ACCME Publishes Complaints Summaries; PARS Education Helps Providers Meet March 31 Reporting Deadline

Published Date: 
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Number: 
2
Volume: 
3

News
ACCME Publishes Complaints Web Page and Summaries
ACCME Offers PARS Education to Help Providers Meet March 31 Year-End Reporting Deadline

Tips and Tools
Simple and Effective Communication with CME Planners: A Video FAQ with ACCME Chief Executive, Murray Kopelow, MD
Insights for Managing Joint Sponsorship Relationships: An Interview with Ron Murray, EdD, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Education and Outreach
Registration Now Open for 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops
ACCME Staff Make Presentations at Alliance for CME Annual Meeting
ACCME Joins Government Meetings to Support National Health Care Quality Initiatives
ACCME Chief Executive Participates in EACCME Meeting

For Your Reference
Academic CME in the U.S. and Canada: The 2010 AAMC/SACME Harrison Survey

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, January 20, 2011
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News

ACCME Publishes Complaints Web Page and Summaries

The ACCME has published a Complaints Process Web page, a compendium of blinded summaries from the complaints process, and an online complaints submission form. We are publishing these materials as part of our ongoing effort to increase the ACCME accreditation system’s transparency and accountability.The complaints process is the procedure that the ACCME uses to respond to complaints from the public and the CME community about ACCME-accredited providers' compliance with accreditation requirements.

In July 2010, we announced that we would make public blinded summaries from the complaints process for the purpose of educating providers and other stakeholders. We have begun by producing seven summaries that we believe will serve as educational tools to help you understand our expectations regarding compliance. The summaries follow the model of the ACCME Accreditation Findings Based on the 2006 Accreditation Criteria: A Compendium of Case Examples, which includes blinded descriptions of compliance and noncompliance for educational purposes.

Read more.

View a video commentary by ACCME Chief Executive, Murray Kopelow, MD, about the Complaints Process Web page and summaries.

ACCME Offers PARS Education to Help Providers Meet March 31 Year-End Deadline

ACCME-Accredited Providers: 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. (Please note that only ACCME-accredited providers, and not providers accredited by a state medical society, will be using PARS for their data submission.) 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.

PARS Webinars: We are conducting a series of webinars, "Answering Your PARS Questions," to provide you with support in meeting our data submission requirements. The first two webinars, held in February, drew participants from more than 120 organizations. Upcoming webinars are scheduled for March. They are free of charge, but you do need to register as soon as possible to secure a space. Read more information and sign up here.

PARS Year-End Reporting Resources

  • Year-End Reporting for the ACCME’s “Annual Report” using PARS
  • How do I use PARS to complete my year-end reporting?
  • How do I let the ACCME know that my year-end reporting is complete?

Tab-Delimited Batch Upload: If you're planning to use this function to upload data, we recommend you view the video tutorial, "Tab-delimited Batch Upload: Bringing Bulk Activity Data Into PARS," for detailed, step-by-step instructions.

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.

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

We have posted two new video resources on the Education and Training section of our Web site.

  • Simple and Effective Communication with CME Planners: Using the familiar concepts of the Plan-Do-Study-Act model, ACCME Chief Executive, Murray Kopelow, MD, offers five brief questions to help CME professionals and their stakeholders design educational interventions that meet the expectations of the ACCME Criteria while communicating the strategic value of accredited CME to address problems in practice.
  • Insights for Managing Joint Sponsorship Relationships: Ron Murray, EdD, Associate Director of CME at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, shares his insights about working with joint sponsors to plan and deliver CME activities.

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Education and Outreach

Registration Now Open for 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops

Registration is now open for the ACCME's 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops, 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 have invited providers whose next accreditation decisions are scheduled for July and November 2012, and March 2013 to participate in one of the sessions in anticipation of their reaccreditation processes.

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.

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 Staff Make Presentations at Alliance for CME Annual Meeting

ACCME staff members made several presentations at the Alliance for CME annual meeting, held in January in San Francisco. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME's Chief Executive, and David Baldwin, MPA, Manager of Accreditation Services, gave a two-part presentation. offering practical tips for providers preparing for the reaccreditation process. Two providers joined as panelists. Brooke Taylor, MPH, Director of Continuing Medical Education, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI; and Dion Richetti, General Manager, Discovery Institute of Medical Education, Chicago, shared their experiences with recently completing their reaccreditation reviews under the Accreditation Criteria.

Dr. Kopelow, along with Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach; and Kelly Roberts, Manager, Systems Education and Outreach, participated in the Federal Member Section Meeting to discuss the Accreditation Criteria and the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).

Dr. Kopelow, Dr. Singer, and Ms. Roberts also hosted a luncheon and discussion for ACCME accreditation surveyors. If you'd like to learn more about becoming a surveyor, contact Erica Hubbard, ACCME's Survey Services Coordinator, and visit the Volunteer Opportunities page on our Web site.
 

ACCME Joins Government Meetings to Support National Health Care Quality Initiatives

The ACCME participated in several meetings with public officials held in Washington, DC, in February, to discuss the role of accredited CME in supporting national health care quality initiatives.

  • Dr. Kopelow and other medical organization CEOs were invited to a meeting with David Blumenthal, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in February, to discuss integrating health IT with professional medical education, certification, and licensure.
  • Dr. Kopelow met with executive staff from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Health Resources and Services Administration, to discuss the role of CME in supporting substance abuse prevention and treatment initiatives. The ACCME has a long-standing collaboration with the ONDCP; Dr. Kopelow served as special advisor to the office from June through December 2009. The 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, calls for increasing health care providers’ knowledge about substance abuse screening and intervention through continuing education programs.

ACCME Chief Executive Participates in EACCME Meeting

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive participated in a meeting of the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) held in London in January. The meeting included updates and discussions about the creation of accreditation policies for continuing medical education/continuing professional development in Europe.

Throughout the years, the ACCME has participated in CME initiatives with the EACCME and with government, health system and CME representatives from a wide range of countries, as part of its commitment to support collaboration in the global CME community.

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For Your Reference

The Association of American Medical Colleges and the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education have released "Academic CME in the U.S. and Canada: The 2010 AAMC/SACME Harrison Survey," which includes information about the structure, activities, and funding of CME programs.
 

In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Report, January 20, 2011

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