Career Opportunities and Job Postings

Career Opportunities and Resources

Besides the job postings for the Iowa HFMA Chapter region listed below, here are a number of resources for developing a career in healthcare financial management:

Manage and Advance Your Career – Learn more here

See if Healthcare Finance is Right for You: The Early Careerist - Learn more here

Use the HFMA Career Self-Assessments - Learn more here

Take HFMA’s Business of Health Care Online Program - Learn more here

Earn an HFMA Certification - Learn more here

Search HFMA’s Latest Educational Opportunities - Learn more about educational events with the Iowa Chapter of HFMA here.  For other opportunities, go to the national HFMA website for Events, Online Education, Onsite Programs for your organization, Certification, or search further on the national HFMA website here.


Job Postings

As applicable, job postings are provided as a benefit for members and organizations who have active HFMA member participation.  To submit a job opening, please contact Deanna Gray at Deanna.Gray@RelayHealth.com.

Postings will be removed after 90 days unless notified that the position is still open.

Current Opportunities - 12/2/18:

Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, IA - Senior Financial Analyst

This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by providing accurate financial data and information to managers/administration which allows them to make decisions that directly impact the patient.
 
Job Specific Duties/Essential Functions
Analyzes, processes and communicates financial information and data for management and administrators
  • Analyzes revenue, expenses and reimbursement trends
  • Evaluates business/strategic plans including performing pro forma and other analytics when necessary.
  • Meets with Managers, Physicians and Administration regarding various financial items
  • Serves as liaison between the Finance and clinical departments addressing topics such as regulatory and billing updates, CPT and work relative value unit (wRVU) changes, the resulting impact on operating budgets and developing cross department teams, if needed to resolve. 
  • Analyzes potential and current business ventures and major capital investments to determine the project's financial viability.
  • Analyzes reports and data output from Allscripts/EPSI Decision Support to test data integrity and collaborates with the Cost Accountant to resolve any issues.
  • Researches local/state and national healthcare trends to determine financial impact on service lines and implementing best practices.
  • Responsible for monthly and quarterly financial and market share reports, utilizing internal and external data sources.
  • Utilizes continuous improvement processes including LEAN and Six Sigma when reviewing new or existing service line performance.
  • Analyzes operational effectiveness, emphasizing cost containment without jeopardizing important innovation or quality of care.
  • Develops and maintains an effective relationship with medical and Administrative staff.
  • Prepares ongoing financial reporting for clinic departments.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Work record that demonstrates:
  • In-depth knowledge of hospital and physician billing and reimbursement
  • Clear, effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interact with a variety of people in a positive manner
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Familiarity with MS-DRG, APC, CPT and other classification systems
  • In-depth understanding of non-profit financial statements
  • In-depth understanding and ability to calculate key financial indicators such as payback period, breakeven point, internal rate of return (IRR), contribution margin, and net gain and loss
  • Must demonstrate advanced Microsoft Excel skills including graphs, pivot tables and various formulas
Professional Experience
  • Minimum three years experience in healthcare required.
  • Experience with payors, providers and/or hospital setting preferred.
  • Experience with EPIC electronic health record preferred
  • Six Sigma Green Belt preferred
Education:  Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration required with a major in Business, Health or Public Administration, Management, Accounting, Finance, Economics or related field preferred.
 
To learn more about this opportunity or to apply visit: www.mercycare.org

Catholic Health Initiatives - Decision Support Analyst

This position plays a key role in implementing and supporting the Decision Support Cost Accounting function throughout Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) by working with managers and senior leadership on issues related to Cost Accounting while coordinating with other teams in the areas of financial or clinical analysis and reporting, budgeting, and reimbursement contract management. The analyst ensures the integrity of Cost Accounting values at the patient clinical data level.  This person will process and reconcile cost data at the patient clinical data level.  

Key Responsibilities:
  • Participates in the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the CHI Decision Support cost system (Allscripts EPSi) at assigned healthcare facilities as directed. These activities include gathering and validating RVU’s, building Boolean Logic, applying Cost Accounting standards and setting up indirect allocation structure.
  • Processes Cost and reconciles results monthly. 
  • Maintains open communication with assigned hospital clients to understand operations and update cost structures accordingly.  This includes utilizing online communication tools, phone calls, and site visits.  Excellent customer service is vital for this position.
  • Develops a thorough understanding and knowledge of Decision Support cost methods and information as well as a general understanding of the various applications including flexible budgets, operating budget design, reimbursement contract models, and product line analysis.
  • Responsible for understanding and documenting expense/cost treatment issues for the enterprise.  Assists with training client hospital personnel in the understanding of CHI Cost Accounting practices and concepts.
  • Completes audits and reconciliations for all assigned facilities according to established schedule and reports any issues on a timely basis.  Shares results of audits and reconciliations with client hospitals to assure their comprehension of the validity of the Decision Support patient level cost data. 
  • Assists with training client hospital personnel on cost definitions and methods in the Decision Support cost system with the goal that key hospital employees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the patient level cost information available from the system.  Occasional public presentations to various audiences may be required. 
  • Assist in cost support for the development of reports to support analysis for hospital operations such as measurement of financial performance, reimbursement trending, and clinical improvement.  Supports client hospitals in their understanding of patient cost for report development.
  • Actively participates in workgroups and task forces for various national and local projects to accomplish certain goals. 
  • Keeps the Sys Manager Decision Support – Cost Accounting and/or Senior Decision Support Analyst informed timely about any issues that arise, suggest recommendations for process improvement, and work closely with other analysts to share knowledge.
Education / Accreditation / Licensure:
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance, a business related field, or master’s degree in lieu of experience noted below. (MBA, MHA, MPH, MS Decisions Science or other master related to healthcare or analytics preferred)

