Why does continuing education matter?
Continuing education encourages you to keep learning, improving and seeking best practices. Demonstrate personal and professional development and stay up to date with changes in the medical practice management field.
How do you earn it?
MGMA recognizes that numerous activities contribute to your professional growth and management effectiveness. Continuing education hours are granted for programs that include relevant content aimed at improving your management competence and medical practice management knowledge. You may receive credit for continuing education taken within one month prior to your Nominee acceptance date.
You can receive ACMPE credit hours for:
- Educational programs (e.g., MGMA and non-MGMA conferences, seminars, webinars or online courses)
- College/university course work and independent study courses
- Authorship of published articles, books and chapters
- Authorship of published web course content
- Book editorship
- Formal, face-to-face and webinar presentations at least 30 minutes in length
- Participation in distance-learning programs (e.g., audio conferences, self-study, Internet courses) that include the opportunity for interaction and feedback
- Poster presentations
- Survey participation and questionnaire MGMA Connexion magazine article assessments
- Executive View – Article: "What the heck of value based healthcare anyway?" | Take the assessment
- Body of Knowledge quiz – 100 questions weighted by domain in the same manner as the ACMPE objective exam. Take the quiz.
- Professionalism assessment
- Participate in a study group preparing for the ACMPE board certification exams (hour-for-hour credit when making or listening to a formal presentation)
- Conduct or participate in internal staff training (must cover topics from the Body of Knowledge, not just organizational policy)
- Participate in a board retreat with a formal presentation
- Attend your local or state MGMA organization meetings
- Attend a vendor presentation that covers more than product features (such as the regulatory issues behind a system)
- Participate in education required by your medical malpractice insurance carrier
- CareerTrack or other career-development training
- CME courses offered through your state medical association
- Read designated MGMA Connexion magazine articles and complete the related assessment (each assessment equals 1 credit hour)
- Some medical societies, such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, offer continuing education credits for completing quizzes associated with their magazines
What does the requirement mean for nominees, CMPEs and Fellows?
- A cumulative total of 50 credit hours must be reached for advancement to CMPE, assuming that all the other requirements have been completed.
- Once you have advanced to Certified or Fellow member status, you must earn and submit 50 hours of qualifying credit hours every three years.
- All members are on the same three-year cycle; the current cycle began Jan. 1, 2013, and concludes Dec. 31, 2015.
- MGMA will calculate a prorated requirement for Certified Members who advance after the beginning of a cycle.
- Be sure to check your transcript regularly to see how many hours you still need to fulfill.
How do you log your ACMPE credit hours?
View your online transcript and log your hours today.