Frequently Asked Questions...
What is HFMA?
HFMA stands for: The Healthcare Financial Management Association, the nation's leading organization for healthcare management professionals. This is the West Michigan Chapter.
"What is important for me to promote is for people to get involved in HFMA, because it creates a stronger connection to health care as a profession."
James Heffernan, FHFMA, Chief Financial Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital
HFMA is the nation's leading personal membership organization for healthcare financial management professionals. HFMA brings perspective and clarity to the industry's complex issues for the purpose of preparing our members to succeed and, more importantly, to be successful. Through our programs, publications and partnerships we enhance the capabilities that strengthen not only individual careers, but also the organizations from which our members come.
HFMA is comprised of about 32,000 members employed by hospitals, integrated delivery systems, long-term and ambulatory care facilities, managed care organizations, medical group practices, public accounting and consulting firms, insurance companies, government agencies and other healthcare organizations.
In addition to the National Office in Westchester, Illinois, HFMA has an office in Washington D.C. HFMA is composed of 70 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico. Local chapter membership is free upon joining HFMA.
Click here to view HFMA National's Web site: www.hfma.org
How do I become a member and what are the benefits?
Click on the memberships tab on this website and you will find a number of reasons for joining.
Can I attend a meeting if I am not a member?
Yes - Anyone can attend a meeting, however, you will be asked to pay the non-member price.
What if I am from another Chapter?
You would pay the member price. Just let us know what chapter you are from and your ID number.
What is HFMA Certification?
HFMA’s certification programs prepare you for increasingly responsible positions in the healthcare finance industry. Certification demonstrates your comprehensive understanding of healthcare financial management overall, as well as your proficiency in one or more specialty areas of healthcare finance.
HFMA offers two levels of certification:
- Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP): Requirements include successful completion of the HFMA Certification Exam and membership with HFMA. Learn more about earning the CHFP designation or download the January 2011 program change FAQ documentation.
- Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA): Available only to recipients of the CHFP designation, Fellowship in HFMA represents exemplary educational achievement, experience, and volunteer service to the healthcare finance industry. Learn more about earning the FHFMA designation.
For more information about the HFMA Certification Program, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-252-4362 and ask for Certification.