Those who received initial certification in 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016 are due to recertify in 2019.
*The CE Self-Tracking Template is provided for your own personal organization and credit tracking. NAMSS will NOT accept the tracking sheet in lieu of the online application. Applications will not be accepted until after August 1, 2019.
The NAMSS recertification program has been established to assure a level of continued competence through the ongoing enhancement of knowledge and skills in the field or provider credentialing and medical services management. Continued competence is defined by NAMSS as demonstrating knowledge, skills, or ability to proficiently perform as a certified provider credentialing specialist or as a certified professional in medical services management throughout the certificant's professional career. The NAMSS recertification program promotes continued competence throughout the certificant's career in the medical services profession by requiring submission of continuing education credits every three years.
Report credits to the NAMSS Executive Office between August 1 and December 1 only, of the recertification year. Single certificants must earn thirty (30) CE credits. Dual certificants must earn forty five (45) CE credits. For single certificants, fifteen (15) of thirty (30) required hours must be NAMSS approved credits. For dual certificants, twenty five (25) of the forty five (45) required hours must be NAMSS approved credits.
NAMSS approved credits are activities or events in which the sponsoring organization has submitted a formal application to NAMSS to be approved for NAMSS credit. Requiring a portion of the credits for recertification to be NAMSS approved ensures that certificants are engaging in activities that are directly related to the current roles of medical services professionals. While NAMSS makes ever effort to ensure that all recertification activities reported to NAMSS are of the highest quality, it is incumbent on the certificant to maximize their learning through the approved activities.
The certification cycle begins at the time of notification of successful completion of the certification examination and continues through December 1, three years later, and every three years thereafter. The certification cycle for those holding dual certification begins at the time of notification of successful completion of the first certification exam and continues through December 1, three years later, and every three years thereafter. Subsequent certifications are rolled into the initial certification cycle.
Qualifying Recertification CE Activities
Subject Matter Expert – A current certificant may earn alternate credit for subject matter expertise provided to support a NAMSS committee or commission. Service hours will be verified by the administrative office in consultation with the committee chair. Paid subject matter experts are NOT eligible for credit. (NAMSS approved)
Item Writing – A current certificant may earn alternate credit hours by participating in an item writing workshop. One hour of credit is awarded for each hour of participation. (NAMSS approved)
Teaching/Speaking – Credit will be granted for development/delivery of a presentation at NAMSS-Accredited programs at the rate of 2 credits per hour. (NAMSS approved)
Volunteer Service – Credit will be granted for volunteer service at the rate of 2 credits per elected/appointed board or standing committee position on the NAMSS national level and 1 credit per elected/appointed board or standing committee position on the state level per year. (NAMSS approved)
Non-NAMSS Accredited Educational Programs – Credit will be granted for attendance at non-NAMSS accredited industry related activities such as conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions, teleconferences, webinars, or online coursework. One hour of qualified education programming will qualify for 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credit (included in each hour is a 10 minute allowance for housekeeping activities such as speaker introduction, attendance, etc)
College/University Courses – Credit will be granted for successful completion of a college or university course in the medical services industry topic area or teaching college/university course in the medical services industry topic area. One course may be used per recertification cycle. A three-credit course is equivalent to 12 continuing education credits.
Published Articles or Books – Credit will be granted for articles published in Synergy (NAMSS approved as outlined in policy 1000.40) or books on a medical services industry-related topic. Up to three (3) credits will be awarded for each published article.
Activities That Do Not Qualify for Continuing Education Credits:
- Attendance at department, medical staff, or other work-related meetings
- Attendance at product-specific training courses
- Stress reduction, and other similar types of personal improvement activities
- Viewing equipment at trade shows/exhibits
- Developing and writing policies and procedures related to work or other professional responsibilities
- Volunteer service on non-NAMSS related boards or committees