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Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist® FAQ’s
Why should I become certified?
Why is this certification unique?
Who are the certification course instructors?
Are there any course materials/books required for certification?
Can I receive my certification either in person or online?
If I cannot attend the conference, how can I take the course online?
How do I sign up for the event so that I can receive the credits in person?
What is the purpose of taking an exam?
When does my certification become active?
When can I take my certification exam?
Once certified, how can I use this certification? Where can I display my designation?
Where will I be able to receive the credits necessary to fulfill the 11 modules required for the certification?
What is the process for completing the certification?
Will I be able to apply the certification credit hours I receive towards any other industry certifications? Are they approved to count towards the PHR designation?
Are there continuing education requirements for certification?
Do you have a list of the types of work/courses that would qualify as continuing education requirements needed to maintain the certification designations?
Why are continuing education credits required after completion of the certification course?
Is it possible to receive group discounts if multiple people from our organization are obtaining certification?
Who do I contact for more information on the certifications?
1: Why should I become certified?
Becoming a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist® by the Health care Reform Center & Policy Institute and the National Healthcare Reform Magazine (HRM), is one of the best ways to advance your career by setting yourself apart, and gaining that competitive edge and knowledge of the law. The Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist® certification is designed to bring you the most up to date information about healthcare reform, including new rules and regulations, and the implications of healthcare reform for employer groups and how they can best prepare and implement the best strategies to deal with the change.
2: Why is this Certification Unique?
The National Healthcare Reform Magazine (HRM) has spent the last 3 years developing the Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist® certification alongside the Healthcare Reform Center & Policy Institute. We partnered with senior leaders from some of the most successful industry leading companies to incorporate industry best practices. In collaboration with one another, we’ve put together very topical and industry specific information for this program. The Healthcare Reform Magazine was created as the main source of information for employers, consultants, health insurance agents, insurance companies, healthcare providers, governmental entities and other industry stakeholders. It’s designed to provide a central point of education and information for the implications of the law. Our Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist® course is the most comprehensive program available and will give you an actual designation that will not only be helpful to build your knowledge base but to become a more marketable individual as well. Recipients of the certification must pass a comprehensive exam showing a thorough understanding of healthcare reform current trends, rules and regulations. Certification is not granted to those who simply “sit in” on the certification programs. Exam questions are developed through the Healthcare Reform Certification and Education Committee which is made up of professionals who are experts in healthcare reform. Our program is the only one that offers continuing education credits to ensure that participants stay up-to-date on industry best practices and case studies.
3: Who are the certification course instructors?
Our program is unique because our instructors are specialists in the field of Healthcare Reform who understand the timeline of implementation of different healthcare reform laws, the mandated benefits and compliance deadlines, and understand the effects and implications of healthcare reform and how to implement the best strategy for it. The program does not cover theoretical or hypothetical. The instructors are not vendors, service providers, or consultants who are selling the services. Participants are learning best practices from actual industry professionals that are experts in understanding current trends, rules and regulations.
4: Are there any course materials/books required for certification?
Yes, there is a course workbook available though our online learning management system.
5: Can I receive my certification either in person or online?
Yes, either way. There are several key advantages to receiving your credit hours onsite at the 4th Annual National Healthcare Reform Conference, which is taking place November 3rd-6th, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Studies have shown that people retain more information and learn faster through interactive, in person learning. The main advantage is being able to sit face-to-face with your colleagues discussing what you’ve learned, collaborating with other HR professionals and conversing about the applicability to your specific organization. You will have hands on experience during the sessions and also have the opportunity to participate in the live Q&A. In addition, you will have the opportunity to share best practices and experiences with other individuals within your industry. All course examinations must be completed online through our online learning platform, even for those who choose to learn live in person.
6: If I cannot attend the conference, how can I take the course online?
Participants can register now for the online course which is available immediately. To sign up for online registration please go to: https://Certify.Digitalchalk.com
7: How do I sign up for the event so that I can receive the credits in person?
To register to attend educational session’s onsite now, visit www.HealthcareReformConference.com/ Registration.html Sign up today!
8: What is the purpose of taking an exam?
The exam is designed to make sure you understand and have retained the information outlined in the educational sessions and online courses. It’s also a key factor that differentiates our certification from others in that it gives the program much more value as it allows you to test your own skills for learning and proves that you’ve personally gained the knowledge for certification. Most importantly it shows employers that you’ve done your due diligence in learning what is most important in healthcare reform and its effect on your benefits and healthcare programs.
9: When does my certification become active?
Your certification will become active as soon as you pass the exam.
10: When can I take my certification exam?
Participants can take their exam through our online digital learning platform.
11: Once certified, how can I use this certification? Where can I display my designation?
You can include this designation on your resume, business card and your professional social media sites. You will be provided a certificate of completion as well as the logo to display on your professional social media sites, resume and signature line in your email.
12: Where will I be able to receive the credits necessary to fulfill the 17 modules required for the certification?
You can receive your 17 modules of education by attending the 4th Annual National Healthcare Reform Conference, November 3rd-6th, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Registration for online courses is available now.
13: What is the process for completing the certification?
1. Register for the training program: Register for the online course or choose to learn live at our annual Healthcare Reform Conference. This year’s conference will be November 3rd-6th, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2. Take the online exam within 65 days of beginning the first class module. Participants must receive a passing grade of 75% in order to receive their certification.Your course timer will not start until your first module is accessed. You may still register and the 65 days will not start.
14: Will I be able to apply the certification credit hours I receive towards any other industry certifications? Are they approved to count towards the PHR designation?
15: Are there continuing education requirements for certification?
Yes. You are required to do 5 hours of continuing education annually at a cost of $100 per year.
16: Do you have a list of the types of work/courses that would qualify as continuing education requirements needed to maintain the certification designations?
Each year the National Healthcare Reform Conference will hold an annual event at which Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist® participants will be able to receive their continuing education credits. We are in the process of working with other associations, professional organizations and event coordinators to get their educational content approved for the continuing education. We will update registered participants via email as these opportunities become available. If you are interested in having your continuing educational content approved for the Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist® course, please contact us at Info@ HealthcareReformMagazine.com.
17: Why are continuing education credits required after completion of the certification course?
The Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist® course is the only one that offers continuing education credits to ensure that participants are up-to-date on best practices and case studies. The healthcare reform industry is evolving and participants must stay updated on industry best practices, compliances, engagement, and legal issues. In order to stay relevant on the most important topics related to healthcare reform such as compliance and industry best practices, it is imperative to take continuing education courses. The continuing education credits will set you apart from other professionals in the industry who have not pursued specialized education in healthcare reform.
18: Is it possible to receive group discounts if multiple people from our organization are obtaining certification?
Yes, we have group packages available tailored to fit each organization. Please email Info@ HealthcareReformMagazine.com or call 561-790-1176 for more information on group discounts.
19: Who do I contact for more information on the certifications?
For more information email us at Info@ HealthcareReformMagazine.com or call 561-790-1176.