It was 20 years ago today (more or less) that the Health Care Compliance Association was born. Back then ER was the top-rated TV show, most people didn’t know what Y2K was yet, and the internet boasted a whopping 45 million users.
And back then compliance was a relatively new profession with health care compliance professionals largely operating independently, learning as they went along, with few peers to turn to, and few resources that they could rely on.
Today things are changed. A whole generation has been born after Y2K, and I doubt if there are 45 million people who haven’t used the Internet. More importantly, healthcare compliance professionals no longer need to toil alone.
At the 2016 Compliance Institute we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the HCCA. But what we will really be celebrating is the maturing of this noble profession. From a few stray souls laboring alone, we now count 10,000 active members. Networking used to be limited to phone calls to strangers you heard were in compliance. Now it’s online via HCCAnet, and in person at dozens of meetings a year. And a get together of a few compliance professionals back in 1996 has grown to a Compliance Institute of 3,000.
Twenty years ago it was very much just a few souls in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Healthcare Band. Today, though, we celebrate that band growing into a powerful symphony.
Don’t miss the celebration. Join us April 17-20th at the 2016 Compliance Institute.