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ACMPE Certification Test
December 1, 2018 - December 15, 2018
As your ACMPE Forum Representative for the State of Utah, I wanted to reach out about the ACMPE Board Certification and Fellowship opportunities and ensure you are aware of the upcoming changes.
In our continuing mission to elevate the ACMPE designations as well as continue to demonstrate value in our ever-changing industry, we want you aware of the program enhancements due to take effect January 1, 2019.
ACMPE board eligible classification:
The ACMPE board eligible classification allows candidates to enter the board certification program even though they may not yet meet the requirements of the Bachelor’s degree or the two years of healthcare experience. To achieve board eligibility, candidates must show understanding and knowledge of the principles of medical practice administration by passing the multiple-choice exam. Board certification will be achieved when candidates pass the scenario-based exam, complete the required continuing education credit hours and attain their Bachelor’s degree and two years of healthcare experience.
Continuing education requirements:
To ensure the highest quality of education for our candidates and board certified members, we will require that the 50 hours of continuing education now include 30 hours from MGMA state and national learning, including at least 12 face-to-face hours. The remaining 20 hours may come from either MGMA or qualified outside sources. This will also apply to the 50 hours of continuing education required every three years to remain certified.
Candidates who enter the board certification program in 2019 will now have to complete their exams and 50 hours of continuing education within three years of their application date.
Please remember these changes will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. Until then, we still encourage all interested applicants to apply for board certification under our current program requirements.
Education and experience eligibility:
Starting in January 2019, 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.
Fellows are thought leaders within healthcare organizations and should be able to demonstrate the ability to execute on dynamic solutions to business problems. In that spirit, we will be phasing out the professional paper submission and moving towards the submission of innovative business plan. We believe this move will better support our Fellows to concretely demonstrate practical skills to current and potential employers. NOTE: Fellowship applicants can begin submitting a strategic business plan in place of the professional paper starting as early as Jan. 1, 2018.
Continuing education requirements:
To ensure the highest quality of education for our Fellows, we will require that the 50 hours of continuing education now include 30 hours from MGMA state and national learning, including at least 12 face-to-face hours. The remaining 20 hours may come from either MGMA or qualified outside sources. This will also apply to the 50 hours of continuing education required every three years to remain certified.
To showcase a commitment to their industry, Fellows will be required to complete six volunteer hours beginning in January 2019. These hours must include three hours from healthcare related opportunities and three hours from community service.
Candidates who enter the Fellowship program in 2019 will now have two years from their application date to complete their Fellowship requirements.