ACCME Implements Online Accreditation Interview Scheduling Process

Published Date: 
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Number: 
6
Volume: 
4

News
ACCME Implements Online Accreditation Interview Scheduling Process
ACCME Makes Available Accreditation with Commendation Emblem

Tips and Tools
Addressing Health Care Disparities with CME
The Evolution of Internet CME

Education and Outreach
Registration Open for the August 2012 CME as a Bridge to QualityTM Accreditation Workshop
ACCME Holds Town Hall for Government and Military Accredited Providers; Three More Town Halls Scheduled for 2012
ACCME Presents at CME Events in New Mexico, New York, Nevada
ACCME Participates in IOM Meeting
ACCME Presents at Council of Science Editors Meeting
ACCME Participates in International CME Events

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News

ACCME Implements Online Accreditation Interview Scheduling Process

The ACCME has implemented an online accreditation interview scheduling system in order to simplify and streamline the process for accredited providers and accreditation surveyors. The process enables providers to use the online ACCME’s Interview Date Preference Form to review a list of available slots and choose the date, time, and format for their interviews. Then, accreditation surveyors select the interviews they will conduct from the list of scheduled interviews. Previously, interview scheduling was arranged via e-mail and phone.

The ACCME piloted the process with a select group of providers in the March 2013 cohort and received positive feedback about the ease and efficiency of the process. The process has now been implemented for all providers in the March 2013 cohort and will be used for all future cohorts. Providers will be sent instructions about using the online interview scheduling process when they receive the standard notification about their need to reapply for accreditation. We will continue to refine the system based on user feedback and our experience implementing it.

The online accreditation interview scheduling system is part of the ACCME’s ongoing efforts to use technology to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and ease of the accreditation review and decision-making process. Last year, the ACCME implemented the online Accreditation Compliance Review System (ACRS) for accreditation surveyors and Accreditation Review Committee members. ACRS enables surveyors to complete and submit their report forms online. Surveyors can easily compare their reports and identify areas that require additional discussion or review. After surveyors have completed their process, and the ACCME staff has reviewed the surveyors' reports, the Accreditation Review Committee members use ACRS to review the forms, record their compliance findings, and make their accreditation recommendations. The information and recommendations are reviewed by the Decision Committee of the Board of Directors and all accreditation decisions are then ratified by the ACCME’s Board of Directors.

As it has always done, the ACCME staff provides support and resources for accredited providers and volunteers throughout the accreditation review and decision-making process.

ACCME Makes Available Accreditation with Commendation Emblem

In response to requests from accredited providers, the ACCME has produced an electronic version of the Accreditation with Commendation emblem that is included on the accreditation certificate sent to those providers that achieve Accreditation with Commendation. Overall, approximately 21% of providers that have been evaluated under the Accreditation Criteria have achieved Accreditation with Commendation. The ACCME encourages CME providers to celebrate their success in achieving Accreditation with Commendation by informing their community, stakeholders, and the public. We have created the Accreditation with Commendation emblem to support these communications.

The ACCME encourages all accredited CME providers to communicate the value of their accreditation and accreditation-related accomplishments by informing their community, stakeholders, and the public through press releases, announcements, advertisements, brochures, and other online and print materials.

The ACCME Logo Usage policy and notes, including links to the ACCME logo and the Accreditation with Commendation emblem, are available here. Review our policy notes concerning Publicizing ACCME Accreditation here. You can also access ACCME Policies by clicking on the Requirements tab, which appears on the top navigation bar of our Web site, then clicking on Accreditation Requirements for CME Providers on the left-hand navigation bar, and selecting Policies & Definitions from the drop-down menu.

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Tips and Tools

The ACCME has published two new video interviews on the Education section of the Web site.

