The chapter would like to congratulate Jessica Fyhr on completing the CHFP certification process. After spending time as a stay at home mom, Jessica began her career in healthcare finance 6 years ago. She started as a financial analyst and is currently a senior financial analyst in the CFO’s office at Baystate Health. We recently connected with Jessica to hear more about her CHFP experience.
HFMA: When did you first join HFMA?
Jessica: I’ve been a member since 2012.
HFMA: When did you first consider getting certified? How did you hear about certification?
Jessica: A few years ago I saw “CHFP” listed after a coworker’s name. I was curious, so I looked into further and decided to enroll in the certification program as a way to enhance my professional skills.
HFMA: Describe the exam process for those who aren’t familiar with it.
Jessica: It is a two part process (Modules I and II). Module I covers such topics as cost analysis, financial strategy and accounting in healthcare. You will work through the information guide on the website, which includes sample questions along the way, study the provided materials, and once prepared, take the first timed exam. Once you have successfully completed, you will use knowledge framework to answer a series of case study questions (second timed exam) related to the business and financial components of healthcare in Module II.
HFMA: What tips would you give someone looking to get certified?
- Do not allow too much time to pass between taking the two exams.
- In Module II, which is essentially self-study, you are given a list of potential topics that will be covered in the case studies. I would suggest researching all the topics listed, especially the ones you are less familiar with prior to taking the exam.
HFMA: Did your employer support you in pursuing certification? If so, how?
Jessica: I proposed the certification to my manager during our annual review meeting and he said it was a great idea. Once I had completed, he sent me a very nice congratulatory note.
HFMA: What would you say to someone who is on the fence about getting certified?
Jessica: Go for it! You can work through it at your own pace.
HFMA: How has certification helped you in your job/how do you anticipate it will help you in the future?
Jessica: This accomplishment has empowered me to continuously seek useful and improved business skills that will benefit my career.
Congratulations, Jessica, and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. For those interested in learning more about the CHFP process, you can find more information about the value of certification here and the recent drop in the price to certification here. You can also read a profile on another recently certified member, Lauren Sansbury.