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Resources for AMA/ACCME Alignment Implementation; PARS Enhancements; CME for MOC Webinar

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the ACCME are working together to develop a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ), instructions for designating credit, and other resources that will be available by the end of September. These resources will support CME providers’ implementation of the simplification and alignment of the requirements for accredited CME activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

AMA/ACCME Alignment, Joint Accreditation Introductory Workshop, CME for MOC webinar

The Executive Summary of the ACCME Board of Directors meeting held July 20-21, 2017 is now available on the ACCME website.

The ACCME ratified 50 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. This included 18 providers (36%) that received Accreditation with Commendation, which confers a 6-year term of accreditation, 30 providers (60%) that received Accreditation, and one initial applicant received Provisional Accreditation.

ACCME and ABIM Expand Collaboration; New Commendation Criteria to be Released This Fall

At the July 2016 meeting, the ACCME Board of Directors came to consensus about the menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. The final version is based on the feedback we received from the CME community. In the fall, we expect to release a comprehensive package including the new commendation criteria, guidelines and compliance measures, a transition plan and implementation schedule, and educational resources.

New Resources for CME That Counts for ABIM MOC; Video Interview Series: Building Interprofessional Communication and Leadership through CME

We are pleased to release additional resources to support the CME community’s engagement with CME that Counts for ABIM’s MOC program.
Archived Webinar: A recording of the October 14 webinar “CME That Counts for ABIM MOC” is available here. Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, discusses the ACCME’s collaboration with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to simplify the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and accredited CME. The webinar also includes a demonstration of how to register CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program in the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), as well as a question and answer session with ACCME staff.

We appreciate the CME community’s high level of engagement—the webinar drew participants from more than 670 individual sites. The webinar included an interactive poll; about 275 participants responded to each question. Ninety-five percent of respondents said that they had either already discussed or planned to discuss the new opportunity with their organization’s leadership. Thirty-six percent of respondents said the process for registering CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program seemed “very easy and clear,” and an additional 61 percent said it seemed “somewhat clear.” As for plans to register CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program, 33 percent of respondents expect to begin registering CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program before the end of the year, while another 45 percent expect to do so in the first quarter of 2016.

Register Your CME Activities for ABIM MOC in PARS; Save the Date–CME That Counts for ABIM MOC Webinar

In our interactions with stakeholders, we’ve heard that a high priority for our community of CME providers and learners is to facilitate the alignment of continuing professional development systems and to simplify the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and CME. The collaboration between the ACCME and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is an important step toward achieving those goals. We celebrate this collaboration because it will make a real and meaningful difference to physicians and educators who are working every day to improve healthcare in their communities.

Executive Summary of July 2015 Board of Directors Meeting; 2015 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award Recipients

The ACCME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held July 16-17, 2015, at its Chicago offices. The ACCME ratified 34 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. These included 17 providers that received Accreditation with Commendation (50%), which confers a 6-year term of accreditation. The Board also ratified decisions for providers applying for Joint Accreditation For Interprofessional Continuing Education™ and renewed its recognition of the Committee on Accreditation of CME (CACME)—the CE accreditor of the Faculties of Medicine in Canada—as substantially equivalent to the ACCME.

Read more about the Board of Directors meeting in the executive summary.

Join Our Meet the New CEO Webinar on July 7; Education Works: Demonstrating the Impact of Accredited CME

In my interactions with stakeholders over the past few months, I’ve heard that we need to work together to continue to build a robust evidence base about the effectiveness of accredited CME and its contributions to healthcare improvement. That’s why I am so pleased that the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP) has published “The Impact of CME on Physician Performance and Patient Health Outcomes: An Updated Synthesis of Systematic Reviews,” by Ronal

Communicating the Value of Accredited CME; Meet the New CEO Webinar; Share Your Ideas for ACCME’s Future Priorities

We have heard from our community of accredited continuing medical education (CME) providers and other stakeholders that we need to work together to communicate the value of accredited CME and its contributions to healthcare improvement more broadly.

