Tips and Tools
Video Interviews: Creating a Culture of Safety
Education and Outreach
Registration Open for New and Improved April 2014 Accreditation Workshop
ACCME Participates in ABMS, AAMC, CMSS, and FSMB Meetings
State Medical Society Events Include ACCME Participation
Duke Clinical Research Institute Holds Meeting on Transforming Professional Medical Education
International Academy for CPD Accreditation Convenes First Face-To-Face Meeting
ACCME Participates in European CME Forum
For Your Reference
"Push for Interprofessional Education Picks up Steam," Published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Creighton Interprofessional Continuing Education, a Video Produced by Creighton University
“Appropriate Use of Medical Resources,” a White Paper Issued by the American Hospital Association
The ACCME is pleased to announce a public call for comment about its proposal to simplify the accreditation requirements and process. Comments will be accepted through January 31, 2014.
This call for comment continues the ACCME’s ongoing process of engagement with the CME and stakeholder community. In May 2013, the ACCME released the Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process for informal feedback. The call for public comment is the next step in the process and is issued in accordance with the ACCME’s Rule-Making Policy.
The proposed changes—which are virtually identical to those previously circulated—include:
- Simplifying and removing some of the Accreditation Criteria and policy requirements
- Changing terminology from “joint sponsorship” to “joint providership”
- Implementing the policy change prohibiting the use of logos of ACCME-defined commercial interests in commercial support acknowledgments
- Offering providers an abstract as an ACCME-authorized tool to use when verifying performance-in-practice
- Simplifying the process for organizations applying for initial accreditation
1. We are no longer proposing the merger of Criteria 12 and 13. These two Criteria will remain unchanged.
2. This call for comment does not include the sections in the May 2013 Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process related to the evolution of the criteria for achieving Accreditation with Commendation. The ACCME is in the process of developing a menu of potential new commendation criteria and will share those ideas with the stakeholder community at a later time. The ACCME decided to separate the simplification proposal from the Accreditation with Commendation proposal in order to expedite the simplification process, in response to stakeholders’ requests.
Read more about the call for comment in our news release.
The ACCME announces that Carlyle Chan, MD, and Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD, were elected 2014 Chair and Vice-Chair of the ACCME at the annual meeting of its Board of Directors, held December 5-6, 2013, in Chicago.
Carlyle H. Chan, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and in the Institute for Health and Society (Bioethics and Medical Humanities) at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD is the Executive Director of the Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration, which administers the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination, and currently serves as the Chair of the ACCME’s Quality Improvement Committee.
Tips and Tools
In this video interview series, Richard Brilli, MD, Chief Medical Officer; and Karen Heiser, PhD, Vice-President and Designated Institutional Official, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, describe how they created a safety culture within their institution.
- Zero Preventable Harm: Creating a Safety Culture
- Safety is a Team Sport: Using Interprofessional Collaborative Practice to Reduce Errors
- Patient Outcomes: Using Data to Improve Safety
- Culture Change: Promoting Safety through Error Reporting and Continuous Improvement
Education and Outreach
Registration is open for the ACCME's April 2014 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for April 9–11 in Chicago. We are pleased to announce that we are offering new features and formats in 2014 in response to attendees’ feedback and to meet your individualized learning needs.
Designed for all levels, from CME novices to masters, 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.
Special Features for 2014
- More interaction: We’ve reduced the number of didactic sessions and included more discussion time, vignettes, cases, and examples throughout the workshop.
- Small group discussions: Integrated throughout the workshop, these sessions give you the opportunity to build on the information presented at the general sessions and discuss strategies for improving your CME program with your peers.
- Learner-Centered Breakout Sessions: Choose two breakouts on topics of specific interest to your organization and explore these issues with your colleagues.
- Public Health Imperatives Forum: Explore opportunities for your organization to contribute to public health improvement. Read about the Public Health Imperatives Forum we offered in April 2013.
Pre-Workshop Optional Sessions
- Self-Study for Accreditation: This session will be offered by invitation only for providers that are seeking initial accreditation or expecting their next reaccreditation decision in July 2015, November 2015, and March 2016. We will send information to eligible participants in February 2014.
