NCMGMA Awarded 2nd Place in MGMA 2019 State Participation Award

ncmgm19-pa450aLast week, members of NCMGMA’s Board of Directors were present for MGMA’s State Leadership Summit in Denver, CO, where NCMGMA was awarded 2nd place in MGMA’s State Participation Award category. NCMGMA will be awarded $2,500 for winning 2nd place.

The State Participation award recognizes the efforts of outstanding state MGMA affiliates in promoting the medical practice management profession. Award recipients are chosen based on how well they performed in three main areas of focus: advancement of the profession through ACMPE, advocacy and survey participation.

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In photo from left to right: Melissa Klingberg; Todd Pittman, CMPE; Lisa Hooks, CMPE; Sandra Jarrett, FACMPE; Jane Lutz; Chad Ghorley; Steve Parker; Leah Paraschiv, CMPE; and Tessa Wolfarth.

Thank you MagMutual for helping to underwrite the NCMGMA board of director’s trip to the MGMA Leadership Summit!

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New Year, New ACMPE Updates

New Year, New ACMPE Updates

Incentives to Join MGMA-ACMPE

  • Possible “New Year, New You” campaign: January 14-31st, $50 off certification and Fellowship applications.

ACMPE Volunteer Opportunities: Opening Soon

  • MGMA will be introducing a new volunteer portal; however, they are recruiting for the ACMPE Fellowship Submission Committee, the Examinations Committee, and the Body of Knowledge Standing Committee. Visit the volunteer opportunity web page soon for more details.

MGMA Website Updates

  • MGMA has launched the new website and they are working daily to optimize the user experience.
  • The ACMPE claiming of continuing education has been launched under “Manage My Account.” New features will continue to be added including export and transcript details.
  • Information on Board Certification and Fellowship can be found under “Career Pathways.”

Offering ACMPE credit for state educational programs

For an activity to meet the criteria for ACMPE continuing education credit hours, it must:

  • Be relevant to the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management.
  • Be delivered in a structured learning environment.
  • Have an element of interactivity.

What the 2019 Changes Mean

For Nominees:
If you do NOT hold a bachelor’s degree or have 120 college credit hours by Dec. 31, 2018 you will need to:

  • Complete and pass both examinations by the Dec. 1-15 exam cycle. Exam results expected late January.
  • Log all 50 hours of continuing education (CE) hours under the current CE requirements, starting 30 days prior to their acceptance date. If your exams are passed, you will receive a 6 months extension to complete your 50 hours by June 31, 2019 under the 2019 continuing education requirements.

If you have a bachelor’s degree, 120 college credits or are currently in the process of completing your degree, you will remain as a nominee and will need to begin working toward the following starting on Jan. 1, 2019:

  • Earn your CMPE credential within three years. If accepted before Jan. 1, 2019, you will have until Dec. 31, 2021 to complete the program.
  • Log 50 hours of CE credit under the new 2019 CE requirements.

For CMPEs pursuing Fellowship:
If you have a bachelor’s degree AND seven years of healthcare management AND two years in a leadership role; OR if you have a master’s degree with five years management, AND two years in a leadership role, you will need to begin work on the following starting Jan. 1, 2019:

  • Complete Fellowship within two years of your application date. If accepted before Jan. 1, 2019, you will have until Dec. 31, 2020 to complete.
  • If you have a paper outline submitted and accepted prior to Jan. 1, 2019, you may continue working on your paper manuscript up until two years from your outline approval date. Starting in 2019, business plan submissions will be the only acceptable submission if no outline is previously accepted.
  • Log 50 hours of continuing education (CE) every three years following the new 2019 CE requirements. These CE requirements also apply to maintain your current CMPE credential in 2019.

Study Groups

  • Fellowship Preparation Series is available on-demand presented by Lee Ann H. Webster, FACMPE and Nina Chavez, FACMPE.
    • Session 1 – ACMPE Fellowship: Requirements and the Submission Process
    • Session 2 – Developing a Fellowship Manuscript or Business Plan
  • ACMPE Board Certification Study Group Series
    • Registration is open for on-demand, For CE credit, you must also register for the post assessments for each session.
      Topic:

      • Board Certification Program Overview
      • Financial Management
      • Operations Management
      • Risk and Compliance Management
      • Human Resources Management
      • Organizational Governance and Patient-Centered Care

Upcoming Exam Dates

  • March 9-23, 2019
    Exam registration: January 22 – February 7, 2019
  • June 8-22, 2019
    Exam registration: April 22 – May 6, 2019
  • September 7-21, 2019
    Exam registration: July 22 – August 7, 2019
  • December 7-21, 2019
    Exam registration: October 21 – November 4, 2019

 

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 acmpe@mgma.com or call the service center at 877-275-6462 ext. 1888.

