NCMGMA Past President Interview: Jacob Rodman, CMPE, 2014-2016 President

For our 50th anniversary, we reached out to our association past presidents and asked them to share some of their thoughts and memories from their involvement with NCMGMA. From their favorite event to their funniest story, we collected some great video interview footage!

2014-2016 NCMGMA President Jacob Rodman, CMPE, talked with us about what he finds most beneficial about NCMGMA and shared his thoughts on where he sees the association in the next five to ten years.

Click on the image below to hear what Jacob had to say.

We’ve been around for 50 years so we’ve enjoyed a wealth of great leadership. Keep checking back as we add more past president videos for you to enjoy!

Congratulations to NCMGMA’s Newest CMPE’s and ACMPE Fellows

2020-2021 Certified Medical Practice Executives*

Congratulations to NCMGMA’s newest Certified Medical Practice Executives (CMPE)! Your board certification demonstrates your commitment to the industry and to healthcare excellence. Congratulations on your esteemed achievement!

  • Eric Backus, CMPE
  • Elise Carey, CMPE
  • Justin Gomes, CMPE
  • Suzanne Michaels, CMPE
  • Krista Pelata, CMPE
  • Quintin Smith, CMPE
  • Cathy Thorsell, CMPE

2020-2021 ACMPE Fellows*

NCMGMA is proud to announce our newest ACMPE Fellows. Congratulations on this prestigious recognition for medical practice industry healthcare. We are thrilled to know and work alongside you in continuing MGMA’s mission of providing healthcare excellence.

*These NCMGMA members earned their CMPE and FACMPE between 2020 and September of 2021.

Your Guide to ACMPE Credentialing Opportunities

MGMA offers professional accreditations from the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) ranging from Certificates to Board Certification and Fellowship to help you in any stage of your career.

Certificates: After completing an online seminar, you will receive a verified certificate and credential through MGMA’s certifying body proving completion and understanding of a topic or specific skill set. No membership, education, or experience required to complete a Certificate.

Board Certification: The Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) promotes professionals who possess the standard knowledge based on the Body of Knowledge (BOK) to lead each aspect of a practice. MGMA membership required.

Fellowship: After obtaining your CMPE, demonstrate your mastery of the healthcare practice industry and become a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE). Fellows are the thought leaders within healthcare organizations and demonstrate the ability to execute on dynamic solutions to business problems and contribute to the advancement of medical practice leadership.

Find the best fit for you and get started today!

2021 Mentoring Pilot Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for a way to give back to the next generation of healthcare leadership? MGMA has a great opportunity! Meet with a mentee once a month (virtually). To be eligible to serve as a mentor, individuals:

  • Must have been a member of MGMA for several years.
  • Have at least 10+ years’ experience in healthcare industry.
  • Added bonus if they have obtained their CMPE or FACMPE credentials.

More information on this opportunity can be found here.

ACMPE Scholarships and Grants

The ACMPE Scholarship Fund Inc. (SFI) is a program that supports individuals who, by virtue of experience, current position and future career plans, demonstrate potential to contribute to MGMA’s mission of transforming healthcare.


Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are open March 1, 2021-May 21, 2021. For more information on the scholarships, please visit:


Grant applications, for CMPE’s pursuing Fellowship, are open from March 1, 2021-May 21, 2021. Funds are awarded in August 2021. For more information on the grants, please visit:

CMPE and FACMPE Continuing Education Requirements

For those that took the ACMPE exams and passed in 2018, congratulations! These members will have until 6/30/19 to complete the 50 hours of CE requirement; however, the 2019 CE requirements must be used. The 2019 CE requirements must also be used for current CMPEs and FACMPEs. Here’s what you need to know:

50 Hours of Continuing Education (CE) Every 3 Years

  • 30 of the 50 hours must come from MGMA national, state or local
    • Article assessments (free, 10/year offered – need copy of post-test on file)
    • Webinars (most are free, 25-45/year offered – need copy of post-test on file)
    • Survey participation
    • 12 of these 30 hours must be face-to-face or “live” learning (need verification of attendance on file)
      • Live webinars
      • Live teleconference
      • Face-to-face events
        • National and State conferences
        • Local chapter meetings
  • 20 of the 50 hours must come from qualified sources related to the medical practice management field or MGMA
    • Recognized professional associates and organizations, e.g. SHRM, AAPC, etc.
    • College and university coursework
    • Formal presentations
      • Monthly staff meetings (if information presented is related to the BOK and formal agenda)
    • Distance learning with interactivity
  • Fellows will be required to complete 6 volunteer hours every 3 years
    • 3 of these 6 hours must be healthcare related
      • Includes MGMA volunteerism
    • 3 of these 6 hours must be community service

Note: Anyone who takes the ACMPE exams in 2019 has 3 years from their application date to submit CE.

If you have any questions or need any support, I’m here for you.

Michelle W. Torak, FACMPE
North Carolina ACMPE Forum Rep

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.

When you don’t have the right credential on your business card
but it’s definitely on your mind

ACMPE board certification is the recognized professional standard to showcase your talent and enhance your career in medical practice management. Join our nine-part webinar series from May 30 – July 25 for an inside look at what it takes to earn your CMPE credential.

Each weekly, one-hour webinar session will be led by a dedicated expert on the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management—the foundation of the board certification exams.

Series takeaways:

  • What to expect during the multiple choice, essay and new scenario-based exam
  • Key concepts to remember from the six domains in the Body of Knowledge
  • Tips on how to prep and what’s worked from those that have been there

Session one begins May 30, 2017.

Can’t attend?
Register to watch later. Each program will be recorded and made available for registrants to watch on demand. You will only need to register once to receive all nine sessions. One continuing education credit hour is available for webinar participants.