ACCME Releases Annual Report Data 2009; PARS on Track for Midsummer Launch

Published Date: 
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Number: 
6
Volume: 
2

News
ACCME Releases Annual Report Data 2009
Program & Activity Reporting System On Track for Midsummer Launch
ACCME Announces Call for Nominations for Rutledge W. Howard, MD Awards for State Medical Societies

Tips and Tools
Developing CME Based on National Research
Preventing Noncompliance Pitfalls

Education and Outreach
ACCME Conducts Focus Groups with Providers and Surveyors
New Sessions Added to 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops
2010 Regional Forums for State Accreditors and Providers
ACCME Holds 2010 Town Hall Meetings for Accredited Providers

Take Our Survey
Promoting CME's Value

ACCME Communications Process
Newsletters and E-Mail Alerts

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Releases Additional Guidance on Role of Commercial Interest Employees in CME; ACCME Supports Maintenance of Licensure; The ACCME Report, May 20, 2010
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News

ACCME Releases Annual Report Data 2009

The ACCME (ACCME®) has released the Annual Report Data 2009, providing an in-depth view of the size and scope of the CME enterprise nationwide. The report include statistics on CME program revenue, funding, numbers of participants and format of educational activities. The 2009 ACCME Annual Report Data marks the 12th year the ACCME has been collecting and analyzing information for accredited providers, and offers more than a decade-long perspective on the growth of the CME system.

The report includes information from 707 ACCME accredited providers, who reported producing more than 95,000 activities in 2009 that drew more than 17 million participants. The report also includes information on 1,518 local providers accredited by state and territory medical societies that are Recognized as accreditors by the ACCME. State-accredited providers reported producing more than 48,000 activities, drawing more than 4 million participants.

Read the 2009 Annual Report Data.
Read previous years' reports.

Program & Activity Reporting System On Track for Midsummer Launch

The Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) is on track for a midsummer launch. PARS is a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from accredited continuing medical education providers. During the exhibition phase, which ran from April 21 – May 21, 138 organizations, representing the range of provider types, took advantage of the opportunity to try out the system before it goes live, ask questions and provide feedback. In addition, about 400 people viewed the educational resources available on the PARS Information Page.

The ACCME is now making minor adjustments to PARS, and is updating the educational and instructional resources, based on the feedback received from providers during the exhibition phase. We expect to make PARS available for live data entry midsummer. Accredited providers will receive an e-mail alert when the system is ready for live data entry.

Here are a few comments about the benefits of PARS from providers who participated in the exhibition phase.

  • "This will be a timesaver, so we're not reporting the same information on the annual report and again on the activity list."
  • "Uploading will make the process much easier. I believe this reporting will help the ACCME have a pulse on what is happening in the industry."
  • "Transparency for the CME system. Greatest benefit for me is the ongoing record of activity which I can access at any time to review. My organization will benefit from PARS because leaders can view the activities of the CME office and thereby make it more central to the organization."

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.

ACCME Announces Call for Nominations for Rutledge W. Howard, MD Awards for State Medical Societies

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education is proud to announce the call for nominations for the 2010 Rutledge W. Howard, MD Awards. Given in two categories, these awards commend Recognized state medical societies, their staff and volunteers for their contributions and commitment to advancing community-based continuing medical education programs and the intrastate accreditation system. The deadline for submissions is September 3, 2010.

The awards are named for Dr. Rutledge W. Howard, who worked with every state, the District of Columbia, and four territories to develop a system for accrediting intrastate CME providers. There are currently more than 1,500 providers accredited by ACCME Recognized state or territory medical societies. Each year, these providers offer approximately 50,000 CME activities in communities across the country, drawing more than four million health care practitioner participants. The ACCME established the Dr. Rutledge W. Howard Awards to honor intrastate accreditors for their important role in the national accreditation system.

Download the submission guidelines and a list of previous award recipients.

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Tips and Tools

Developing CME Based on National Research

In this video interview,  Developing CME Based on National Research, Dorothy S. Lane, MD, MPH, Associate Dean of CME, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, discusses a team-based CME activity addressing improvements in colorectal screening rates.

Preventing Noncompliance Pitfalls

The ACCME has now reviewed 304 providers for compliance with the 2006 Accreditation Criteria. Fifty percent of those providers were required to submit Progress Reports because they were found in Noncompliance with one or more of the accreditation requirements. Many of the Noncompliance issues are easily preventable. To help you avoid these pitfalls, we recommend you review the following video FAQs on the multimedia Education and Training section of our Web site.

  • Common Noncompliance Issues: Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive provides an overview of the most common Noncompliance problems — including signatures on letters of agreement. During the reaccreditation process, those providers who received Noncompliance with Criterion 8 (Standard 3: Appropriate Use of Commercial Support) most often failed to show a letter of agreement with signatures of both the commercial supporter and the ACCME provider for all their activities.
  • Avoiding Noncompliance with the Standards for Commercial Support: What Do I Need to Understand about Conflicts of Interest? and Avoiding Noncompliance with the Standards for Commercial Support: Understanding the Role of CME Planners: When providers receive a Noncompliance finding for Criterion 7, it is usually for failing to comply with Standard 2: Resolution of Personal Conflicts of Interest and Standard 6: Disclosures Relevant to Potential Commercial Bias. Providers need to identify, resolve and disclose the relevant financial relationships not only of teachers, speakers and authors, but also of committee members and staff who control the content of CME.
  • Examples of Professional Practice Gaps and CME that Addresses Nonclinical Professional Practice Gaps: To avoid a finding of Noncompliance with Criterion 2, providers need to identify the professional practice gaps their activities are addressing and the educational needs that underlie those gaps. In addition to these two new video FAQs, click here to see a list of other relevant video FAQs on the Education and Training section of our Web site that pertain to professional practice gaps.
  • Analyzing Activities' Impact: Measuring the changes that result from their CME activities is not enough to achieve compliance with Criterion 11. Providers must also analyze their measurement data to determine the effectiveness of their activities.