Can Physicians Fix Healthcare by Becoming Independent Again?

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Can Physicians Fix Healthcare by Becoming Independent Again?

This interview is part of a new collaborative series made possible by Business of Healthcare and the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association. These interviews further our mission to provide high-level content for continuing education for our members while highlighting key players and issues in North Carolina’s healthcare industry.

In this interview:

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Chief Executive Officer and Cardiologist
Tryon Medical Partners (Charlotte, NC)

Cardiologist and Tryon Medical Partners CEO Dale Owen, MD, and his 88 physician partners recently separated their practice from a large health system. In a BOH interview available as podcast and video at www.BOHSeries.com, Owen explains why he and his partners made this change, why plans to take on population health risk is critical to physician engagement and how challenging it is to stand up a 75,000-patient practice in weeks.

Follow this link to view the interview video

Continuing Education Credit

By reading, watching or listening to the full interview, you may self-report to earn 0.5 hours Continuing Education Credits for Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) or Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) credentials.

NCMGMA and BOH thank Mako Medical Laboratories for making this series
on independent physician practice possible.

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About the Business of Healthcare

BOH was founded as a forum and information exchange for the 40,000 decision makers leading hospitals and health systems, physician practices, pharma, device, and senior living as well as government and commercial payers. These leaders, and innovators serving them, join Business of Healthcare interviews to solve the complex issues they face together.

Hosted by Matthew Hanis, each interview balances Margin & Mission: making good healthcare accessible to all. New subscribers come to BOH through your referrals. Please share our content with your colleagues and invite them to join our expert community.

Upcoming Interviews

Upcoming interviews in the series feature Mandy Cohen, MD, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Jeff James, Chief Executive Officer of Wilmington Health; and Chad Price, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mako Medical Laboratories.

Interesting in Participating?
If you are interesting in being interviewed or have a tip on someone who would be a great interview candidate, please contact Melissa Klingberg in the NCMGMA offices at melissa@ncmgm.org.

New ACMPE Study Group for Test or Retest in December

For those of you who tested for board certification in September and will need to retest for one or both parts of the test in December, MGMA has created a special pilot study group session “to ensure we are being transparent of what is on our current exams, and see if laying out the main topics will help the examinee.” This study group session is not yet available on the website. Anyone preparing for December testing is invited to attend.If you’d like to be added to the roster to participate in the pilot study group, please email me at mtorak@gapgi.com and I will forward your information to MGMA. Don’t give up!

And here is some additional information about achieving certification or fellowship:

MGMA Website Updates
  • MGMA has launched the new website and they are working daily to optimize the user experience.
  • The ACMPE claiming of continuing education has been launched under “Account Management.” New features will continue to be added including export and transcript details.
  • Information on Board Certification and Fellowship can be found under “Career Pathways.”
What the 2019 Changes Mean:
For Nominees:

If you do NOT hold a bachelor’s degree or have 120 college credit hours by Dec. 31, 2018 you will need to:

  • Complete and pass both examinations by the Dec. 1-15 exam cycle. Registration is open now through 11/6/18!
  • Log all 50 hours of continuing education (CE) hours under the current CE requirements, starting 30 days prior to their acceptance date. If your exams are passed, you will receive a 6 months extension to complete your 50 hours by June 31, 2019 under the 2019 continuing education requirements.

If you have a bachelor’s degree, 120 college credits or are currently in the process of completing your degree, you will remain as a nominee and will need to begin working toward the following starting on Jan. 1, 2019:

  • Earn your CMPE credential within three years. If accepted before Jan. 1, 2019, you will have until Dec. 31, 2021 to complete the program.
  • Log 50 hours of CE credit under the new 2019 CE requirements.
For CMPEs pursuing Fellowship:

If you do NOT hold a bachelor’s degree by Dec. 31, 2018 you will need to:

  • Receive approval on a business plan proposal or paper outline AND submit a final business plan or manuscript by Dec. 31, 2018.

If you have a bachelor’s degree AND seven years of healthcare management AND two years in a leadership role; OR if you have a master’s degree with five years management, AND two years in a leadership role, you will need to begin work on the following starting Jan. 1, 2019:

  • Complete Fellowship within two years of your application date. If accepted before Jan. 1, 2019, you will have until Dec. 31, 2020 to complete.
  • If you have a paper outline submitted and accepted prior to Jan. 1, 2019, you may continue working on your paper manuscript up until two years from your outline approval date. Starting in 2019, business plan submissions will be the only acceptable submission if no outline is previously accepted.
  • Log 50 hours of continuing education (CE) every three years following the new 2019 CE requirements. These CE requirements also apply to maintain your current CMPE credential in 2019.
Incentives to join MGMA-ACMPE:
Offering ACMPE credit for state educational programs:

For an activity to meet the criteria for ACMPE continuing education credit hours, it must:

