Every day, NAHAM is proud to represent and support to those working on the front lines of Patient Access. Now more than ever, it is essential to recognize the contributions Patient Access professionals like you make to patient communications, management and overall experience. 

NAHAM’s annual Access Week is a long-standing, annual tradition to raise awareness and celebrate Patient Access contributions. Established in 1982, Patient Access Week is a celebration of the people in Patient Access profession. The date marks the anniversary of the founding of the National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM), the only national professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence within the field. Each year, the celebrations span the entire week surrounding the anniversary, April 5.


Join us in recognizing healthcare access professionals for their continued accomplishments of service in the healthcare access continuum by celebrating Patient Access Week, April 3 – April 9, 2022

Please utilize the following resources to help you determine how you can recognize your work. Remember to share your experiences with us, now and throughout Access Week. 

NAHAM is Celebrating YOU During #AccessWeek22


We know that as Patient Access professionals, you play an essential role in enhancing the patient experience. NAHAM is proud to celebrate all that you and your team have accomplished during #AccessWeek22! Join NAHAM in celebrating your contributions to healthcare.


Check out how we are celebrating you this year:

Show your NAHAM spirit and raise awareness of the Patient Access profession during Access Week! Access Week gifts are a great way to show your appreciation to your team and colleagues. The NAHAM store offers a number of unique items including tote bags, t-shirts, and even face masks! Place your order now to ensure you have your items in time for your Access Week celebrations. 



We want to hear from you! Tell us how you believe a diverse work environment contributes to an overall stronger Patient Access community. Submit your essay by March 18. The two winning entries will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and your full essay will be published on NAHAM Connections during Access Week. 



During Access Week, be sure to share photos of your celebrations with us on social media! Use the #AccessWeek22 when posting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to be featured on our social media pages. One winner will receive a cash prize to purchase lunch for their team! Use the form below to submit your social media entry during Access Week.


Be sure to follow along with us! Throughout the week we’ll be reposting and sharing photos and videos from your fellow Patient Access colleagues. 


Why Participate in Patient Access Week? 

By supporting and promoting Patient Access Week, you are showing your team that you appreciate their hard work and encourage their efforts as goodwill ambassadors for the entire facility and you’re demonstrating the importance of Patient Access to your entire facility. A recognition program implemented during this special week is an excellent means of enhancing guest relations, increasing hospital morale, and improving communications.


NAHAM Can Help! 

NAHAM has created a complimentary toolkit to assist you with planning a recognition program complete with free puzzles and games for you to engage your staff. We’ve provided numerous suggestions for events and contests you can implement and offer a list of audiences you should remember during your celebration. You can also purchase a variety of specially designed products for use throughout the week and entire year as recognition gifts and reminders of your department’s important contributions to the operation of the hospital. 

We’ve also created marketing materials to help you gain recognition for your department. If your facility has a newsletter, a feature article on the access department can appear that week. Local newspapers often have sections highlighting various community events and can serve to help draw attention to the event. Displays describing the work, growth, and/or evolution of the department or spotlighting on the access department’s employees can be set up in a central, heavily traveled part of the facility. 

We encourage you to share this information with members of your staff so everyone can be an active participant in the planning and implementation process. Remember, this information is meant only as a guide for your promotional activities, so feel free to add your own ideas to develop the perfect week for your staff.