Certification

The Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) credential confirms your expertise and brings greater recognition from physicians, executives, industry professionals and peers. Board certification through the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE)* is based on a body of knowledge specific to medical practice management and is the only board certification in medical practice management.

What is the Body of Knowledge?

The Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management encompasses a broad spectrum of information about the profession. It defines the unique knowledge and skill set for the medical practice management executive.

The role of a medical practice management professional is decidedly dynamic. Changes in the healthcare industry, healthcare legislation, technological leaps in information management and many other factors contribute to the constant evolution of the profession. Every book that’s written, every article published, every change in legislation - they all add to the Body of Knowledge.

Quite simply, the Body of Knowledge is the authoritative guide to managing a successful medical group practice.  Click the link above to view the six learning domains for medical practice management.

Certification Details

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF MEDICAL PRACTICE EXECUTIVES
CERTIFICATION CHANGES DUE JANUARY 1, 2019

  • Board eligible classification: Candidates will be allowed to enter the program even if they may not yet meet the education and experience requirements. Candidates must show an understanding and knowledge of the principles of medical practice administration by passing the multiple-choice exam. Certification will be achieved by passing the scenario-based exam, complete the required 50 continuing education credit hours and attain a Bachelor’s degree or 120 college credits and two years of healthcare experience.

  • Continuing education credits include 30 hours from MGMA state and national learning, including at least 12 LIVE hours. The remaining 20 hours may come from either MGMA or qualified outside sources. This will also apply to the 50 hours of continuing education required every three years to remain certified.

  • If you enter the board certification program in 2019, you will have to complete your exam and 50 hours of CE within three years of application date.

  • FELLOWSHIP-Starting in 2019 for the Fellowship program, you must have either a Bachelor’s degree and seven years of healthcare experience or a Master’s degree and five years of experience. At least two years must be in a leadership role. There will be a requirement of six volunteer hours (3 hours from healthcare, 3 hours of community service). Professional paper submission will be phased out and a move towards submission of innovative business plan proposals. Candidates who enter the Fellowship program in 2019 will have two years from the application date to complete the requirements.

PATHS TO CERTIFICATION

PATHWAY 1

STEP ONE: Apply

  • Have two years of healthcare experience
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or 120 Hours of College Credit
  • Be a current MGMA Member
  • Pay a one-time application fee

STEP TWO: BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED

  • Register and pass multiple choice exam
  • Register and pass the scenario-based exam
  • Earn 50 continuing education credit hours
  • - 30 hours from MGMA resources
  • (12 ours required from MGMA
  • national/state face-to-face events)
  • - 20 additional hours from qualified sources

STEP THREE: MAINTAIN YOUR CMPE CREDENTIAL

  • Submit 50 CE hours every three years
  • Remain MGMA member

PATHWAY 2

STEP ONE: APPLY

  • Be a current MGMA Member
  • Pay a one-time application fee

STEP TWO: BECOME BOARD ELIGIBLE

  • Register and pass multiple choice exam

STEP THREE: BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED

  • Earn a Bachelor’s degree or 120 Hours of college credit
  • Obtain 2 years of healthcare experience
  • Register and Pass the scenario-based exam
  • Earn 50 continuing education credit hours
  • - 30 hours from MGMA resources
  • (12 ours required from MGMA
  • national/state face-to-face events)
  • - 20 additional hours from qualified sources

STEP FOUR: MAINTAIN YOUR CMPE CREDENTIAL

  • Submit 50 CE hours every three years
  • Remain MGMA member


Fellowship

Once you achieve ACMPE board certification, you are eligible to become a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE).  Join your colleagues as a medical practice management thought leader by sharing your expertise and insights with a contribution to the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management.

By authoring a professional paper or three case studies, you empower other professionals in the field with rich insights and powerful examples of real-world issues facing today’s group practices.

To ensure that your contribution provides maximum value, the submission process for your topic and manuscript includes review and suggestions from a team of ACMPE Fellows.

What do you gain from Fellowship?

Attaining the Fellow designation means more professional respect and recognition, countless leadership opportunities and an enhanced level of empowerment. Fellow status is the highest level of distinction you can reach in the medical practice management profession, and it is a rewarding journey that will yield great professional and personal growth.

Throughout the process, you will have the support of Association staff, colleagues and those who have already achieved Fellowship to guide you through the program. Valued volunteers such as Fellowship mentors and Professional Papers Committee graders are also available to ensure your success.

To learn more please visit the Fellowship Website

PATH TO FELLOWSHIP (AS OF JANUARY 1ST, 2019)

STEP ONE: QUALIFY AND APPLY 

  • Earn the Certified Medical Practice
    Exceutive (CMPE) credential 
  • Be a current MGMA member 
  • Pay a one-time application fee
  • Submit your Fellowship program application 
  • Hold a Bachelor's degree with at least seven 
    years of healthcare experience, including 
    two years in a leadership role. 

_____________OR_______________

  • Hold a Master's degree with at least five
    years of healthcare experience, including
    two years in leadership role.

STEP TWO: PREPARE A BUSINESS PLAN 

  • Identify a relevant problem in healthcare 
    which requires an innovative solution and is 
    tied to the Body of Knowledge for Medical
    Practice Management. 
  • Develop a strategic business plan for 
    implementing an innovative solution to the 
    chosen problem or issue. Business plan
    must meet approved format. 
  • Complete six volunteers hours 

STEP THREE: MAINTAIN YOUR FACMPE CREDENTIAL 

  • Submit 50 continuing education (CE) hours every three years.
    - 30 hours from MGMA resources 
    (12 ours required from MGMA
      national/state face-to-face events)
    - 20 additional hours from qualified sources 
  • Complete six volunteer hours. 
  • Remain an MGMA member.

Maryland ACMPE Representative

For more information about certification and how your membership in Maryland MGMA can help you prepare, please contact our ACMPE Representative, Marcella M. Pyke, FACMPE. She is passionate about certification and will be happy to assist.

Marcella M. Pyke, FACMPE
Office: 410-644-4379
[email protected]

Resources from Maryland MGMA

Maryland MGMA members should visit the Member Resources page of our website for links to review materials and information on special member offers related to certification.  If you want to learn more about the steps to certification, you may want to view the PowerPoint entitled "Taking the Trip from Nominee to Certified Member."

Maryland MGMA offers one $500 certification scholarship each year. Eligibility is limited to current Maryland MGMA members. The application is located in the Member Resources area of the website.  Log in with your username and password to access the details.

Resources from National MGMA

The MGMA Board Certification Study Group Series - On Demand consists of nine, one-hour sessions. During each webinar, subject matter experts who are ACMPE Fellows will present content on a knowledge domain from the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management, which forms the blueprint for the certification exams.

Certified Leaders

Click here to view a list of certified leaders.