ACCME Adds More PARS FAQs; Register Now for December Accreditation Workshop

Published Date: 
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Number: 
9
Volume: 
2

News
ACCME Adds More FAQs About Program & Activity Reporting System
ACCME Hosts Standards for Commercial Support Users Group Meeting

Tips and Tools
Planning Activities that Utilize Medical Devices: An interview with Damon Marquis, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Joint Commission Perspectives: A two-part interview with Paul M. Schyve, MD, The Joint Commission

Education and Outreach 
Register Now for December 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop
Recognized Accreditors: Registration Now Open for ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference
ACCME Concludes 2010 Town Halls
ACCME Presents at National Task Force for CME Provider/Industry Collaboration Annual Conference
ACCME’s Steve Singer, PhD, Presents at National Association Medical Staff Services' Annual Conference

Reminder
2011 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee

For Your Reference
Cardiovascular Societies Issue Standards for Live Cardiovascular Case Demonstrations

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Revises Compendium of Accreditation Decisions; The ACCME Report, September 23, 2010
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News

ACCME Adds More FAQs About Program & Activity Reporting System

The ACCME has added more FAQs about the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS), a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from ACCME-accredited continuing medical education providers. The new FAQs, written in response to providers' questions, address how to report Regularly Scheduled Series and give instructions for providers who are coming up for reaccreditation. For the complete library of PARS educational resources, visit our Education and Training Web page.

The ACCME will continue to develop online PARS educational resources. In addition, we will provide live educational opportunities at the December ACCME workshop, as described in the Education and Outreach section below, and at the Alliance for CME annual conference, scheduled for January 26 – 29, 2011.

The ACCME opened PARS for live data entry on July 22. We thank the providers who have already input activities into PARS and encourage the rest of you to login soon — see the instructions below.

Accredited provider login instructions: You can login to PARS from the PARS Information Page or by visiting our Web site homepage and clicking on the Accredited Provider Login link in the For CME Providers menu on the left hand side of the screen. We encourage you to begin using PARS as soon as possible, to familiarize yourself with it and ensure that we can address any questions or concerns you may have. You must enter all your 2010 program and activity data by March 31, 2011, to allow for the calculation of the ACCME 2010 Annual Report Data.

Please refer to the PARS Information Page for the most up-to-date information. The communications that we released previously may be outdated. If you have any questions, please contact postmaster@accme.org.

ACCME Hosts Standards for Commercial Support Users Group Meeting

To address the challenges presented by the evolving health care environment, the ACCME convened a "Standards for Commercial Support Users Group" meeting on September 2, 2010.  The meeting, held at the ACCME's offices, brought together leadership from eight organizations to discuss strategies for ensuring the independence of continuing education in the health care field. The eight organizations represented were: the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, the American Dental Association, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. The ACCME plans to hold similar meetings in the future to facilitate further strategic planning, collaboration and dialogue.

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Tips and Tools

We have posted three new interviews on the Education and Training section of our Web site.

  • Planning Activities that Utilize Medical Devices: Damon Marquis, Director of Education and Member Services, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, gives an in-depth description of how his organization plans and conducts education on procedures using surgical devices while maintaining independence from commercial influence and bias.
  • Addressing Quality and Safety Challenges: Joint Commission Perspectives (Part 1): Paul M. Schyve, MD, Senior Vice-President, The Joint Commission, explores emerging issues in hospital accreditation, including quality and safety goals and accountability measures.
  • CME Addressing Quality and Safety: Perspectives from The Joint Commission (Part 2): Paul M. Schyve, MD, Senior Vice-President, The Joint Commission, discusses how CME can play an essential role in supporting hospital accreditation requirements while improving practice and patient care.

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Education and Outreach

Registration Open for Final 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop

The last CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop for 2010 will be held on December 8 –10, 2010 at the Westin Chicago River North. Register now to secure your spot. Download the brochure and registration information.

New sessions: Two new sessions have been added to the 2010 Accreditation Workshops: "Engagement with the Environment" is an advanced session focusing on ACCME Criteria 16 – 22, for providers seeking Accreditation with Commendation, and "Next Steps for Organizations Seeking Accreditation" helps those preparing to apply for ACCME accreditation for the first time.

PARS education: A PARS kiosk, available throughout the workshop, will enable participants to gain hands-on experience with ACCME’s new Program & Activity Reporting System. At a PARS roundtable, providers will have the opportunity to ask the ACCME staff questions about using the tool.

Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, the Accreditation Workshop offers 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 a few comments from the August 2010 Accreditation Workshop participants.

