Tips and Tools
How Accredited CME Providers Can Demonstrate Responsive Leadership to Health Care Stakeholders
Engagement with the CME Environment: Exploring Criteria 16– 22
National Accreditation System Update
Education and Outreach
Save the Date: 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops
Recognized Accreditors: Registration Now Open for the 2012 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference
ACCME Concludes 2012 Town Hall Series
ACCME Participates in CME Events in Michigan, South Dakota, West Virginia
Interprofessional Education Forum Cohosted by HHS Region V, IOM of Chicago, and ACCME
ACCME President and CEO Murray Kopelow, MD, Gives Inaugural Address at University of Manitoba White Coat Ceremony
Tips and Tools
- In this video commentary, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, outlines the opportunity for accredited CME providers to be "the cause of others' success" by meeting the needs of health care stakeholders with collaborative approaches, educational value, and an improvement trajectory.
In a three-part video FAQ series, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, answers providers’ questions about how to achieve Accreditation with Commendation.
- Engagement with the CME Environment: Exploring Criteria 16 and 21: Can you explain what the ACCME means by "operates in a manner that integrates CME into the process for improving professional practice" in Criterion 16? What does participation "within an institutional or system framework for quality improvement" look like for Criterion 21?
- Engagement with the CME Environment: Exploring Criteria 17 and 22: Can you explain what the ACCME means by "noneducational strategies" in Criterion 17? What does "positioned to influence the scope and content of activities/educational interventions" mean in Criterion 22?
- Engagement with the CME Environment: Exploring Criteria 18, 19, and 20: I’m concerned that our CME activities aren’t effectively changing practice and health care outcomes. What else can we do to improve our impact?
“The National Accreditation System,” a chapter in The ACCME at Work, has been updated to include compliance findings and accreditation decision outcome data from November 2008 through July 2012. In addition, the chapter includes a description of the ACCME’s accreditation review and decision-making process, quality assurance procedures, and recent improvements to the accreditation system.
Education and Outreach
The ACCME's 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops are scheduled for April 24-26 and July 31-August 2 in Chicago. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. Early next year, we will send more information to providers about registering for the self-study sessions.
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 for the April 2013 workshop will open later this fall.
Registration is now open for the ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference: A Conference of Leaders, scheduled for December 12-13, 2012, at the Intercontinental Chicago. Designed for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers) and accreditation volunteers, this conference offers the opportunity for participants and the ACCME staff to engage in strategic discussions about the future of the CME accreditation system.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Accredited CME as an Educational Home: Meeting Expectations and Identifying Opportunities.” The conference will address strategic opportunities for CME accreditors to reposition their CME enterprise as an “educational home” that provides the resources to support the continuing professional development of their physicians—in alignment with the expectations of physician licensure, certification, and health care reform. The conference will also provide hands-on training to support state medical society CME accreditation, interpretation, and decision-making under the ACCME Markers of Equivalency and Accreditation Criteria.
Please note: This conference is designed only for ACCME Recognized Accreditors staff and volunteers, and is not intended as CME provider education.
For more information and to register, click here.
The ACCME concluded its fourth annual series of town hall meetings for different provider groups. Held during the spring and summer, the five town halls drew more than 1,000 participants representing 276 organizations. The purpose of the town halls, which are free of charge, is to facilitate open discussion between ACCME staff and participants about issues and questions related to specific provider groups.
During the meetings, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, answered accredited providers' questions about compliance with the Accreditation Criteria and the accreditation system.
Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier 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 halls featured guest speakers. Mark Levine, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Denver, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), addressed the town halls for publishing and education company providers; medical schools; nonprofit membership organizations; and hospitals, health systems, and insurance companies. Dr. Levine discussed the CMS’ strategic goals: Better Care, Better Health, Lower Costs, and explored opportunities for accredited CME to address national health care priorities. CMS is an ACCME-accredited provider.
Christine Casey, MD, Deputy Editor, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), addressed the town hall for government and military providers. She 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.
Here are a few comments from participants:
- “These webinars stimulate thought and discussion post-webinar that brings change and creativity that would not happen without them.”
- “Hearing about future philosophies and how we can all have an impact on the future of CME is always beneficial, and I appreciate the willingness of ACCME to listen to what the troops in the field are experiencing, and what we would find beneficial.”
- “I thought hearing others' questions, explanations, and thoughts for the future were helpful and insightful.”
The ACCME participated in the following CME events in Michigan, South Dakota, and West Virginia during the last few months. 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).
