Healthcare Call Centers

A Tale of Two ATAs

This weekend I’m headed out to the ATA meeting in Washington.

You may be wondering, “Didn’t you just return from the ATA meeting in Washington?”

Ah, yes, but that was the American Telemedicine Association (aka ATA) meeting in Seattle, Washington.  Now I am going to the American Teleservices Association (aka ATA) “Washington Summit” in Washington, DC.

I know; I get confused, too.  The first ATA was for AnswerStat magazine; coverage will be in the June/July issue.  The second ATA is for Connections Magazine; coverage of that event will be in the June issue.

This is my second year attending the ATA Washington Summit.  I’m quite excited; it’s a great association, with wonderful leadership, and the members are first-class.  In addition to preparing attendees to meet with their Congressional representatives, there will also be some PAC (Political Action Committee) events and the SRO (Self-Regulatory Organization) will be discussed.

For this trip I was fortunate to book a direct flight from Grand Rapids (about an hour north of were I live); that’s a welcome bonus.  Flying out of Kalamazoo (the closest airport to me) always requires a connection — unless my destination happens to be a hub city!  So, I will gladly drive a bit to enjoy a direct flight.  The only downside — which is minor — is less travel time to spend reading and listening to podcasts.

So, this blog will be idle for a few days, but I am sure I will have lots to share when I return.

Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, is the publisher and editor-in-chief of AnswerStat and Medical Call Center News covering the healthcare call center industry.

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