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Board Certification

 

 

Earn your credential as a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) through The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE).

For over sixty years, the leaders who attained this prestigious credential continue to elevate the field of medical practice management. Certified Medical Practice Executives have the highest standard of service and knowledge, and are the gold standard amongst healthcare management professionals.

 

Show an entire profession your commitment to the business of medical practice administration. Start your Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) pursuit by applying today.
 

 

 

PROGRAM PATHWAYS


MGMA wants to support all who aim to achieve the CMPE credential. Therefore, we have introduced two board certification pathways in 2019 to allow candidates who may not yet meet the educational and experience requirements to enter our program.

Program note: Applicants will have three years from their application approval date to complete all board certification requirements.

 
 
*Pending board approval

PROGRAM CRITERIA

Exams and continuing education requirements

After applying and receiving program acceptance, applicants must demonstrate mastery of the principles outlined in our  Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management  by completing the requirements:

 

  • Pass a multiple choice exam - This 175-item, multiple-choice exam assesses your on-the-job knowledge of the broad scope of group practice management principles and practices as described in the six domains of the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management. View exam competencies.  NOTE: Pathway two applicants may take the multiple choice exam before completing their education and or work experience, however they must complete both their education and work experience requirement to sit for the scenario-based exam.
  • Pass a scenario-based exam – This exam may only be taken once the education and experience requirements have been met. This 90-item exam assesses in-depth knowledge of medical practice management principles, problem-solving and decision-making skills a candidate would need to handle and resolve real-world medical practice issues through 18-25 scenarios. View exam competencies.
  • Earn 50 hours of continuing education (CE) - You can start earning CE 30 days prior to your nominee acceptance date of either pathway through a variety of  qualifying activities. CE credit can also be earned during your exam preparation and after passing the exams.
  • Receive Board approval - The Certification Commission and the MGMA Board vote monthly to confer and award the CMPE designation to individuals who have completed these requirements. Applicants do not need to notify MGMA of completion at the end of the month. After the vote is final, staff will send official notification of your advancement, earning your CMPE credential.

ACMPE board eligible classification

The ACMPE board eligible classification allows candidates to enter the board certification program through pathway two even though they may not yet meet the requirements of the Bachelor’s degree or the two years of healthcare experience. Once they apply, they may begin logging their continuing education and to achieve board eligibility, candidates must show understanding and knowledge of the principles of medical practice administration by passing the multiple-choice exam. To register for the scenario-based exam, candidates must attain their Bachelor’s degree or 120 college credit hours and two years of healthcare experience. Board certification will be achieved when board eligible candidates pass the scenario-based exam and complete the required continuing education credit hours.


Continuing education requirements

To ensure the highest quality of education for our candidates and board certified members, we will require that the 50 hours of continuing education now include 30 hours from MGMA state, local, and national learning, including at least 12 live hours. The remaining 20 hours may come from either MGMA or qualified outside sources starting once their application is accepted, backlogging up to 30 days prior to acceptance date. This will also apply to the 50 hours of continuing education required every three years to remain certified or Fellow of ACMPE.

 




Certification deadline

Candidates who enter the board certification program in 2019 will have to complete their exams and 50 hours of continuing education within three years of their application acceptance date.

 

Study Resources for Board Certification

Start the journey that will elevate your career.

The ACMPE board certification examinations are designed to assess knowledge and skills as they apply to the exam competencies that define the scope of responsibility of medical practice executives.

The following resources will help you prepare for your board certification exams. Choose the format that best meets your learning style and get started, at your own pace.Board Certification is designed to test the skills and knowledge you hold in the field, these resources can help guide you to the areas you may need to address.

EXAM COMPETENCIES

Review the areas of the board certification examinations and distinguish the level of detail needed of the Body of Knowledge through our listing of exam competencies. This outlines each area of the exam by the scope of responsibility of medical practice executives.   ACMPE Study Guide

ACMPE BOARD CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS GUIDE



Exam Information

ACMPE MARCH EXAM REGISTRATION — OPEN JAN. 22 - FEB. 7

To become board certified, members must pass the multiple choice and scenario-based exam requirement. You must register for each exam individually.*

 

 

Before registering for an exam, you must:
 


* Once you purchase your exam, you will receive a “Notice to Schedule” email five business days after the exam registration window closes from MGMA’s testing vendor, Castle Worldwide. You will receive one "Notice to Schedule" email per exam. This email will include your personal user name and password allowing you to make your exam appointment at a designated testing facility.

** Those who have not yet completed their education and experience requirements may not register for the scenario-based exam.



ABOUT THE EXAMINATIONS


ACMPE board certification examinations determine if you have knowledge of the principles of medical practice administration and the application of those principles to real-life healthcare situations and scenarios in addition to how to successfully manage all aspects of a medical practice.


