Calling All Podiatry Practice Managers!

Calling all podiatry practice managers!

Are you looking to:

  • Invest in yourself and your team?
  • Master all the skills needed to run a successful practice—compliance, administration, management, finance, marketing, managed care, insurance, billing, and even DME?
  • Prove to yourself and those around you (team members, auditors, compliance officers, third party payers, business associates …) that you have the knowledge and skills to succeed?

If so, you need to become a certified podiatric medical office manager—a CMOM-POD for short!

This first-of-its-kind certification program, developed in partnership with the Practice Management Institute, is exclusively available through the AAPPM. And it’s absolutely the best way for podiatric office managers to develop their skills, enhance their value, and bolster their career.

A Long Time Coming

“Hey, what about me?”

As anyone who has ever worked in a podiatry office can easily confirm, office managers are just as important to practice success as any other member of the team—and if we’re being honest, in a lot of cases the EM is the real MVP of the operation.

So where are your letters?

After all, podiatric physicians can get qualified and certified from literally dozens of organizations for their skills in surgery, wound care, nerve treatments, and more. Podiatric medical assistants get their own certification programs, too.

But until recently, podiatric practice managers were mostly out of luck.

Sure, you could get a generic “medical office” manager certification. But unfortunately, those programs don’t fully cover all the additional situations and challenges that podiatric office managers typically face.

“There are certain things we do every day that your normal everyday medical practices don’t do and don’t have to deal with,” says Brooke Weaver, CMOM-POD and program instructor. “Regular practices don’t market. Regular practices don’t do DME. But we needed that component.”

The AAPPM Steps In

This growing dissatisfaction with the lack of organized and systematic training and certification available to meet the needs of podiatric office managers is ultimately what convinced the AAPPM to begin developing its own program—the first and only one of its kind.

We needed a partner, though—and we found a great one in the Practice Management Institute, the nation’s leading and largest provider of non-clinic practice management education.

Working hand-in-hand, the AAPPM and PMI totally revamped the Certified Medical Office Manager (CMOM) program offered through PMI, adapting the existing material and developing new modules to meet the unique needs of podiatric practices.

The first-ever class of new CMOM-PODs passed their certification exams at the AAPPM’s midwinter conference in February 2017, and review courses and certification exams have been held at each semiannual AAPPM meeting since.

A Comprehensive Program

We don’t have to tell you that the role of executive manager is a huge, complicated, and always evolving one. Whether you’re just starting out in your position or have been running an office for years, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Almost no one ever really feels like they’ve got it all under control.

The expertise you gain from the CMOM-POD program, however, can help you develop mastery of the most important (and most valuable and profitable) aspects of the profession. This is the specific skill set you need to excel.

It will instill the skill and confidence you need to take administrative charge, communicate with partners inside and outside the practice, and improve the practice’s (and your own personal) financial outlook.

The CMOM-Pod curriculum includes modules on:

  • Podiatric Medical Office Compliance, including HIPAA, OSHA, risk management, fraud and abuse prevention, and legal protections.
  • Practice Administration, including facility and operational management, time management, employment law and labor regulations, reporting, business policies, medical records, insurance processing, and more.
  • Employee Relations, including interviewing and hiring tips, team building skills, conflict management and resolution, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, goal setting, and more.
  • Financial Management, including budgeting, contracts, financial reporting, collections procedures, revenue and cost accounting, and more.
  • Managed Care Delivery, including contract negotiation, utilization review procedures, insurance plans and analysis, health insurance exchanges, value-based care models and quality measures, and more.
  • Podiatric Medical Marketing, including identifying target markets, establishing objections, web-based marketing, referral marketing, external marketing, internal marketing, and more.
  • Podiatric Medical Durable Medical Equipment (DME), including certification, paperwork requirements and examples, supplier standards, custom and non-custom DME, diabetic foot exams, therapeutic shoes, wound care products, and more.
  • Medical Insurance and Billing, including credentialing, contracts, appeals, ERISA, collections, reference material, sample forms, and more.

The four-hour live-proctored exam is held at every regular AAPPM conference, but the required coursework can be completed at your own pace.

The Best Way to Grow Your Career—And Your Practice

After you’ve thoroughly reviewed the course material, mastered the practical skills, and passed your exam, there’s no question you’ll be well prepared to face any challenge!

Of course, you’ll also get to keep the lengthy study guide, manual and reference book, which is absolutely stuffed with critical information that will provide lasting value.

And there will be ample opportunities to further develop your skills and maintain your certification through continued education offered through AAPPM conferences, PMI webinars, and membership with the Top Practices Virtual Practice Management Institute.

No matter how long you’ve been in your role, obtaining your CMOM-POD will not only help you become a better podiatric practice executive manager and advance your career, but also prove your value and your skill to those around you—internal and external to the practice.

If you’re a podiatric office manager who wants to be the best, you need to be a CMOM-POD.

If you work in a podiatric office who wants to work for the best, you need your manager to be a CMOM-POD.

If you’re a podiatric physician and you want a manager you can trust to have your back, take charge, grow the practice, and give you the confidence to leave at 5 knowing everything is going to get done correctly and on time, you need your manager to be a CMOM-POD.

What are you waiting for? Click here to register for the CMOM-POD program today, and happy studying!