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Why Certify?

HFMA's CHFP (Certified Healthcare Financial Professional) Becoming certified distinguishes you a leader as well as a role model in the healthcare finance community. 
Earning the CHFP credential enhances your credibility, supports your professional development, demonstrates a high level of commitment to the field, and validates your skills and knowledge.

HFMA SOUTH TEXAS CHAPTER'S $1800 Investment in You!
  • 8 HOURS OF CORE INSTRUCTION (2 Hours per Webinar) from 11:00-1:00pm (Central) on: August 8, September 19 and October 10, 2014 through HFMA Region 9 webinars.
  • Additional webinars by experienced practitioners to help you apply what you have learned in the first webinar of each month on August 15, September 26 and October 17, 2014 through HFMA Region 9 webinars.
  • 8 TOTAL CPEs


   CHFP Certification

CFO/Senior Healthcare Financial Management Myers-Briggs Inventory Opportunity  
Are you a Healthcare Chief Financial Officer, or involved in healthcare financial management at a senior/upper management level? If so, please feel free to take this FREE Myers-Briggs online personality inventory. 
The survey is 92 very quick questions (many questions are simply asking about word preferences) and should take about 20 minutes to complete. Participants with completed surveys will have their MB inventory results emailed to them no later than the Friday evening of each week the survey is running. 
Survey deadline - please try to complete the survey no later than 5pm (CT) on 8-31-14 
All individual survey results will remain confidential and will be destroyed upon completion of the survey. Only aggregate data will be utilized (not person-specific) for research purposes. 
Survey link/log-in information: 
login: myersbriggs2014 
password: myersbriggs2014 
user ID: (leave blank/disregard)

This project (IRB exemption 2014B7613) was approved by the Texas State IRB on 3/26/2014. 
Questions about this research should be addressed to Cristian Lieneck, 512-245-6362, clieneck@txstate.edu.

Again, please only participate in this survey if you are a healthcare CFO or other similar healthcare finance professional. 


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President's Message 



Christopher A. Snyder, 

Regional Vice President

Avadyne Health


As our new year begins, I reflect on the experiences and friendships I have developed over the years. I feel they have prepared me for this role and I am forever grateful. I am honored and humbled to serve as President of our amazing chapter. I thank the Past Presidents, Officers, Board Members, Committee Chairs and membership for entrusting me with the privilege of leading you this year. I thank outgoing President, Tammie Galindez, for her tireless dedication and innovative ideas over the last two years. She has set the bar high, demonstrating what it takes to lead with passion and commitment.  With a strong board, officer team and committee volunteer base, I am confident we will continue to be an indispensible resource for this chapter.


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South Texas HFMA Chapter on a Successful 2013-14 Year!
Awards South Texas Received at the 2014 President's Dinner at HFMA ANI
C. Henry Hottum Award for Educational Performance Improvement 
Charles F. Mehler Gold Award of Excellence for Education

Gold Award of Excellence for Membership Growth and Retention

And a Special THANK YOU to Tammie Galindez for leading our chapter as Chapter President for the past 2 years! 

Specialty Insights - An Interview with Spine Trauma Expert, Alex Vaccaro, MD, PhD.

Written by Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA


For those readers not familiar with Dr. Alex Vaccaro, he is the Everrett J. and Marion Gordon Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He was the recipient of the Leon Wiltse award given for excellence in leadership and clinical research for spine care by the North American Spine Society (NASS) and is the past President of the American Spinal Injury Association and current President of the Association for Collaborative Spine Research. Dr. Vaccaro has over 530 peer reviewed and 195 non-peer reviewed publications.  He has published over 300 book chapters and is the editor of over 44 textbooks and co-editor of OKU-Spine I and editor of OKU-8.  Dr. Vaccaro is Vice Chairman of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Co-Director of the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley and Co-Director of Spine Surgery and the Spine Fellowship program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he instructs current fellows and residents in the diagnosis and treatment of various spinal problems and disorders.

HFMA 2014 ANI Course Coordinators 
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HFMA's Annual Institute, June 22-24, in Las Vegas, Nevada was a BIG success thanks in part the generous gift of time and talent of this year's 35 volunteer course coordinators and floor managers.  Volunteer course coordinators greeted attendees as they arrived at their respective sessions, scanned badges, introduced speakers, and distributed and collected session evaluations - not to mention daily gatherings at their 6 a.m. breakfast meetings.  Pete Sabal, Nevada Chapter, lead this year's energetic volunteers who represented more than 15 chapters including two e-students. 

Our own Clint Owen was part of the 2014 team. 
Remember to mark your calendar now for next year's ANI, June 22-25, 2015 in Orlando, Florida (note the Monday-Thursday pattern in deference to Father's Day!).

A New Paradigm for Technology  



Written by Jim Tempio


When the nonprofit owners of a senior living facility in Nebraska looked to refinance their current loan insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)/Federal Housing Administration (FHA), they considered a little known program that has not been widely used in the past-note modification.


What is it?

One of the key benefits of FHA-insured financing is that it provides long-term debt at a reasonable cost on a nonrecourse basis and with few covenants. With the note modification program, FHA is trying to add to the list of benefits by accelerating the refinancing process. The agency can provide a faster turn-around by focusing on one loan parameter-the interest rate. Like any other government agency financing program, the key for the borrower will be to fit into the programmatic requirements.



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How Will Quality Metrics Impact a Hospital's Credit Rating?


Written by Andrew Cohen & Jason O'Riordan







Which ratings matter most to hospitals?

The number of groups evaluating and awarding top grades to health care organizations is growing. Consumers can pick from the government's web site Medicare Hospital Compare or a handful of assessments from private and nonprofit organizations, such as U.S. News and World Report, Consumer Reports, Truven Health Analytics, and the Joint Commission, among others. Hospital ratings vary widely as each rater uses a different methodology that can provide vastly different results.  

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