Each examination is created to assess your current level of knowledge in the six Body of Knowledge domains with our  exam competencies that define the scope of responsibility of medical practice executives.

Examinations may be completed once an applicant has been accepted to the program. Exams are held four times per year, in-person at the Castle Worldwide testing locations.


Exam Dates Location Registration Dates
March 9-23, 2019 Nationwide computerized testing - view locations Jan. 22-Feb. 7, 2019
June 8-22, 2019 Nationwide computerized testing - view locations Apr. 22-May 6, 2019
Sept. 7-21, 2019 Nationwide computerized testing - view locations July 22-Aug. 7, 2019
Dec. 7-21, 2019 Nationwide computerized testing - view locations Oct. 21-Nov. 4, 2019

The exams can be taken during the same exam cycle or separately, but you must register for each exam individually. These exams can be completed in the order that works for you.
The testing formats include:

 

  • Multiple choice — Registration fee: $165
    A 175-item test taken within three hours and 15 minutes. This exam assesses your knowledge of group practice management principles and practices as described in the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management.
  • Scenario — Registration fee: $165 (Open to those with validated education/experience requirements)
    A two-hour test with 90 items of multi-select, multiple choice, short answer, or drag and drop questions pertaining to 18-25 practice administration scenarios. This exam assesses in-depth knowledge of medical practice management principles and issues, problem-solving and decision-making skills.



EXAM SCORING

Scores are released within two to six weeks after the close of each testing window. For information on exam scoring, view the scoring FAQs.



HOW TO REGISTER FOR COMPUTERIZED EXAMS 

  1. Register for your exams during an open exam period.
  2. Pay the exam registration fee
  3. Look for your "Notice to Schedule" email five business days after the exam registration window closes. You will receive one notice per exam. This will include your personal user name and password allowing you to make your exam appointment at a designated testing facility.
  4. Schedule your exams — With your user name and password, you must follow the link provided to locate your specific exam site and schedule a date and time to take the exams. You must book one appointment per exam. If you have registered for both exams, you will need to book two appointments. You will be able to choose any available appointment that works for you during the exam window. Exam appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis, so scheduling early will help ensure the best choice of appointment time and location. Directions to your selected exam site, procedures and other information will be provided to you in an email. Please note, we only use  Castle’s US locations. Exam site hours vary by location.

Registration note: Make sure the name listed on your driver’s license is the same name used to register and schedule your exams. If you have changed your name since you last tested with Castle Worldwide, please call Castle at 919.572.6880 to update your information before registering.


EXAM LOCATIONS

ACMPE has partnered with Castle centers to offer approximately 500 exam sites. Once you register for an exam through the MGMA store and your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be provided with a user name and password that will allow you to select your exam location, date and time. Please note that you won't be able to schedule your exam appointment at a Castle testing site until you have submitted your registration fees and eligibility requirement.

In accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), arrangements for individuals with special needs will be made upon written request from candidates and will need to include medical documentation. For more information, please contact service@mgma.com. ADA requests must be submitted to MGMA no later than 45 days prior to the preferred test administration date and candidates must submit their scheduling request at least 45 day prior to their preferred test date.

FEES, CANCELLATION AND RESCHEDULING POLICY 

Fees: Registration fees for exams are $165 and are not transferable.

Rescheduling: If you need to reschedule within the current exam date block, you may do so by calling Castle Worldwide at 919.572.6880. Please note that a $50 per exam rescheduling fee applies.

Cancellations: To cancel your scheduled exam or registration, please contact Castle Worldwide at 919.572.6880. If you have scheduled an exam date and time, there is a $50 fee paid to Castle Worldwide.

Refunds: Refunds will be issued by MGMA after the close of the exams.
 

  • No-shows for the testing appointment, and cancellations occurring less than four days in advance, will not receive a refund.
  • Cancellations made four or more days prior to the scheduled exam date, or prior to scheduling an exam appointment, will be refunded minus an administrative fee of $25 per exam.


Exam registration fees are only valid for current exam dates and are not transferrable. If you wish to reschedule your exam for a different period, you must first cancel your current registration and re-register during the exam period of your choice.

If you have other questions about please contact MGMA toll-free at 877.275-6462, ext. 1888.

Study Resources for Board Certification

The ACMPE board certification examinations are designed to assess knowledge and skills as they apply to the exam competencies that define the scope of responsibility of medical practice executives.

The following resources will help you prepare for your board certification exams. Choose the format that best meets your learning style and get started, at your own pace.Board Certification is designed to test the skills and knowledge you hold in the field, these resources can help guide you to the areas you may need to address.

  

ACMPE Continuing Education

WHAT DOES THE REQUIREMENT MEAN FOR NOMINEES?

A cumulative total of 50 credit hours is among the requirements for advancement to Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) status. You may receive credit for continuing education taken up to one month prior to your nominee acceptance date.
 