Experience:
Required:  Two years of accounting or financial maintenance and analysis preferred or experience in healthcare patient data maintenance with a solid accounting/finance knowledge. Proven proficiency with MS Excel and/or relational databases.


Additional Information
Gundersen Health System - Regional Chief Financial Officer 

Gundersen Health System (GHS) has retained WK Advisors to assist in their search for a dynamic, experienced financial leader to serve as its next Regional Chief Financial Officer for Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital, a 25 bed critical access hospital located in Boscobel, Wisconsin.

With a solid balance sheet, positive margins, and a sound investment strategy, GHS is strategically well-positioned to continue to thrive in the future.  Based in La Crosse, Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River, GHS serves 21 counties in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa and is a fully integrated delivery system of over 8,000 employees.  GHS is a Physician led organization with an absolute commitment to quality and excellence with an emphasis on enriching the lives of everyone in the communities served.


Reporting to the System CFO, the Regional CFO plans, coordinates, directs and maintains high quality general accounting, accounts payable and financial reporting systems in accordance with GAAP, which fulfills both internal and external financial information needs for Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and its associated clinics. The Regional CFO will support development and execution of strategic plans with senior management across the Regional Entities area of responsibility (AOR). This individual will lead financial analysis and reporting, financial policy and control, accounting and compliance, training and development, operational initiatives, and acquisitions and divestitures, while working within the standard and set work designed by Gundersen corporate financial team. This leader will be responsible for providing guidance related to and direct the specific processes by maintaining consistent processes for Long-Term Forecasting, Short-Term Forecasting and Decision Support to assist all teams in improving financial performance and fulfilling the AORs mission and goals. This individual has responsibility for crafting business plans, business models and any other related variance analysis and corrective action plans. They will coordinate and facilitate the Capital Planning process, and play a key role in overseeing the Capital Purchase process. He/She provides financial leadership and support to all entities in the AOR for both internal and external reporting.


We would appreciate receiving recommendations or nominations of qualified candidates and applications of personal interest. For more information please contact:

Kyle Wiederhold at kwiederhold@wkadvisors.com


 

Advance Your Career as a
Certified Healthcare Financial Professional ~

 
Get Your CHFP from HFMA

By Joseph Abel, CPCC, ACC, PhD
November 2018
 
Impressive job skills are no longer enough to land a job with smart employers or to ensure a promotion. Employers want value-drivers.
 
Value-drivers are people with the capacity to continuously learn, develop new skills, and adapt to the dynamic business needs of the continuously evolving health-care industry. This type of employee understands the business context and consequently sniffs out opportunity, provokes thought, and helps shape innovation. Technical depth, breadth of perspective, and the inquisitiveness to search out new business approaches are the foundations for this value-driving work style.
 
HFMA’s Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) is intended to build this highly prized value - driving work style. The CHFP:
 
  • Is a learning program;
  • Presents the business context in which health operates;
  • Builds comprehensive, multidisciplinary perspective on the pressing mandate to improve value in health care through clinical cooperation.
 
The CHFP is a value-driving certification in that certified healthcare finance professionals can take on a value-driving work-style characterized by:
 
  • Business Awareness – The ability to recognize the business implications of information presented to them;
  • Business Understanding – Thinking with the big picture, the business context at play;
  • Creativity – The readiness to explore potential new business initiatives;
  • Engagement – Getting into action; bringing new ideas to life to create value and growth;
  • Smart employees – People who not only see the need to be value-driving employees, but also commit to building that value-driving work style.
 
The Value-Driving Equation:
 
Value-Driving finance professional = (professional skills and experience) X CHFP
 
The program consists of two modules:
 
1)     HFMA’s Business of Health Care course and
2)     Operational Excellence: Pursuing Strategy.
 
The program is entirely online, self-contained and self-paced. The CHFP designation is achieved by the successful completion of both modules. A downloadable learner’s Concept Guide is available with the course and many HFMA chapters provide CHFP preparation assistance. The CHFP program is easy to access on HFMA’s website, simple to use and brings the business knowledge needed today into one place.
 
More details can be found here: www.hfma.org/CHFP.
 
