ACCME Convenes CME Leaders' Roundtable; PARS Update

Published Date: 
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Number: 
4
Volume: 
1

News
ACCME Convenes Roundtable for CME Leaders on 2010 Strategies
ACCME Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors
Testing Phase Continues for ACCME Program & Activity Reporting System
ACCME Reflects on 2009 Expanded Outreach and Education Efforts

Tips and Tools
New Video FAQs Answer Providers' Questions about Regularly Scheduled Series, Professional Practice Gaps and More

Education and Outreach
CME as a Bridge to Quality: Accreditation Workshops for 2010

For Your Reference
Institute of Medicine Report: Redesigning Continuing Education and the Health Professions
"Making Health Care Better," The New York Times
The Association of American Medical Colleges Continuing Education and Performance Improvement Web site
National Institute for Quality Improvement in Education Fall Conference Featured in Medical Meetings Magazine

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, November 23, 2009
 

News

ACCME Convenes Roundtable for CME Leaders on 2010 Strategies
The ACCME brought together a spectrum of continuing medical education leaders and the ACCME Board of Directors to address the challenges and opportunities facing accredited CME in 2010 and beyond. Held on December 3 in Chicago, the roundtable fostered a high-level, candid dialogue, encompassing issues including ACCME accreditation requirements, CME leadership training, the relationship of CME to physician maintenance of certification and licensure, and communicating CME's value to the wider health care system. Read more.

ACCME Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors
Debra Perina, MD, and Richard Reiling, MD, were named 2010 Chair and Vice Chair of the ACCME at the conclusion of the Board of Directors meeting, held December 3 – 4, 2009, in Chicago. In addition, four new board members were elected. Find out more about ACCME’s new leadership.'

Testing Phase Continues for Program & Activity Reporting System
The ACCME is continuing the testing phase of the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS), a web-based portal designed to streamline the collection of data from continuing medical education providers. The ACCME has received detailed, constructive feedback and questions from the providers who volunteered to test the system, the Board of Directors and other stakeholders. Based on that input, the ACCME is making adjustments and improvements to PARS, to ensure that it will be an efficient and valuable resource for the accredited CME system. Read more.

ACCME Reflects on 2009 Expanded Outreach and Education Efforts
The ACCME focused its 2009 education and outreach efforts on assisting accredited providers as they fulfill the expectations of the 2006 ACCME Accreditation Criteria. Through regional forums, town hall meetings, accreditation workshops and webinars, the ACCME engaged with accredited providers, accreditors and other stakeholders across the country. Read more about our 2009 initiatives.
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Tips and Tools

In a series of new Video FAQs on the multimedia Education and Training section of our Web site, ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, answers more of providers' questions about compliance with the 2006 ACCME Accreditation Criteria.

Insights for Planning Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS): When planning Regularly Scheduled Series, accredited providers should focus on education — not documentation. In this video FAQ, ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, explains how to reduce the documentation burden for RSS, and meet the expectations of the ACCME. For more on RSS, check out Professional Practice Gaps and Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS).

Defining ―Professional Practice‖ in Criterion 2: The ACCME intentionally used the term professional practice gap in Criterion 2 instead of using patient care. Find out why, and how the ACCME defines professional practice gap in this video FAQ with Dr. Kopelow.

Measuring Professional Practice Gaps of Your Learners: Providers do not need to measure the professional practice gaps of each learner in order to comply with the 2006 Accreditation Criteria. In this video FAQ with Dr. Kopelow, learn more about your opportunities and options for fulfilling the Criteria and meeting the needs of your learners.
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Education and Outreach

The CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop will be held three times in 2010: April 28 – 30, August 4 – 6, and December 8 –10, 2010, 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. Registration will open in January of 2010. Read more about the workshop.
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For Your Reference

The Institute of Medicine Committee on Planning a Continuing Health Profession Institute released a report in December, Redesigning Continuing Education in the Health Professions, which recommends the creation of a public-private entity, charged with creating and overseeing comprehensive change in the continuing education enterprise.

"Making Health Care Better," by David Leonhardt, The New York Times, November 8, 2009, is an in-depth exploration of quality improvement efforts at Intermountain Healthcare, a network of hospitals and clinics in Utah and Idaho. Intermountain's initiatives have been described by the Obama administration and others as a model for health reform. Brent James, MD, Chief Quality Officer, started at Intermountain as the Director of Medical Research and CME.

The Association of American Medical Colleges Continuing Education and Performance Improvement Web site features news and resources to help providers design CME that incorporates quality improvement and performance improvement principles in order to close clinical care gaps.

PI CME,‖ the cover story by Sue Pelletier in Medical Meetings’ December issue, features coverage of the National Institute for Quality Improvement and Education Fall Conference, including comments by Barbara Barnes, MD, 2009 Chair, ACCME Board of Directors.
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In Case You Missed It

The ACCME Report, November 23, 2009
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