Membership Categories

The diverse membership of MGMA is comprised of administrators, CEOs, physicians in management, board members, office managers and many other management professionals from medical practices and ambulatory care organizations of all sizes and types. This includes integrated systems, hospital and medical school-affiliated practices. Throughout the United States, virtually all large, nationally known medical group practices, as well as most medium and small practices, belong to MGMA, of which the South Dakota MGMA is a subchapter. 

To join today, please print and complete the member application.


Active membership may be held by an individual employed by a medical group practice who is directly responsible for the leadership, management and operational decision making of that medical practice consisting of licensed providers. An active member may also include someone who performs significant managerial or operational tasks within or on behalf of a medical practice, to include consultants who are responsible for managing significant operational components of a medical practice, or someone who oversees, supervises and directs the operations of one or more practices on an ongoing basis.


Allied membership may be held by any individual employed by a medical group practice to provide direct operational support to that medical practice.  (clerical and clinical support staff, coders, billers, IT, recruiters, etc.). Allied membership may also include a faculty member or representative of a non-group practice organization who is otherwise involved in health care through professional societies and health care systems. Allied membership may be held by any individual who has achieved ACMPE or FACMPE certification status. Allied membership may also be held by any individuals in career transition who wish to maintain industry knowledge and insight.


Affiliate membership may be held by any individual not directly employed by a medical group practice that provides supplies, products, or services to medical group practices.  (consultants, third-party payers, supply and service vendors, non-employed medical group practice support staff)


Student membership may be held by any individual enrolled full or part-time in a graduate or undergraduate degree program with an emphasis in healthcare administration.  The student must not qualify in any other category of membership. A student member cannot vote or hold office, but is allowed to be active and/or chair a committee or subcommittee per Board approval.


Life membership may be held by any individual who permanently retires from working directly or indirectly with the administration or support of medical group practice and who has been an active, allied, or affiliate member of the SDMGMA for at least 10 years.  Life membership will be conferred upon those qualifying members by recommendation of the membership at one of its duly constituted semi-annual meetings and to be approved by a majority of those voting members present.