Cost Accountant
Req #: 45009
Full Time
Shift: Days
Financial Planning & Analysis
United Health Services Hospitals
Binghamton, NY
Weekly hours: 40

Cost Accountant, Binghamton

United Health Services is seeking a Cost Accountant to join our Financial Planning & Analysis team in Binghamton, NY. This is a BENEFITS-ELIGIBLE position.

Shift: Days
Hours per week: 40
Salary range: $27.53 - $41.31/hour, depending on experience


Cost Accountant Overview

  • Under the direction of the Director of Financial Planning, provide support for the Financial Planning Department whose activities include budgeting, forecasting, operations/business analysis, development and maintenance of cost accounting systems, and financial analysis support to executives, directors, and managers within the UHSH system.

Cost Accountant Key Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Under the direction of the Manager of Financial Planning and in conjunction with the Decision Support Lead Analyst, develops financial assumptions, and creates financial reports and indicators needed to implement the Decision Support System (DSS) including data analysis, statistical reports, and reimbursement and expense components. After initial implementation, supports the decision support financial functions, including the appropriate cost, budgeting and reimbursement assumptions, and provides training to DSS users.
  • Assists the Director of Financial Planning in collaborating with Business Intelligence in developing and maintaining the Decision Support System as it relates to budgeting and cost accounting.
  • Prepares statistical reports, maintain financial databases, and prepares financial reports in support of the review and analysis of reimbursement and rate methodologies.
  • Supports the development of the annual operating plan and departmental budgeting process.
  • Supports the activities of the UHSH Planning & Budgeting (P&B) Committee as needed.
  • Assists in the preparation and creation of profit and loss statements for costing.
  • Assists managers in the preparation of departmental budgets as requested.
  • Prepares routine payroll and CM I reports.
  • Responsible for file preparation for the location departments and all supporting tables in the cost accounting system. Provides all validation support to the cost accounting reconciliation.
  • Demonstrate commitment to organizational Values of Compassion, Trust, Respect, Teamwork, and Innovation

Position Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration
  • 5-7 years of accounting experience


  • 2-3 years of accounting in a healthcare environment
  • Prior cost accounting experience
  • Working knowledge of New York State reimbursement regulations
  • Experience in preparing Medicare and Medicaid cost reports
  • Proficiency in Excel, Lotus 123, and various other related personal computer software
  • Experience with Crystal Reports and Excel Cubes

Employee Benefits at United Health Services

When you work at United Health Services, you become part of our family. We’re proud to offer competitive benefits and compensation to our employees who make an impact every day.

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Voluntary benefits, including cancer, pet, and life insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match model
  • Immediate accrual of paid time off
  • Wellness program rewards and insurance discounts
  • Employee Assistant Program (EAP) counseling and concierge services
  • Free, extensive online training through HealthStream

About United Health Services

United Health Services is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving more than 500,000 people in Upstate New York’s Southern Tier region. We offer integrated healthcare services across 60 locations, including four hospitals, three walk-in centers, and 22 primary care offices, in addition to home care services and senior living facilities. The United Health Services system employs more than 6,300 people and comprises 600+ providers who are all committed to providing and supporting the delivery of exceptional patient care.

United Health Services employees and providers are “LOVED!” This means we’re Living Our Values Every Day. Here, you’ll join a team that is dedicated to values-based, coordinated patient care. Every day, we outwardly live our Values of Compassion, Trust, Respect, Teamwork, and Innovation.

About New York’s Southern Tier

As an employee of United Health Services, you’ll call the Southern Tier, or more specifically, the Greater Binghamton area, home. Known for entertainment and restaurants, craft brews, outdoor experiences, minor-league sports, family-friendly events, and a keenness for local history (like our connection to the Twilight Zone and our six antique carousels), Greater Binghamton offers something for everyone. We’re a short drive away from the Finger Lakes region in Central New York, three hours from New York City, and just shy of four hours from Niagara Falls, Canada.


United Health Services in an Equal Opportunity Employer.

United Health Services, Inc. and the members of the UHS System neither are affiliated with, sponsored, endorsed nor approved by, nor otherwise associated with, Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS), UHS of Delaware, Inc. nor their affiliates, which can be found at

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Benefits That Make A Difference

While you’re making a difference in the health and well-being of our patients and communities, United Health Services takes care of you. We are proud to be able to offer our employees and providers a comprehensive benefits package that supports their needs today and for the future with a competitive retirement plan; comprehensive health, dental, vision and health savings and spending accounts; wellness programs that empower our employees to stay healthy and balance work and life goals; group life and disability options; and a generous paid time off (PTO) program. On top of that, we invest in you by offering tuition reimbursement and other programs designed to help you grow your career. The majority of these benefits are available to you for working at least 24 hours per week.

These are just a few of the perks and benefits you can expect when you join the United Health Services team. Be sure to ask your recruiter about all the benefits associated with the position you’re applying for.

Why United Health Services?

We are one of the region’s top employers with an excellent reputation for the care we provide. Our pay, benefits and perks are very competitive. We’re compassionate about patients and respectful of each other. We offer you the stability, size, scope and capabilities of big city health systems, but with the trust and familiarity of more personalized care. We’re engaged with our communities. And, we recognize the importance of work-life balance. Discover the difference you can make, here with us, at United Health Services.

About Our Region

Binghamton, a friendly and close-knit city in Broome County, offers beautiful and affordable homes in downtown, suburban and rural settings, as well as good public and private schools. Nightlife and cultural activities include craft breweries, restaurants and award-winning wineries. First Fridays celebrate local artists and there are frequent music and food festivals. Outdoor activities also abound, from skiing and golf to hiking, biking and more.