The Academy for Healthcare Management (AHM) was established in 1997 to offer an industry-wide educational program recognizing the unique complexities associated with managed healthcare.
The Academy was formed by the partnership of two leading healthcare industry associations: America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. It is committed to providing education and professional credentials that recognize professionals who demonstrate a mastery of operational and management concepts in healthcare. This partnership provides additional health insurance training programs that will help enhance professional development in the areas of Medical Management, Care Management, Long-term Care, Disability Income, Fraud, Customer Service, Business Operations, HIPAA, Medicare and more.
The Academy's educational program is designed for all levels of professionals who are interested in pursuing an in-depth knowledge and understanding of managed care operations and issues. All content is available on the AHIP website and learning management system.
Academy for Healthcare Management’s PAHM and FAHM Designations
The introductory program consists of a single self-study course, Managed Healthcare: An Introduction (AHM 250) and an exam. As a requirement of BCBSA and Blues' employees, it is designed to benefit a wide audience at a variety of levels and functions, including front-line staff, mid-level managers, senior officers and those new to healthcare. The curriculum covers basic concepts of managed healthcare, types of managed healthcare organizations and providers, major operational areas of health plans and legislative, regulatory and ethical issues. Upon successful completion of the AHM 250 examination, graduates will be awarded the Professional, Academy for Healthcare Management (PAHM) designation.
The Advanced Program consists of four distinct courses and examinations in critical managed care areas. Upon completion of the advanced level courses, individuals will be awarded a Fellow, Academy for Healthcare Management (FAHM) designation.