ACCME Calls on Accredited Providers to Address Physician Practice Gaps; ACCME Releases Specifications for Program & Activity Reporting System

Published Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Number: 
2
Volume: 
1

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ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, Calls on Accredited Providers to Address Physician Practice Gaps at National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration Conference
ACCME Releases Specifications for Program & Activity Reporting System and Shares Frequently Asked Questions

Surveyor Spotlight
ACCME Seeks Surveyors

Tips and Tools
Building Communities of Practice: A Three-Part Video Series
Myth and Fact: Compliance with the 2006 ACCME Accreditation Criteria

Education and Outreach
CME as a Bridge to Quality: Accreditation Workshop
Town Hall Meeting for CME Consultants
ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference

A Reminder
Accredited Providers: Update Your Contact Info

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, September 17, 2009
The Accreditation Council for CME Announces the Recipients of the 2009 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award
Accreditation Council for CME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, Appointed Special Advisor to White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
 

News

ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, Calls on Accredited Providers to Address Physician Practice Gaps at National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration Conference
During his presentation at the 20th Annual Conference of the National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration, held October 14 – 16 in Baltimore, ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, called on accredited providers to develop independent CME that addresses professional practice gaps and improves patient care. He explained how the 2006 Accreditation Criteria support those goals, encouraging innovation in CME. Download his presentation.

ACCME Releases Specifications for Program & Activity Reporting System and Shares Frequently Asked Questions
The ACCME has released the technical specifications for the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS), a web-based portal for the collection and analysis of up-to-date, comprehensive data from ACCME-accredited providers. This information will help providers prepare to use the database, which will become fully operational during the first quarter of 2010. In addition, we've compiled a set of Frequently Asked Questions that have been submitted by accredited providers.

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Surveyor Spotlight

ACCME Seeks Surveyors
If you're looking for a professional development opportunity, consider volunteering as an ACCME accreditation surveyor. Surveyors perform a critical role in supporting accredited CME and in return, learn from their colleagues, gain a broader understanding of the current CME environment and contribute to continuous improvement in the accreditation system.

"Participation is an extraordinary practical learning experience," says Beverly P. Wood, MD, MSEd, PhD, Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dr. Wood, who has been a surveyor for about four years, adds, "By working with a variety of providers, one comes to appreciate the creativity, energy and interest invested in the process of learning so as to offer excellent medical care and improve patient health."

To learn more about becoming a surveyor, contact Erica Hubbard, ACCME's Survey Services Coordinator, and visit the Volunteer Opportunities page on our Web site.
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Tips and Tools

Creating collaborative initiatives with groups inside your institution and with organizations in the wider community enables you to maximize your resources, improve the quality of your education and reach a broader audience. In our new three-part video series, CME leaders discuss the benefits and challenges of building communities of practice, and share practical advice gained from their own experiences.

Communities of Practice: Working Beyond Organizational Borders (Part 1 of 3), features interviews with Barbara Barnes, MD, Associate Dean of CME, University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine; and Morris Blachman, PhD, Assistant Dean of CME and Faculty Development, University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Palmetto Health Richland Continuing Medical Education Organization.

Communities of Practice: Strengthening Internal Initiatives (Part 2 of 3), features interviews with Dick Berger, MD, PhD, Dean, Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development; and Todd Dorman, MD, PhD, Associate Dean and Director of CME, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Communities of Practice: Supporting Statewide Health Care Efforts (Part 3 of 3) features an interview with Kelly Nowicki, CME Administrator, Mayo School for Continuous Professional Development.

Myth and Fact: Compliance with the 2006 ACCME Accreditation Criteria
Myth: I have to document compliance with all criteria for each activity.
Fact: No, you do not. Some Criteria address your overall CME program, while others relate to CME activities. For each CME activity, you need to demonstrate compliance with criteria 2 – 6, which address educational planning and delivery. In addition, you need to demonstrate compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM (Criteria 7 – 10). Criterion 11 requires that providers measure changes in learners’ competence or performance or patient outcomes in each activity, in order to be able to analyze those changes achieved as a result of the overall program’s activities.

When describing and demonstrating compliance with the program-level criteria, Criterion 1 and Criteria 12-22), you may choose to use individual activities as examples—but you do not need to document how every activity complied with these criteria.

(This Q&A has been added to the Ask ACCME page on our Web site, under the category "2006 Accreditation Criteria (Questions Related to the Criteria)." For more on this topic, view ―Demonstrating Compliance with ACCME Criteria in Every CME Activity,” a video FAQ with Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive.
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Education and Outreach

The CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop will be held December 9 – 11, 2009, at the Westin Chicago River North. Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, this intensive 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. Download the brochure and registration information.

The ACCME is holding its first "town hall" meeting for CME consulting companies (those that assist providers in seeking accreditation and/or meeting the ACCME’s requirements for accreditation) in recognition of the important role they play for many accredited providers. The purpose of the meeting is to facilitate discussion about achieving compliance with the 2006 ACCME Accreditation Criteria and to help ensure that consultants offer their clients advice that is consistent with ACCME expectations. The town hall is scheduled for December 14, 2009, from 1:00-4:00 pm, at the ACCME offices. Download more information.
Earlier this year, the ACCME held town hall meetings for representatives from different provider groups, including medical schools, hospitals, and medical education and communication companies. We are preparing to post summaries of those meetings; watch for an announcement in an upcoming edition of The ACCME Report.

The ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference will be held November 12-13, 2009, at the Swissôtel in Chicago. Designed for Recognized State Medical Society Accreditors, this conference provides updates on equivalency initiatives and strategies for improving their accreditation programs. Download the agenda and registration information.

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A Reminder: Update Your Contact Info

Accredited providers: This is our annual courtesy reminder to please keep your contact information updated so that all ACCME communications via phone, e-mail and/or mail reach the appropriate people. Please visit our Web site and click on the Accredited Provider Login located on the left-hand vertical toolbar to review your contact information and update it as needed. Thank you! [Click here to return to the table of contents]

In Case You Missed It

The ACCME Report, September 17, 2009

The Accreditation Council for CME Announces the Recipients of the 2009 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award

Accreditation Council for CME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, Appointed Special Advisor to White House Office of National Drug Control Policy [Click here to return to the table of contents]

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