Secure user logins and stringent exam requirements highlight changes to the CHBME program in 2011
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA), a non-profit educational resource and advocacy group representing third-party medical billers and billing professionals, today announced details of the association’s revised program for Certified Healthcare Billing and Management Executives (CHBME). Enhancements will take effect January 2011.
CHBME is designed for owners and senior managers of HBMA member companies and is a distinction earned and maintained through active participation in educational programs that focus on the revenue cycle of healthcare professionals. This year, association leadership and the certification committee have focused on enhancing the program to provide added significance to the title in an industry facing increased legislative and regulatory scrutiny. Among the changes taking effect in 2011, the certification program will now include:
- Custom, secure logins so participants can review completed courses, credits earned and real-time additions to the modules;
- Additional testing and competency requirements including the CHBME final exam;
- Identification of certain modules and courses, coupled with minimum content requirements;
- More stringent attendance requirements, to be tracked via electronic record keeping.
“There has never been a better time for both first- and third-party medical billing professionals to evaluate the importance of certification. Language in this year’s Health Care Reform bill specifically describe the government’s desire for medical billers to become registered or certified,” said Judson S. Neal, chair of HBMA’s certification committee and president and CEO, Physician’s Business Network, Inc of Overland Park, Kan. “It is the belief of lawmakers that this higher level of accountability and more stringent guidelines toward compliance will help to safeguard against fraudulent and abusive billing practices. HBMA’s CHBME program provides that assurance by encouraging excellence within its membership through education and better awareness of the issues affecting our industry.”
Annually, there are in excess of 75 continuing educational credits (CEUs) available for candidates and eligible renewing certified members. HBMA also accepts 20 percent of the required credits from other related not-for-profit organizations and government agencies. Because of the diversity within HBMA’s membership, the program offers options within the educational offerings that match an individual’s job skill set requirements and professional objectives.
A non-profit, member-led trade association, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) represents more than 30,000 employees at well over 700 third-party medical billing firms. Annually, HBMA companies submit more than 350 million initial claims on behalf of hospital-based physicians, office-based physicians and other allied healthcare providers. Founded in 1993, HBMA and its members foster personal development, advocate on the behalf of the profession, and promote cooperation through a wide range of business resources, educational events, networking opportunities, certification programs and adherence to the Medical Biller’s Code of Ethics. As the only trade association representing the interests of medical billers in Washington D.C., HBMA works with legislative stakeholders and federal agencies to improve the business of medical billing and the practice of healthcare. Learn more about how HBMA is elevating the medical billing profession at www.hbma.org.
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