The Edmond Sun

November 8, 2013

National association selects Decker for leadership role

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Longtime Edmond business leader Ron Decker has been elected to the board of directors of the Healthcare Billing and Management Association, which represents 650-member companies nationwide in the health care revenue cycle and practice management industry.

Decker is founder and chief executive officer of Edmond-based Innovative Healthcare Systems Inc. He will serve on the association’s board two years.

Decker has served on the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2009 and is a partner in another high-tech business, Edmond-based Fusion Integration. He was named Edmond Chamber Chairman’s Award winner in 2012 and received the 2004 Edmond Economic Development Authority’s Technology Achievement Award.

“Ron is very successful businessman; he’s had a billing business for nearly 20 years and has been in the industry for longer than that,” said incoming association President Jeanne Gilreath.  

“He’s good at what he does in business and is a strategic thinker. We work on several committees together and Ron is a significant contributor. All of these qualities will make Ron a valuable director on the board.”

The Healthcare Billing and Management Association was founded in 1993 and represents almost 80 percent of claims submitted by third-party medical billing companies on behalf of providers. The association has been heavily involved streamlining the billing process through the use of technology.

Decker said he will use his board of director position to help the industry group to continue that streamlining process.

“I can contribute on behalf of the HBMA to their agenda of administrative simplification, which at the same time benefits our company and the clients that we serve,” Decker said.

Founded in 1996, Innovative Healthcare Systems provides outsourced coding, billing and practice management services for health-care providers in multiple specialties and facilities in 14 states. The company uses its own proprietary technology to streamline the medical coding, billing and collections process for its clients.