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HFMA CEO Fifer Among 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - August 26, 2014) - HFMA president and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 most influential people in health care. This marks the first time that Fifer, who assumed his role at HFMA in June 2012, has been named to the list.

"Under Joe's leadership, HFMA is increasingly bringing the finance perspective and challenges to the national dialog about health care," said HFMA 2014-15 chair Kari Cornicelli, FHFMA, CPA, vice president and CFO, Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus, San Diego. "This recognition is well deserved."

According to Modern Healthcare, nominations were narrowed to a final ballot of 300 candidates from among 15,000 submissions. Honorees were deemed to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact, by the magazine's readers and an expert panel. 

"I share this recognition with the HFMA Board and the entire team," said Fifer. "Over the past year, HFMA has launched several key initiatives that are making a difference in health care. I look forward to working with my finance colleagues and others across the industry as we continue to look for consensus-based solutions to industry challenges."

Fifer previously spent 11 years as vice president of hospital finance at Spectrum Health, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He also spent time with McLaren Health Care Corporation, Flint, Mich., as vice president of finance and Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing, Mich., as senior vice president of finance and CFO. Fifer started his career with nine years at Ernst and Young, also in Michigan.

Fifer was Chair of the HFMA Board of Directors in 2006-07. An HFMA member since 1983, he served as a chapter president and for two terms as an HFMA board member.

A Fellow of HFMA and a CPA, Fifer received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Mich.

With more than 40,000 members, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the nation's premier membership organization for healthcare finance leaders. HFMA builds and supports coalitions with other healthcare associations and industry groups to achieve consensus on solutions for the challenges the U.S. healthcare system faces today. Working with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, HFMA identifies gaps throughout the healthcare delivery system and bridges them through the establishment and sharing of knowledge and best practices. We help healthcare stakeholders achieve optimal results by creating and providing education, analysis, and practical tools and solutions. Our mission is to lead the financial management of health care.

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