We have prepared a resource that includes key facts about CME’s effectiveness, independence, and responsiveness to the evolving healthcare environment. The resource describes how accredited CME promotes engagement with healthcare professionals by

Message from the CEO: Opportunities for Engagement; Executive Summary of March 2015 Board of Directors Meeting Now Available

As the new president and CEO of the ACCME, my role is to do everything I can to help our accredited continuing education (CE) community grow and thrive. What we do matters—and my goal is to facilitate our work together to make a difference in our changing healthcare environment.

The collaboration of the ACCME and the CE community has been fundamental to our shared success in creating an accreditation system that has achieved national recognition as a strategic resource for healthcare improvement. To continue our collaboration, I welcome you to share your ideas for how I, and we at ACCME, can meet your needs and achieve our shared mission:

Complete Your 2014 Year-End Reporting in PARS by March 31; Registration Open for Getting Started with Joint Accreditation Workshop

As we previously announced, the ACCME Board of Directors chose Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc, as the next President and CEO. He will begin his tenure at the end of April 2015, following the retirement of Murray Kopelow, MD, MS(Comm), the current President and CEO. Dr. Kopelow will continue to work with the Board of Directors and Dr. McMahon to ensure a smooth leadership transition process.

Dr. Kopelow Reflects on the Future of CME; Complete Your Year-End Reporting by March 31

Registration is now open for the ACCME's 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for April 23–24 in Chicago. In response to attendees’ feedback and to meet your individualized learning needs, we are continuing to offer the improved features first introduced in 2014. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop.

ACCME Names Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc, as New President and CEO; Murray Kopelow, MD, Receives Inaugural Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award

The ACCME Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has chosen Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc, as the new President and CEO.

Dr. McMahon begins his tenure in April 2015, following the retirement of Murray Kopelow, MD, MS(Comm), the current President and CEO. Dr. Kopelow will continue to lead the ACCME during the transition period and will work with the Board of Directors and Dr. McMahon until July 31, 2015, to ensure a smooth leadership transition process.

At the time of his retirement, Dr. Kopelow will have completed more than 30 years of exemplary service to the CME community, with 20 of those years spent as the ACCME’s Chief Executive. He leaves the ACCME in a healthy financial position, with an energetic, creative, and dedicated staff. During his tenure, the ACCME and accredited continuing m

ACCME Announces Election of 2015 Chair and Vice Chair; ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC Respond to FDA REMS Proposal

The ACCME announces that Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD, and Victor I. Reus, MD, were elected 2015 Chair and Vice Chair of the ACCME at the annual meeting of its Board of Directors, held December 3-4, 2014, in Chicago.

Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration, which administers the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.

New Ebola Education Materials from the American Hospital Association; Save the Date: 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the ACCME are continuing their partnership to distribute Ebola education materials for CME providers. We have posted the following new materials from the AHA:

Ebola Facts — Identify, Isolate, Inform: ED Evaluation and Management (October 28, 2014)
Table: Summary of CDC Interim Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of People Exposed to Ebola Virus (October 28, 2014)
The complete list of educational materials and more information about how you might use them are available on our Ebola Education Web page. We suggest that you check the Web page frequently as we plan to post new materials as they become available, in between newsletter and email announcements.

AHA Report Describes CME as Strategic Resource; Stakeholders Provide Feedback about Proposed New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation

The ACCME thanks the CME providers and other stakeholders who participated in our survey about the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. The ACCME received approximately 250 responses. The responses demonstrated the CME community support’s for the proposed criteria and the menu approach. Of the provider respondents, about 75

July 2014 Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary; 2014 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award Recipients

The ACCME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held July 24– 25, 2014, at its Chicago offices. The ACCME ratified 59 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. This included 11 providers that received Accreditation with Commendation (19%), which confers a 6-year term of accreditation. The decisions incorporated the February 2014 changes to simplify the accreditation requirement

