South Carolina Medical Group Management Association

ACMPE

AMERICAN COLLEGE of MEDICAL PRACTICE EXECUTIVES (ACMPE)

ACMPE FORUM REPRESENTATIVE: Samantha Stallings, MHA, CMPE (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

CERTIFICATION:

As your ACMPE Rep, I am here to help you!   I decided to become board certified because I constantly want to grow my knowledge and enhance my professional status in the healthcare field.   I highly encourage you all to consider going through the process because it will give you a solid foundation as an expert in the field of practice operations.   It will also validate your expertise to the physicians, executives, industry professionals and peers you work with every day.  You are already doing the job, so why not get a professional certification to help advance your career?

I recently took the exam in February 2016, and I understand how important it is to know all the details of the examination process.  I collected tips from others who passed the exam along the way, and I want to share those with you!  As the South Carolina Rep, I will post updates to exam information right here on this webpage for your review.  I also invite you to attend the ACMPE pre-conference session at SCMGMA’s annual conference in Charleston this year to collect more information and meet other members going through this journey.   In the meantime, feel free to email me with your questions or concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Upcoming 2018 Exam Schedule:

 

Exam Dates

Location

Registration

March 10 – 24, 2018

Nationwide computerized testing – view locations

January 22 – February 8, 2018

June 9 – 23, 2018

Nationwide computerized testing – view locations

April 23 – May 7, 2018

September 8 – 22, 2018

Nationwide computerized testing – view locations

July 23 – August 7, 2018

December 1 – 15, 2018

Nationwide computerized testing – view locations

October 22 – November 6, 2018

Multiple choice exam and scenario-based exam

  • Exam sites can be found online.
  • Please note we are only using Castle Worldwide’s U.S. sites (international sites are also listed on this page).   
  • Registration information including deadlines is located on www.mgma.com/acmpe-exam-registration
  • Please see the resources page for exam preparation resource materials.

ACMPE Enhancements

 Scenario-Based ExamThe Exam Development Committee has designed an objectively scored, scenario-based exam to replace the current essay exam. This new exam will fully replace the essay exam in September 2017, the multiple-choice exam will stay as is. Updates to note:

    • The new exam will consist of 18-25 scenarios, each followed by three to four questions that focus on critical skills/knowledge a candidate would be expected to show in the described situation. The 90 questions are presented as multi-select, multiple choice, short answer, or drag and drop matching.

Eligibility Requirements - As of January 2019, the qualifications to apply for ACMPE certification will change. In addition to requiring two years of healthcare experience, and six months in a supervisory role, applicants will be required to hold a bachelor’s degree or 120 college credit hours upon applying.

 ACMPE continuing education

To claim and track your ACMPE CEU hours, please follow the below instructions:

  • Log in to mgma.com
  • Select "My Dashboard" found on the top right corner.
  • Select "Account Management" found on the top right corner
  • Select "ACMPE Tracking" found on the left side to enter the portal

For more instruction on using the portal, click here.

 

Upcoming Program Enhancements for 2019

 

Board Certification Pathways:

Pathway 1

Pathway 2

APPLY*

• Be a current MGMA member

• Two years of healthcare experience

Proof of bachelor’s degree or 120 college credit hours (any study)

• Pay an application fee

APPLY*

• Be a current MGMA member

• Pay application fee

BECOME BOARD ELIGIBLE

•Register and pass the multiple-choice exam

BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED**

•Register and pass the multiple-choice exam

•Register and pass the scenario-based exam

• Earn 50 continuing education (CE) hours

    - 30-hours from MGMA state/local/national resources

                12-hours required from MGMA national/state/local face-to-face events

     -20 additional hours may come from qualified sources with proof of attendance

BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED**

•Obtain two years of healthcare experience

•Earn a bachelor’s degree or 120 hours of college credit

•Register and pass the scenario-based exam

• Earn 50 continuing education (CE) hours

    - 30-hours from MGMA state/local/national resources

                12-hours required from MGMA national/state/local face-to-face events

     -20 additional hours may come from qualified sources with proof of attendance

MAINTAIN YOUR CREDENTIAL

• Submit 50 CE hours every three years

• Remain an MGMA member

MAINTAIN YOUR CREDENTIAL

• Submit 50 CE hours every three years

• Remain an MGMA member

 *After applying, they will have THREE years from application date to become board certified.    

Fellowship Pathway

 

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

•Earn Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE)

•Be a current MGMA member

•Pay and submit 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 a leadership role

•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 volunteer hours

NOTE: All tasks must be completed within TWO years

MAINTAIN YOUR CREDENTIAL

• Submit 50 continuing education (CE) hours every three years

    - 30-hours from MGMA state/local/national resources

                12-hours required from MGMA national/state/local face-to-face events

     -20 additional hours may come from qualified sources with proof of attendance

•Complete six volunteer hours every three years

• Remain an MGMA member

Study Group Information:

  • Fellowship Preparation Serieson April 26th and May 17th presented by Lee Ann H. Webster, FACMPE and Nina Chavez, FACMPE. Registration is OPEN.
    • Session 1 – ACMPE Fellowship: Requirements and the Submission Process
    • Session 2 – Developing a Fellowship Manuscript or Business Plan
  • ACMPE Board Certification Study Group Series

Topic

Date

Speakers

Board Certification Program Overview

22-May

Jimmie Holland, Janet Benzing

Financial Management

24-May

Michelle Burris, Katie Fergus

Operations Management

29-May

Jeff Rydburg, Andrew Smith

Risk and Compliance Management

31-May

Robin Cook, Sandra DeLeon

Human Resources Management

5-June

Shirley Zwinggi, Erinn Beekman

Organizational Governance and Patient-Centered Care

7- June

Deborah Hudson, Kayla Hopson

Study Groups are an easy way to earn your 50 CEUs!

Helpful Study Tips:

I joined the Tennessee  ACMPE Study Group and found it very helpful.  Here are the steps to find that group:

  • Go to https://community.mgma.com/home
  • Click Sign In
  • Click Communities (select the My Communities from drop down)
  • Search for Tennessee ACMPE study Group in the search field
  • Click Join to join this community and select to receive daily emails

Resources:

CMPE: https://www.mgma.com/career-pathways/career-advancement/board-certification/study-resources-for-board-certification

Fellowship: https://www.mgma.com/career-pathways/career-advancement/fellowship

Congratulations to the following members who have earned their CMPE credential

June 2017

  • Angela Suggs, CMPE of Lexington, SC
  • Sunshine Cobb, CMPE of Lexington, SC

 August 2017

  • Andrew Wade, CMPE of Conway, SC

September 2017

  • Jessica Egan, CMPE of Beaufort, SC
  • Linda Warbuton, CMPE of Conway, SC

November 2017

  • Amanda Phipps, CMPE of Fort Mill, SC

January 2018

  • Kadi Traxler, CMPE of Spartanburg, SC

May 2018

  • Helen Palmer, CMPE of Lexington, SC
  • Amanda Kirkland, CMPE of Columbia, SC

 Fellowship:

The designation of being a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) is the highest distinction at MGMA. The pursuit and completion of this program will greatly enhance your personal and professional growth. This designation will set you apart in the College and will award you respect from your peers. As with the certification process, there will also be a pre-conference session on obtaining your fellowship at the SCMGMA annual conference in August. This session is included in the price of the conference and will offer you great tips as well as inspiration! 

In order to become a member of the 2018 Fellows class and be recognized at MGMA national conference, you must observe the following dates:   

Outline Submission Due - May 6th, 2018                   Manuscript Due - July 20th, 2018

MGMA is offering free online fellowship webinars at: www.mgma.com/career-pathways/career-advancement/fellowship/fellowship-preparation-series

If you would like to chat with a Fellow about the process, feel free to contact Samantha Stallings, FACMPE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Congratulations to the following members who earned their Fellow credential in September 2017

Ashley Guthrie, Columbia, SC

Samantha Stallings, Columbia, SC