President & CEO, Healthcare Financial Management Association

FiferJoseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA is President and CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). 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, Mr. Fifer spent 11 years as Vice President of Hospital Finance at Spectrum Health, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He also spent time with McLaren Health Care Corporation, Flint, Michigan, as Vice President of Finance, and Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing, Michigan, as Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO. Mr. Fifer started his career in Michigan with nine years at Ernst & Young.

Mr. Fifer was chair of the HFMA Board of Directors in 2006-07. An HFMA member since 1983, he served as a chapter president and for two terms as an HFMA board member. In 2016, he 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, Mr. Fifer received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan.



BS, Business Administration, Saginaw Valley State University


HFMA Fellow
Certified Public Accountant