Certified Medical Chart Auditor

Gain the skills to safeguard reimbursement and minimize risks associated with E/M claims. This credential validates an E/M auditor’s ability to analyze and oversee medical record documentation and billing compliance in a medical office.
12 CEUs
8 HRs
In 2017, a CMCA-E/M was one of the top five highest paid credentials for medical office professionals.

Why get certified?

– The CMCA-E/M program is ideal for medical office professionals with career aspirations in coding and compliance in an outpatient healthcare setting.
– The certification lays the foundation for advancement into an auditing role.
– The program empowers you to establish your own internal audit program.
– With a certification, you show your employer that you’re the expert in the field.
– With the advanced knowledge you gain, you have the edge in the industry.

Your Projected Salary*

Average salary in 2017 for a healthcare professional
Average salary in 2017 for a CMCA-E/M


*Source: BLS and AAPC. Job salary will vary on years of experience, location, practice, and # of certifications.

Course Summary

Enroll in the CMCA-E/M certification program online and get certified on your schedule. This program includes:

  • A series of 17 pre-recorded, instructor-led webinar sessions
  • Course materials
  • Exam review
  • Proctored certification exam

Course materials include a manual with coding guidelines, reference documents from the OIG and CMS, step-by-step auditing tools, and case studies. Registered students can access the recordings online for up to one year after the original recording date.


  • 130 questions
  • 4-hour proctored exam
  • Access to open code books

Candidates will complete 130 multiple-choice questions; 104 will apply directly to auditing eight E/M patient encounters from various specialties. The remaining questions cover documentation standards, key components of the encounter, and compliance.

PMI’s Exam Coordinator schedules the exam in a testing center near the candidate’s location. A score of 70% or better is required to earn the CMCA-E/M certification. If the candidate does not achieve a passing grade on the first attempt, he/she may re-test for an additional fee.

  • Medical record compliance for the medical office
  • The role of a medical record auditor
  • Coding and documentation for E/M services
  • Review of history, exam and medical decision-making
  • Difference between medical decision-making and medical necessity
  • Recordkeeping, clinical documentation improvement, and physician queries
  • Systematic instruction for conducting a formal chart audit
  • E/M coding risk areas and compliance
  • Regulatory actions and consequences for improper payments
  • Local MAC guidelines for E/M auditing
  • Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) and improper payment rates
  • Guided E/M case studies with auditing tools


Pam has more than 20 years of medical practice management, coding, reimbursement and compliance experience. She has managed in medical practices ranging from single to multi-specialty groups, including ASC.

  • At least two years of outpatient coding experience
  • Baseline skills in E/M coding, regulatory guidelines, carrier medical claim policies, and compliance in a medical office
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology is beneficial

“Medical chart auditing can increase office revenue by ensuring that you are billing accurately for the care given as well as ensures compliance within the healthcare field. With PMI offering the CMCA-E/M program, you will have a complete understanding of an E/M visit and how it all comes together.”

- Susan Chavez, CMC, CMIS, CMOM, CMCA-E/M, AI, CPC, Billing Compliance Consultant Health Texas Provider Network

New to medical coding and billing?

If you’re new to the field or need CEUs to renew your certification, our online training courses are perfect for you to learn (or refresh) charting and auditing fundamentals.

PMI Basics: Introduction to E/M Coding

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3 HRs
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E/M Chart Auditing for Physician Services

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3 HRs
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Mastering E/M Coding

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3 HRs
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