Using the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS)

Last Revised:
June 25, 2014
Published on:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nonphysicians are called “other learners.” This category includes activity participants other than MDs and DOs. Beginning with the 2015 reporting year, residents are no longer included in this category and are instead counted as...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Monday, January 30, 2012

You are required to complete the following fields regarding commercial support at the individual CME activity level.

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Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Learning from teaching is a descriptive label for a type of CME activity. (The identification of activity types by the ACCME serves to allow the ACCME to report data and information on the range of...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An internet live course is an online course available at a certain time on a certain date and is only available in real-time, just as if it were a course held in...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

An important concept in PARS is that of “open” and “closed” activities.  Open activities are those that have a minimum set of data entered for them:  specifically, activity name, activity type, activity date, and, if applicable,...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

Report any in-kind (non-monetary) commercial support received for an activity by indicating the nature of the in-kind support. You should not estimate the dollar value of in...

Last Revised:
March 22, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

A directly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider.  Include co-provided activities (provided by two accredited providers) in this category if you are the...

Last Revised:
November 7, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

The tab-delimited batch upload enables providers to export multiple activity records at one time into PARS.  The tab-delimited batch upload process originates with the use of an MS Excel template which closely mirrors the CME...

Last Revised:
June 26, 2014
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

Physician participants are activity participants who are MDs or DOs. Through the 2014 reporting year, residents are not included in this category, but are included under nonphysician participants. Effective with the 2015 reporting...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A course is identified as a regularly scheduled series (RSS) when it is planned to have

  1. a series with multiple sessions that 
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Last Revised:
June 25, 2014

Hours of instruction and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™  designated may be the same or may be different.  Please refer to the ...

Test item writing is a CME activity based on a learner’s participation in the pre-publication development and review of any type...

Last Revised:
November 7, 2016

XML File Export:  XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language, a Web standard that makes it easier for computer systems to exchange data over the Internet.  In order to collect information in a manner that is...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

If you need to delete more than one activity at a time from PARS, you may do so by visiting the View Activities screen and selecting the applicable Reporting Year. Expand the list of either...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

The primary purpose of PARS is to provide a centralized system for the ACCME’s collection and management of activity and program data from its accredited CME providers. PARS will help the ACCME and providers demonstrate the size,...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When you report Performance Improvement CME in PARS, count each learning project as one Performance Improvement CME activity, regardless of whether or not it is created for an individual physician, or group...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016

The following fields are required to establish, or “open” an activity in PARS:

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An enduring material is a printed, recorded, or computer-presented CME activity that may be used over time at various locations and which, in itself, constitutes...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011
 
  1. Web-based Interface - By clicking “Add an Activity” on the  Activities page, you can enter data about activities one at a time.  The web-based interface is a good option for organizations that...
Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Activities that are offered over the course of multiple reporting years - such as Enduring Materials - should be reported in PARS for each year in which they are active, regardless of whether they are active for the entire year or...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When all of your activities for the Reporting Year are completed and "Closed", and you have verified the income and expense...

Last Revised:
March 29, 2016

If your organization is the accredited provider for a jointly provided activity, ACCME requires you to report the same financial data that you do for directly provided activities, even if the joint...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

“Description of Content” is an optional field for a description of the information and topics that were discussed during the CME activity.  There is no specified...

Committee learning is a CME activity that involves a physician learner’s participation in a committee process where the subject of which, if taught/learned in another format would be considered...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No longer than three years. The ACCME policy on enduring materials requires both an original release date and an expiration date. In addition, the ACCME policy requires that you review each enduring material at least once every...

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