Celebrating Our Volunteers
Get Involved at ACCME: Become a Volunteer Surveyor
Reminders for Accredited Providers
2017 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee
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The ACCME is delighted to announce our Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation—our mechanism for recognizing and celebrating organizations that excel as continuing medical education (CME) providers.
The ACCME’s goal with these criteria is to encourage and reward accredited CME providers for implementing best practices in pedagogy, engagement, evaluation, and change management, and for focusing on generating meaningful outcomes. The Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation incorporates recommendations from the CME community and is designed to serve as a guidepost for the future of CME. With these criteria, the ACCME will recognize the achievements of organizations that advance interprofessional collaborative practice, address public health priorities, create behavioral change, show leadership, leverage educational technology, and demonstrate the impact of education on healthcare professionals and patients.
There will be a transition phase during which accredited CME providers that choose to aim to achieve Accreditation with Commendation will have the option of demonstrating compliance with all of the current commendation criteria (C16-22) or the new commendation criteria menu (C23-C38). This phase will apply to providers that will receive accreditation decisions between November 2017 and November 2019.
For more information about the menu structure, implementation timeline, and transition phase, please see the Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation.
Education and Resources
- Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: This PDF includes the new criteria, a Message from the ACCME, and explanatory information
- Introduction to the Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: Video commentary with Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME
- Introductory Webinar — Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: Join us on October 13 from 10:30 am-11:30 am Central to learn more about the criteria and ask your questions.
- Ask ACCME about the Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation
- Webpage: Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: Visit this webpage for updated information and links to relevant materials.
In the coming months, we will deliver additional educational resources and training for our stakeholders including Recognized Accreditors, accredited CME providers, and volunteers. We hope that you will help us to help you by sharing your questions and ideas for tools and resources.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a revised FAQ on its Open Payments website clarifying that faculty who teach in accredited CME that has received commercial support and have received honoraria are not subject to Open Payments reporting. The revised FAQ 8165 provides additional detail about the exclusion of certain CME-related payments from Sunshine Act reporting that meet the standards outlined by CMS. Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, participated in several conversations with CMS to help clarify the safeguards in place in accredited CME, specifically through the framework of the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME ActivitiesSM, which establish the boundaries around independent education.
Upcoming Educational Activities
The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Physician Leadership Program is hosting a webinar, “Improvement from Within: the C-Suite's Nimble New Partner is CME" on Monday, October 10 beginning at 3:00 pm Eastern. During this 60-minute webinar, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, and Josephine Fowler, MD, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, and DIO at JPS Health, Dallas, TX, will offer an inside look at strategies C-suite executives can use to ensure that CME is a strategic asset for institutional excellence.
There is no charge for participation. Click here to register.
For more information about AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum, go to www.ahaphysicianforum.org.
ACCME Executive Vice President Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, will be a keynote speaker at the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for CME (MAACME) Annual Conference on November 17 in Allentown, PA. Ms. Regnier will present “CME for ABIM MOC: Opportunities for Accredited Providers” with co-panelists Natalie Trahey, Manager of External Programs, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM); and Roxanne Bolinger, CME Manager, MEd, CHCP, Lancaster General Hospital. The panelists will discuss the collaboration between ACCME and ABIM and explore strategies for developing accredited CME activities that count for ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
MAACME invites members and non-members from academic settings, hospitals, medical education companies, associations, and related organizations to attend. Please see www.maacme.org for additional information and registration.
Join us for our inaugural expanded educational event—ACCME 2017! Registration will open in the coming weeks, so keep a close eye on your inbox.
Built on collaboration, interactive sessions, and multi-format discussions, ACCME 2017 will offer numerous opportunities to engage with ACCME staff, expert faculty, and colleagues to give you the tools and tactics you need for accredited CME to be a strategic asset for organizational improvement. You won’t want to miss in-depth sessions on the Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation, CME for MOC, addressing public health imperatives, improving CME effectiveness, and much more.
In the meantime, save the date so you can be sure to join us in Chicago at #ACCME2017.
