MGMA Announces New Body of Knowledge Framework

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Dear MGMA-ACMPE Community,

Surviving changes in our industry and building a sustainable medical practice that will succeed into the future has become especially challenging. This year, MGMA’s mission to serve members, customers, and the healthcare community as a trusted partner by delivering insights, solutions, and advocacy to achieve medical practice excellence has felt more critical than in any other year of our history. In response to our ever-changing industry and as the certifying body for standards of excellence in medical practice, the American College of Medical Practice Executive (ACMPE) identified the need to update the Body of Knowledge (BOK) for medical practice administration.

Based on certification standards from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), we conducted an extensive survey analysis of our industry and gathered insights from subject matter experts representative of our membership’s entire demographic to identify and prioritize the critical tasks of our profession. This data was used to identify key subject areas, or domains, and create the corresponding tasks under each domain. This transpired to a new BOK framework covering the updated domains of Operations Management, Financial Management, Human Resources, Transformative Healthcare Delivery, Risk and Compliance, and Organizational Governance.

As the healthcare industry and medical practice evolves and changes, the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) is committed to continually reviewing and updating our resources and examinations related to the Body of Knowledge to ensure that content remains current and relevant and our certification program continues to serve as the gold standard for medical practice expertise.

The ACMPE Board Certification examinations will begin reflecting the new BOK framework December of this year.

Please click the button below to review the new BOK framework, FAQs, and the differences between our new framework and the previous version.

If you’re interested in pursuing your certification or fellowship, reach out to the NCMGMA ACMPE Liaison – Michelle Wallace at or visit the ACMPE website.

Thank you for leading our industry,

ACMPE Certification Commission

Bill Hambsh, CPA, FACMPE
MGMA-ACMPE Board Chair

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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.


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