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  • The HRM Certificate Program

    The HRM Certificate Program, a cornerstone of ASHRM’s professional development opportunities, covers key aspects of risk management while providing valuable continuing education credits. Leading experts, professional contacts, powerful tools and impactful lessons are just some of the valuable ways in which participants and their employers can benefit from attending the HRM Certificate Program.

    Program Information

    Risk and quality managers, insurance and claims professionals, safety officers, administrators, financial officers, clinicians, attorneys, consultants and other healthcare professionals from all levels of experience.

    Here’s how some recent attendee summed up the experience:

    “The modules were very well done with regard to structure, pace and visual support, and the attachments were excellent.”

    Shari L. Hendrickson, M.A., M.S.W.
    Risk Management Specialist

    “All faculty were excellent. The format of the presentations/material was wonderful and easy to follow. I learned information that will assist me in making an impact on the quality of patient care at my facility, as well as managing risks and educating staff and administration.”

    The HRM Certificate Program attendee

    “I feel I am going from good to great.”

    The HRM Certificate Program attendee


    Module 1: Essentials in HRM
    Subject areas include:

    • Enterprise risk management principles
    • Risk identification and analysis
    • Risk control, risk financing
    • Claims management
    • Statutes, standards and regulations
    • Program development

    Module 2: Applications in HRM
    Subject areas include:

    • Risk trending
    • Laws and regulations
    • Accreditation
    • Credentialing
    • Corporate compliance
    • Clinical risk management
    • Emergency preparedness

    Module 3: Advanced Forum in HRM
    Subject areas include:

    • Handling hospital acquired conditions and never events
    • Ethics
    • Communicating with senior leadership
    • Alternative risk financing
    • Enterprise risk management
    • Contract review
    • Case studies of emerging issues
    • Advanced risk financing principles
    • Effective reporting

    The HRM Certificate Program faculty are seasoned leaders from a variety of settings. They are healthcare risk management professionals who practice in risk financing, claims administration, insurance, patient safety, ethics, compliance and other domains covered in the courses.
    Essentials faculty (PDF)
    Applications faculty (PDF)
    Advanced Forum faculty (PDF)

    Methods of instruction for the modules include lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, a case study and an optional final exam. 

    ASHRM recommends that you take the modules in sequence as information expands from one module to the next. Essentials is an ideal educational base for new risk managers, and an excellent up-to-date refresher for more experienced professionals. As the next step, Applications shows how principles described in Essentials actually work in the real world. The Advanced Forum consists of expertly guided, small-group analysis of complex challenges and is most beneficial when all participants are able to share their proven solutions.

    Verification of Participation/Successful Completion

    Upon completion of all three modules in Healthcare Risk Management Certificate Program, ASHRM is pleased to award a certificate of completion for the entire program. Candidates must complete and return the certificate of completion application (Microsoft Word document), along with copies of each module’s certificate, to ASHRM to be eligible for the certificate of completion. Once received, ASHRM will process and send back the certificate of completion to the successful participant.


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