Joseph Fifer, named the next president and CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, says he intends to keep the healthcare financial executive association on a similar track it has followed under departing President and CEO Richard Clarke.
“My approach is more going to be furthering the agenda we have today,” said Fifer, 52, who will leave his job as vice president of finance for five-hospital Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Mich., to join Westchester, Ill.-based HFMA in June. “I'm not looking for major changes in strategy or agenda,” he said. “I'm honored to follow Dick Clarke in his leadership,” Fifer said. Clarke, 63, announced his retirement in July (July 25, 2011, p. 11).
Fifer said an area he will continue to emphasize is for the hospital industry to become more transparent to patients, something he has pursued at Spectrum in West Michigan and nationally as an architect of a 2007 HFMA report on the subject that was produced while he was chairman of the HFMA.