PARS Improvements for 2015; Submit Your Feedback on Accreditation with Commendation Proposal by July 11

The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is now open for data entry for the 2015 reporting year and as we previously announced, you will find we have made some changes in PARS for this 2015 reporting year. The deadline for completing data entry for the 2015 reporting year is not until March 31, 2016 but we are making this announcement now in order to give you time to prepare and to familiarize yourself with the changes. As always, you can enter basic information about an activity be

ACCME Seeks Feedback on Commendation Criteria Proposal; Q&A about Use of Commercial Interest Logos in Disclosure of Commercial Support

Earlier this month, we held an informational webinar to answer your questions about our Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. The webinar drew more than 900 participants. A recording and transcript of the webinar is now available here.

As the next step in the process, we invite you to take our survey to provide us with your feedback about the proposal. We will accept responses through July 11, 2014.

Proposal for New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation; ACCME Prohibits Commercial Interest Logos in Commercial Support Disclosure

The ACCME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held March 20-21, 2014, at its Chicago offices. The ACCME ratified 54 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. This included 18 providers that received Accreditation with Commendation (33%), which confers a 6-year term of accreditation. The decisions were the first to incorporate the February 2014 changes to simplify the accreditation requirements and process. Providers in the March 2014 cohort were not evaluated for any of the requirements that had been eliminated.

Simplification Resources; Year-End Reporting Deadline March 31

As we announced last week, Murray Kopelow, MD, has made his plans to retire as President and Chief Executive of the ACCME on July 31, 2015. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Kopelow will have completed more than 30 years of exemplary service to the CME community, with 20 of those years spent as the ACCME’s Chief Executive.

December 2013 Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary; Year-End Reporting Deadline

The ACCME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held December 5–6, 2013 at its Chicago offices. The ACCME ratified 56 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. This included 25 CME providers that received Accreditation with Commendation (44 %), which confers a 6-year term of accreditation. The list of accredited providers on our Web site has been updated to reflect the December 2013 accreditation decisions.

ACCME Releases Call for Comment on Simplification Proposal; Registration Open for New and Improved April 2014 Accreditation Workshop

The ACCME is pleased to announce a public call for comment about its proposal to simplify the accreditation requirements and process. Comments will be accepted through January 31, 2014.

This call for comment continues the ACCME’s ongoing process of engagement with the CME and stakeholder community. In May 2013, the ACCME released the Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process for informal feedback. The call for public comment is the next step in the process and is issued in accordance with the ACCME’s Rule-Making Policy.

Joint Accreditation Program Improvements; ACCME Supports ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS Data Collection Process

The ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) are proud to announce enhancements to the Joint Accreditation™ program and the launch of a Joint Accreditation Web site.

The collaborating accreditors have made these improvements in response to the needs of stakeholders, including the healthcare system, continuing education providers, continuing education learners, and their patients. The improvements aim to advance interprofessional education and collaborative practice by expanding eligibility for Joint Accreditation to more organizations, streamlining the accreditation requirements, and enhancing the value of Joint Accreditation.

Save the Date: 2014 CME Accreditation Workshops; Video Interviews with State Medical Society CME Leaders

In a new video interview series, Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, talks with CME leaders at state medical societies about the strategic value CME programs bring to physicians. This series is part of the ACCME’s ongoing interaction with Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers). This interaction includes monthly webinars for Recognized Accreditors and culminates in the Annual ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference, scheduled for December 11– 12, 2013 in Chicago.

July 2013 Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary; Simplification Proposal Survey Results

The ACCME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held July 11– 12, 2013 at its Chicago offices. The ACCME ratified 60 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. This included 17 CME providers that received Accreditation with Commendation (28%), which confers a 6-year term of accreditation. The list of accredited providers on our Web site has been updated to reflect the July 2013 accreditation decisions.

