Organizers attributed record attendance at last month's Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual national institute partly to rosier finances at members' hospitals.
About 2,800 people attended the institute in San Antonio, compared with 2,000 at last year's meeting. Membership in the Westchester, Ill.-based professional association is approximately 31,500.
In his opening speech, incoming HFMA Chairman Ronald Long, chief financial officer at Saint Mary's Health Network, Reno, Nev., challenged finance professionals to learn more about technology. He said creative application of technology might be the only way to continue providing good patient care in the face of financial pressures.
Meanwhile, a successful audio-teleconferencing educational program offset a $275,000 drop in investment income at the association in fiscal 2001. Net income rose to $29,032 on revenue of $15 million for the year ended May 31. That compares with net income of $11,921 and revenue of $14.6 million in the previous year.