A Message From the President and CEO (2017-2018)


2017-2018 has been another successful year for your association, both programmatically and financially. As you read through this Annual Report you will see the great range of programs, products, and services that your professional association provides for its members. We are grateful to have such a talented, committed, and professional staff, but it is clear the driving force behind all this activity is the time and energy devoted by hundreds of our member volunteers. AHRA is a volunteer driven organization, so it is remarkable to realize that all this has been accomplished by our members from all over the country. Design Teams, committees, task forces and individuals have devoted much time and energy to produce these results on your behalf, and we express our appreciation and gratitude for their efforts.

Some highlights of the year:

  • Our membership is at an all-time high with over 5,600 members, and our retention rate and net promoter scores remain exceptional.
  • Our Regulatory Affairs Committee has remained aggressively active representing our members’ interests with CMS and other regulatory agencies. We have taken a leading role in working cooperatively with other organizations to develop reasonable guidelines for the implementation of Appropriate Use Criteria and Clinical Decision Support Mechanisms.
  • Our Education Foundation’s Defining Our Future Campaign was a great success. AHRA kicked off this ambitious fundraising effort with a $500,000 pledge, and our corporate partners responded with over $3,000,000 to the campaign. It will be exciting as we wrap up the campaign by announcing that we exceeded our goal! We would also like to express our gratitude to our corporate partners for their continued support. These companies provide more than just the resources that help us develop our programs. They are a source of knowledge on new technology, market trends, and process improvement that help to keep our members on the leading edge of their profession.
  • The number of CRAs continues to grow. The credential is a statement of professional competence and commitment, and we applaud the 1,100 active members who have attained it.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge AHRA’s Board of Directors for their leadership of our association. These women and men have committed many hours to ensuring our strategic direction remains relevant and attractive to our members and provided careful oversight of our operations. And, true to AHRA’s wonderful culture, working with them has been very enjoyable, as we have developed lifelong friendships.

Please take some time to review this report, find a way to be engaged, and continue to make AHRA a great organization! Thank You.