Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association®

As recognized industry leaders, HFMA Fellows act as ambassadors to the profession by raising the standard of practice through consistent participation in professional development activities and service to the healthcare finance industry. Fellows can maintain their FHFMA designation by teaching courses, making presentations, publishing, participating in special interest groups or attending educational events. It's up to you!

Advantages of Becoming a Fellow of HFMA® 

Earning the HFMA Fellowship attests to one's financial expertise and leadership. Fellowship is awarded to HFMA members who have demonstrated financial expertise and leadership through the use of personal financial knowledge and skills in voluntary community service. HFMA Fellows recognize and accept the responsibility of utilizing healthcare finance professional skills for community benefit.

Requirements for FHFMA® certification include:

  • Hold the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) designation  
  • Minimum five (5) years professional membership in HFMA (student membership does not count toward this total)
  • Evidence of bachelor's or master’s degree
  • Letter of recommendation from an FHFMA (active HFMA Fellow) or chapter leader
  • Volunteer activity — demonstrate any one of the following contributions to HFMA or the industry within the three years prior to applying: 

1. Preparation and publication of one or more professional articles in a publication accepted as authoritative in the healthcare industry.
2. Service as an adjunct instructor at an accredited (post-secondary school) educational institution.
3. Service in an education, certification, or leadership committee role within the local HFMA chapter or service on one of the HFMA association boards or committees.
4. Demonstrating a minimum of 10 Hours in the service or preparation of one of the following:  

a. Speaking to community groups on health care issues
b. Providing internal staff education on healthcare finance topics
c. Presenting at an HFMA educational program
d. Presenting at a related healthcare industry educational program
e. Assistance to those desiring HFMA certification or fellowship designation
f. Mentorship of healthcare finance professionals

Note: Fellow candidates must meet all the requirements prior to applying. More details can be found here.

There are no fees for qualifying All-Access members to apply for Fellow status. 

Modified FHFMA requirements

Effective June 19, 2020: The HFMA Board of Examiners (BoE) recently modified the Fellowship requirements to emphasize applicants' contributions to HFMA and/or the industry, either through serving as a healthcare educator and/or through leadership service. The requirements are refined as follows: 

1. Volunteer requirement: expansion of the volunteer activity options.

2. New requirement: submit a letter of recommendation from an active HFMA Fellow (FHFMA) or active local chapter leader.

More details on the changes and modified requirements can be found here. Email us with additional questions.

Proudly display your HFMA certification  

Your certification is a designation of your achievement and professionalism. HFMA's precision-crafted frames have a stately, prestigious design providing a fitting display for this important symbol of your professional identity. Order your HFMA certification frame.

Press release template: Please contact careerservices@hfma.org to request a press release template if you would like to announce your new designation in your organization’s newsletter or other media channel(s). 

For more information about the HFMA Certification Programs, contact the Career Services Department at careerservices@hfma.org or at (800) 252-4362 and ask for Career Services.