Drees achieves board certification with the American College of Medical Practice Executives
02 / 14 / 2013
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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APPLETON, Wis.— Affinity Medical Group’s Regional Administrator for Specialty Care Michael Drees recently earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) from the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). ACMPE is the standard-setting and certification division of MGMA-ACMPE.
The designation of CMPE demonstrates that Drees has achieved board certification in medical practice management. To do so, he had to pass objective examinations that assessed his knowledge of business operations, financial management, human resource management, information management, organizational governance, patient care systems, quality management and risk management. Drees also had to earn a minimum of 50 continuing education credit hours as part of his certification.
Today, 6,600 MGMA-ACMPE members are participating in ACMPE board certification and Fellowship; 600 have achieved the Fellow credential, 2,200 have achieved the CMPE credential and 3,800 are pursuing board certification.
Drees joined the Ministry Health Care system in 1983 and later moved to Affinity Medical Group. Since that time he has worked in a variety of leadership roles in Affinity Health System hospitals, clinics and administrative divisions.
About Ministry Health Care
Ministry Health Care is an integrated Catholic health care delivery system serving over 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry operations generate nearly $2.2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 46 clinics, and nearly 12,000 employees including 650 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. According to Truven Health Analytics (formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters), Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of health care systems in the country.
Ministry Health Care is sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother who founded hospitals in the United States more than 120 years ago to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor.
MGMA-ACMPE is the premier association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. In 2011, members of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and its standard-setting division, the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) voted to merge to form a new association. Since 1926, the Association has delivered networking, professional education and resources, political advocacy and certification for medical practice professionals. The Association represents 22,500 members who lead 13,200 organizations nationwide in which some 280,000 physicians provide more than 40 percent of healthcare services delivered in the United States.
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Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.