finance professionals who manage the revenue cycle have to be part of the solution in restoring fiscal sanity in our country. His point is well taken. From my perspective, I have confidence in my colleagues who serve the healthcare industry’s financial segment to continue to do their share to positively impact our healthcare system.

The 2012 HFMA ANI conference was not all work and no play. Aside from the educational sessions, the highlight of the conference for me was the shindig Parallon Business Solutions hosted at the Las Vegas House of Blues on Tuesday night. The house was packed with fans as throwback rocker Eddie Money took the stage. He played all of his old tunes and sounded just like he did 20 years ago.

For me, one of the coolest moments of his show was when he performed his new single, One More Soldier Coming Home. The song is dedicated to the brave men and women who serve our country. Eddie donates 100% of the proceeds to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the armed forces and their families. Established in 2000, the Fund has provided over $120 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded service members and veterans. We cannot do enough to support the men and women in the armed forces who risk their lives to protect our freedom. I encourage everyone to support this cause. For more information, please visit

This was my 12th ANI I have attended and by far this one was the best. For more information about the keynote addresses and the educational sessions, check out the HFMA web site at I hope to see all of my friends at next year’s conference in Orlando Florida.

Phil C. Solomon – – 404-849-8065



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