Dear HFMA Oklahoma Chapter Members & Friends,

So much has changed since I last wrote you over two weeks ago.  Businesses are closed, hospitals face equipment shortages, and shelter in place policies are now the norm across our state.  As you heard, President Trump addressed the nation in the Rose Garden yesterday with a grim forecast that over 100,000 Americans could die from COVID-19.  By all accounts, harder days are ahead.  So where do we go from here?

Your chapter’s pandemic response team has been in frequent communication.  We have reached out to our old friend Day Egusquiza for help.  Day and Dr. Ronald Hirsch will be holding a free webinar on Wednesday, April 8th at noon on “COVID-19- Regulatory and Payment Issues for Finance.”  In the spirit of working together, both Day and Dr. Hirsch are speaking for free.  After contacting our neighboring chapters, Region 9 has agreed to co-sponsor the webinar  in order to reach more people.  Please register here.  Once you register, you will receive an e-mail in the coming days with the webinar login information.

The pandemic response team wants you to also be aware that CMS recently announced an Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency

The board feels it is in the best interest of the chapter to postpone The Summer Institute this July.  We will now have a Winter Institute at the Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 21-22, 2021.  We are grateful to our Sapphire Sponsor The PFS Group for letting us move the event.

As we move through this difficult time, please know that your chapter’s leadership team is here for you and is actively working to respond to this situation.  If there is something more we can do to help – please let us know.

On a personal note, I am reminded of Holocaust Survivor Viktor Frankl and his book Man’s Search for Meaning.  Frankl said, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”