ACCME Publishes Addendum to 2010 Annual Report Data, Implements PARS Improvements

Published Date: 
Friday, September 16, 2011
Number: 
7
Volume: 
3

News
ACCME Publishes Addendum to 2010 Annual Report Data
ACCME Implements PARS Improvements, Releases PARS Survey Results
Three Providers Receive Joint Accreditation from ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC

Tips and Tools
Engaging with the CME Environment—Both Nationally and Locally
Message from the ACCME

Education and Outreach
Save the Date: 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops
ACCME Holds Regional Forums for State Medical Societies
ACCME Presents at Alliance for CME Medical Specialty Societies Member Section Meetings, Ohio CME Symposium
ANCC Hosts Standards for Commercial Support Users Group Meeting

Reminder
2012 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee

For Your Reference
"Education Works!" by Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME, published by National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS)

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, August 11, 2011; ACCME Releases July Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary

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News

ACCME Publishes Addendum to 2010 Annual Report Data

The ACCME has released an addendum to the 2010 Annual Report Data, "Analysis of Commercial Support Distribution and Long-Term CME Trends." The addendum builds on the information included in the previously published annual reports, from 1998–2010, to provide long-term analysis of trends. In addition, the addendum includes new data, made possible because of the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), a Web-based portal designed to centralize and streamline the collection, management, and analysis of program and activity data from ACCME-accredited CME providers. The structure of PARS enabled the ACCME to present an overview and analysis of commercial support distribution across the national CME enterprise.

Read the Addendum to the 2010 Annual Report Data.
Read the 2010 Annual Report Data.
Read previous years' reports.
 

ACCME Implements PARS Improvements, Releases PARS Survey Results

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

  • Copying activities: If you provide the same activity in multiple locations or provide the same activity year after year, you can save time entering data about these activities by using the new copy function in PARS. See this FAQ.

  • Deleting activities: You now can delete more than one activity at a time. See this FAQ.

  • Multiyear commercial support: We have clarified our instructions for designating commercial support for multiyear activities. See this FAQ.

  • New tool: PARS Release Notes offers a brief, up-to-date summary of the enhancements we have made, with links to relevant FAQs, for your quick reference. This tool will be especially helpful to providers using PARS on a frequent basis.

As a reminder, we have previously announced:

  • In-Kind Commercial Support: The ACCME no longer requires 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. See this FAQ.

  • 2011-2012 Data Entry: Providers are welcome to enter data for activities scheduled through 2012. We have not opened PARS for data entry for activities taking place in 2013 and beyond to ensure that we can implement future improvements without making it necessary for providers to reenter data. (For the batch upload function, please use the templates marked for Reporting Year 2011. Do not use the 2010 templates, as they will no longer work.)

PARS Survey Results: Many thanks to the 222 (32%) of the 694 ACCME-accredited providers who responded to our survey and gave us their feedback about their experience with PARS. The majority of providers reported that they found PARS easy to use and found the education and support resources helpful. Providers also shared feedback about the overall benefits and challenges of PARS. Read more.

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 info@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.)
 

Three Providers Receive Joint Accreditation from ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC

The ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) are proud to announce that they have jointly awarded accreditation to Cine-Med, the Creighton University, and the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC.

The ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC have collaborated to reward organizations for offering team-focused education that improves patient care. This joint process decreases the administrative burdens for continuing education providers, as they can take advantage of one unified, streamlined process rather than obtaining three different accreditations.

Joint accreditation offers an additional option—not a restriction—for continuing education providers. Organizations that are accredited separately can also produce education for health care teams, and organizations that are awarded joint accreditation can also produce education that is not team-related.

Read more.

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Tips and Tools

  • Engaging with the CME Environment—Both Nationally and Locally: in this video interview, Gayle Akins, National CME Program Manager for Kaiser Permanente, talks about her experience engaging with the CME environment at a national, regional, and community level.

  • Message from the ACCME: Gain an understanding of the ACCME’s ongoing strategic priorities in this overview from Richard B. Reiling, MD, 2011 Chair, ACCME Board of Directors; Sandra B. Norris, MBA, 2011 Vice-Chair, ACCME Board of Directors; and Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "Message from the ACCME" is the opening section 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

Save the Date: 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops
The ACCME's 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops are scheduled for April 18–20 and August 15–17 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 2013, November 2013, and March 2014. Early next year, 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 for the April workshop will open later this fall.

