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, location. Once these data about an activity are entered, the activity is “open”, and is saved to the database. Closed activities are those activities for which all required information has been entered. For example, in order for an activity to be considered “closed”, a provider must enter data about the hours of instruction, physician and non-physician participants, sponsorship, whether commercial support was received, and if it was, how much was received and from how many supporters. Once all required fields for an activity contain data, PARS considers the activity “closed”.
For more information about which data are required to "close" an activity, see this FAQ: