The Practice Management Institute, the nation’s leading and largest provider of non-clinical practice management education, is pleased to announce its first certification program with the podiatric profession as it has partnered with the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management to develop the Certified Medical Office Manager – Podiatry (CMOM-P). The Practice Management Institute works with health care systems, hospitals, medical societies, provider organizations, and learning institutions nationwide to provide training for administrative staff working in outpatient facilities. Classes address the latest updates relevant to medical office coding, billing, operations and compliance. Since 1983, nearly 20,000 health care professionals have earned one or more PMI certifications in their area(s) of expertise.
Michael Moore, PMI’s Vice President of Business Development said of the partnership with the AAPPM “partnering with a specialty organization in such a way has been a goal for years, but we needed just the right partner. This hybrid of the CMOM curriculum is a first for us, and it was clear from the beginning that we’d finally found a great partner to test this concept. The passion and commitment to excellence in education demonstrated by AAPPM leadership is second to none.”
Moore added, “The very best organizations work diligently to create, endorse, and/or provide access to successful tools of a demonstrable nature, and the new Certified Medical Office Manager-Podiatry, created with AAPPM subject matter experts, will be just that.”
The AAPPM-PMI partnership was lead by President Ben Weaver, DPM. Weaver said “After my wife, Brooke, achieved her CMOM certification, she easily convinced me what a tremendous amount of knowledge she acquired that she could bring to our practice. Working with the PMI to create a podiatric specific version of CMOM and be able to share this incredible program with our profession is very exciting.”
Sam Fowler, the Executive Manager of Heartland Foot and Ankle in Bloomington, IL, has been a key contributor to collaboration and will be a leading educator in the instruction process. “I take great pride coordinating the Executive Managers Group (EMG) within the AAPPM because I believe that office managers are the backbone within a successful podiatry practice,” noted Fowler. “The specific skill set that podiatric office managers must possess to excel within the position and create a profitable practice was missing. That is why I’m enthusiastic and eager to announce the certification for podiatric practice managers!”