by Loren Bonner
, DOTmed News Online Editor | July 03, 2014
From the July 2014 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
AHRA’s president, Ed Yoder, has a lot to be proud of this year.
He shared some of the details with DOTmed HealthCare Business News, and spoke about what’s planned for this year’s annual conference, taking place Aug. 10-13 in Washington, DC.
HCBN: How did you get involved with AHRA?
I was at a small rural hospital that was going through some very tough financial times. They brought in a consultant, Dan Huntoon, to perform an operational analysis and make recommendations on staffing. The consultant supported a lot of what I had been saying in relation to staffing and he pulled his data from an organization called AHRA. This intrigued me and I asked a lot of questions and we discussed metrics and data and the AHRA.
He recommended I join and I did. The organization has been a tremendous help in my career, I wouldn’t be where I am now without them!
HCBN: What are you most proud of having done as president?
There are a lot of things, however, I am only as good as my team and I have a very strong one. First our office, the main office is tremendous. They all are very good at what they do and they make the president’s job an easy one. Then I have the board, a menagerie of talented directors from around the country that help push and pull my ideas in many ways and develop them into finished projects. As a team, we have developed the Advisory Committee which is our political voice and watchdog, Lean-Six Sigma, where we are looking for ways to bring this to our members so we have the tools to be operationally lean and allow them to obtain the various belts that go along with Six Sigma; membership growth; and working with our veterans and helping them assimilate back into civilian jobs. We have an arm of the board that works on making sure we recognize our veteran members and the special issues they face. And the thing I am most proud of is the work we have been doing with David Cowan on developing a benchmarking tool for our members. We are getting really close to rolling that out and it is going to be really exciting. There are so many other things we have accomplished this year but the ones I’ve mentioned are the ones we have put the most work into and are most proud of!
HCBN: What challenges in radiology have you tried to address?
Ever-present and changing government regulation and meddling. We are trying to do our best at learning what it all means, and where it is going, that’s what the Advisory Committee was developed for, we want to bring the governmental changes to our membership so we can act accordingly at our organizations and tell our organizations what the changing regulation, or rumored changes, means to us in imaging.