ACCME Implements PARS Improvements; Register Now for August Accreditation Workshop

Published Date: 
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Number: 
5
Volume: 
3

News
ACCME Implements PARS Improvements

Tips and Tools
CME Designed to Impact Patient Outcomes
Using Effective Educational Formats
The National Accreditation System

Education and Outreach
Register Now for August 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop
ACCME Convenes Meetings for CME Community in Puerto Rico
AHME and ACCME Produce Collaborative Webinar on Regularly Scheduled Series
ACCME Participates in IOM Meeting
ACCME Presents at Rome Group, GAME Meetings

People
ACCME Board of Directors Member Peter Coggan, MD, Receives AIAMC Award
ACCME Welcomes Dion Richetti, DC, Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services

ACCME Career Opportunity
ACCME Considers Applicants for Manager, Data and Information Systems

For Your Reference
Continuing Health Care Leadership Organizations Issue Joint News Release About REMS
Continuing Medical Education: Looking Back, Planning Ahead

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, May 19, 2011; ACCME Releases Opioid REMS FAQ

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News

ACCME Implements PARS Improvements

The ACCME has implemented improvements to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), based on feedback from accredited providers, and reopened PARS for data entry. We have made the following modifications to support your data entry.

  • In-Kind Commercial Support: As we announced in the March 2011 Board of Directors meeting executive summary and the May newsletter, the ACCME will no longer require providers to quantify the dollar value of in-kind commercial support; instead they will report the nature of in-kind support for activities scheduled for 2011 and beyond. For more information, see this FAQ. We are in the process of contacting providers that have already entered data about commercial support for 2011 activities to facilitate the transition.
  • 2010 Data: In order to protect data from inadvertent errors, providers can no longer make changes to 2010 information. If you need to make a correction, please contact us at postmaster@accme.org.

Ongoing PARS Help: To access our online library of PARS educational resources, including video tutorials and FAQs, visit the PARS Help Page. In addition, after you have logged into PARS, you can click on Help at the top of each screen or the question marks ( ) on each page to receive assistance. If you have any questions, please contact postmaster@accme.org.

About PARS: Launched last year, PARS is a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from ACCME accredited CME providers. (Please note that only ACCME-accredited providers, and not providers accredited by a state medical society, are required to use PARS for their data submission.)

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Tips and Tools

  • CME Designed to Impact Patient Outcomes: In this video interview, Rick Kennison, DPM, President and General Manager of Peer-Point Medical Education Institute, LLC, explains how Peer-Point plans and implements CME activities designed to improve physician performance and patient outcomes.
  • Using Effective Educational Formats: In this video interview, Gordon West, PhD, Director of Continuing Education at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower, discusses the various educational formats that his organization utilizes in their CME activities and explains how they select appropriate learning formats.
  • The National Accreditation System: How does the ACCME make accreditation decisions? What are the rates of compliance with the Accreditation Criteria? Find out the answers to these questions and more in "The National Accreditation System," one of the chapters in our new publication, The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education at Work: Accreditation, Recognition, Education, Operations, and Governance, which provides an in-depth, clear explanation of the ACCME accreditation system and services.

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Education and Outreach

Register Now for August 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop

Register now for the ACCME's CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop, scheduled for August 17 – 19 in Chicago. This is the second and last time the workshop will be offered in 2011. The next workshop will be held in May 2012.

Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, the Accreditation Workshops offer you 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 your organization.

The workshop features the following pre-and post-sessions.

  • Self-Study for Accreditation: We have invited providers whose next accreditation decisions are scheduled for July and November 2012, and March 2013 to participate in this preconference session to help them prepare for the reaccreditation process. If you are in one of these decision cohorts and have not received your invitation, please contact Katie Swimm, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at kswimm@accme.org.
  • A Newcomers' Introduction to CME: For participants with one year or less of CME experience, this session introduces the basics, including CME terminology, how the ACCME accreditation system works, and information about key stakeholders.
  • Next Steps for Organizations Seeking Initial Accreditation: How to demonstrate compliance during the initial accreditation process.
  • Simplifying Documentation Approaches – Achieving More with Less: During this new post-conference session, ACCME staff facilitate a brainstorming session with participants to explore simple, efficient strategies for planning and documenting accredited CME activities in compliance with the ACCME Criteria.

Here is feedback from participants in the May 2011 workshop.

  • "Although I've been involved in CME as presenter and recipient, the workshop helped me understand principles of educational needs, independence, engagement, and improvement."
  • "The breakout sessions were the most helpful as they allowed us to discuss ways to implement potential strategies and compare what other providers were doing. They provided a lot of fantastic and concrete information.”
  • “First timer. Wish I had come the first day of taking on the CME coordinator position…this workshop A++. So much fits into place now.”

Find out more about the workshop and register here.

