The Winter Meeting always includes our annual business meeting, which consumes about thirty minutes for a "state-of-the-association" report and the election of officers and directors. Otherwise, it looks like every other quarterly meeting, with a keynote speaker or two and all the usual updates, including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and more.
The QIC Contractor will participate in this meeting, bringing good news about the possibility for getting claims out of the long line at the ALJ level and getting them approved for payment.
Additional program development is underway and may change depending on what happens between now and then. Right now, we fully expect to be discussing the return to January 2016 Medicare rates and how to accelerate adjustments from other payers.
We also return to our traditional day of Wednesday and timing more toward the middle or end of the month. Please put the date on your calendar now, and watch for more news as the program develops.
While there are certainly no guarantees in politics, we are confident that legislation benefiting the industry greatly will pass before Congress recesses for Christmas, and our members will receive significantly higher Medicare reimbursement beginning January 1st.
For that reason, we expect a huge increase in attendance, so we are opening the registration earlier than usual to allow those who agree with our assessment the ability to assure access to display space and sponsorships.
We will do our best to accommodate all of the associates who wish to participate, but we are limited to the same amount of available space, so it is possible that we may run out of room. If we do, those who register early and renew their membership early in January (or before) will be guaranteed a spot.
Thanks very much for your consideration!