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An important step in establishing the validity or the credibility of accredited continuing medical education is to ensure that all persons with conflicts of interest know they have a conflict...
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There’s a lot of ways to make these measurements that I’m talking about. There’s a whole world of psychometrics where wonderfully crafted multiple choice questions, large numbers of them written...
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The ACCME does not require accredited providers to measure patient outcomes -- neither in their CME Mission (Criterion 1), activity planning (Criterion 3), nor evaluation of CME activities (Criterion 11)....
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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...
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Through self-assessment or self-audit, the physicians in an ACCME accredited group practice might identify the following professional practice gap: Professional Practice Gap = "We are not identifying any patients in our...
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The ACCME is committed to ensuring that accredited providers have tools and resources to help them meet ACCME policies and standards. Educational opportunities include resources available through the ACCME website...
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Yes, evaluation of learners' change in competence, performance or patient outcomes is required.
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Examples of a "non-educational strategy to enhance or facilitate change as an adjunct to activities or educational interventions" would be, 1) implementing a mechanism to send reminders to participants following...
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Yes... at this point an assessment of change is required for each CME activity. The information is then analyzed by the CME provider in the context of the overall program's...
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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...
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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 provider's own...
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Criterion 2 requires that the educational needs that underlie the professional practice gaps of learners be incorporated into the CME activities. However, the CME provider does not have to collect...
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Criterion 1 says, "expected results articulated in terms of changes in competence, performance, or patient outcomes that will be the result of the program." What definition of "competence" is ACCME...
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It is expected that CME providers will enhance the impact of CME in their system, or micro system, when they are in collaborative or cooperative alliances with other stakeholders in...
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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...
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Yes. CME providers can offer activities designed to change knowledge. The emphasis now is on the CME provider knowing the "educational needs that underlie the professional practice gaps of their...
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No. Criterion 21 requires that the provider, "participates within a institutional or system framework for quality improvement", but does not specify the manner in which this is achieved. Criterion 21...
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No. Previous activity evaluations may contain expressions of need that underlie professional practice gaps.
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Yes. Please see the Rule Making Policy at ACCME for information about this process.
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This allows the learners to distinguish between missing disclosure information and the circumstances where there is nothing to disclose.

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