Deborah Filipek

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Deborah Filipek

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Demonstrating revenue cycle excellence just got easier with the newest HFMA certification

The Executive of Healthcare Revenue Cycle (EHRC) certification, HFMA’s newest member recognition, has been quite popular with members since it was announced in mid-February. As of March 31, 22 HFMA members had applied for the EHRC certification and 18 members earned it, demonstrating excellence in revenue cycle, said Shirley Heavlin, certification operations manager for HFMA.…

Deborah Filipek May 2, 2024

Honor Roll: HFMA certifications were awarded to 1,904 members Jan. 1 – March 31, 2024

As of Q1 2024, HFMA offers nine certifications for members to validate their expertise and demonstrate their commitment to the profession, including the newest certification: the Executive of Healthcare Revenue Cycle (EHRC). The HFMA certifications are as follows: Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) – GCC,…

Deborah Filipek April 15, 2024

Navigating healthcare’s cyber crisis: HFMA’s lifeline through the Change Healthcare cyberattack

Regularly scheduled national member calls by HFMA’s Change Healthcare Business Continuity Workgroup and frequent news updates about the continuing impact of the cyberattack on hospitals and health system by senior editor Nick Hut became a lifeline for many HFMA members through mid-March. Regular news updates Hut kept members apprised of developments starting on Feb. 25…

Deborah Filipek March 19, 2024

Honor Roll: HFMA certifications were awarded to 1,877 members Oct. 1, 2023 – Dec. 31, 2023

HFMA offers eight certifications for members to validate their expertise and demonstrate their commitment to the profession. The HFMA certifications are as follows: Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) – GCC, Certified Specialist Accounting and Finance (CSAF), Certified Specialist Business Intelligence (CSBI), Certified Specialist Physician Practice…

Deborah Filipek January 25, 2024

Healthcare News of Note: CDC urges healthcare providers to boost flu, COVID-19 and RSV vaccinations, and some hospitals require masking as respiratory illnesses spread

Over the past few weeks, I have found these recent industry news stories that should be of interest to healthcare finance professionals. 1. CDC urges providers to boost flu, COVID-19 and RSV immunizations; mask mandates return for some healthcare facilities   “As the new year takes off, CDC continues to track the rise of JN.1…

Deborah Filipek January 12, 2024

Healthcare News of Note: 4 in 5 healthcare leaders received credible job offers in early 2023; what kept most of them from jumping ship?

Over the past few weeks, I have found these recent industry news stories that should be of interest to healthcare finance professionals. 1. Culture and compensation were the top reasons why most healthcare leaders did not of accept ‘viable’ job offers in early 2023 Although four of five healthcare leaders received viable job offers in…

Deborah Filipek January 5, 2024

Healthcare News of Note: What topics did healthcare finance professionals find of most interest in 2023?

Workforce issues drew the most engagement in HFMA’s Healthcare News of Note blog Three of the 10 most-read Healthcare News of Note blog posts of 2023 were workforce-related, making it the No. 1 topic sparking blog readers’ interest. Those stories were: 7 stories round out the top 10 of 2023 Additional topics that piqued reader…

Deborah Filipek December 20, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: 45% of consumers have at least 1 health-related social need

Over the past few weeks, I have found these recent industry news stories that should be of interest to healthcare finance professionals. 1. 45% of consumers surveyed have at least 1 health-related social need, says McKinsey & Company Forty-five percent of consumers report experiencing at least one health-related social need (HRSN), such as food insecurity,…

Deborah Filipek November 30, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade shows hospitals ‘significantly’ reduced 3 hospital-acquired infections post-pandemic

Over the past few weeks, I have found these recent industry news stories that should be of interest to healthcare finance professionals.   1.  Healthcare-acquired infection scores improve for hospitals, but patient experience scores continue to decline, says new Leapfrog report Although hospitals are doing better when it comes to reducing healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) “after significant…

Deborah Filipek November 16, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Health systems benefit from hike in use of patient portals 

Over the past few weeks, I have found these industry news stories that should be of interest to healthcare finance professionals. 1.  Greater patient use of online medical records and patient portals could improve patient health and benefit health systems “Improved patient outcomes” and “significant health system benefits,” are likely results of more patients in…

Deborah Filipek November 13, 2023