  •  Addressing Health Care Disparities with CME: Sonja Boone, MD, Director of Physician Health and Healthcare Disparities, American Medical Association, defines and discusses the issues surrounding health care disparities with ACCME Chief Executive, Murray Kopelow, MD. Together, they explore the role that continuing medical education can play in eliminating these inequities, and discuss the importance of educating physicians in cultural competency and humility.
  •  The Evolution of Internet CME: Ezra Ernst, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Medscape Education, discusses the evolution, integration, and future of the Internet as a delivery mechanism for continuing medical education with ACCME Chief Executive, Murray Kopelow, MD. In their conversation, they highlight the current advantages and uses of the Internet with respect to CME and engage in an in-depth exploration of the Internet as a tool to assess practice gaps in public health issues.

Visit the Education section of the ACCME Web site to access our library of video interviews with health care leaders, as well as other multimedia education resources including video FAQs answering CME providers’ questions about accreditation requirements, video tutorials offering step-by-step guidance for planning and implementing CME activities, and audio commentaries explaining ACCME announcements.

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Education and Outreach

Registration Open for the August 2012 CME as a Bridge to QualityTM Accreditation Workshop

Registration is open for the ACCME's 2012 CME as a Bridge to QualityTM Accreditation Workshop scheduled for August 16–17 in Chicago. Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, the accreditation workshops offer 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. Sessions take participants step-by-step through the Accreditation Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support, using case examples to help providers understand ACCME expectations for implementing, evaluating, and improving CME programs.

Two preconference sessions will be offered on August 15:

  • Newcomers' Introduction to Accredited CME is designed for those who have been in CME for one year or less. This session introduces beginners to CME and ACCME basics to help them get the most out of the workshop.
  • Self-Study for Accreditation Session will be offered for CME providers who are expecting their next accreditation decision in July 2013, November 2013, and March 2014. Participation is by invitation only; we sent invitations earlier this year. If you are in one of those decision cohorts and you have not received information about the self-study sessions or have any questions, please contact Katherine Swimm, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at kswimm@accme.org.

Here are comments from participants in the April 2012 CME as a Bridge to QualityTM Accreditation Workshop:

  • "This workshop was very clear and helpful. Hearing how other providers approached their self-studies was great. I appreciate ACCME's attempt to improve and streamline the process. It is encouraging to know that you take our suggestions to heart."
  • "The idea that our whole institution is accredited, not just our CME department, opened up my perspective on how we can use some of our hospital colleagues' activities to demonstrate an expanded educational reach by our institution, including some noneducational strategies."
  • "I came away feeling less stressed, and somewhat excited, about the reaccreditation process. I believe we are doing more things 'right' than I did before the workshop. I also think I understand Criteria 16-22 better and the workshop spurred many thoughts about how our organization is involved in the health care community. I have come home and started a conversation with my Associate Dean about this and together we are working on identifying key individuals to work with in order to become more involved."

More workshop information is available here.

ACCME Holds Town Hall for Government and Military Accredited Providers; Three More Town Halls Scheduled for 2012

The ACCME continued its fourth annual series of town hall meetings with a webinar for government and military accredited providers. Held on June 20, the town hall drew 18 participants representing 11 organizations.

Guest speaker Christine Casey, MD, Deputy Editor, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  (MMWR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discussed the opportunities for collaboration between journals and CME providers to advance education on public health issues and described a successful model of a public-private CME partnership. CDC is an ACCME-accredited provider.

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, provided an update on accreditation decision data and answered providers' questions about compliance with the Accreditation Criteria. In response to participants' questions, they discussed the joint accreditation process launched in 2009 by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and gave an overview of ongoing efforts to facilitate further alignment among accreditation and credit systems.

Dr. Kopelow also engaged participants in a discussion about the ACCME's strategic imperatives. Participants offered their viewpoints on the value of the accreditation requirements, process, and system; and their suggestions for improvements.

The town hall for government and military accredited providers followed the first 2012 town hall, held in May for publishing and education company accredited providers. The ACCME will hold three more town halls this year for the following accredited provider groups:

  • July 19 for medical school providers
  • July 31 for nonprofit physician membership organizations
  • August 30 for hospitals, health systems, and managed-care/insurance companies

The purpose of the town halls is to facilitate open discussion between ACCME staff and participants about issues and questions related to specific provider groups. The meetings are free of charge and we have sent invitations to all accredited providers who are eligible to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Swimm, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at kswimm@accme.org.

