The critical role of accounting and finance requires technical competencies used in decision support for all areas of healthcare management, compliance and development. 

This certification program covers:

  • Responsibility accounting and its importance
  • Types of cost behaviors
  • Modeling a capitation contract
  • Types of risk-sharing arrangements in managed care contracts
  • Types of excess loss insurance for a managed care contract
  • Capital investment evaluation techniques
  • Role of ratio analysis in determining an appropriate level of debt burden
  • Types of profitability ratios


  • Describe the importance of cost accounting in a healthcare organization
  • Describe cost accounting strategies related to managed care payment and contract issues
  • Describe how organizations use different types of budgets
  • Identify the forms of long-term debt available to hospitals and how much an organization can and should borrow
  • Define the importance of managing cash for operational and long-term investments of a healthcare organization
  • Identify the components of internal control, specifically accounting and administrative controls
  • Name the different categories of healthcare enterprises and the process to record revenues from varying sources
  • Describe how healthcare organizations should account for current liabilities and handle long-term debt
  • Define the impact on financial reporting of various relationships between a reporting healthcare organization and other entities in which it has a control and/or economic interest
  • Describe the regulatory agencies that have authority over healthcare organizations, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Describe the types of insurance available to healthcare organizations to protects against unavoidable losses
  • Define fraud and abuse as they relate to Medicare and Medicaid

This certification program consists of 12 courses: there is 1 final assessment that covers content from all 12 courses.

Course Information 

Pricing: $400 (HFMA members & non-members)

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

Experience: Two or more years in the healthcare industry is recommended

Advance Preparation: None

Course Availability: One year from start date

Designed For: Accounting professionals in healthcare finance management

Instructional Method: Self-study

Format: Online

Approximate Time to Complete: 15 hours

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HFMA stands behind the quality of our programming. If you are not satisfied, we will gladly refund your money or provide you with a credit certificate toward any future HFMA National educational programs or select products. Contact HFMA directly at 3 Westbrook Corporate Center, Suite 600, Westchester, IL 60154, Attn: Professional Development, or call (800) 252-4362, ext. 2. Please provide HFMA with your comments within two weeks of beginning the program.