I need to start this article with a disclaimer. I am HIGHLY BIASED in favor of professional credentialing. If this is offensive to you, stop reading this now. I am fairly well credentialed. I have a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Doctorate of Science in Healthcare Administration. I hold Fellowship certifications from both the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). I hold HFMA certifications in Managed Care and Patient Financial Services (PFS). I am in the first class to be certified by HFMA in managed care and I was the national valedictorian in my HFMA PFS exam class. I served a sentence on HFMA’s Board of Examiners (BOE) including a year as Chairman of the BOE. The BOE is responsible for HFMA’s professional certification program. Other than this, I have not done much to improve myself professionally or promote professional certification.
Lest this come across as self aggrandizing, you should know that I had a rough time in high school but ended up being the first in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree and that undergraduate degree was bestowed by The University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. One of the highlights of my service to the healthcare profession is my service on HFMA’s BOE. A number of changes to the HFMA certification process occurred during my service on the Board and as the Chairman of the BOE that I am very proud of. Changes that were focused on making the certification process more objective and making the preparation process more efficient.
You’re damn right I think credentialing is important.