The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) has named Joseph J. Fifer its new President and CEO, succeeding Richard L. Clarke, who is set to retire after 26 years as HFMA’s top executive. Fifer will assume the role in June 2012.
Fifer has been vice president of hospital finance at Spectrum Health, located in Grand Rapids, Mich. He has spoken on healthcare finance and reform for organizations including the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and The Governance Institute. He was the Chair of the HFMA Board of Directors in 2006-2007.
“Finance is in the spotlight as never before,” Fifer said in a statement. “with healthcare organizations challenged to drive down unsustainable costs while improving quality. I am honored to assume this HFMA leadership role at a time when finance professionals can deliver significant industry improvement. HFMA is in an outstanding position to lead these changes because of the foundation built by strong staff leadership, board vision, and member commitment.”
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