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

 

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

ACMPE Online Study Group Starts This Week

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

Tennessee ACMPE Study Group

The Tennessee ACMPE Study Group begins this week 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 April 30 – Operations Management
  • Week of May 7 – Financial Management
  • Week of May 14 – Human Resources Management
  • Week of May 21 – Organizational Governance
  • Week of May 28 – Patient Centered Care
  • Week of June 4 – 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

  • June 9-23, 2018 (Registration: April 23-May 7, 2018)
  • 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.