Save the Date: April 24 to April 27, 2017
Tips and Tools
The ACCME’s recent audit of activities entered into PARS that count for the ABIM Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program has demonstrated that CME providers are successfully fulfilling ABIM Maintenance of Certification requirements. In response, ABIM and ACCME have decided to reduce the number of audits conducted annually. ABIM outlines this revised audit strategy in a newly published Program Guide. In addition to the modified audit strategy, the updated Program Guide includes examples of approaches providers can use to evaluate the impact of their activities on learners’ knowledge, strategies, skills, performance, and/or patient outcomes, and adds detail to the description of peer review (see ABIM4 in the Program Guide).
An improved web-based tool to search for CME opportunities is now available on the ACCME website. This tool provides information for each accredited CME activity that is registered for ABIM MOC credit, and for activities that are compliant with the FDA Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioid Analgesics REMS. CME Finder includes the following information: the activity provider, activity type, end date, whether or not there is a fee for participation, and whether registration is open or restricted to a specific group.
For providers that are registering CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program and REMS-compliant activities, we encourage you to submit data prospectively into PARS so that it appears in the CME Finder, enabling physicians to learn about your activities.
For activities that count for ABIM’s MOC program, remember to choose specialties selectively. When you register your CME activity for ABIM’s MOC program in PARS, you are asked to choose the specialties relevant to the activity. To best serve our community of learners, please be selective in choosing specialties that are relevant. If you choose a large number specialties, it may frustrate learners who are seeking activities that are focused on the most practice relevant topics.
For more information, see the CME Finder FAQ.
Celebrating Our Volunteers
We rely on our network of volunteers to support our accreditation system. By becoming a surveyor, you can play a critical role in the accreditation process, and in return for your donation of time and expertise, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from your colleagues, gain a broader understanding of the CME environment, and contribute to continuous improvement in the accreditation system.
Surveyor Comments: The Value of Volunteering
- “Being a surveyor provides valuable insights – you pick up and learn things along the way. By reviewing how other people do things, talking to them and seeing what their process is, I can improve my own program." -Sharrie D'Andrea Cranford, LGSW, CMEP
- "Being an ACCME Surveyor you are consistently challenged by the unique situations of each provider you review. Each self-study report and set of activity files challenges your own assumptions and biases in some way, and motivates you to build a stronger, deeper, and broader foundation of knowledge that can encompass the diversity of providers who are ACCME accredited. My co-surveyors have really been partners in the process, along with the ACCME staff, resulting in fantastic dialogues about how to best evaluate compliance in a particular area – not to mention the Ongoing Surveyor Training calls which provide wonderful enrichment opportunities to further develop." -Anne D. Grupe, MS Ed
Surveyors are supported by ACCME staff and are expected to achieve and maintain a set of ACCME Surveyor Competencies. The ACCME provides intensive initial and ongoing training, and professional development and support, including face-to-face training, conference calls, and webinars.
If you are interested in applying, please fill out the Application for ACCME Surveyors. If you have questions, contact Tim Koelling, ACCME Coordinator of Accreditation and Recognition Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surveyors participated in a discussion led by Ranae Obregon, ACCME Manager of Systems Education and Outreach, during a new surveyor training, May 2016
Reminders for Accredited Providers
ACCME-Accredited Providers: We will send invoices for the 2017 ACCME annual accreditation fee later this year, with payment due by January 31, 2017. The invoices will be addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. Please log in to PARS to view and, if needed, update the billing contact for your organization. If you need to change the billing contact for this accreditation fee invoice, please do so by October 14, 2016.
Please note: This information applies 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
- “Time to Bring the Patient’s Voice to CME,” MeetingsNet describes the value of including patients in the planning and presentation of CME.
- Letter from ACCME to HHS Describes Accredited CME’s Contributions to Reducing Opioid Abuse: The ACCME submitted a comment to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to HHS’ request for information about opioid analgesic prescriber education and training opportunities to prevent opioid overdose and opioid use disorder.
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