ACMPE Program Enhancements Start January 1

Special announcement from MGMA

We are pleased to share with you upcoming enhancements to the ACMPE board certification and Fellowship programs.

In our mission to elevate the ACMPE credentials and secure ACMPE designations that continue to demonstrate value in our ever-changing industry, new program enhancements to the ACMPE board certification and Fellowship programs will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

After thorough review of our ACMPE programs with current and future medical practice leaders, these updates were unveiled at the 2017 MGMA Annual Conference.

We wanted to remind you of these enhancements by highlighting some of the major changes for each of our programs below. You can also find a full overview of the new qualifications by visiting our 2019 board certification enhancement page or 2019 Fellowship enhancement page.

2019 board certification enhancements:

MGMA is introducing two board certification pathways in 2019 to allow candidates who may not yet meet the educational and experience requirements to enter the program for attaining the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) credential:

  • Pathway One: Applicants must have two years of healthcare experience, hold a bachelor’s degree or 120 hours of college credit, be a current MGMA member and pay the application fee.
  • Pathway Two: Applicants must be a current MGMA member and pay an application fee to be eligible to take the multiple-choice exam. Upon passing, applicants become “board eligible” as they work toward earning a bachelor’s degree or 120 hours of college credit, as well as obtaining two years of healthcare experience. Once the 120 college credit hours and two years of experience is obtained, they are then eligible to take the scenario-based exam.

The ACMPE board eligible classification allows candidates to enter the board certification program even though they may not yet meet the education or experience requirements. Passing the multiple-choice exam allows candidates to show understanding and knowledge of the principles of medical practice administration.

Both pathways require registering for and passing both the multiple choice and the scenario-based exam, as well as earning continuing education credit hours. All applicants after Jan. 1, 2019, will have three years from application date to complete their exams and earn the requisite continuing education hours to become certified.

Program nominee requirements:

If current nominees do NOT hold a bachelor’s degree or have 120 college credit hours by Dec. 31, 2018 and are not obtaining college credit, they will need to:

  • Have passed both examinations.
  • Log all 50 hours of continuing education (CE) hours under the current CE requirements, starting 30 days prior to their acceptance date by June 30, 2019.

2019 Fellowship enhancements:

Education and experience eligibility: To participate in the Fellowship program candidates must either have a Bachelor’s degree AND seven years of healthcare experience, OR a Master’s degree AND five years of healthcare experience. At least two years of this experience must be in a leadership role.

Volunteer hours: Fellows will be required to complete six volunteer hours to showcase commitment to our industry. These hours must include at least three hours from healthcare related opportunities and the remaining can be from general community service.

Business plans: To ensure Fellows are seen as thought leaders within healthcare organizations, program changes focus on demonstrating the ability to execute on dynamic solutions to business problems. Therefore, the professional paper submission will be phased out and replaced with a submission of an innovative business plan. We believe this move will better support our Fellows to concretely demonstrate practical skills to current and potential employers.

Fellowship deadline: Candidates who enter the Fellowship program in 2019 will have two years from their application date to complete their Fellowship requirements.

Continuing education requirements:

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, maintaining ACMPE credentials – CMPE and Fellow of ACMPE – will require 50 hours of continuing education every three years. Of those 50 hours:

  • 30 hours must come from MGMA national, state or local offerings (12 from live learning, such as face-to-face events, live webinars or live teleconferences). 20 hours must come from qualified sources or MGMA that pertain to the medical practice management field.
  • To maintain Fellowship, we will require six hours of volunteering every three years as well.

The role of certification and Fellowship has always been to distinguish skilled leaders who can solve healthcare’s most pressing business challenges, which is why the Commission firmly believes these new changes will create stronger recognition and demand for our designations in the industry.

As we move forward in implementing these changes, we look forward to your support and thank you for continuing to act as advocates for certification and Fellowship.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the MGMA certification staff at or call the service center at 877-275-6462 ext. 1888.

Welcome New Members

Our membership continues to grow! Take a look at the list of healthcare professionals and students who have recently joined NCMGMA (October 27th – November 30, 2018):


  • Heather Dillard, Wake Internal Medicine Consultants, Inc., Raleigh, NC
  • Alexandra Meyer, Carolina Spine and Disc Center, Clayton, NC


  • Doral Davis Jacobsen, Prosper Beyond, Inc., Asheville, NC
  • Russell Smith, Gordon Asset Management, LLC, Durham, NC

Corporate Active

  • Stephen Antalek, UNC Physicians Network, Morrisville, NC
  • Stephanie Barber, UNC Physicians, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Mary Bishop, First Health, Pinehurst, NC
  • Lindsay Corbett, UNC Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Middlesex, Middlesex, NC
  • Jina Eanes, UNC Women’s Health at Eden, Eden, NC
  • Aaron Fisher, UNC Healthcare, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Dayna Fralicker, UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Carlene Grimes, UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Calla Gudeman, UNC Healthcare System, Siler City, NC
  • Jennifer Haynes, UNC Orthopedic & Sports Medicine at Eden/UNC Neurosurgery at Eden, Eden, NC
  • Sheila Hemby, Rex Hospital, Raleigh, NC
  • Jason Hester, UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Aphton Hipps, UNC Physicians Network, Durham, NC
  • Cory Hrvatin, UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Michelle Mabe, UNC Family Medicine at Eden, Eden, NC
  • Christa Magee, UNCPN, Cary, NC
  • Anthony Parker, UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Dena Smith, UNC Family Medicine at Goldsboro, Goldsboro, NC
  • Iris Thompson, UNC Physicians Network/UNC Urgent Care West Rockingham, Mayodan, VA
  • Phyllis Warren, UNC Surgical Specialists at Eden, Eden, NC
  • Deanna Zaharick, Digestive Health Specialists, Winston Salem, NC