ACCME Workshop Includes Public Health Imperatives Forum; Year-End Reporting Deadline March 29

The ACCME has added a new session to its 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop, which is scheduled for April 24-26 in Chicago. The two-part “Public Health Imperatives Forum” will feature representatives from several federal government agencies. The following agencies have accepted our invitation to participate: the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). In the first part, the government representatives will discuss how CME can be a strategic partner in addressing public health priorities. A breakout session will follow, giving participants the opportunity to engage directly with federal representatives about collaboration opportunities to address public health priorities.

CMS Physician Payments Rule; ACCME Strategic Imperatives Discussions

The ACCME and the accredited and certified continuing education systems have received important validation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in its final rule concerning payments to physicians. The final rule, called the National Physician Payment Transparency Program: Open Payments, sets forth requirements for the public reporting of payments to physicians from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Executive Summary of November 2012 ACCME Board of Directors Meeting Now Available

The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held November 29–30, 2012 at its Chicago offices. The Board ratified 54 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions, including 14 providers (26%) that received Accreditation with Commendation. The list of accredited providers on our Web site has been updated to reflect the November 2012 accreditation decisions.

New Video Interview Series: How CME Can Address Public Health Initiatives

The ACCME has produced a new video interview series with CME and health care leaders about how CME can address public health initiatives. These resources are part of the ACCME’s ongoing efforts to support the role of accredited CME as a strategic partner in public health and safety initiatives.

ACCME Produces New Educational Resources

In this video commentary, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, outlines the opportunity for accredited CME providers to be "the cause of others' success" by meeting the needs of health care stakeholders with collaborative approaches, educational value, and an improvement trajectory.

ACCME Reminds Providers About March 30, 2012 Year-End Reporting Deadline

ACCME-accredited providers: To meet your year-end reporting deadline, you must complete entering data into the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for your 2011 activities and complete your 2011 program summary by March 30, 2012. PARS is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2011 activity data now in anticipation of the upcoming deadline. You are welcome to enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity occurs. (Please note that these instructions apply only to ACCME-accredited providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society.)

ACCME Releases Calls for Comment Responses; PARS Exhibition Phase Opens

The ACCME has posted the responses to its recent calls for comment, as well as preliminary analyses of the comments, on the ACCME Calls for Comment Web Page.
From January 22 – March 8, 2010, the ACCME sought input from the public about three issues: ACCME's Complaints and Inquiries Process, Knowledge-based CME Activities, and ACCME’s Recognition Process. Thank you to all who submitted comments. The Board of Directors will discuss the issues and responses at its next meeting, July 15 – 16, 2010, and the ACCME will continue to communicate the status of these discussions with providers and stakeholders.

ACCME Releases March Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary, Updated Provider Lists

The ACCME has released the Executive Summary of the March 2010 Board of Directors meeting. During the meeting, the ACCME Board ratified Accreditation, Reaccreditation and Progress Report decisions for 100 providers. Fifteen providers received Accreditation with Commendation, which confers a six-year term of accreditation. The executive summary includes a bar graph showing overall compliance results since November 2008, when the ACCME began evaluating providers under the 2006 Accreditation Criteria. Updated lists of accredited providers, including their accreditation status, are available on our Web site.

ACCME Releases Annual Report Data 2009; PARS on Track for Midsummer Launch

The ACCME (ACCME®) has released the Annual Report Data 2009, providing an in-depth view of the size and scope of the CME enterprise nationwide. The report include statistics on CME program revenue, funding, numbers of participants and format of educational activities. The 2009 ACCME Annual Report Data marks the 12th year the ACCME has been collecting and analyzing information for accredited providers, and offers more than a decade-long perspective on the growth of the CME system.

