Free for HFMA Members
$399 for Non-members


Hospitals and Other Providers
Physicians and Other Practitioners

Career level:

Experienced Professional

Recommended for:

Healthcare Revenue Integrity
Physician Practice
Revenue Cycle

Delivery Method:

QAS Self Study

Advance Preparation:


Field of Study:

Finance: 4.5 hours
Specialized Knowledge: 7.0 hours



Course Availability:

18 Months

Certification | Overview | Physician Practice Revenue
The CSPPM recertification program is recommended for active, eligible, HFMA CSPPM certificants with an upcoming maintenance due date of May 31, 2020. Not sure when your CSPPM expiration date is? Sign in, click your profile image in the uppe...
How To | Physician Practice Revenue
Health systems seeking to acquire physician practices should first develop a thoughtful physician acquisition strategy that considers factors such as whether the focus will be on primary care physicians or specialists and the extent to whic...
How To | Physician Practice Revenue
Thoughtful strategies surrounding physician practice acquisition can help set the stage for success.
How To | Physician Practice Revenue
Physician specialty practices face the daunting task of recalibrating their revenue cycle management processes to optimize their financial performance under value-based care.
Q&A | Physician Practice Revenue
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Certification | Intermediate | Physician Practice Revenue

Certified Specialist Physician Practice Management (CSPPM)

Certification | Intermediate | Physician Practice Revenue

Certified Specialist Physician Practice Management (CSPPM)


Get recognized as a leader in physician practice management when you earn HFMA's Certified Specialist Physician Practice Management (CSPPM) certification.

With a focus on revenue cycle activities that enhance contemporary physician practice management, those who earn this certification will also gain specialist-level knowledge related to budget preparation, financial projections, cost accounting, managing information systems, and evaluating and negotiating payer contracts.

Available online, 24/7, this certification, online program, certification maintenance, and digital badging related costs are all included in HFMA membership.

Course outline:
Physician Coding and Payment Systems
Encounter Processing
Accounts Receivable: Collections, Policy, and Evaluation
Information Systems
Budgeting and Benchmarking
Cost Analysis and Management
Physician Compensation and Leadership
Integrated Health Systems and Managed Care
Insurance and Risk Management
Other Management Issues
Legal and Regulatory Issues

Assessment information:
This online program includes the course modules listed above and a certification assessment. The assessment has 75 multiple choice questions and you have 90 minutes to complete it in one sitting. The passing score is 70%. If you do not pass the assessment on the first attempt, there is a mandatory 30-day waiting period. You'll have access to the exam summary and the course modules while you wait for your next attempt. The exam summary will show you how did on the questions from each course module of the online program.

Estimated course completion time: 10 - 12 hours

If you need to recertify, please click here.

Note: If you are an HFMA member and currently registered for this program and need additional time because it is expired or expiring soon, please email to request an extension.
After this program, you'll be able to..
  • Identify the key contributory elements of evaluation and management services
  • Define ratios valuable in monitoring financial performance of a practice
  • Identify processes for evaluating a contract
  • Identify elements of strategic planning and the role of marketing
Online program last updated: 5/24/2018

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