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Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA

President and CEO, Healthcare Financial Management Association


Joseph J. Fifer is president and CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. HFMA provides the resources health care organizations need to achieve sound fiscal health in order to provide excellent patient care. With more than 40,000 members, HFMA is the nation's leading membership organization of health care finance executives and leaders. HFMA welcomes leaders from all sectors of the health care industry as members, including health systems, physician practices and health plans.

Prior to assuming his position with HFMA in June 2012, Joe spent 11 years as vice president of hospital finance at Spectrum Health, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also spent time with McLaren Health Care Corporation in Flint, Michigan as vice president of finance, and with Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, Michigan as senior vice president of finance and CFO. Joe started his career with nine years at Ernst & Young, also in Michigan. 

Joe was Chair of the HFMA Board of Directors in 2006 and 2007. An HFMA member since 1983, Joe served as a chapter president and for two terms as an HFMA board member. In 2016, Joe was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for the second time.

A Fellow of HFMA and a CPA, Joe received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Michigan. Joe and his wife, Katie, have three children: Sarah, Tom and Joe.

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