Education and Outreach
Registration Now Open for April 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop
ACCME Presents at CME Provider Meetings in New Mexico, South Carolina, Washington State
ACCME Participates in ABMS, AHA, CMSS Meetings
CE Accreditors Meeting Focuses on Interprofessional Education, Joint Accreditation
European CME Forum Includes ACCME Presentation
In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, October 25, 2012; How CME Can Address Public Health Initiatives
ACCME-accredited providers: To meet your year-end reporting deadline, you must complete entering data for your 2012 activities and complete your 2012 program summary by Friday, March 29, 2013. The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2012 activity data now in anticipation of the year-end reporting deadline. You are welcome to enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity. So far, 414 ACCME-accredited providers have entered more than 24,340 activities into PARS.
Please note: These instructions apply only to ACCME-accredited providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society. Some Recognized Accreditors (state medical societies) have opted to use PARS for their providers. Intrastate providers should check with their accreditor for information.
The ACCME elected James Burke, MD, and Carlyle Chan, MD, as the 2013 Chair and Vice-Chair of the ACCME at the annual meeting of its Board of Directors, held November 29-30, 2012, in Chicago.
James Burke, MD, is Chief Physician Executive at Scottsdale Healthcare in Scottsdale, AZ, where he oversees quality, research, patient safety, physician alignment, and medical informatics for the three-hospital system.
Carlyle H. Chan, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and in the Institute for Health and Society (Bioethics and Medical Humanities) at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
The ACCME also elected the following new Board members:
- Shannon K. Bolon, MD, MPH, Primary Care Medical Education Branch Chief, Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD
- Galicano F. Inguito, Jr., MD, MBA, Associate Residency Program Director, Family Practice Residency Program, St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, DE
- Victor I. Reus, MD, Professor in Residence, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
- Michael Romano, MD, MHA, Vice-President of Medical Affairs, Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital, Council Bluffs, IA
- David A. Swankin, JD, President and CEO, Citizen Advocacy Center, Washington, DC
Tips and Tools
The ACCME has produced two video interviews providing practical strategies for improving your CME professional practice.
- Empowering Staff to Facilitate Content Planning—Marilyn Peterson, MA, CCMEP, Director, CME, Texas Health Research & Education Institute, discusses how her staff became curriculum development specialists, enhancing their engagement with faculty, clinical content planning committees, and health system leadership, and improving the quality and value of the CME program.
- From the Ground Up: Creating Your CME Program—Jane Nester, DrPH, Executive Director, Medical Education/AHEC at Moses Cone Hospital, shares the strategic approaches she used to create a transformative CME program.
The ACCME has published a new Web page, The CME Accreditation Statement: What It Means for You, which explains the value and benefit of the accreditation system. The Web page is part of our ongoing efforts to communicate the value of accredited CME to health professionals and other stakeholders. Accredited providers are welcome to use this content to support their communications with stakeholders.
Education and Outreach
Registration is now open for the ACCME's 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for April 24-26 in Chicago. A second workshop will be held July 31-August 2. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. Early next year, we will send more information to providers about registering for the self-study sessions.
Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, the Accreditation Workshops offer participants the opportunity to work closely with ACCME staff, national CME leaders, and colleagues to learn practical strategies for complying with accreditation requirements and positioning CME as a Bridge to Quality within their organizations.
Here are comments from participants in the August 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop:
- “I thought it was a really great blend of plenary and breakout. I had several 'aha' moments during the lectures that I was able to explore further with my colleagues during the discussion.”
- “After hearing more about the commendation criteria I realize that my organization is already doing all of these things and now I have a much clearer sense of how to properly articulate them in my report.”
- “CME as a Bridge to Quality became a concept that I can now articulate to my organization's partners: CME is the bridge between QI and physicians... CME is the physician's friend...”
- “I am planning to share these case studies with our Executive Leadership group first for further discussions, and then use them in small group settings with staff.”
The ACCME participated in the following CME events in New Mexico, South Carolina, and Washington State during the last few months. This participation is part of the ongoing support the ACCME provides for the intrastate accreditation system and for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers).
- Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director, Education and Outreach gave presentations at the New Mexico Accredited CME Providers Annual Training Conference held by the New Mexico Medical Society in October and the South Carolina Medical Association CME Provider Workshop held in November. During his talk, “The Value Proposition: Accredited CME as a Strategic Asset to Better Practice & Better Health,” Dr. Singer presented an action plan for achieving Accreditation with Commendation and described how providers can utilize the Accreditation Criteria to engage with their leadership and support their institutions’ health care priorities. He also facilitated discussions about the ACCME strategic imperatives to elicit feedback from participants about potential improvements to the accreditation standards, process, and system.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, led a session at the 2012 Washington State Medical Association CME Provider Conference held in December. He described the evolution of the accreditation requirements, provided an overview of the ACCME’s engagement with stakeholders regarding the ACCME strategic imperatives, and encouraged participants to share their insights and ideas for improving the accreditation standards, process, and system.
The ACCME participated in the following meetings during the past few months as part of its ongoing collaboration with member organizations. Through joint leadership initiatives, the ACCME and member organizations identify and implement strategies for improving physicians' continuing professional development and patient care.
- Carlyle Chan, MD, member, ACCME Board of Directors, attended the Fall 2012 ABMS Board Congress, held by the American Board of Medical Specialties in September in Chicago. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, participated in an American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification® Committee meeting held in December in Chicago. The ACCME has provided ongoing support for the ABMS MOC® initiative. The ABMS is an ACCME member organization.
- Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, participated in a meeting of the Lifelong Physician Development Stakeholder Workgroup convened by the American Hospital Association (AHA) in October in Chicago. Ms. Regnier presented an overview of the ACCME’s efforts to support physician lifelong learning. The AHA is an ACCME member organization.
- Ms. Regnier also participated in the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) 2012 Annual Meeting, held in November in Washington, DC. The CMSS is an ACCME member organization.
The ACCME and its colleague accreditors, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), held a meeting to discuss interprofessional education and the joint accreditation process developed by the three organizations. The meeting, held in October at the ANCC offices in Silver Spring, MD, focused on how accreditors could advance interprofessional continuing education in support of interprofessional collaborative practice.
In February 2013, the three accreditors will host a meeting at the ACCME’s offices in Chicago, Interprofessional Accreditation in Support of Interprofessional Education: An Exploratory Meeting of Accreditors. The inaugural meeting will bring together continuing education accreditors from a variety of health professions to identify areas of alignment among the accreditation systems and opportunities to support interprofessional collaborative practice. Representatives from the ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC will describe how the joint accreditation process supports interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
The meetings are part of the ACCME’s long-standing commitment to advancing interprofessional education and collaboration with other continuing education accreditors.
Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, participated in a panel discussion at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the European CME Forum, held in November in London. Joining him on the panel were Dr. Edwin Borman, Secretary-General, European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)–European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), and Pam Montgomery, PhD, Director, Fellowship & Standards and Deputy CEO, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The session was moderated by Jacqui Thornton, a health journalist and facilitator. The panelists discussed their visions and perspectives of accreditation and CME, based on their experience in their respective countries. Engaging with the audience, they discussed issues including the importance of rigorous accreditation standards, strategies for managing commercial support and conflicts of interest, cross-border recognition of CME, and how to raise the quality of CME. The ACCME participated in the European CME Forum as part of its ongoing efforts to support collaboration in the global CME community.
ACCME-accredited providers: Your 2013 ACCME annual accreditation fee is due by January 31, 2013. Invoices were mailed in November and early December, and we thank those of you who have made your payments. Invoices are addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. To view your organization’s contact information (including the billing contact), please login to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).
Please note: These instructions apply only to ACCME-accredited providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society. Intrastate providers should check with their accreditor for information regarding accreditation fees.
For Your Reference
- "Continuing Education in Opioid Prescribing,” a letter from Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, published in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, November 28, 2012, describes the rigorous standards for independence that accredited providers are required to meet when developing CME related to the FDA Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy. (The full text of the letter is available free to subscribers; nonsubscribers can purchase online access.)