Achieves Outcomes: Educational Resources for Accredited Providers Pursuing Accreditation with Commendation

Published Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017

This tutorial offers educational resources to help providers attain compliance with Criteria 36-38 in the “Achieves Outcomes” category of the Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation.

Choose at Least One of the “Achieves Outcomes” Criteria

A Menu of Options: Providers seeking to achieve commendation under ACCME’s Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation need to meet the expectations of any seven criteria from the five menu categories plus at least one of the criteria from the “Achieves Outcomes” category. 

We determined that one criterion from the outcomes category should be mandatory for achieving commendation because it’s important that the CME community demonstrate the relevance, value, and impact of CME. In addition, assessing outcomes from CME will enable us, as a community, to identify more effective ways of delivering CME and contributing to healthcare improvement. 

It’s optional: As a reminder, as with the existing commendation criteria 16-22, compliance with the new commendation criteria will be optional for CME providers and is not required to achieve Accreditation.

For more information about the new commendation criteria overall, including a transition timeline, please see the Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation webpage. 

Educational Resources: Achieves Outcomes

In response to providers’ requests, we have developed written FAQ, short videos, and examples of compliance for each of the “Achieves Outcomes” criteria. These examples describe approaches that would meet the expectations of the criteria; however, they may not include evidence of compliance with the measurement standards for each criterion.

Criterion 36: The provider demonstrates improvement in the performance of learners.

Criterion 37: The provider demonstrates healthcare quality improvement.

Criterion 38: The provider demonstrates the impact of the CME program on patients or their communities.

We Want to Hear from You

We want to do everything we can to ensure our community’s successful implementation of the menu of commendation criteria. Please contact us with your questions, ideas, and examples of strategies and practices you are using to implement the criteria.

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