Many times members believe that they must accumulate the 50 hours of continuing education at MGMA sponsored events only.  While the percentage of hour to be earned to maintain your certification or Fellowship status will be defined in 2019, there are still many other opportunities to earn continuing education hours.

Activities that are eligible for credit hours

ACMPE accepts credit hours for programs that have relevant content directed toward improving your competence and knowledge development in medical practice management. Refer to The Body of Knowledge for relevant topics.

ACMPE recognizes that numerous professional activities require significant time and commitment, and that those activities contribute to your growth and management effectiveness. However, to have an assignment system that is open but subject to identifiable boundaries, ACMPE accepts credit hours only for the following types of continuing education programs and activities:

Education programs sponsored by MGMA and any of its constituent bodies, including MGMA state and local affiliates (hour-for-hour credit)

Education programs sponsored by other recognized professional associations and organizations (hour-for-hour credit)

College and university coursework (variable credit hours)

Books, articles and online course content published under your name, with partial credit granted for chapter authorship and co-authorship (five to 50 credit hours)

Editorship of published books (50 credit hours)

Formal oral presentations that are at least 30 minutes long (The first time you give a presentation, you will receive two hours of credit for each presentation hour. For each additional time you give the same presentation, you will receive hour-for-hour credit. Whenever you give a presentation with another speaker or as a panel participant, you will receive credit for the exact time of your portion of the presentation, as long as it is at least 30 minutes.)

Assessments taken in conjunction with published materials, including professional journals, books or stand-alone assessment products (Credit will be granted only for the amount of time required to complete the assessment. Time spent reading associated material is not eligible for credit. Types of assessments eligible for credit include multiple choice questions, short answer, essay and other standard assessment formats.)

Poster presentations at conferences and meetings, allotted for only the number of clock hours that the authors are scheduled to staff their poster, according to the conference brochure (Credit hours will not be accrued for times during which the author is not present with the poster. The first time you give a poster session, you will receive two hours of credit for each presentation hour.)

Distance-learning activities (e.g., audio conferences, self-study, Internet courses) in which a separation of place and/or time between the instructor and learner exists. To qualify for ACMPE credit, distance-learning activities must meet the following criteria:

      • The program must offer an opportunity for interaction and feedback for the learner (for instance, learning exercises, self-assessment, discussion guides, access to an instructor for questions).
      • It is not necessary to submit documentation. Staff monitors entries through random audits, so it is important that you retain copies of your continuing education documentation during the three-year period.
      • Documentation must be provided regarding the amount of continuing education credit to be awarded for the program based on a pilot study that provides evidence of the estimated time to complete the program.
      • The activity must be conducted within the context of a structured learning experience (variable credit hours).

Credit hours are not assigned to program activities such as informal discussion sessions, opening and closing remarks, business meetings, board/committee meetings or attendance at in-house meetings such as orientation sessions at an institution for its employees.


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