Criterion 22: #7169


In its self-study report, the provider indicated that its CME program is primarily comprised of jointly provided activities in which joint providers identify educational needs for activities, develop educational curricula and conduct evaluation and assessment of the effectiveness of CME activities. In the survey interview, the provider indicated that it, "defers to the expertise," of its joint providers for most of the operation of its CME program.

Rationale: As described in the Joint Providership Policy, the accredited provider is responsible for ensuring that jointly provided activities comply with all ACCME rules and is accountable for demonstrating compliance during the reaccreditation process. Therefore, providers cannot "defer to the expertise" of joint providers.