Corporate Affiliate

  • Meredith Boyette, MSOC Health, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Jordan Massey, MSOC Health, Chapel Hill, NC


  • Maria Durango, UNCC, Gastonia, NC
  • Shayanna Felder, Appalachian State, Archdale, NC
  • Christian Moore, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Greensboro, NC

Message from NCMGMA President Jane Lutz

Good Afternoon:

As we start another year, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is part of the NCMGMA for your time and dedication to the healthcare industry. We are 800+ strong and I am honored to serve as your 2019 President. It truly takes a village to meet the challenges we face in healthcare each and every day.

The board has several goals this year that we wanted to share with our collective membership. These include:

  • Board and committee focus on new member engagement and retention of our current membership.
  • Exploring alternative revenue sources for NCMGMA that will bring additional value to our members.
  • Reviewing our current organizational structure to determine if it meets our operational needs.
  • Remaining a resource for our 13 active committees, 9 local NCMGMA Chapters, and numerous task force groups.
  • Reviewing our Partnership Affiliation with MGMA National to ensure this relationship continues to meet the needs of our organization.

We are a very fortunate organization. Our members put forth countless hours of service, bringing important perspective on the work we do on behalf of our patients and providers, while serving our common mission with selfless dedication. Our Alliance Sponsors provide a wealth of opportunity and support for our leadership and membership to learn and grow, both on an individual level and as an organization. Our management company, TH Mgmt., Inc., keeps our team focused and organized on the issues at hand. It feels good knowing all of the right pieces are in place to ensure the continued success of NCMGMA.

Lastly, I want to highlight our new collaborative series with Business of Healthcare! These interviews, conducted by Matt Hanis, further our mission to provide continuing education to our members while highlighting key players and issues in the North Carolina healthcare industry. If you haven’t seen this interview yet, please click here to view.

In closing, I am excited about the year ahead of us, the opportunities we will have, and the challenges we will face together.

In humble service,

Jane Lutz
2018-19 NCMGMA President

Check out the NCMGMA Fall Conference Recap!


Members of the North Carolina healthcare management community came together in Charleston to connect, experience and learn at the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) Fall Conference, held October 17-19, at the Charleston Marriott. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors and sponsors for supporting this event and making it the success that it is.

This year, we were excited to bring in nationally-recognized speaker Britt Berrett to talk about his game-changing book Patients Come Second: Leading Change by Changing the Way You Lead, and he did not disappoint. Britt’s general sessions and breakout were very well received. “Very good speaker. Keeps the audience engaged,” and “Britt did a great job, I’d listen to him speak again,” were just a couple of the survey responses we received regarding Dr. Berrett’s session.

Other highlights from the conference included the Wednesday opening session, “Peer-to-Peer Sessions: 15-Minute Management Methods,” and the Thursday in-depth interview with Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, by professional interviewer Matt Hanis of The Business of Healthcare. “Excellent idea and would love to see more of these “short,” but incredibly relevant lessons. It’s the NCMGMA version of Ted Talks. We have a wealth of knowledge within our organization. I see this as a great way to tap in to it,” was said of the 15-Minute Management Sessions event and “This was great. I liked the interview structure,” was remarked of the Dr. Mandy Cohen session.

2018 Annual Award Winners

Along with our educational sessions and healthcare products and services exhibit hall, we also presented our annual awards. This year’s winners were:


Practice of the Year
Gastroenterology Associates of the Piedmont, P.A. (GAP)


(L-R): Michelle Torak, FACMPE (GAP), Jack Busic, Jr. (First Citizens Bank), Anne Hill (GAP), Willonda H. Thomas, MBA (Cancer Services) and Todd Pittman, CMPE (Alliance Urology)

President’s Award
Joni Brantley of Nash OB-GYN Associates, PA


(L-R): 2018 President’s Award winner Joni Brantley and 2018 NCMGMA President Sandra Jarrett, FACMPE

Kim Harrah Becker Volunteer Award
Linda Wooten of Novant Health Salem Family Medicine


(L-R): Pam Saunders and NCMGMA Leadership Council member Todd Pittman, CMPE, accept the Kim Harrah Becker Volunteer award on behalf of Linda Wooten

Event Photos

Follow this link for the complete 2018 Fall Conference Flickr album

Upcoming Events

Watch your email and the NCMGMA website for information coming soon on the following 2019 events:

  • Advocacy Days
    March 13, 2019
    Raleigh, NC
  • Annual Conference
    May 8-10, 2019
    Wilmington, NC
  • Fall Regional Education Days
    Fall 2019
  • Monthly Webinars
    Offered throughout 2019

Welcome New Members

Our membership continues to grow! Take a look at the list of healthcare professionals and students who have recently joined NCMGMA (September 29th – October 26, 2018):


Julian Bryant, Cary Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Specialists, Cary, NC
Matthew Emig, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, Raleigh, NC
Debra Farmer, Sylva Family Practice, Sylva, NC
Jamie Higgins, Carolinas Center for Surgery, Morehead City, NC
Kathryn Howard, Viewmont Internal Medicine, Hickory, NC
Susan Huffman, Unifour Pediatrics, Hickory, NC
Lori Johnson, Greensboro Medical Associates, Greensboro, NC
Martha Kartaoui, Cary Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, Cary, NC
Andy Schreiber, Digestive Health Specialists, Winston Salem, NC
Alissa Moody, Midtown Pain and Spine, Raleigh, NC
Charlotte Parchman, Eastern Regional Pain Specialist, Goldsboro, NC
Beverly Warren, Purvis-Moyer Foot & Ankle Center, Rocky Mount, NC
Tracy Watkins, Carolina Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, New Bern, NC
Janine Webb, The Counseling Grop, Hickory, NC
Leah Whitaker, Cary Orthopaedics, Cary, NC
J. Kyle Woodruff Lee, Cary Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Cary, NC


Randy Barrington, Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear, Wilmington, NC
Joanie Cochran, Revenue Cycle Innovations, LLC, Clemmons, NC
Sam Cohen, Medical Mutual, Raleigh, NC


Abigail Boushee, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Welcome New Members

Our membership continues to grow! Take a look at the list of healthcare professionals and students who have recently joined NCMGMA (June 28, 2018 through September 28, 2018):


Carrilee Andreu-Neel, Eastern Urological Associates, PA, Greenville, NC
Robert Battista, Southeast Radiation Oncology, Charlotte, NC
Don Brelsford, Emerge Ortho, PA, Wake Forest, NC
Julie D’Orso, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A., Charlotte NC
Cathy Earp, David C Matthews MD PA, Charlotte NC
Lisa England, Southern Dermatology, Raleigh, NC
Doug Frye, David C Matthews MD PA, Charlotte NC
Emily Heien, CHS Blue Ridge, Morganton, NC
Denise Hensel, Lake Norman Anesthesia Associates, Mooresville, NC
Amy Hudson, Greensboro Pediatricians, Greensboro, NC
Lynn Kearns, Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic, Inc, Raleigh, NC
Terry Lanier, Wake Forest – Orthopedic Lexington, Lexington, NC
Suzanne Lineberry, Greensboro AHEC, Greensboro, NC
Evan Raymond, Kids First Pediatrics, Raleigh, NC
Kay Robinette, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Elkin, NC
Susan Roeser, Eastern Headache and Spine, Greenville NC
Barb Ulanch, Creedmoor Centre Endocrinology, PA, Raleigh NC


AP Hill, Select Lab Partners, Greensboro, NC
Tamisha Hunter, Favorite Healthcare Staffing, Charlotte, NC
Chris Knotts, PEAKE Technology Partners, Crofton, MD
Paul Mahoney, Community Care of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Charlie McCurry, CBRE | Triad, Greensboro NC
Heather Moore, The Doctors Company, Richmond, VA
Brian Pearce, AXIA Physician Solutions, Mooresville NC
Travis Rankin, Insight Imaging LLC, Charlotte NC
Taylor Thigpen, PathGroup, Brentwood, TN
Charles Timney, Bristol Myers Squibb, Charlotte, NC
Sandra Youngblood, Hire Scene, Inc., Wilmington, NC


Angela Baugh, University of Phoenix, Clemmons, NC
Brian Donado, Appalachian State University, Pineville, NC
Diana Lopez, Appalachian State University, Siler City, NC
Kaitlyn McNeilly, Appalachian State University, Kings Mountain, NC
Phillip Page, Appalachian State University, Granite Falls NC
Samuel Walters, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, NC
Brittany White, Appalachian State University, Boone NC
Tamela Yount, University of North Carolina, Advance, NC

2018-19 NCMGMA Board of Directors Slate

The following NCMGMA members have been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors. They will be voted in on Thursday, October 18th, at 8:00 AM during NCMGMA’s Opening Session and Business Meeting at the upcoming NCMGMA Fall Conference at the Marriott in Charleston, SC. Register Today!

Nominated Slate of Executive Board

Jane Lutz
Charlotte Radiology, PA
Charlotte, NC

Steve Parker
Medical Mutual Insurance Company
Raleigh, NC

Tessa Wolfarth
Coastal Carolina Surgical Associates, PA
Wilmington, NC

Amanda McKinney, MBA
A Woman’s View
High Point, NC

Nominated Slate of Directors
These are three-year terms beginning November 1, 2018

Western Region At-Large Director
Chad Ghorley
Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center, PA
Gastonia, NC

Eastern Region At-Large Director
Lisa Hooks, CMPE, MBA
Mt. Olive Family Medicine Center
Mt. Olive, NC