- Marcia K. Martin, ACCME Manager, Provider Education and Outreach, gave two presentations at the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) Provider Conference in September. During one presentation, she outlined the Accreditation Criteria, focusing on strategies for complying with Essential Area 3: Evaluation and Improvement (Accreditation Criteria 11-15); in another session, she described how to move a CME program toward achieving Accreditation with Commendation.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, participated via webinar in a meeting of the South Dakota State Medical Association Committee on Medical Education. He discussed the role of accredited CME as a strategic asset to health care quality initiatives, how CME can support physician performance improvement, and how CME aligns with the goals of Maintenance of Certification®, Maintenance of Licensure, and The Joint Commission’s Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) standards. He talked about how providers can become responsive leaders, meeting the needs of various stakeholders, including their organizations, health care systems, care teams, communities, the government, and the public.
- Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, gave two presentations for the West Virginia State Medical Association (WVSMA) in September. During a WVSMA CME Committee dinner meeting, Dr. Singer explained the ACCME’s expectations of Recognized Accreditors and the support and resources it offers to the intrastate accreditation system. At the 2012 WVSMA Provider Conference, Dr. Singer provided a simple construct for approaching the Accreditation Criteria and used case examples to illustrate the ACCME’s expectations for compliance. He described how providers can add value to their programs by supporting public health and quality improvement efforts.
A forum addressing the role of interprofessional education in advancing team-based health care was co-hosted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Region V; the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC); and the ACCME. The meeting was held in Chicago in September. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together accreditation leadership from undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate education in the health professions to brainstorm strategies and potential collaborations to advance team-based health care. The ACCME cohosted the meeting as part of its ongoing commitment to facilitating opportunities for accredited CME to support interprofessional education.
Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, gave the inaugural address at the White Coat Ceremony for incoming medical students at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in Winnipeg, Canada, in August. White coat ceremonies mark the student’s transition from premedical study to the study of clinical sciences. Dr. Kopelow is an alumnus of the university and had served as the university’s Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education.
Dr. Kopelow explained that the white coat ceremony is about compassionate care, humanism in medicine, and how important it is for students to keep their souls intact as they embark on the journey of becoming and being a physician. He told the students that they should take care of themselves and their families in addition to their patients, and he shared the choices that he and his wife, who is also a physician, have made during their careers to ensure that they have time for themselves, each other, and their family. “My personal opinion is that you should not ever, ever let your spouse, your children, or your family say that your patients are more important to you than they are,” he said. “Each of them needs to be important. Don’t let your family suffer. Don’t let yourself suffer. Don’t let your soul suffer.”
Regarding education, he advised the students to adopt a scholarly approach. “Be reflective, don’t learn—but discover,” he said. “Dedicate yourself to a life of learning. Make it your habit; make it your intention to learn and to change. Don’t do it because someone tells you must. Do it because it is the right thing to do.”
Dr. Kopelow cautioned students that they would encounter boundary issues with patients and conflicts of interest with pharmaceutical companies. It’s not wrong to find yourself at a boundary, he told the students, but you need to learn how to manage these issues.
Throughout his address, he emphasized the importance of making the right choices and of being ethical and principled in their personal and professional lives. “Keep making the right choices and the choices that will preserve your soul, your humanity, because that will reflect on your ability to practice medicine.”
His fellow speakers included Brian Postl, MD, Dean of Medicine, University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine; The Honourable Theresa Oswald, Minister of Health; William D. B. Pope, MD, Registrar, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba; and David Chartrand, President, Manitoba Métis Federation.
ACCME-Accredited Providers: We will send invoices for the 2013 ACCME annual accreditation fee in November, with payment due by January 31, 2013. In 2013, this fee will be $3,300. These invoices will be addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. To view your organization’s contact information (including the billing contact), please login to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). If you need to change the billing contact for this accreditation fee invoice, please do so by October 19, 2012.
ACCME-accredited providers: The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2012 activity data now in anticipation of the year-end reporting deadline. You are welcome to enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity. To meet your year-end reporting deadline, you must complete entering data for your 2012 activities and complete your 2012 program summary by March 31,,2013. So far, 360 ACCME-accredited providers have entered more than 19,000 2012 activities into PARS. Please visit our About PARS Web page for more information and links to resources.
Please note: These instructions apply only to ACCME-accredited-providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society. Some Recognized Accreditors (state medical societies) have opted to use PARS for their providers. Intrastate providers should check with their accreditor for information.