Accreditation Requirements

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November 11, 2011

This is an ACCME adaptation of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) definition of a gap in the quality of patient care where the gap is "the difference between health care processes or outcomes ...

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November 11, 2011

No. Compliance with SCS 2.1 requires that disclosure is made. Disclosing the same information repeatedly to the...

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November 11, 2011

Using commercial support to pay for modest meals and social events at CME activities has been allowed for years. However, providers must avoid making meals or social events longer or more important or more costly than the...

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May 19, 2015

Yes, with specific limits and expectations. Education on devices is a special-use case in accredited CME. Some equipment contains labeling requirements set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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November 11, 2011

The ACCME expects that the provider makes decisions related to the planning and implementation of CME activities without being directed or influenced by commercial interests.

A provider will be found in Noncompliance with...

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November 11, 2011

CME exists to support the physician change and learning -- so as to increase their ability to participate in providing quality healthcare or improved healthcare. ACCME expects that providers will always be able to demonstrate how...

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February 12, 2014

Joint providers are expected to routinely have a role in making decisions about the elements of the planning process specified in SCS 1.1. Since these decisions must be "made free of the control of a...

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November 11, 2011

No - commercial support does not have to be in a single payment or grant.

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November 11, 2011

Commercial support is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity.

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November 11, 2011

Needs assessment is about understanding the basis for a 'professional practice gap' - in terms of an underlying problem with knowledge, competence or performance-in-practice. A provider may want to further understand the underlying...

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November 11, 2011

No. The provider cannot delegate the responsibility for resolving the conflict of interest to the person with the conflict of interest. However, an individual who controls CME content can be involved...

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November 11, 2011

ACCME expects to be able to review income and expense statements for all CME activities. These statements must reflect:

Significant sources...

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November 11, 2011

Perfectly. The ACCME Accreditation Criteria require that all CME activities planned and implemented by an accredited provider address educational needs derived from a professional practice gap of the...

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November 11, 2011

Yes - but CME providers need to be sure that these people have bona fide teaching roles. In the United States, physician learners are not to be given compensation or reimbursement for attending CME activities (see...

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November 11, 2011

The nature of the relationship means the role they play or service they provide in exchange for some form of compensation (e.g., independent contractor including contracted research, consulting, promotional speaking and...

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November 11, 2011

There is no CME reason for commercial supporters to review and comment on CME content prior to its delivery to learners. CME providers can receive commercial support from industry.  CME providers cannot receive guidance, either...

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November 11, 2011

Yes. The agreement must describe the terms, conditions and purposes of the commercial support grant and be signed by the commercial supporter and the accredited provider.

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November 11, 2011

Yes. Distributing promotional material such as save the date cards, and not distributing the actual educational activity, would not be restricted by the ACCME's...

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November 11, 2011

An accredited provider must have mechanisms in place to record and, when authorized by the participating physician, verify participation for six years from the date of the CME activity. For more information, see the...

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June 25, 2014

No. The Provider or its agents (e.g., staff, managers, educational partners or joint providers) must decide what commercial support will be accepted and how it will be spent or used.

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November 11, 2011

No, there are no special ACCME requirements for activities that ACCME-accredited providers hold overseas. All activities provided by ACCME-accredited providers must comply with ACCME's Accreditation...

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November 11, 2011

Let us say a CME provider set its mission so that the expected result of its program of CME was to change competence and was, "To enable learners to develop strategies for the identification of patients with drug addiction."

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November 11, 2011

Yes . Resolving conflicts of interest means individuals taking explicit actions prior to the educational activity to create CME content that is valid and free of commercial...

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