PARS Exhibition/Education Phase Opens in April; ACCME Calls for Comment Update

The ACCME Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) is scheduled to open for an exhibition/education phase in April, which will run for four weeks. PARS is a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from continuing medical education providers. The purpose of the exhibition/education phase is to afford accredited providers, if they choose to do so, the hands-on opportunity to try out the system before it is made available for actual data collection. Accredited providers can view instructional materials about how PARS works, enter test data (which will be deleted before the system goes live), ask questions and provide feedback.

ACCME Posts PARS Info Page and FAQ; Take Our Survey

The ACCME has posted a Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) Information Page and FAQ, where providers and other stakeholders can access the latest developments and answers to questions. The link to the PARS information page is also available on our Web site home page in the left-hand section entitled "For CME Providers." PARS is a Web-based portal designed to streamline the collection of data from ACCME accredited providers. Please refer to the PARS info page for the most up-to-date information, as the timeline and details are evolving, in response to feedback.

ACCME Releases Three Calls for Comment

The ACCME is seeking input regarding three issues discussed at the December Board of Directors meeting, in accordance with ACCME's Rule Making Policy, which says that the public will have the opportunity to comment on proposed rules or policies that directly affect member organizations, Recognized state medical societies and accredited providers. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, has recorded an Introduction to ACCME's Calls for Comment, as well as short explanations to accompany each of the proposals, which are listed below. His recordings, as well as written descriptions of each proposal and instructions for submitting comments are available here. In addition, Dr. Kopelow will be available to answer questions at the upcoming Alliance for CME annual meeting in New Orleans, where he is addressing six member sections on Wednesday, January 27, from 1:30 – 5 p.m.

ACCME Convenes CME Leaders' Roundtable; PARS Update

The ACCME brought together a spectrum of continuing medical education leaders and the ACCME Board of Directors to address the challenges and opportunities facing accredited CME in 2010 and beyond. Held on December 3 in Chicago, the roundtable fostered a high-level, candid dialogue, encompassing issues including ACCME accreditation requirements, CME leadership training, the relationship of CME to physician maintenance of certification and licensure, and communicating CME's value to the wider health care system. Read more.

ACCME Revises Complaints Process; Announces Call for Comment on Providers' Responsibilities to Learners

The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held July 15 – 16, 2010 at its Chicago offices. You can access the summary here or by visiting our homepage, www.accme.org, and clicking on the executive summary link on the right hand side, under What's New at ACCME. Several of the Board’s decisions are explained in more detail in the news items below.

State Medical Society Conference Features Visioning for CME's Future

The ACCME's Annual State/Territory Medical Society Conference, held November 12 – 13, in Chicago, brought together more than 50 CME accreditation professionals representing state medical societies from coast to coast, and from as far away as Hawaii and Alaska. (Through its Recognition process, the ACCME designates state and territory medical societies as accreditors for organizations offering CME locally.)

ACCME Adds New Tool to PARS; Revises Accreditation Decisions Compendium

In response to accredited providers' requests, the ACCME has added a new function to the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS). PARS is a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from ACCME-accredited continuing medical education providers. Providers now have the option to download a copy of the data they have entered into PARS. This service assists providers in confirming the accuracy of the data they have entered and enhances their ability to use the data in PARS for their internal record-keeping purposes. To access this function, login to PARS, click on the Activities tab, and click on the Download All Activities tab on the left navigation bar.

ACCME Calls on Accredited Providers to Address Physician Practice Gaps; ACCME Releases Specifications for Program & Activity Reporting System

During his presentation at the 20th Annual Conference of the National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration, held October 14 – 16 in Baltimore, ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, called on accredited providers to develop independent CME that addresses professional practice gaps and improves patient care. He explained how the 2006 Accreditation Criteria support those goals, encouraging innovation in CME. Download his presentation.

ACCME Adds More PARS FAQs; Register Now for December Accreditation Workshop

The ACCME has added more FAQs about the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS), a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from ACCME-accredited continuing medical education providers. The new FAQs, written in response to providers' questions, address how to report Regularly Scheduled Series and give instructions for providers who are coming up for reaccreditation. For the complete library of PARS educational resources, visit our Education and Training Web page.

