BREAKING NEWS REGARDING HFMA CERTIFICATION FOR NCHFMA MEMBERS:
Are you looking for time to study for the HFMA Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) Exam but can’t seem to commit?
How about joining a group of your fellow HFMA members for a series of five webinars that will help you prepare? Register now for these structured study sessions!
The HFMA Region 5 chapters of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee along with the Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Southern Illinois, and McMahon-Illini Chapters have teamed up to offer five two-hour Certification Candidate Practicum webinars on successive Thursdays starting March 6, 2014. These will be great study sessions and if you take the exam right after the completion of the webinar series, you can check off one of those New Year’s resolutions (remember those?).
The dates of the Certification Candidate Practicum webinars are March 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 3, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET). The cost to the member will be $30.00. This is an outstanding price for not only the webinar series but also a 400+ page study guide. The five webinars supplement the on-line study guide available from HFMA and cover the hardest materials tested on the exam. Sessions will be recorded in the event that a registered attendee has to miss a session. You can earn up to 10 hours of CPE for the webinars by attending and responding to the webinar polling questions. No CPE will be awarded for the recorded sessions.
Christoph Stauder will be the instructor for this series. He is a CPA and Fellow in HFMA. In 2011 he created a new professional practicum modeled on the National Association’s new certification program for Oregon HFMA and he has continually expanded the practicum and teaches it locally, regionally and nationally. Christoph was president of Oregon HFMA in 1999-2000 and has stayed continuously active in Oregon HFMA ever since.
Are you Ready to get Started?
Register Now http://www.tnhfma.org/chfp-webinars/ Cutoff is Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in order to receive your study material prior to the first session on March 6. If you register after this date, but before March 5, your study material will be delivered after the first session. Register today to get your material before the first session.
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The Tennessee Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.
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