  • "Overall, this was the most beneficial and informative ACCME workshop I've ever attended. This is the fifth time I have attended since the year 2000. Maybe I finally ‘get it,’ but I must remark that all the instructors presented clear, informative and comprehensive material that I understood. The instructors of our breakout session were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They provided excellent direction and provided ideas [for] how to approach specific challenges."
  • "The evaluation piece was huge. I think there [are] a lot of misconceptions out there about what it is the ACCME expects when it comes to measurements, and it was clarified at this workshop."
  • "The breakouts were very informative and worth attending to hear from peers [about] how they address the very issues we face in our organizations.”

Recognized Accreditors: Registration Now Open for the ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference

Registration is now open for the ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference: A Conference of Leaders, which will be held December 15-16, 2010, at the Intercontinental Chicago. Designed for Recognized Accreditors and accreditation volunteers, this conference offers the opportunity for participants and the ACCME staff to engage in strategic planning for the intrastate accreditation system. The conference will also include education and discussion about implementing the Markers of Equivalency and methods for improving accreditation programs.

ACCME staff will share the recommendations and strategies discussed by participants at the 2010 ACCME Regional Forums: Building Leadership, Building Value, which the ACCME produced to support Recognized Accreditors and intrastate providers. The four forums, held across the country, drew a total of 147 participants, including representatives from 78 intrastate providers and from 36 out of the 45 ACCME Recognized Accreditors.

Download registration information and the agenda.

ACCME Concludes 2010 Town Halls

The ACCME has concluded its 2010 series of town-hall style meetings for different types of accredited organizations. There were five town halls, held free of charge for the following groups: publishing and education companies, government and military providers; medical specialty societies and other nonprofit providers; hospital and health care system providers; and medical school providers. The town halls drew a total of more than 630 participants, joining in person and via conference call.
The town halls were created to facilitate open dialogue between the ACCME staff and participants about issues and questions related to specific provider groups. Based on the discussions, the ACCME produced new educational resources, including video FAQs about Preventing Noncompliance Pitfalls and an interview series with Paul M. Schyve, MD, Senior Vice-President, The Joint Commission, described in the Tips and Tools section above.

This was the ACCME's second annual series of town hall meetings. We look forward to holding the third annual series in 2011.

ACCME Presents at National Task Force for CME Provider/Industry Collaboration Annual Conference

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, gave a presentation at the 21st Annual Conference of the National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration, held October 13 – 15 in Baltimore, MD. In his presentation, "Accreditation for Learning and Change: Supporting Effective, Efficient Health Care Delivery," Dr. Kopelow discussed the role of CME as a strategic asset in addressing regional and national physician performance gaps and in supporting health care quality and safety initiatives.

Download Dr. Kopelow's presentation.

Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, participated in a panel session, "Medicine's Self-Regulation of Professionalism: Compliance with ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.” Ms. Regnier described the range of institutions, health care accreditors and legislative bodies that support the Standards for Commercial Support. She also presented data about the distribution of commercial support among accredited providers and Standards for Commercial Support compliance trends.

The panel was moderated by Norman Kahn, Jr. MD, Council of Medical Specialty Societies. In addition to Ms. Regnier, panelists included Mindi McKenna, PhD, MBA, American Academy of Family Physicians; Alejandro Aparicio, MD, American Medical Association; Stephanie Mercado, CAE, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; and Maureen Doyle-Scharff, MBA, Pfizer Medical Education Group.

The Standards for Commercial Support panel presentation and other conference presentations are available at the National Task Force conference Web site.

ACCME’s Steve Singer, PhD, Presents at National Association Medical Staff Services' Annual Conference

Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director, Education and Outreach, gave a presentation at the National Association Medical Staff Services 34th Annual Conference & Exhibition, held October 2 – 6, in Orlando, FL. During his talk, "Continuing Medical Education As an Organizational Strategic Asset: Case Studies for Changing Care," Dr. Singer explained how the Accreditation Criteria align with Maintenance of Licensure, Maintenance of Certification and hospital credentialing requirements. He discussed how CME contributes to systemwide efforts to improve health care team performance and patient care, and offered participants recommendations for how to communicate CME’s value to their institutional leaders.

NAMSS membership includes medical staff and credentialing services professionals from medical group practices, hospitals, managed care organizations and credentials verification organizations.

Download Dr. Singer's presentation.

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Reminder: 2011 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee

Accredited Providers: We will send invoices for the 2011 ACCME annual accreditation fee of $3,000 in November, with payment due by January 31, 2011. These invoices will be addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. To view your organization’s contact information (including the billing contact), please go to www.accme.org and login to the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS), via the link located on the left-hand vertical toolbar. If you need to change the billing contact for this accreditation fee invoice, please do so by November 5, 2010.

For Your Reference

Six cardiovascular societies from around the world have issued a statement on the use of live case demonstrations at cardiology meetings. The document was written in consultation with the ACCME. The FDA supported the document’s development and has written a companion piece, "Interventional Cardiology Live Case Presentations: Regulatory Considerations."

In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Revises Compendium of Accreditation Decisions
  • The ACCME Report, September 23, 2010

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