More information is available here.

ACCME Presents at CME Events in New Mexico, New York, Nevada

The ACCME participated in the following CME events in New Mexico, New York, and Nevada in June. This participation is part of the ongoing support the ACCME provides for the intrastate accreditation system and for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers).

  • Ellen Cosgrove, MD, member, ACCME Board of Directors, conducted an interactive educational workshop for New Mexico Medical Society accreditation volunteers and CME committee members. Using materials developed by the ACCME, Dr. Cosgrove facilitated a hands-on, case-based discussion regarding compliance with the Accreditation Criteria. Dr. Cosgrove also provided a brief overview of the accreditation review and decision-making process and reviewed the self-assessment exercise developed and implemented by the ACCME in response to requests from Recognized Accreditors. The voluntary tool, comprising online, case-based questions, is designed to assist Recognized Accreditors' staff and volunteers with their own professional development.
  • Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive; and Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, participated in the 16th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Consortium of Medical School CME Professionals, sponsored by New York Medical College. Dr. Kopelow addressed current issues in CME, including the role of accredited continuing education as a strategic asset to the FDA's Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioids. He discussed interprofessional collaborative practice and education, including the joint accreditation process launched in 2009 by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Dr. Kopelow and Dr. Singer facilitated a conversation with participants about the ACCME's strategic imperatives. Dr. Kopelow also participated in a meeting of the Medical Society of the State of New York CME Committee.
  • Dr. Singer participated in the 2012 CME Workshop held by the Nevada State Medical Association. He provided practical tips for complying with the Accreditation Criteria and successfully navigating the reaccreditation process. Dr. Singer also led a discussion about the ACCME's strategic imperatives.

ACCME Participates in IOM Meeting

The ACCME participated in the meeting Harmonizing Reporting on Potential Conflicts of Interest: A Common Disclosure Process for Healthcare & Life Sciences, held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in June. Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, attended the meeting, which was part of an ongoing IOM project to develop a uniform process for disclosing conflicts of interest. The ACCME has participated in the project since 2010.

ACCME Presents at Council of Science Editors Meeting

The ACCME participated in the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Annual Meeting, held in May in Seattle. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, served as co-presenter for a session entitled "Continuing Education, Novel Delivery and Quality: What Works?" The session examined how science editors can leverage innovations, such as social media, to deliver scientific content without abandoning the tenets of science, and how science editors can increase educational content in peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Kopelow explained how CME addresses problems in practice, and facilitates physicians' learning and change. His co-presenter was David A. Crotty, PhD, Senior Editor, Oxford University Press. The session was moderated by Christine Casey, MD, Deputy Editor, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ACCME Participates in International CME Events

The ACCME participated in the following international events this spring as part of its ongoing efforts to support collaboration in the global CME community.

  • Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, participated in the April meeting of the CPD Provider Accreditation Standards Working Group. Convened by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the working group is creating a common set of accreditation standards for continuing professional development provider organizations in Canada. The ACCME’s membership in the working group builds on a relationship between the Canadian CME system and the ACCME that dates from 1984.
  • The ACCME and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada convened the Third International Forum on CPD Accreditation, held in May in Toronto. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, participated on behalf of the ACCME. The purpose of the Forum is to build an international leadership community for developing and implementing CPD/CME accreditation systems, and to foster collaboration and supportive relationships between the systems. Participants discussed the "Consensus Statement on CPD/CME Accreditation Systems," which was developed by participants from 13 countries at the 2010 Forum. The consensus statement describes a set of common values, principles, and metrics that CPD accreditation systems can incorporate, while respecting the context and culture of each country.
  • Ms. Regnier and Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, participated in the CME Congress 2012, held in May in Toronto. Ms. Regnier participated in a panel presentation about interprofessional performance-in-practice. She explained how the joint accreditation process supports interprofessional collaborative practice and explained its background, implementation, and benefits. The process was launched in 2009 by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Her fellow panelists included representatives from the ACPE and the ANCC.

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