Chicago, IL – June 19, 2014 –
The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) has awarded Richard Cheek, CHFP, of Patientco the certification of Fellow (FHFMA) – a recognized marker of leadership and professionalism.

Cheek, an HFMA member since 1986 and HFMA Georgia Chapter participant, earned this prominent designation by demonstrating a significant level of expertise, service, and commitment to transforming the healthcare finance industry. 

After 30+ years in healthcare revenue cycle and IT, Cheek joined Patientco in February 2013, bringing his experience and passion for process improvement into part of the healthcare industry that needs to change – patient payment automation. He currently covers a large territory for Patientco as a Regional Sales Manager.

Cheek joined the South Carolina Chapter of HFMA in 1986 and served in various chapter leadership roles including Board Member, Secretary and Treasurer before relocating to Georgia. He is currently an active member of the Georgia Chapter and serves as a co-chair of the Education Content Committee. In recognition of his service to HFMA, Cheek has received the Fulmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold awards. The Georgia Chapter recently recognized his service by presenting him with the HFMA Medal of Honor.

“We recognize Richard as a leader who has demonstrated a depth of expertise that is critical to shaping our future,” said HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA. “Earning this distinction signifies a commitment of excellence and dedication to make a positive change in our industry.”

The FHFMA certification is the organization’s most elite professional certification. By earning the right to include this designation among their credentials, Fellows have demonstrated that they have achieved a gold standard in technical proficiency. This achievement signals a personal commitment to improving expertise and advancing professionalism.

To be awarded the FHFMA distinction, applicants must be credentialed as a certified health care financial professional; be an HFMA member for at least five years; complete a bachelor’s degree or 120 semester hours from an accredited college or university; and volunteer in HFMA or the industry. More than 1,800 individuals have received this honor in the organization’s 68 year history.

HFMA currently offers three levels of certification: Certified Revenue Cycle Professional (CRCR), Certified Healthcare Finance Professional (CHFP) and Fellow (FHFMA).

About HFMA

The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) provides the resources healthcare 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 healthcare finance executives and leaders. HFMA helps its members achieve results by providing education, analysis, and guidance, and creating practical tools and solutions that optimize financial management. The organization is a respected and innovative thought leader on top trends and challenges facing the healthcare finance industry. From addressing capital access to improved patient care to technology advancement, HFMA is the indispensable resource for healthcare finance.

About Patientco

Patientco is a leading provider of cloud-based patient payment automation solutions designed to increase revenue and cut costs by simplifying the payment process for patients and streamlining the patient revenue cycle for providers. Patientco’s suite of intuitive revenue cycle tools produces easy-to-understand statements, offers patients their choice of secure payment options, facilitates direct provider-to-patient communication and automates traditionally manual back-office processes for providers. To learn more, call 888-747-2455 or visit .