ACCME Posts PARS Info Page and FAQ; Take Our Survey

Published Date: 
Thursday, February 25, 2010
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2
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2

News

ACCME Posts Program & Activity Reporting System Info Page and FAQ

Tips and Tools
Learning from Teaching — Activity Planning Tutorial
"Sorry Works" — Risk Management CME: An Interview with Tim Holder, MD, Oklahoma State Medical Association

Education and Outreach
CME as a Bridge to Quality: Accreditation Workshops for 2010
Take Our Survey
Help Us Improve Our Education and Outreach Efforts

Reminders
ACCME Calls for Comment Deadline: March 8, 2010
ACCME Annual Report Data Deadline: March 31, 2010

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, January 22, 2010; ACCME Releases December Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary

News

ACCME Posts Program & Activity Reporting System Info Page and FAQ
The ACCME has posted a Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) Information Page and FAQ, where providers and other stakeholders can access the latest developments and answers to questions. The link to the PARS information page is also available on our Web site home page in the left-hand section entitled "For CME Providers."  PARS is a Web-based portal designed to streamline the collection of data from ACCME accredited providers. Please refer to the PARS info page for the most up-to-date information, as the timeline and details are evolving, in response to feedback. The communications that we
released previously may be outdated. If you have any questions, please contact database@accme.org.
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Tips and Tools Learning from Teaching — Activity Planning Tutorial: In this step-by-step tutorial, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, explains how providers can work with faculty to develop a "Learning from Teaching" CME activity that complies with the Accreditation Criteria and aligns with the adult learning principles described in Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The tutorial includes a downloadable planning tool and links to additional resources.

"Sorry Works" — Risk Management CME: The traditional "deny and defend" approach to risk management after adverse events is the antithesis of what it means to be a physician, says Tim Holder, MD, Chair, Accreditation Review Committee, Oklahoma State Medical Association. In this new interview on our Education and Training Web pages, Dr. Holder discusses "Sorry Works," a risk management CME activity that teaches physicians to demonstrate empathy to patients and their families, disclose adverse events, apologize in cases of medical error and explain steps the institution is taking to prevent such occurrences in the future. Combining lecture with role-play, the activity generates great excitement among participants, says Holder, and is an example of how the Accreditation Criteria foster collaboration among stakeholders.

If you've developed initiatives that demonstrate how accredited CME is a strategic asset to health care quality and safety initiatives, we'd like to hear from you. Contact Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach.
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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. Download the brochure and registration information for the April 28 – 30 workshop.
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Take Our Survey
In order to better understand your needs, we are conducting a short survey to gather demographic information about newsletter readers and solicit input about our Education and Training Web pages. The nine-question survey should take you no more than five minutes to
complete. We appreciate your feedback, which will help us improve our education and outreach efforts. Take the survey.
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Reminders: ACCME Annual Report Data Deadline; Calls for Comment Deadline

All stakeholders: As we announced in the January 22, 2010 newsletter, the ACCME is seeking input from the public about the three issues — ACCME's Complaints and Inquiries Process, Knowledge-based CME Activities, and ACCME’s Recognition Process. Audio and written descriptions of each proposal and instructions for submitting comments are available here or visit www.accme.org and click on the Calls for Comment button. The deadline for submitting input is March 8, 2010.
Accredited providers: Please submit your 2009 ACCME Annual Report by March 31, 2010. This report is required in order to maintain your accreditation status. You should have already received your login information and instructions. If you haven't, contact us at annualreports@accme.org. More information and instructions are available here. A list of FAQ is available at Ask ACCME. Please note that the data will be collected through the usual means — we will not be using the new Program & Activity Reporting System for the 2009 Annual Report. Your annual report data enables the ACCME to compile comprehensive information about the size and scope of CME in the United States. The aggregate data is published annually on our Web site as a service to accredited providers, other CME stakeholders and the public.
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In Case You Missed It

The ACCME Report, January 22, 2010
ACCME Releases December 2009 Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary

 

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