ACCME Offers PARS Webinars to Help Providers Meet Upcoming Annual Report Deadline

Published Date: 
Thursday, January 20, 2011
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News
ACCME Offers PARS Webinars to Help Providers Meet Upcoming Annual Report Deadline

Tips and Tools
Getting Started with PARS Video Tutorials

Education and Outreach
Save the Date: 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops
ACCME Holds 2010 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference: A Conference of Leaders

In Case You Missed It
ACCME Releases November 2010 Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary; Integrating CME with Quality Improvement and Promoting Physician Leadership: An Interview with Mike Horst, PhD, Lancaster General Hospital; The ACCME Report, December 21, 2010
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News

ACCME Offers PARS Webinars to Help Providers Meet Upcoming Annual Report Deadline

ACCME Accredited Providers: Within the next week, we will send you an e-mail explaining the requirements for entering data into the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) and information about the educational and support resources that are available to you. As a reminder, the deadline for entering your 2010 program and activity data is March 31, 2011, to allow for the calculation of the ACCME 2010 Annual Report Data. You need to submit this data through PARS. If you have not already done so, we urge you to familiarize yourself with PARS and begin submitting your data as soon as possible, to ensure that you can meet the deadline and that we can address your questions.

Upcoming PARS Education: We have planned a series of webinars, "Answering Your PARS Questions," in February and March, to provide you with support in meeting our data submission requirements. These webinars are free of charge, but you do need to register. Read more information and sign up here.

Ongoing PARS Help: To access our online library of PARS educational resources, including video tutorials and FAQs, visit the PARS Help Page. See the Tips and Tools section below for direct links to our video tutorials. 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.

ACCME Accredited Provider Login Instructions: You can login to PARS here or by visiting our Web site homepage and clicking on the Accredited Provider Login link in the For CME Providers menu on the left hand side of the screen.

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. For more information, see the news release "Accreditation Council for CME Opens Online Program & Activity Reporting System," and the video "ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS): An Introduction."

Please refer to the PARS Information Page for the most up-to-date information. The communications that we released previously may be outdated. If you have any questions, please contact postmaster@accme.org.

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Tips and Tools

ACCME Accredited Providers: If you have not already done so, we encourage you to view our series of video tutorials about using the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS). The total viewing time for the Getting Started with PARS series is about 15 minutes. There is also a detailed video tutorial for providers using the tab-delimited batch upload feature. We have produced these videos to assist you in submitting your 2010 program and activity data. Remember, the deadline for submitting your information is March 31, 2011.

  • Getting Started with PARS: Overview
  • Getting Started with PARS: Managing Contact Information
  • Getting Started with PARS: Entering Activity Data
  • Getting Started with PARS: Viewing Activity Data
  • Getting Started with PARS: Program Summary
  • Getting Started with PARS: Required Time Frames for Data Entry
  • Tab-delimited Batch Upload: Bringing Bulk Activity Data into PARS

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Education and Outreach

Save the Date: 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops

The ACCME's 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops are scheduled for May 3 –5 and August 17 – 19 in Chicago.

As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. We will invite providers whose next accreditation decisions are scheduled for July and November 2012, and March 2013. In February, we will send more information to providers in those decision cohorts.

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.

More workshop information is available here. Registration will open in February 2011.

Throughout 2011, we will provide additional opportunities for education and interchange by expanding our online library of resources, available at the Education and Training section of our Web site and scheduling other live activities such as Town Halls.

ACCME Holds 2010 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference

The 2010 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference: A Conference of Leaders, held December 15-16, in Chicago, drew 50 participants from 31 states. During the first day, participants and the ACCME staff engaged in strategic planning for the intrastate accreditation system. As part of this process, the ACCME staff facilitated discussion about the  recommendations and strategies brought forward by Recognized Accreditors and intrastate providers at the 2010 ACCME Regional Forums: Building Leadership, Building Value. During the second day, sessions focused on accreditation case studies, implementing the Markers of Equivalency and methods for improving accreditation programs.

Here are a few comments from conference participants.

  • "The great thing is that the [state medical societies] are on the same page. We all have the same values and goals. This [strategic visioning] exercise really brought that to the forefront."
  • "I realized the importance of calling all my providers for a meeting where I can let them know what is expected from them and I can listen to their needs."
  • "Learning about other [state medical societies'] experiences and having a group discussion about the cases helps with our decision making process. The discussions about accreditation statuses and progress reports were particularly helpful."

The annual conference was a culmination of the ACCME’s 2010 education and outreach efforts for the intrastate accreditation system. The four regional forums, held in New York, North Carolina, Missouri and Nevada, drew a total of 147 participants, including representatives from 78 intrastate providers and from 36 out of the 45 ACCME Recognized Accreditors. The ACCME offered monthly webinars and one-on-one consultations for Recognized Accreditors. In addition, ACCME executive staff attended or participated in the provider conferences and/or leadership meetings of the following 16 states’ medical societies: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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In Case You Missed It

  • ACCME Releases November 2010 Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary
  • Integrating CME with Quality Improvement and Promoting Physician Leadership: An Interview with Mike Horst, PhD, Lancaster General Hospital
  • The ACCME Report, December 21, 2010

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