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Summer 2017 President's Message

Posted By Susan D. Knapp, RN, MS, CVAHP, Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Summer 2017 President's Message
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Summer is almost over. Where did the time go? I hope you all had a fabulous summer. It seems like when supplier reps are away on vacation there is a tiny lull in activity and you can concentrate on getting some other things done. Anyway I am taking one of those moments before someone knocks at my door to let you know what AHVAP has been up to.

First-ever Value Analysis Week was July 16-22. Did you do something special? Let me know as I would love to publicize what activities you, your department or facility did to recognize you and your colleagues. Now that we have this off the ground we will have a better handle on advertising the week for next year with some promotional materials you can use at your facilities. #IamValueAnalysis.

The store is open! AHVAP has partnered with Land’s End for an online store of AHVAP-branded items. You must check it out. It even has a beautiful heather fleece jacket on sale right now. Awesome quality! You can use this link or go to the AHVAP homepage and look for the site on the top running banner.

The CVAHP (Certification of Value Analysis Healthcare Professionals) Committee is preparing to review the current content and update the exam in the coming year. We currently have 63 Value Analysis professionals certified. If you are not certified yet, what a great way to validate your skill set and knowledge. Check out the CVAHP section on the AHVAP website and look into it.

All the committees are working hard to bring you value and guidance. Marketing is planning to publish a speakers list whereby members can sign up to be available to speak upon requests from supplier companies and other organizations in the industry on Value Analysis. Membership is working on our membership levels to be sure we are inclusive of all VA professionals, new and "old". The Educational Development Committee is rearranging the Resource Library and trying to make it more user-friendly. There’s a lot going on. I hope you will consider joining one of our committees. We would love to add your energy, ideas and perspective to our organization.

The regional directors are working hard, too. They keep in touch with their members and they are all developing the agenda for their upcoming regional meetings. These meetings will occur prior to the start of the annual conference on Weds., October 18 at 12:30. This is a chance to put faces to the names of your peers from your region. Each region will get a chance to network and discuss the challenges they are facing in healthcare value analysis. It will be an excellent opportunity to make new contacts and learn from each other.

The 14th Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase is October 18-20 in Frisco, Texas, near Dallas. It will prove to be a very engaging, exciting and informational event. You will make new friends that will last forever. You will network with folks from across the country who all speak the language of Value Analysis. The conference committee had 29 presentation submissions so it was a difficult decision for them to choose the conference lineup. There are lots of new presenters this year, so check out the online program and register early. I want to meet you all at the conference.

During the Annual Conference, AHVAP will conduct a business meeting. That is scheduled for Thursday morning prior to the conference. I encourage you to attend the meeting if you are at the conference. It is all about you, the member. I will provide an update on the organization and activities for 2017 and there will some business items that will require input from you. The future of this organization depends on its members, so I want to hear what you have to say.

Last, there is a call for Nominations for Board positions for 2018. Robin Lane is the President-Elect and will move to President in January. Shannon Hicks, who was elected as treasurer for 2017-2018, is unable to fulfill that obligation and thus Susan Toomey kindly accepted the appointment for that term. Susan was treasurer for 2015-2016. Positions open are president-elect, secretary, Southeast director and Central director. Look for the qualifications for elected Board positions here.

Another reminder to please download the AHVAP app from DoubleDutch. We are planning to use this more and more to send out information as well as keep you up-to-date on events. We want AHVAP to be at your fingertips. Have a great day. I am here if you need me, so please don’t hesitate to contact me via or

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Mary E. Potter RN BS CVAHP, Retired says...
Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Appreciate the information and your service to the organization. Looking forward to seeing you at the Conference.
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Robin L. Lane CVAHP, UPMC says...
Posted Thursday, August 31, 2017
Thanks for the update Sue!!
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