ACCME Convenes Meetings for CME Community in Puerto Rico

The ACCME convened a series of meetings May 11–13 in Puerto Rico designed specifically for the local CME community. The island-wide initiative brought together ACCME executive staff and organizational leaders, physician volunteers, and CME staff from the Puerto Rico Medical Association (PRMA), medical schools, and accredited providers in Puerto Rico. During the meetings, participants shared strategies for implementing the Accreditation Criteria and positioning accredited CME as a strategic asset to health care quality improvement efforts. PRMA is one of 45 state and US territory medical societies that the ACCME recognizes as accreditors of local and regional CME programs.

For more information about the resources the ACCME offers to Recognized Accreditors and intrastate providers, see "Education, Outreach, and Communications," a chapter in The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education at Work: Accreditation, Recognition, Education, Operations, and Governance.

AHME and ACCME Produce Collaborative Webinar on Regularly Scheduled Series
The Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) and the ACCME collaborated on a webinar held June 7 entitled "Regularly Scheduled Series for Learning and Change: Leveraging the ACCME Criteria to Provide Strategic Value to Your Institution." Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, explained how the Accreditation Criteria provide a roadmap for providers' leadership efforts. A panel of accredited providers offered real-world examples of RSS that support their institutions' quality and safety initiatives. Panelists included Brad Halvorsen, Director, CME & Medical Graphics and Photography, and Deborah Ladmirault, CME Project Coordinator, RSS, both from the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City; Crystal Gyiraszin, MS, System Director, CME, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit; and Sue Mullen, Director of CME, Baptist Health System, San Antonio. The webinar was moderated by Robert D'Antuono, MHA, Director, CME, Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY, AHME Board member, and ACCME Accreditation Review Committee member. AHME is an ACCME member organization.

ACCME Participates in IOM Meeting
The ACCME was invited to participate in the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Learning Healthcare System in America meeting held in May in Irvine, CA. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, discussed the role of continuing education in encouraging clinicians' ongoing learning and improvement. He explained the evolution of the Accreditation Criteria and the repositioning of CME as a strategic asset to US quality improvement and patient safety imperatives. To further facilitate health care improvement, Dr. Kopelow said physicians need a workplace environment that rewards practice-based learning and change, as well as a system of accountability that reflects the importance of health care teams. In addition, he suggested that health care professionals should be encouraged to expand their roles beyond medical experts and act as change-makers, promoting healthy lifestyles for individuals, communities, and populations.

ACCME Presents at Rome Group, GAME Meetings
One of the ACCME’s strategic goals is to offer support to the global CME community. Toward that end, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, participated in two international meetings this spring.

  • Dr. Kopelow facilitated a session exploring strategic directions at the International Rome Group on Harmonization of CME/CPD Credit meeting held in May. He also provided an update on the ACCME accreditation system. The ACCME is a longtime member of the Rome Group.
  • At the Global Alliance for Medical Education conference held in Munich earlier this month, Dr. Kopelow served as a panelist during the keynote session titled "The Grand Debate: Accreditation Systems." Dr. Kopelow, joined by Craig Campbell, MD, Director, Professional Affairs, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, described the model for accrediting organizations, while other panelists explained the model for accrediting individual activities.

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People

  • Congratulations to ACCME Board of Directors member Peter Coggan, MD, President and CEO of Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, who received the prestigious Weinberg Award from the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC). The Weinberg award is presented annually to an individual who demonstrates leadership in academic medicine, advocates for independent academic medical centers, and offers a vision for the future of academic medicine. The award was presented during the AIAMC annual meeting held in March. Read more.
  • Welcome to Dion Richetti, DC, the ACCME’s new Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services. He joins from the Discovery Institute of Medical Education (DIME), an ACCME-accredited provider, where he most recently served as General Manager. Under his leadership, DIME was successful in achieving Accreditation with Commendation. Prior to joining DIME, Dr. Richetti was Director of the Division of AIDS Education with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, also an ACCME-accredited provider. Read more.

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ACCME Career Opportunity

ACCME Considers Applicants for Manager, Data and Information Systems

The ACCME is looking for a strategic, experienced IT professional to fill the position of ACCME’s Manager, Data and Information Systems. The position involves managing the ACCMEs public Web site and the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), as well as contributing to the ACCME's technology strategic plan.
For a job description and application instructions, please contact Barry Newman, SPHR, Director – Employee Relations and Benefits, The Synergy Companies, Inc., at barry.newman@mysynergy.com.

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For Your Reference

  • Continuing health care education leadership organizations issued a joint news release to express their support for the US Food and Drug Administration’s new Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for all extended-release and long-acting opioid medications. The FDA expects that continuing health care education will play an integral role in delivering training for prescribers, which is a central component of the opioid REMS. The six organizations that issued the press release are the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education, the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers, the Association for Hospital Medical Education (an ACCME member organization), the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (an ACCME member organization), the National Association of Medical Education Companies, and the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education.
  • Advance copies of Continuing Medical Education: Looking Back, Planning Ahead are now available. Published by University Press of New England and edited by Dennis K. Wentz, MD, the book describes the evolution of CME in the United States and Canada, as well as addressing future issues. The ACCME contributed the chapter "Instituting National Standards in Continuing Medical Education: The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education."

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In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Report, May 19, 2011
  • ACCME Releases Opioid REMS FAQ

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