Health Administration Certification in Florida - FL
Certification can give any person wanting to join this field better training and an increased opportunity for employment in Florida. There 4 major organizations that offer certification for health care administration and management: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Below lists the requirements for certification for each organization.
ACHE certification: ACHE Fellow
To apply for this certification you must have at least a master’s or other postgraduate degree, have at least two years experience in the field, and currently hold a healthcare management position. An application must be submitted with a $250 fee, three references, a copy of postgraduate degree, organizational chart and description of the management job currently held, and your resume. If approved, you will need to pass the Board of Governors exam. Once this exam is passed there are several more requirements necessary to achieve the fellowship certification: an additional three years experience in a management position (must still currently be in a management position), have three years tenure with the ACHE, attend 40 hours of continuing education, and participate in two community and two healthcare activities. All of these requirements must be completed in the three year period from the time the exam is passed. Recertification will need to be completed every three years.
HFMA certification: Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) or Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA)
To earn the CHFP certification you must: have at least 2 years as a nonstudent HFMA member, 60 hours of college coursework or 60 contact hours of professional development, pass the certification exam and one of the specialty certification exams, and get a reference from a HFMA chapter officer or supervisor at current position. The FHFMA certification may only be granted if you already have the CHFP certification. The other requirements are: you must have at least 5 years as a nonstudent member of the HFMA, a bachelor’s degree or 120 semester hours from an accredited university, get a reference from a HFMA chapter officer or a FHAMA member, complete volunteer activities, and pay a $150 fee. To maintain both certifications you must complete 90 hours of continuing education every three years and remain a member of the HFMA.
AAHAM certification: Certified Patient Account Manager (CPAM) or Certified Clinic Account Manager (CCAM
) The requirements for these two certifications are: you must have at least an associate’s degree with 2 years of healthcare experience or just 4 years experience, complete and submit the application, and you must pass the certification exam which costs $200. To maintain certification, you must complete at least forty hours of continuing education and maintain membership with the AAHAM.
AHIMA certification: Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
To earn this certification you must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). To maintain this certification you must obtain 40 continuing education units every two years.