ACCME Adds New Tool to PARS; Revises Accreditation Decisions Compendium

Published Date: 
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Number: 
8
Volume: 
2

News
ACCME Adds New Tool to Program & Activity Reporting System; Offers More Educational Resources
ACCME Revises Compendium of Accreditation Decisions
Two Providers Receive Joint Accreditation from ACCME, ACPE and ANCC
ACCME Updates Provider Lists to Reflect July 2010 Accreditation Decisions

Tips and Tools
Handling Confidential Information in the Planning of CME Activities
Monitoring Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) for Compliance with ACCME Criteria
The Role of Commercial Interest Employees in CME

Education and Outreach
ACCME Deputy Chief Executive Kate Regnier Conducts Town Hall at Mid-Atlantic Alliance for CME Inaugural Meeting
Registration Open for December 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop
Recognized Accreditors and Providers: Registration Open for Nevada Regional Forum
Recognized Accreditors: Save the Date -— ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference

ACCME Job Opening 
ACCME Opens Search for Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services

Reminders
Call for Comment: Complaints Process — Providers' Responsibilities to Learners; Take Our Survey: Promoting CME's Value

For Your Reference
Pennsylvania Medical Society Video: Physician Leaders Discuss CME’s Challenges and Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Releases July Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary; The ACCME Report, August 12, 2010
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News

ACCME Adds New Tool to Program & Activity Reporting System; Offers More Educational Resources

In response to accredited providers' requests, the ACCME has added a new function to the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS). PARS is a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from ACCME-accredited continuing medical education providers. Providers now have the option to download a copy of the data they have entered into PARS. This service assists providers in confirming the accuracy of the data they have entered and enhances their ability to use the data in PARS for their internal record-keeping purposes. To access this function, login to PARS, click on the Activities tab, and click on the  Download All Activities tab on the left navigation bar.

PARS education: The ACCME is continuing to provide educational resources about PARS. At the ACCME's CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop held in August, ACCME staff presented a live demo of PARS, and participants had the opportunity to login at kiosks. We look forward to providing similar opportunities at the December workshop. (For more information about the upcoming workshop, see the Education and Outreach section below.)

ACCME staff members Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO;  and Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, gave presentations about PARS at the Alliance for CME Medical Specialty Society Members Section summer meetings. The ACCME also plans to provide more education at the Alliance for CME annual conference, January 26 – 29, 2011.

New Web tutorial: We have produced a new video tutorial for providers planning to use the PARS batch upload function. "Tab-delimited Batch Upload: Bringing Bulk Activity Data into PARS" is a step-by-step guide for importing activity data. The video tutorial is the latest addition to our library of educational resources for accredited providers and anyone who is interested in learning more about PARS. These resources are available from our Education and Training Web page.

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 Revises Compendium of Accreditation Decisions

The ACCME has updated its compendium of case examples drawn from the accreditation review process. Accreditation Findings Based on the 2006 Accreditation Criteria now includes examples from the six cohorts of providers that have been evaluated from November 2008 through July 2010. The compendium includes actual examples of provider practices that were found either compliant or noncompliant with the Criteria, as well as ACCME explanatory comments. The goal of the compendium is to enable providers to learn from each other and understand how the ACCME evaluates compliance.

You can access Accreditation Findings Based on the 2006 Accreditation Criteria from  the link above or from the Popular Downloads section of our homepage at www.accme.org.

Two Providers Receive Joint Accreditation from ACCME, ACPE and ANCC

The ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) are proud to announce that they have jointly awarded accreditation to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and VHA Inc. (VHA).

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and VHA are the first two organizations to receive this joint accreditation as providers of continuing education for health care professionals.  

The ACCME, ACPE and ANCC have collaborated to reward organizations for offering team-focused education that improves patient care. This joint process decreases the administrative burdens for continuing education providers, as they can take advantage of one unified, streamlined process rather than obtaining three different accreditations.

Joint accreditation offers an additional option — not a restriction — for continuing education providers. Organizations that are accredited separately can also produce education for health care teams, and organizations that are awarded joint accreditation can also produce education that is not team-related.

Read more.

ACCME Updates Provider Lists to Reflect July 2010 Accreditation Decisions

The ACCME has updated the provider lists on its Web site to reflect the accreditation and reaccreditation decisions that were ratified during the July Board of Directors meeting. As was reported in the Executive Summary of the July 2010 Meetings of the ACCME Board of Directors, the decisions included the following: 14 providers received Accreditation with Commendation, which confers a six-year term of accreditation, 31 providers received Accreditation, two providers were placed on Probation, and seven initial applicants received Provisional Accreditation.