ACCME Releases November Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary

The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held November 18 – 19, 2010, at its Chicago offices. You can access the summary here or by visiting our homepage, www.accme.org, and clicking on the executive summary link on the right hand side, under What's New at ACCME. Several of the Board’s decisions are explained in more detail in the news items below.

ACCME Offers PARS Webinars to Help Providers Meet Upcoming Annual Report Deadline

ACCME Accredited Providers: Within the next week, we will send you an e-mail explaining the requirements for entering data into the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) and information about the educational and support resources that are available to you. As a reminder, the deadline for entering your 2010 program and activity data is March 31, 2011, to allow for the calculation of the ACCME 2010 Annual Report Data. You need to submit this data through PARS. If you have not already done so, we urge you to familiarize yourself with PARS and begin submitting your data as soon as possible, to ensure that you can meet the deadline and that we can address your questions.

Welcome to the ACCME Report, ACCME's New e-Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of The ACCME Report, which will be delivered to your inbox in the third week of each month. We’ll bring you accreditation updates, ACCME news, and tools and resources to help you develop CME That Matters to Patient Care. We want The ACCME Report to be as useful and informative as possible - so please send us your feedback and suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.

ACCME Publishes Complaints Summaries; PARS Education Helps Providers Meet March 31 Reporting Deadline

The ACCME has published a Complaints Process Web page, a compendium of blinded summaries from the complaints process, and an online complaints submission form. We are publishing these materials as part of our ongoing effort to increase the ACCME accreditation system’s transparency and accountability.The complaints process is the procedure that the ACCME uses to respond to complaints from the public and the CME community about ACCME-accredited providers' compliance with accreditation requirements.

ACCME Releases Summaries of March Board of Directors Meeting, CME Stakeholders Dialogue Session

The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held March 15 –16, 2011, at its Chicago offices. You can access the summary here or by visiting our homepage, www.accme.org, and clicking on the executive summary link on the right hand side, under What's New at ACCME. Several of the Board’s decisions are explained in more detail in the news items below.

ACCME Releases New Publication: The ACCME at Work; ACCME Begins PARS Improvements

The ACCME is pleased to announce the publication of The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education at Work: Accreditation, Recognition, Education, Operations, and Governance. The purpose of The ACCME at Work is to provide an in-depth, clear explanation of the ACCME accreditation system and services. The report includes narrative and data designed to answer questions that we are frequently asked about how we work. We produced this report as part of our ongoing efforts to facilitate dialogue, increase transparency, and promote understanding about the ACCME and accredited CME.

ACCME Reminds Providers to Enter 2011 Activity Data in PARS

ACCME-accredited providers: The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2011 activity data now in anticipation of the year-end reporting deadline. You are welcome to enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity. Please note: To meet your year-end reporting deadline, you must complete entering data for your 2011 activities and complete your 2011 program summary by March 30, 2012. (These instructions apply only to ACCME-accredited-providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society.)

ACCME Releases July Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary, 2010 Annual Report Data

The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held July 21– 22, 2011, at its Chicago offices. You can access the summary here or by visiting our homepage, www.accme.org, and clicking on the executive summary link on the right hand side, under What's New at ACCME. Several of the Board’s decisions are explained in more detail in the news items below.

ACCME Publishes Addendum to 2010 Annual Report Data, Implements PARS Improvements

The ACCME has released an addendum to the 2010 Annual Report Data, "Analysis of Commercial Support Distribution and Long-Term CME Trends." The addendum builds on the information included in the previously published annual reports, from 1998–2010, to provide long-term analysis of trends. In addition, the addendum includes new data, made possible because of the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), a Web-based portal designed to centralize and streamline the collection, management, and analysis of program and activity data from ACCME-accredited CME providers. The structure of PARS enabled the ACCME to present an overview and analysis of commercial support distribution across the national CME enterprise.

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