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Waress Achieves Fellowship in the ACMPE

Brett J. Waress, MHA, FACMPEBrett J. Waress, MHA, FACMPE, vice president/chief operating officer and associate director, South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), has become a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). Fellowship in the ACMPE (FACMPE) is the highest distinction in the medical group practice management profession. ACMPE formally recognized this accomplishment at the October 2010 ACMPE Business Meeting Luncheon and Fellows Convocation, held in conjunction with the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2010 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

To achieve Fellowship, Waress (photo right) first earned the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) designation by passing rigorous essay and objective examinations that assess knowledge of the broad scope of medical practice management. This includes business operations, financial management, human resources management, information management, organizational governance, patient care systems, quality management and risk management. In addition, Waress completed the presentation requirement and maintained continuing education credit hours to achieve CMPE status. To earn Fellowship, Waress submitted a professional paper, titled “Academic/Private Practice Partnership in Graduate Medical Education: Benefits and Practice Management Issues,” documenting the objectives and results of an investigation into a health care management topic.

Today, ACMPE membership comprises more than 6,600 individuals who have attained CMPE or Fellow status or who seek certification.

Waress received his masters degree in healthcare administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has spent over 19 years in medical management, ten of those years with SEAHEC. Prior to SEAHEC, Waress held leadership positions with Lovelace Health System in Albuquerque, NM and Management Directions of North Carolina, a physician practice management company.

Founded in 1956, ACMPE is the standard-setting and certification body of the MGMA. Through ACMPE, medical group administrators can earn the CMPE designation and go on to earn the highest distinction of Fellow in the ACMPE (FACMPE). ACMPE members belong to a network of management professionals dedicated to becoming the best in medical practice management by combining experience, learning and professional certification.

About MGMA
MGMA, founded in 1926, is the nation’s principal voice for medical group practice. MGMA’s nearly 21,000 members manage and lead 12,500 organizations, in which almost 270,000 physicians practice. MGMA’s core purpose is to improve the effectiveness of medical group practices as well as the knowledge and skills of the individuals who manage and lead them. MGMA headquarters are in Englewood, CO.