Joseph Abel is HFMA’s Director of Career Services
 

Career Center:
Enhancing the HFMA Experience

HFMA Podcast Series Announced

Starting September 5, 2018, you can take advantage of insights from industry experts on the HFMA Voices in Healthcare Finance Series.

In the first of this podcast series, HFMA focuses on best practices in patient communication with the Revenue Cycle.
 
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Image & Influence:  Polishing Your Professional Look

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This presentation was given by Becky Rupiper-Greene, Training & Image Consultant with Tero® International at the Iowa HFMA 2018 Women's Conference. Becky is the region’s only professionally certified Image Consultant
and an active member of the Association of Image Consultants International.  Tero’s Image & Influence Workshop provides strategies to help you:

 Understand the relevance of the message your appearance communicates

 Differentiate between suitable and unsuitable working attire

 Construct a professional wardrobe on a budget

 Incorporate the fundamentals of fit and fabric into your wardrobe

 Implement professional grooming standards

Stand out with a confident first impression. Discover how to align your appearance with your professional goals.

Download "Tero's Image Action Plan - 2018.pdf"

HFMA Networking Event at 2018 Annual Meeting

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Plans are in the works for another awesome Networking Event on the evening of Tuesday, October 9th, as part of the IHA/HFMA Annual Meeting festivities.
 
Join us for a progressive dinner, as we enjoy food and beverages throughout the East Village in downtown Des Moines!
 
Please let us know if you plan on attending by using the RSVP link below!
 
HFMA Networking Event
 
LOCATION 
East Village - Des Moines, Iowa 
 
DATE AND TIME
10/09/18  6:00pm - 10:00pm 
 

I'll be there!
I can't make it
 

Free Continuing Education Opportunities

Upcoming events fall
Take advantage of your HFMA membership by attending educational webinars!  Most are free for members and provide valuable, timely content on key topics.

Upcoming Webinars
 
  • 10/23/18 - HFMA Region 8 Webinar Series - Microsoft Excel Level 3
 
Did you miss the Excel Level 2 Class?
 
  • View the presentation here.
 

Boost Your Career and HFMA - Network and Refer New HFMA Members

Watch for Upcoming Announcements on New Member Referral Prizes for 2018!

No one understands the value of HFMA membership more than you.  Help strengthen your career by sharing the benefits of HFMA membership with someone you know, then refer them for membership.

Of course, HFMA rewards you for your member referrals.

Here's a preview of this year's HFMA New Member Referral program - watch your inbox for more details:


The more members you sponsor, the more rewards you enjoy.  Plus, new Referral prize packages are being added!
 
Invest in your career by sharing your HFMA experience with your staff, peers, or anyone with an interest in healthcare finance.
 
How to get started:
  • Download the application form at hfma.org/join/ - pass along to colleagues or hand out at networking events. Be sure to include your name and member ID number in the "sponsor" area of the application to receive proper credit. 
  • Prospective recruits can join online at hfma.org/join/
  • If you need assistance in answering a recruit's question or inquiry, contact our HFMA Member Services Center at memberservices@hfma.org or call (800) 252-4362. 
 
-Tim Huber
Iowa Chapter HFMA Membership Chair
 
 

Amy Vetter:  The Path to Creating Work-Life Harmony

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Check Amy out online!  ttps://youtu.be/ZhfwsFoq9h4


Is it getting harder to find success in your business? Or has your work become mechanical or routine? Amy Vetter, an accomplished business executive, serial entrepreneur, CPA, and yoga instructor, will show you how to put your soul back into business by rekindling or discovering the spark you desire for your career and life. In this talk, Amy will provide listeners with heartfelt insights and actionable tips, backed by scientific research, on how to discover and align their authentic selves and inner talents with the work they do. Attendees will come away with the tools and inspiration to: become the authentic and cherished business leaders they’re meant to be, create their own sense of work-life harmony, discover their inner talents and passions, and learn the tools to put in place to be more present and productive at work and home.

Amy gave her presentation at the 2018 Iowa HFMA Women's Conference.

Download "Creating Work-Life Harmony Amy Vetter.pdf"

Closing the Day with Day -- A Lesson on Giving Back

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Day Egusquiza
AR Systems, Inc.—The HealthCare Navigator Company

Attendees will hear my story, including lessons learned and how I’m adapting for
the future of healthcare
 My journey: from a 200 bed Idaho hospital to an owner of a national
auditing and training company

 Skunk words translating to ‘no’ was not in the vocabulary

 Work – home life balance is challenging

 Learning at a new type of patient – Baby Boomers vs. Millennials – and how we adapt

 Looking past the barriers

Day gave her presentation at the 2018 Iowa HFMA Women's Conference.

Download "ARS-DayLifeWomenConference[1949].ppt"

Erin Kiernan and Sonya Heitshusan:  Empowering YOU to do the Things YOU’VE Always
Dreamed of Doing, but Never Thought Possible