If you own a company in the healthcare industry, you would do well to partner with health associations to strengthen your business expertise and credibility. Industry organizations bring together professionals with similar goals and challenges. Members of industry organizations come from across company divisions, but all share the same objective of expanding their knowledge.
Becoming a member of the right organization opens the door to a wealth of expertise. You will be exposed to many networking opportunities, information and resources. Additionally, American health associations may also provide invaluable services that include new products, education opportunities and industry support. When looking for membership with a healthcare organization, remember the following:
1. Make sure the American medical organization you're interested in is credible. Check BBB or other industry accreditations.
2. Many organizations don’t stipulate membership for certification.
3. Most organizations charge fees for memberships, so make sure you’re getting your money’s worth before you pay.
Become a member of an accredited organization of healthcareAlthough many organizations offer information, tools and resources to non-members, you can benefit substantially from becoming a member. Membership opens the door to additional service, product and representation. Register as a business rather than as just an individual, if possible, so your employees can benefit from the membership.
Take advantage of training opportunities provided by medical associationsProgress stops for no one, and you need to advance as a professional by keeping your industry skills sharp and current. Take advantage of educational programs and tools to assist you and your employees in knowledge development and career advancement. Many organizations offer information on upcoming seminars, conferences, business development courses and other industry-related programs, in addition to industry certifications.
Opt for healthcare associations that offer awards programsWinning awards from accredited organizations reflects positively on a business. Usually members have to be nominated for awards, but each organization has various requirements and expectations. You may have to be a member to enroll.
- If you're considering a medical services organization for its online resources, look for one with a current forum where you can discuss issues with industry experts in real time.