ACCME Holds Regional Forums for State Medical Societies
The ACCME held three regional forums over the summer for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies approved by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers). The forums brought together CME accreditor staff and volunteers from 24 states to discuss the national CME environment and best practices in accreditation.

Each forum featured a guest speaker.

  • Colorado regional forum: Martha Johns, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Guidelines and Evaluation, HealthTeamWorks, discussed the role of CME in addressing health care quality gaps. The forum was hosted by the Colorado Medical Society, an ACCME Recognized Accreditor.
  • Illinois regional forum: John Combes, MD, President, Center for Healthcare Governance with the American Hospital Association (AHA), discussed the Physician Leadership Forum, including its focus on education, leadership, quality, and patient safety. The AHA is an ACCME member organization.
  • Rhode Island regional forum: Freda Bush, MD, Immediate Past Chair, Federation of State Medical Boards, discussed opportunities for CME to support physicians' Maintenance of Licensure (MOL). Read a news release about the Rhode Island regional forum, issued jointly by the ACCME; the Rhode Island Medical Society, an ACCME Recognized Accreditor and the forum host; and the Federation of State Medical Boards, an ACCME member organization.

Here are a few comments from regional forums participants:

  • "Extremely well done. [I] appreciated the time in the agenda to allow for discussion and involvement of the audience.”
  • “[I valued] the opportunity to familiarize myself with the overall process and terminology. It was a very open format and the participants were very helpful—it was a great setting to get questions answered.”
  • "Sharing approaches with colleagues from the other state medical societies will greatly enhance our accreditation practices."

ACCME Presents at Alliance for CME Medical Specialty Societies Member Section Meetings, Ohio CME Symposium

  • ACCME senior staff provided updates from the ACCME at the Alliance for CME's Medical Specialty Societies Member Section Meetings in August. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, spoke at the meeting held at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Alexandria, VA; and Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, spoke at the meeting held at the American College of Surgeons in Chicago. Ms. Regnier and Dr. Singer discussed the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), the ACCME 2010 Annual Report Data, accreditation and compliance data, and the role of accredited CME in supporting the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioids.
  • Ms. Regnier gave a plenary presentation and breakout session at the 2011 Ohio CME Symposium convened by the Ohio State Medical Association on August 17. She described how accredited CME supports health care quality improvement efforts and aligns with the American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) and the Federation of State Medical Boards Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) initiatives. She provided a simple construct for approaching the Accreditation Criteria, reviewed compliance data from both the ACCME and the OSMA, and explained case examples of compliance and noncompliance for each of the Criteria.

ANCC Hosts Standards for Commercial Support Users Group Meeting
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) hosted a Standards for Commercial Support Users Group meeting on August 11. Participants discussed the role of accreditors in supporting data collection for the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioids, as well as other accreditation process issues. Guest speakers included Theresa Toigo, RPh, MBA, Associate Director for Drug Safety Operations, Office of the Center Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA; and Valerie Smothers, Deputy Director, Medbiquitous.

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, represented the ACCME. In addition to the ACCME, ANCC, FDA, and Medbiquitous, participating organizations included the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Dental Association, the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, and MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society.

The Standards for Commercial Support Users Group Meetings bring together leadership from accrediting organizations to discuss strategies for ensuring the independence of continuing education in health care and related fields.

More information about the role of accredited CME in the FDA REMS is available in this news release, FAQ (questions 13-21), and audio commentary by Dr. Kopelow.

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Reminder

2012 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee
ACCME-Accredited Providers: We will send invoices for the 2012 ACCME annual accreditation fee in November, with payment due by January 31, 2012. 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 14, 2011.
 

For Your Reference

  • "Education Works!" by Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, offers nine ways for hospitals to use CME as a dynamic, effective tool for change and improvement. The article was published in the July/Aug 2011 issue of NAMSS SYNERGY, the official publication of the National Association Medical Staff Services.

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In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Report, August 11, 2011
  • ACCME Releases July Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary

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