Among the many benefits AAHAM membership is a means to achieve professional certification and carry the designation of Certified Patient Account manager (CPAM) or Certified Clinic Account Manager (CCAM). To gain this important level of achievement, you must meet certain professional criteria and pass a comprehensive written examination. Certification by AAHAM signifies the highest level of professionalism in the field of health care receivables management.
Technical certification is offered to non-management personnel in hospitals and medical business offices. Following the successful completion of a standard examination, this self study program leads to designation as a Patient Account Technician or Clinic account Technician.
Indiana AAHAM offers proctor examinations at your request.
Examinations are done two (2) times per year.
CPAM-CCAM April and September
CPAT-CCAT May and November
Examination fees are required.
For the all examinations, application MUST be made through the National Office. Payment is required at the time of the application.
What is Certification?
Certification is passing an extensive on line examination in all aspects of patient account management. Since its inception in April 1977, certification by AAHAM signifies the highest level of professionalism in the field.
Interested in becoming a certified member? Mark these months.
CPAM & CCAM CPAT & CCAT
Application Deadline: March & August April & September
Examination Months: April @ September May & November
To keep pace with the industry and to get the job or promotion you really want, you need to get ahead of the crowd. Certification for CPAM/CCAM indicates that you are among the very best in your profession.
The face of health care has changed dramatically over the past decade, with many changes still to come. Our roles in hospitals, clinics and physician offices will continue to evolve. A decade ago few employers looked to hire certified applicants. Many top positions now require it.
Consider the benefits....
- Recognition by the industry
- Personal challenge and satisfaction
- National Recognition
- Professional development
- Individual enrichment
- Employer awareness
- Advancement opportunity
The examination is quite challenging. So are the CPA and Bar exams and becoming a Board Certified physician. Sitting for the exam takes commitment and dedication. That’s one reason it is considered so prestigious in our industry. For over 25 years, the exam has been the standard of excellence in patient accounting.
Qualification is for anyone who is a National AAHAM member, in good standing, for at least one year and has a minimum of four years’ health care experience can sit for the examination. Education can replace up to two years of experience.
AAHAM produces a study guide in 2 formats: a hard copy, and electronic. Indiana AAHAM offers coaching sessions at all their educational events as well as one-on-one.
For more information about becoming a certified member, contact the Certification Chairperson listed in this manual.