WHAT DOES THE REQUIREMENT MEAN FOR CMPES AND FELLOWS? 

Once you have advanced to CMPE or Fellow status, you must earn and submit 50 hours of qualifying credit hours every three years to maintain your designation. All members are on the same three-year cycle; the current cycle began Jan. 1, 2019, and concludes Dec. 21, 2021. MGMA will calculate a prorated requirement for CMPEs who advance after the beginning of a cycle. Be sure to check your transcript regularly to see how many hours you still need to fulfill.
 

ACMPE CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Starting in 2019, MGMA will still require 50 hours to maintain your ACMPE credentials and to complete your CMPE. Of the 50 hours: 

30 hours must be from MGMA National, state or local.

Examples:

  • Article assessments (free, 10 a year offered)
  • Webinars (free as long as they are not certificate bearing, 25-45 a year)
  • Survey participation
  • Lunch and learns/ Meetings with professional development (presentation on a topic)


Of the 30 hours, 12 must be from LIVE learning from MGMA National, state or local.

Examples:

  • Live Webinars
  • Live teleconferences
  • Face to Face Events

 20 hours must also come from qualified sources that pertain to the medical practice management field or MGMA.

Examples:

  • Recognized professional associations and organizations
  • College and university coursework
  • Formal presentations
  • Distance learning with interactivity

WHY DOES CONTINUING EDUCATION MATTER?

Continuing education encourages you to keep learning, improving and seeking best practices while also demonstrating personal and professional development and keeping abreast of changes in the medical practice management field.
 

NEED ACMPE CREDIT?

Most of MGMA’s education programs offer continuing education credit through the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the certification and Fellowship entity of MGMA, for those working toward certification or fellowship.
 

LOG YOUR ACMPE CREDIT HOURS

  1. Sign in to MGMA.com
  2. Select “My Dashboard” found on the top right corner.
  3. Select “MANAGE MY ACCOUNT” found on the top left corner.
  4. Select “ACMPE TRACKING” found on the left side to enter the portal.
  5. Click “Full ACMPE Continuing Education Listing” to review your total claimed credit hours and to request altering existing credit hours.
  6. Click “Add ACMPE Continuing Education Hours” to claim all qualified hours for ACMPE.
    • To add hours for MGMA and external sources, click “ Claim My Additional Credit”.
    • To claim your completed MGMA webinars and conferences, click “Claim My Attended MGMA Events”.

 

APPROVED ACMPE CONTINUING EDUCATION

MGMA recognizes that numerous activities contribute to your professional growth and management effectiveness. Continuing education hours are granted for programs that include relevant content aimed at improving your management competence and medical practice management knowledge, with a level of interactivity.

  • Educational programs (e.g., MGMA and non-MGMA conferences, seminars, webinars or online courses)
  • College/university course work and independent study courses
  • Authorship of published articles, books and chapters
  • Authorship of published online course content
  • Book editorship
  • Formal, face-to-face and webinar presentations at least 30 minutes in length
  • Participation in distance-learning programs (e.g., audio conferences, self-study, online courses) that include the opportunity for interaction and feedback
  • Poster presentations (credit hours equal to number of clock hours scheduled to staff poster for presentation of discussion)
  • Survey participation and questionnaires (e.g., MGMA Cost and Revenue Survey = six hours, MGMA Physician Compensation and Production Survey = four hours, MGMA Management and Staff Compensation Survey = three hours)
  • MGMA magazine article assessments (Read a designated MGMA magazine article and complete the related assessment to earn one credit hour)  
  • Participate in a study group preparing for the board certification exams (hour-for-hour credit when delivering or listening to a formal presentation)
  • Conduct or participate in internal staff training (must cover topics from the Body of Knowledge, not just organizational policy)
  • Participate in a board retreat with a formal presentation
  • Attend your local or state MGMA organization meetings
  • Attend a vendor presentation that covers more than product features (such as the regulatory issues behind a system)
  • Participate in education required by your medical malpractice insurance carrier
  • CareerTrack or other career-development training
  • CME courses offered through your state medical association
  • Some medical societies, such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, offer continuing education credits for completing quizzes associated with their magazines



If you have any questions or concerns, please email us:

ACMPE questions: acmpe@mgma.com
General CEU questions: continuinged@mgma.com


Fellowship

Demonstrate your mastery of the healthcare practice industry and become a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE).

ACMPE Fellowship is the most prestigious professional designation in the medical practice management community. As a Fellow, you’ll find a platform to demonstrate your leadership in identifying key improvement areas for the sustainability and success of an organization in today’s complex healthcare environment.

Start your Fellowship journey today.

 
 
 

For more information, Contact your Georgia ACMPE Forum Representative:
Annette Sloan, RN, FACMPE, CPC

asloan52@icloud.com