Welcome to the Online Continuing Professional Education for Certified Public Accountants
offered through Santa Clara University, in conjunction with the Accounting CPE Network.

What's the ACPEN Difference?

The ACPEN Difference

The Accounting Continuing Professional Education Network (ACPEN) is a joint project of state CPA Societies and other affilliated organizations who have a common goal: improving the quality and accessibility of distance learning opportunities available to their members.

Others' Technology

Webinar technology has, for some time, been a common offering of many participating ACPEN associations. Combining powerpoint slides delivered via the internet with audio of the instructor, either by telephone or internet, the webinar format allows for the delivery of educational content in a convenient, but visually limited fashion.

ACPEN's Technology

The ACPEN network is founded on the use of streaming video content over the internet that provides the participant with live, full motion video of the presenter, high quality audio, along with coordinated powerpoint slides. The ACPEN platform, provided by Business Professionals' Network and its technology partner, BizVision, also allows the end user to fully participate in the webcast by downloading written materials, emailing questions to presenters in real time, making notes in the viewer "notes" area, and emailing those notes to themselves for later use.

ACPEN's Production Values

ACPEN programming features enhanced production values and formats appropriate to the video medium. Presenters interact with each other as well as you, the ACPEN participant. This delivers an educational experience that is engaging, interesting, as well as professionally rewarding.

It is this unique combination of valuable information delivered using interactive live, video and audio internet technology that define The ACPEN Difference.



The Accounting Continuing Professional Education Network (ACPEN) CPE network, sponsored by State CPA Societies in many states, is dedicated to bringing, highly relevant, interactive, world-class CPE to every CPA in the most convenient and economical ways possible. Founded by four state societies in 1997, ACPEN is now a consortium of nearly 40 state societies.

Since 1998, ACPEN has been owned and managed by Business Professionals' Network, a firm that is responsible for the development of CPE content, management of the network, and that ensures that the satellite and internet technology is and stays at the cutting edge, for the benefit of state societies and their member CPAs. More information about ACPEN course offerings can be found below.

Since 1997, ACPEN programs have covered all of the most important subjects for accounting, tax and financial professionals. This year, you can join the thousands of CPAs across the country who have a reserved seat to one of the most fascinating ways to earn CPE credits available anywhere! In addition to CPE content developed by BPN, increasingly, state societies are taking advantage of webcast technology, adding their content and speakers to the ACPEN offerings.

More information about ACPEN CPE products and technology, can be found in the ACPEN Products section.


ACPEN Signature Series: Health Care Industry Accounting & Regulatory Update

Length: 8 Hours

The Health Care industry is increasingly under scrutiny because of its dramatic impact on the economy, Federal expenditures and the national debt. In addition, the tremendous amount of fraud that is endemic in the field is a challenge for those charged with accounting for healthcare entities, especially those dealing with government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. All of these factors drive increased legislation and regulation that make the compliance task of the CPA and financial professional servicing healthcare entities a difficult one. This all-new ACPEN course will address accounting and audit issues as well as regulatory requirements that define practice in this arena. In addition, healthcare tax issues will be addressed. 

CPE Credits: 8

Field of Study 1: Specialized Knowledge and Applications (4 hours)

Field of Study 2: Accounting (2 hours)

Field of Study 3: Auditing (1 hours)

Field of Study 4: Taxes (1 hours)

Program Level (Basic, Update, Intermediate, Advanced, Overview): Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

Instructional Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Course Registration Requirements: Online Registration

Designed For: Public and Industry

Course Developer: Business Professionals' Network, Inc.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Please contact the ACPEN help desk - 1-800-747-1719 or help@acpen.com if you wish to cancel your attendance for a previously purchased webcast and are requesting a refund or transfer.

Complaint Resolution Policy: Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints. anne.taylor@acpen.com, (972-377-8199).

Official Registry Statement: Business Professionals' Network, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org

Produced By:



  • Bruce F. Howell, JD, MS
    • Bruce F. Howell, JD, MS, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Portland, OR

  • James E. Peacock, JD
    • James E. Peacock, JD, Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Texas, TX

  • Bruce Bernstien, CPA, JD
    • Bruce Bernstien, CPA, JD is a principal in the firm of Bruce E. Birnstien & Associates, PC, in Dallas, Texas. Bruce has 36 years of practice experience. His is a broad-based federal and state income tax practice. His areas of practice include tax return preparation and tax planning for taxable, tax exempt and governmental organizations, international business law & taxation, estate planning, wills and trusts. Bruce is a member of the AICPA, the Texas Society of CPAs, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association.

  • Heather Greene, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CPMA
    • Heather Greene, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CPMA, Kraft Healthcare Consulting Group, LLC, Nashville, TN

  • Neely Duncan, CPA, CFE, FCPA
    • Neely Duncan, CPA, CFE, FCPA is a principal in the firm of Lane Gorman Trubit, PLLC, in its Dallas, Texas office. Before joining the firm, Neely served four years in the United States Navy, one year as a State Auditor for Virginia, and more than ten years of auditing experience in public accounting. Her responsibilities with her firm include planning, risk assessments and completion of audit procedures, supervision of staff and reviewing of workpapers, financial statements and attending board as well as audit committee meetings after completion of audit. Neely also performs forensic work related to various cases as well as consulting for healthcare practices. Neely is a board member of the Texas Society of CPAs, and a member of the AICPA and the ACFE.

  • Sarah Q. Wirskye, JD, CPA
    • Sarah Q. Wirskye,JD, CPA, Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins Crouch & Ungerman, LLP, Dallas, TX

Course Materials

  • ACPEN_Signature-Healthcare_Industry_Update-Manual
  • Important CPE Credit Information_2013
  • Course Outline - Final
  • Questions and Answers

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Santa Clara University website, but is a website developed and hosted by ACPEN, in conjunction with Santa Clara University.