- Newcomers Introduction to Accredited CME: Designed for participants involved in CME for one year or less, this session will introduce you to CME basics, enabling you to get the most out of the workshop.
For more information or to register, click here.
Questions? Please contact Saifra Khan, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments from Participants at Previous Workshops
- “I appreciated the discussion and enthusiasm of the faculty, the spirit of collaboration and encouragement, the intent to help committed providers succeed in the accreditation process, and the balance between effective planning, documentation, and adherence to the requirements to be an accredited provider."
- "I had several 'a-ha' moments during this course. I found it extremely valuable. It was an opportunity to step back and start looking to improve and strengthen our program."
- "I have been working with CME activities for five years and wish I would have attended a workshop like this years ago! It really helped me gain a better understanding of all the criteria and it doesn't seem as daunting now...I think this would be a great course to take every two years just to stay updated and to keep reinforcing the information."
- “The opportunity to hear from—and meet—the representatives of the federal government was a tremendous opportunity for me. It was really amazing to think that they were taking [time] from their busy schedules to speak with accredited CME providers. For me to be able to go back and tell the leadership of my institution that these government agencies want us to help address these public health problems is very empowering.”
- "As a newcomer to CME, I had a very positive experience with the conference. I appreciated the variety of session styles as well as breakout sessions to discuss practical application of ideas. Overall, I felt the program was well-balanced and helped me to develop my ability to be a critical thinker about the role of CME in my organization, so I can take my work beyond merely filling out our required forms, etc. I now have a framework for understanding CME to take it to a new level in my organization."
The ACCME participated in the following meetings during the past few months as part of its ongoing collaboration with member organizations. Through joint leadership initiatives, the ACCME and member organizations identify and implement strategies for improving physicians' continuing professional development and patient care.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, accepted an invitation to become a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Committee on Research and Evaluation Procedures (COREP). He participated in a COREP meeting held in November in Chicago. The meeting addressed issues including the ABMS program for Maintenance of Certification® (MOC). Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, participated in an ABMS MOC Committee meeting held in December. The ACCME has provided ongoing support for the ABMS MOC initiative.
- Ms. Regnier and Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, ACCME, participated in the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) held in November in Philadelphia. The conference included several high-level sessions about the role of CME as a strategic asset to healthcare quality improvement initiatives. One session discussed the value of partnerships between CME and the clinical and academic enterprises; another session described examples of successful partnerships between CME, clinical quality leadership, and interprofessional education.
- Ms. Regnier participated in the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) 2013 Annual Meeting, held in November in Washington, DC.
- Ms. Regnier participated in a meeting of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Maintenance of Licensure Task Force on Continuous Professional Development Activities, held in October at the FSMB offices in Euless, Texas. Ms. Regnier facilitated a discussion about how accredited CME aligns with the goals of Maintenance of Licensure (MOL). She described how the Accreditation Criteria link CME with quality improvement and support physicians’ lifelong learning and practice improvement. She provided an overview of the literature demonstrating the effectiveness of CME and explained the data produced by the accreditation system that analyzes how CME affects physician change.
The ACCME participated in the following state medical society events during the past 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).
- Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, ACCME, conducted training sessions for volunteer leadership at the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) Committee on Accreditation and Medical Education and the Oregon Medical Association (OMA), in November. The purpose of Dr. Singer’s interactive sessions was to support participants’ continuing professional development as accreditation surveyors. He explained that the role of surveyors is to collect data, clarify information, identify missing information, and serve as an advocate for CME providers, helping them to tell the story of their CME programs. Using case examples, he described the ACCME’s expectations for compliance with the Accreditation Criteria and the Standards for Commercial Support.
- Dr. Singer gave a presentation at the New Mexico Accredited CME Providers Annual Training Conference, held by the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS) in October. He discussed the ACCME’s ongoing engagement with stakeholders regarding the Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.
- Dr. Singer was a speaker at the CME Provider Education Conference held by the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) in October. He explained how accredited CME can demonstrate responsive leadership and support public health imperatives on a local and national level.
- Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education and Outreach, ACCME, gave a presentation at the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Provider Workshop, held in October. She discussed the role of accredited CME as a strategic asset to government public health initiatives, such as the Food and Drug Administration Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy and the National Human Genome Research Institute effort to improve the integration of genomics into health professionals’ practice. Following the workshop, Ms. Martin participated in a meeting of CME Directors from the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC), where she answered questions about the CME environment.
- Ms. Martin gave two presentations at the Annual South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) CME Provider Workshop held in November. In her first presentation, “Accreditation for Learning and Change,” she provided an overview of the Accreditation Criteria and discussed simple, effective approaches to planning activities that address practice-based problems and facilitate learner change and improvement. In her second presentation, “Engagement with the Environment: Achieving Accreditation with Commendation,” Ms. Martin used case examples to demonstrate how providers are successfully achieving compliance with Criteria 16–22.
- Ms. Martin gave a presentation at the 2013 Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) CME Provider Conference held in December. She explained how accredited CME links with quality improvement and discussed how CME providers can use the Accreditation Criteria as a roadmap for facilitating change and improvement in their CME programs.
Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, gave a presentation via conference call at Transforming Professional Medical Education, a conference organized by Duke Clinical Research Institute in December. Dr. Kopelow described the characteristics of accredited CME. He explained that accredited CME is of, by, and for the profession of medicine, and is independent of commercial interests. He provided an overview of the ACCME 2012 Annual Report, which showed that 82% of activities presented by ACCME-accredited providers did not receive commercial support. He discussed how accredited CME supports initiatives and how the Joint Accreditation program, created by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), supports interprofessional collaborative practice.
The International Academy for CPD Accreditation held its first face-to-face meeting in November in London. The meeting brought together participants representing Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Hong Kong. Participants included CME/CPD accreditation system leaders as well as representatives from licensing authorities: the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US and the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada.
The goal of the meeting was to provide a high-level forum for CPD/CME accreditation system leaders from around the world to explore and learn from each other’s accreditation systems and to promote the integration of CME/CPD accreditation systems within systems for licensure and revalidation.
Kate Regnier MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, facilitated a discussion where participants shared the structure of their CPD accreditation systems and brainstormed strategies to help one another address areas of common concern.
Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, facilitated a session exploring the advantages and disadvantages of developing a common framework for mutual recognition of CPD/CME accreditation systems around the world.
The international Academy for CPD accreditation was founded earlier this year by the ACCME and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The Academy held its inaugural meeting via webinar in May.
The ACCME participated in the 6th Annual Meeting of the European CME Forum, held in November in London. Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, facilitated a conversation with CME leaders about the issues affecting the future of CME in Europe. The ACCME participated in the forum as part of its ongoing efforts to support collaboration in the global CME community.
ACCME-accredited providers: To meet your year-end reporting deadline, you must complete entering data for your 2013 activities and complete your 2013 program summary by March 31, 2014. The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2013 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.
For more information and links to educational resources, please visit our About PARS Web page.
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) are using PARS for their providers. Intrastate providers should check with their accreditor for information.
- "Push for Interprofessional Education Picks up Steam," published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ, on November 20, 2013, includes a description of the Joint AccreditationTM program, founded in 2009 by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The article explains that Joint Accreditation is designed to advance interprofessional education and collaborative practice, and that jointly accredited providers have substantially increased the number of interprofessional educational activities they offer to health professionals.
- Creighton Interprofessional Continuing Education, a video produced by Creighton University, describes the value of Joint AccreditationTM in supporting interprofessional education.
- “Appropriate Use of Medical Resources,” a white paper issued by the American Hospital Association (AHA) includes recommendations for hospitals and health systems about how to reduce costs while improving patient health. The white paper includes discussion about educating healthcare providers on the appropriate use of medical resources. The AHA is an ACCME member organization.
- The ACCME Report, October 31, 2013
- Joint Accreditation Program Improvements and New Web Site
- ACCME Supports ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS Data Collection Process