  • Be relevant to the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management
  • Be delivered in a structured learning environment
  • Have an element of interactivity
Study Groups:
  • Fellowship Preparation Series is available on-demand presented by Lee Ann H. Webster, FACMPE and Nina Chavez, FACMPE.
    • Session 1 – ACMPE Fellowship: Requirements and the Submission Process
    • Session 2 – Developing a Fellowship Manuscript or Business Plan
  • ACMPE Board Certification Study Group Series
    • Registration is open for on-demand, For CE credit, you must also register for the post assessments for each session.Topic:
      • Board Certification Program Overview
      • Financial Management
      • Operations Management
      • Risk and Compliance Management
      • Human Resources Management
      • Organizational Governance and Patient-Centered Care
2019 Continuing Education Criteria:

To become board certified:

  • Earn 50 continuing education (CE) credit hours
    • 30 hours from MGMA resources
      • 12 hours required from MGMA national/state/local chapter face-to-face events
    • 20 additional hours from qualified sources

To maintain your CMPE/FACMPE credential:

  • Earn 50 continuing education (CE) credit hours every 3 years
    • 30 hours from MGMA resources
      • 12 hours required from MGMA national/state/local chapter face-to-face events
    • 20 additional hours from qualified sources

The Next Tennessee ACMPE Study Group Begins the Week of July 30th

Attention ALL ACMPE Nominees!
Need help studying? You are not alone.

Tennessee ACMPE Study Group

The Tennessee ACMPE Study Group begins the week of July 30th and there’s still time to be a part of this great ACMPE Certification prep resource! The Tennessee ACMPE Study Group is a self-paced online study group through the MGMA Member Community. It’s open to anyone studying for the MGMA Board Certification Exams.

To sign up today:

  • Log in to www.mgma.com and click “My Dashboard”
  • Click “My Networks”
  • Click “My Communities – All Communities”
  • Search for “Tennessee ACMPE Study Group”
  • Click “Join”

Here’s the schedule the study group will follow:

  • Week of July 30 – Operations Management
  • Week of August 6 – Financial Management
  • Week of August 13 – Human Resources Management
  • Week of August 20 – Organizational Governance
  • Week of August 27 – Patient Centered Care
  • Week of September 3 – Risk and Compliance Management and Review

Special note: The criteria for board certification are changing. Starting January 1, 2019, a bachelor’s degree or 120 college credit hours will be required to qualify as an applicant for ACMPE Certification, along with two years in a healthcare management position with six months in a supervisory role.

About the Examinations

To become board certified through the ACMPE, members must meet the qualifications, apply and complete two exams. Examinations may be completed once an applicant has been accepted into the program.

Exam Dates

  • Sept. 8-22, 2018 (Registration: July 23-Aug. 7, 2018)
  • Dec. 1-15, 2018 (Registration: Oct. 22-Nov. 6, 2018)

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.

Testing Formats Include

  • Multiple choice: 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. Registration fee: $165 
  • Scenario: 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. Registration fee: $165 

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact your North Carolina ACMPE Forum Rep, Michelle Wallace Torak, at mtorak@gapgi.com or call MGMA toll-free at 877.275-6462, ext. 1888.

2019 ACMPE Enhancements: What It Means for You

As a reminder, program changes to ACMPE Fellowship eligibility will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2019.

If you are planning to pursue Fellowship,
here are the actions you will need to take:

If you do NOT hold a bachelor’s degree by Dec. 31, 2018 you will need to:

  • Receive approval on a business plan proposal or paper outline AND submit a final business plan or manuscript by Dec. 31, 2018.

If you have a bachelor’s degree AND seven years of healthcare management AND two years in a leadership role; OR you have a master’s degree with five years management, AND two years in a leadership role you will need to begin work on the following starting Jan. 1, 2019:

  • Complete Fellowship within two years of your application date. If accepted before Jan. 1, 2019, you will have until Dec. 31, 2020 to complete.
  • If you have a paper outline submitted and accepted prior to Jan. 1, 2019, you may continue working on your paper manuscript up until two years from your outline approval date. Starting in 2019, business plan submissions will be the only acceptable submission if no outline is previously accepted.
  • Log 50 hours of continuing education (CE) every three years following the new 2019 CE requirements. These CE requirements also apply to maintain your current CMPE credential in 2019.

2019 CE requirements

50 hours of continuing education pertaining to one or more of the Body of Knowledge domains must be obtained in the following increments:

  • 30 hours from MGMA and/or its state or local affiliates. 12 of these hours must be considered face to face hours (LIVE webinars, conferences, etc.)
  • 20 from qualified resources, providing proof of attendance.

Questions

If you have any questions about these changes and how they will affect your status, please don’t hesitate to contact the ACMPE board certification team at acmpe@mgma.com.