May 12, 2014

New Administrative Technology Association Announced


Tim McMullen, JD, CAE

Practice management systems (PMS) are a vital component to the healthcare industry, and providers rely on them to make sure proper ICD-10 claims can be submitted to payers. Too often these providers’ voices have not been “at the table” when important decisions are made. Well, no more. The Healthcare Administrative Technology Association (HATA) is filling this void and raising its voice by providing a forum for healthcare administrative technology professionals and other affiliated stakeholders to serve as industry representatives and protect the interests and core values of this key market segment.

“This new organization will represent the highest standards and values within the healthcare administrative technology industry and promote administrative efficiencies,” new HATA CEO Tim McMullen said. “HATA’s mission is to be an invaluable resource for its members to access education and healthcare industry information, network with peers, and advocate as one representative voice within our community.”

This new association creates a "single voice" to advocate and influence key stakeholders and government representatives on healthcare administrative technology issues. This includes influencing legislation and regulation through written comments and testimony. It also means collaborating with key technology stakeholders such as the Cooperative Exchange, WEDI, HIMSS, ASC X12, CAQH/CORE, and related healthcare and healthcare management associations. The organization will also work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and ONC, OCR, CMS, and NCVHS on standards and policy development. 

Working with EHNAC, HATA will help guide decisions on certification development and criteria. 

“I’m pleased that Lee Barrett, EHNAC executive director, asked me to serve on the Practice Management System Accreditation Program (PMSAP) Advisory Committee,” McMullen said. “HATA will then be poised to lead the administrative technology efficiency movement that translates to true administrative simplification and technology solutions that support evolving payment models.”

Along with participating in the development of standard-setting guidelines and influencing federal and state regulations, rules, and administrative processes that affect administrative technology, there is a large education component to the organization. 

“We want to promote industry best practices with healthcare administrative technology members and other associations representing users of healthcare administrative technology, to share that information through member message boards and publications,” McMullen said. 

Membership is open to a number of stakeholders. First is the principal member, or any administrative technology company that creates and installs practice management systems, which may include scheduling, patient registration, and revenue cycle management systems.

Affiliate members will include payers, provider organizations, or other related industry professionals who contribute to the administrative technology industry. Associate members will include professional or trade associations, or government entities. Finally, vendor member companies will include those that provide products and/or services to principal members.

Note: Tune into Talk Ten Tuesdays on May 13 at 10 AM ET for details about the Healthcare Administrative Technology Association from the organization's CEO, Tim McMullen. Register here.