Carley Williams, BKD partner and health care industry leader for the firm’s Oklahoma practice, recently was announced as a new member of Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA) National Board of Directors.
Carley has been an active HFMA member since the early 2000s, eventually being asked to join the Oklahoma chapter board of directors and progressing through the officer ranks to president. He was elected to serve as the 2014–15 regional executive-elect and 2015–16 regional executive of HFMA’s Region 9 (representing Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and the three Texas chapters), serving on the 11-person regional executive council. Earlier this year, Carley was nominated for the national board by several individuals he interacted with through these roles, including existing board members and executive HFMA staff. Ten finalists went to Chicago for an interview with the governance committee. Three individuals were recommended for election to serve three-year terms beginning June 1, 2017, on the 12-person board representing HFMA’s more than 40,000 members.
“I’m excited and honored to have been nominated by my peers, who seem to recognize and value my contributions to HFMA and desire for me to continue to serve our organization at the highest levels,” said Carley.
When asked of the opportunities he visualizes with this role, Carley said he will “study how HFMA currently provides value to our members and be an advocate for chapter members at the national level as best I can. I’m eager to listen to and pass members’ concerns and challenges back to the board, executive staff and other influencers at the national level so we can best serve our constituency.”
Regarding the current landscape of health care in our country, “being one of the largest industries, very dynamic in nature and always changing, health care will continue to be a topic of discussion at the national level in the political arena and elsewhere. The industry faces continued pressures toward shifting more to value-based payment models, requiring innovation while containing costs. HFMA is in the middle of the discussion, disseminating information from the top down to members on the impact of congressional action as well as that of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”
He added: “I’m thankful for this tremendous opportunity to continue growing as a leader within the health care profession, gaining access to other thought leaders and being a champion and voice for fellow professionals in my area of practice. This role will allow me to share opportunities and advise colleagues toward staying up on the current state of our industry so they can formulate strategies to enhance the health care delivery system and to assist in nurturing the skills of our industry’s financial leaders. I will work to bring my unique perspectives and experiences to help shape the direction of our organization and how we respond to the marketplace. I am looking forward to this next chapter in my HFMA journey!”