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Education and Outreach

ACCME Conducts Focus Groups with Providers and Surveyors

The ACCME is conducting a series of focus groups with accredited providers and volunteer surveyors. The purpose of the focus groups is to gather participants' perspectives on the ACCME's requirements, processes and services. The discussions are informal, to encourage candid and far-reaching conversations.
"We appreciate the focus group participants for taking the time to share their perspectives, expertise and insights with us," said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "Their thoughtful observations will be invaluable to us as we develop strategies to improve our support of accredited providers."
The focus groups are part of an ongoing initiative by the ACCME to facilitate dialogue with accredited providers and other stakeholders, and incorporate their input into the ACCME's strategic planning process.

New Sessions Added to 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops

Two new sessions have been added to the 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops. "Engagement with the Environment" is an advanced session focusing on ACCME Criteria 16 – 22, for providers seeking Accreditation with Commendation. "Next Steps for Organizations Seeking Accreditation" helps those preparing to apply for ACCME accreditation for the first time.

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.

Here are a few comments from the April 2010 Accreditation Workshop participants.

  • "You demonstrated and communicated a warm, welcoming, open, competent and caring group of professionals interested in supporting high-quality education for physicians. Thank you.”
  • “I felt that the newcomers' session provided a good anchor in understanding where CME fits in the health care system, why there are standards for CME and how flexible ACCME is in accomodating different organizations as accredited bodies.“
  • "The break out sessions were a wonderful way to learn from [my] peers and the experts in a setting where it was easier to ask questions."

The Accreditation Workshops will be held two more times in 2010: August 4 – 6, and December 8 –10, 2010, at the Westin Chicago River North. Registration is now open for the August and December workshops. Download the brochure and registration information.

2010 Regional Forums for State Accreditors and State-Accredited Providers: Building Leadership, Building Value

To support state accreditors and state-accredited providers, we are holding four regional workshops across the country. The 2010 ACCME Regional Forums: Building Leadership, Building Value, will help participants develop strategic and tactical approaches for positioning their CME programs as valued assets in their health care organizations.

The first regional forum, held June 16 in collaboration with the Medical Society of the State of New York, brought together more than 45 continuing medical education professionals from the Greater New York area, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, as well as from Alabama, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Virginia and Puerto Rico.

The second regional forum, held July 8 at Novant Health/Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC, brought together continuing medical education (CME) providers accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society as well as other regional providers. The event drew about 40 CME professionals from North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington State, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

The schedule for the rest of the forums is as follows.

  • August 31 in St. Louis, MO: Online registration is open until August 13.
  • October 18 in Las Vegas, NV: online registration is open until October 1.

Workshops are open to state accreditors, state-accredited providers and volunteers involved in the state accreditation system. Download a flyer and registration information.

Read a general news release about the regional forums and a news release about the New York regional forum, issued jointly by the Medical Society of the State of New York and the Medical Society of the County of Queens, where the forum was held.

ACCME Holds 2010 Town Hall Meetings for Nationally-Accredited Providers

During the past few months, the ACCME has held three town-hall style meetings for different types of accredited organizations: publishing and education companies, government and military providers, and medical specialty societies and other nonprofit providers. Two more town halls are scheduled: July 30, for hospital and health care system providers; and August 16 for medical school providers. Providers will have the choice of participating in person at our Chicago offices, or via the Internet.

This is the second annual series of town hall meetings. The purpose is to facilitate open discussion between ACCME staff and participants about issues and questions related to specific provider groups. The town halls are free of charge. If you have any questions, please contact Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education and Outreach.

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Take Our Survey

Promoting CME's Value: Share Your Strategies

Accredited CME providers and other CME stakeholders have identified the need to promote accredited CME's value as a strategic priority. To facilitate discussion about this important issue, we are conducting a short survey, asking about the steps you have taken to communicate CME’s value within your organization or to the wider health care system, your successes and challenges, and your suggestions for how we can support you in these efforts. We’ll publish the survey results in an upcoming newsletter, so you can learn about your colleagues’ strategies to elevate the value of CME. Take our survey.

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ACCME Communications Process

Newsletters and E-Mail Alerts

Beginning last September, we have released The ACCME Report on a monthly (or occasionally bimonthly) basis in order to provide you with timely and consistent communications, aggregated into one resource for your convenience. In addition, we send separate e-mail alerts when there is important information we need to communicate in-between newsletters. You can always check our home page for current and past announcements, newsletters and news releases. We hope our communications strategies are helpful to you and we would appreciate your feedback. Please send comments and suggestions to Tamar Hosansky.

In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Releases Additional Guidance On Role of Commercial Interest Employees in CME
  • Accreditation Council for CME Supports Maintenance of Licensure Initiative
  • The ACCME Report, May 20, 2010

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