Members of the “legally separate but aligned” Medical Group Management Association and American College of Medical Practice Executives agreed to merge
into a new organization—“MGMA-ACMPE”—effective Jan. 1, 2012.
The 22,500-member MGMA and the 6,700-member ACMPE will join under a single board that will be run for two years by co-chairs Nancy Babbitt of the Babbitt and Associates consulting group in Cumming, Ga.; and Cheryl Erins, senior systems applications analyst from the Sinai Medical Group in Chicago.
“This really is a historic day,” said the MGMA's new president and CEO, Dr. Susan Turney, at a news briefing on Tuesday.
Turney said the merger plan has been worked on for two years and was recently unanimously approved by the boards of both organizations before being put before the members for a vote. She said the merger will form a stronger, more-effective organization that will grow membership, while enhancing the value and satisfaction for existing members.
MGMA is an organization for medical practice administrators and leaders. The ACMPE is a standard-setting and practice-management educational organization. MGMA's members lead some 13,500 groups in which about 280,000 physicians practice.
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