The ACCME also made its first Recognition decision based on the Markers of Equivalency. Adopted by the ACCME in 2008 through a collaborative process with Recognized Accreditors, the Markers of Equivalency help ensure that accreditation decisions are consistent at the state and national levels. Download the current list of Recognized Accreditors.

You can access our lists of providers and Recognized Accreditors from the links above or from the Popular Downloads section of our homepage at www.accme.org.

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Tips and Tools

We have posted three new video FAQs with Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, on the Education and Training section of our Web site.

  • Handling Confidential Information in the Planning of CME Activities: The ACCME system needs to be compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In this video FAQ, Dr. Kopelow explains how to plan activities using confidential information about patients and physicians.
  • Monitoring Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) for Compliance with ACCME Criteria : Dr. Kopelow describes the ACCME's policy for documenting compliance for Regular Scheduled Series (grand rounds), identifies common noncompliance areas, and offers practical strategies for meeting the ACCME's requirements.
  • The Role of Commercial Interest Employees in CME: Dr. Kopelow provides guidance about the ACCME policy restricting the role of commercial interest employees in accredited CME and the steps providers must take to safeguard independence.

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Education and Outreach

ACCME Deputy Chief Executive Kate Regnier Conducts Town Hall at Mid-Atlantic Alliance for CME Inaugural Meeting

Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, conducted a town hall session at the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for CME Inaugural Annual Meeting, held September 14 at the Pennsylvania Medical Society in Harrisburg. She discussed the ACCME's expectations regarding compliance with the Accreditation Criteria, presented data about compliance and accreditation decisions, highlighted the common areas of noncompliance and answered participants' questions. The conference attracted 80 participants from across the region.

Other speakers included Robert L. Addleton, EdD, Physicians' Institute for Excellence in Medicine; Carolyn J. Hann, RN, Project Coordinator, Quality Insights of PA; and Christopher C. Clark, DO, Senior Vice President, Chief Quality Officer, St. Vincent Health System.

The conference was organized by Frank C. Berry, CCMEP, Director, Department of CME, MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society; and Leslie B. Howell, Associate Director, Membership and Continuing Medical Education, Pennsylvania Medical Society.

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

The 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop will be held one more time in 2010, from December 8 –10, 2010, at the Westin Chicago River North. Registration is now open. Download the brochure and registration information.

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

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. The workshop will also include information about how to use the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS).

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 and Providers: Registration Open for the Nevada Regional Forum

Registration is now open for the Nevada regional workshop, scheduled for October 18 in Las Vegas. This will be the last of the four 2010 ACCME Regional Forums: Building Leadership, Building Value, produced by the ACCME to support state accreditors and state-accredited providers. The workshops help participants develop strategic and tactical approaches for positioning their CME programs as valued assets in their health care organizations. The forum is open to state accreditors, state-accredited providers and volunteers involved in the state accreditation system. Download a flyer and registration information.

The previous three forums were held in New York, North Carolina and Missouri, drawing more than 150 participants from numerous states. Read a general news release about the regional forums; a news release about the New York regional forum, issued jointly by the ACCME, the Medical Society of the State of New York and the Medical Society of the County of Queens; and a news release about the Missouri regional forum, issued jointly by the ACCME and the host facility, the SSM DePaul Health Center.

Recognized Accreditors: Save the Date -— ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference

The ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference will be held December 15-16, 2010, at the Intercontinental Chicago. Designed for Recognized Accreditors, this conference offers the opportunity for participants and 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. Registration information will be posted soon on our Web site and distributed to Recognized Accreditors.

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ACCME Job Opening

ACCME Opens Search for Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services

The ACCME is looking for a Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services. The position involves overseeing the ACCME's accreditation and recognition processes for approximately 700 ACCME accredited providers and 45 Recognized Accreditors as well as contributing to the ACCME's strategic planning, management, quality assurance and continuous improvement processes.

Download a job description and application instructions.

Reminders

  • Call for comment: As part of its ongoing commitment to accredited CME's accountability, and in response to feedback from stakeholders, the ACCME has issued a call for comment about whether providers should have obligations to learners if an activity is found Noncompliant during the complaints process. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, has recorded an audio commentary about the call for comment. Read the call for comment and send us your feedback by September 27, 2010: Complaints Process: Providers' Responsibilities to Learners. You can also access the call for comment and Dr. Kopelow’s audio commentary from our homepage, by clicking on ACCME Calls for Comment.
  • Take Our Survey: Promoting CME's Value

For Your Reference

The Pennsylvania Medical Society has released a video, “The Shifting Paradigm in CME,” featuring physician leaders and CME professionals discussing the challenges and opportunities presented by the ACCME Criteria and the focus on improving physician competence, performance and patient outcomes. Click the link above or copy and paste this URL into your browser window to view the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1i1hXGwzIc.

In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Releases July Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary
  • The ACCME Report, August 12, 2010

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