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Healthcare & Billing Management Association Selects SmithBucklin for Full-Service Association Management
3/27/2014
The Healthcare & Billing Management Association (HBMA) announced it has selected SmithBucklin as its new association management partner. In addition, Andre Williams has joined the company and will serve as HBMA's executive director. HBMA's headquarters are now in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1993, HBMA is committed to advancing the healthcare billing and practice management industry through advocacy, and by providing education, information and other valuable resources to its members while promoting high ethical and professional standards. The HBMA membership, representing more than 30,000 employees at more than 600 companies, manages claims on behalf of hospital-based physicians, office-based physician practices and other providers in all specialties.

"HBMA provides tremendous value to its members, and leadership is dedicated to seeing that value maximized in the future. We trust SmithBucklin's commitment to service excellence, new value creation, and client stewardship. This new partnership will ensure HBMA delivers for its members and enjoys long-term vitality," says Jeanne A. Gilreath, president, HBMA.

"We are thrilled to welcome HBMA into our community of healthcare organizations," said David Schmahl, executive vice president & chief executive of SmithBucklin's Healthcare + Scientific Industry Practice. "We believe our partnership with HBMA will drive the overall success of the organization and advance its position as the leading authority on healthcare billing and management services."

In his new role as HBMA's executive director, Williams will lead all aspects of the association's strategy and operations. In addition, he will manage the SmithBucklin headquarters team and be responsible for meeting goals set by HBMA's leadership.

Prior to joining SmithBucklin, Williams served as CEO and executive director of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. In this role, he implemented the organization's strategic goals and objectives, as well as ensured financial stability, membership growth, organizational performance and value-creation for the association. Previously, Williams served as associate director, Society Services & Collaborations, and senior accountant of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), where he was responsible for organizing and managing the operations, administration and accounting functions of ACC-managed cardiovascular societies.

Williams is currently a member of multiple healthcare organizations, including Building a Healthier America, Heart Health Foundation and the Movement is Life Caucus. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting from Lincoln University in Lincoln University, Pa. "Andre brings more than 20 years of extensive healthcare management experience to the SmithBucklin team," said Schmahl. "His vast association and healthcare industry knowledge, combined with his skills and personal attributes, make him the ideal executive to ensure HBMA achieves its goals." SmithBucklin is the only association management company with dedicated industry practices. The company's Healthcare + Scientific Industry Practice supports the missions and objectives of 31 full-service healthcare and scientific organizations serving a broad spectrum of physician, nursing, dental, clinical research, academic and multidisciplinary groups. SmithBucklin offers these client organizations access to a team of professionals with unmatched healthcare association expertise and specific knowledge of the issues, challenges and actions distinctive to the changing healthcare environment


About SmithBucklin
SmithBucklin is the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. Founded in 1949, the company achieves the missions of its client organizations and provides uncompromised stewardship for their long-term prosperity. SmithBucklin provides full-service management and high-impact specialized services to trade associations, professional societies, technology user groups, corporations, government institutes/agencies and other nonprofit organizations. SmithBucklin's offices are located in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Old Lyme, Conn., St. Louis and San Ramon, Calif. and the SmithBucklin + MCI Worldwide Partnership provides client organizations with seamless association and event management services from more than 40 offices throughout the world. The company is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, please visit www.smithbucklin.com or call 1-800-539-9740.


Contact:
wrake@smithbucklin.com






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