July Update Luncheon will focus on the state of health care
By Bill Allen
Considerable time and effort was spent last year to educate and inform Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce members, health care and non-health care alike, about the Affordable Care Act and its implications on large and small business. We feel that it is now time to move to the next phase of the plan and to begin convening sessions on subjects that health care professionals feel are important to their industry.
The Chamber is in the process of gathering facts that will enable us to better support the health care community in our region. A survey to that sector was recently sent out with several ideas on topics that could be covered that would help that community better manage its practices and therefore drive higher profits. A presentation is being planned for the second-half of this year with the topic to be based on feedback received from the survey.
As appropriate, subject matter experts will be brought in to support and inform this subset of the of the Chamber membership, although everyone will be welcome to attend.
In addition, at the Chamber’s Annual Medical Update Luncheon scheduled for July 8 at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum, the Chamber is proud to include Retta Ward, New Mexico’s Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health, as its keynote speaker. Ward will speak on the current state of health care at the state level and how the recent legislation at the concluded 30-day session could impact us.
In addition, the Chamber will present information on the Continuum of Care available to persons in Doña Ana County. We are blessed with a great medical community in Las Cruces and are able to handle most medical issues locally. The presentation will highlight care and treatment available from birth going forward and will also educate on the gaps in health care locally. We look forward to a big crowd as we cover this important issue. Look for more industry focused, informational events, in the months to come. The next sector being reviewed is financial services. We have a large number of institutional businesses in Las Cruces, but there are also small firms and one-person shops that have continuing education requirements that need to be fulfilled.
The Chamber’s plan is to put together a task force for this, much like what we have done for health care, gather input on what current topics would be of interest to, and important for, that group to hear about.
If you are interested in being on this task force, please contact Troy Tudor at the Chamber at 524-1968.