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Medical Group Management Association of Kansas
state affiliate chapter of MGMA
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MGMA-ACMPE is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. In 2011, members of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and its standard-setting body, the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) voted to merge to form a new association, MGMA-ACMPE. Since 1926, the Association has delivered networking, professional education and resources and political advocacy for medical practice management. The Association started as a small network of clinic managers, called the National Association of Clinic Managers, which met for the first time in Madison, Wis., in 1926. The name was changed to the Medical Group Management Association in 1963 to reflect the diverse management roles found in group practice.

Founded in 1956, ACMPE is the standard-setting and certification organization of the association. Through ACMPE, medical group managers can earn the Certified Medical Practice Executive (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.

In 1961, the Association hired its first executive director, Edward B. Stevens, FACMPE, who served until 1971. Richard V. Grant, PhD, FACMPE, served as executive director from 1971-1993. Frederick J. "Fritz" Wenzel, MBA, FACMPE, was interim executive vice president/CEO from 1993-1996. Thomas L Adams served from 1996-1998. William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE, was president and CEO of MGMA, ACMPE and the MGMA Center for Research from 1999 to October 2011. Susan Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE became president and CEO of MGMA-ACMPE in October 2011.


To elevate the performance of medical practice leaders and their organizations by connecting members, building partnerships, setting the standards for certification, advocating for physician practice and providing innovative solutions.


MGMA-ACMPE serves 22,500 members who lead 13,600 organizations nationwide in which some 280,000 physicians provide more than 40 percent of the healthcare services delivered in the United States. Its diverse membership comprises administrators, CEOs, physicians in management, board members, office managers and many other management professionals. They work in medical practices and ambulatory care organizations of all sizes and types, including integrated systems and hospital- and medical school-affiliated practices.