ACCME Releases Calls for Comment Responses; PARS Exhibition Phase Opens

Published Date: 
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Number: 
4
Volume: 
2

News
ACCME Releases Calls for Comment Responses
Program & Activity Reporting System Exhibition/Education Phase Now Open
ACCME Supports CMSS Code on Interactions with Companies

Tips and Tools
Video FAQs Answer Providers' Questions about Mission Statement Wording and Documenting Change
Are You Using CME to Address the Joint Commission’s OPPE Requirement?

Education and Outreach
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

Thank You for Your Feedback
Results from Our Education and Outreach Survey

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, March 30, 2010; Effective Communication with Physician Planners: An Interview with Michele Beleu, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California
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News

ACCME Releases Calls for Comment Responses

The ACCME has posted the responses to its recent calls for comment, as well as preliminary analyses of the comments, on the ACCME Calls for Comment Web Page.
From January 22 – March 8, 2010, the ACCME sought input from the public about three issues: ACCME's Complaints and Inquiries Process, Knowledge-based CME Activities, and ACCME’s Recognition Process. Thank you to all who submitted comments. The Board of Directors will discuss the issues and responses at its next meeting, July 15 – 16, 2010, and the ACCME will continue to communicate the status of these discussions with providers and stakeholders.

Program & Activity Reporting System Exhibition/Education Phase Now Open

The ACCME Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) is now open for an exhibition/education phase. PARS is a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from accredited continuing medical education providers. The purpose of the exhibition/education phase, which will run until May 21, is to afford accredited providers, if they choose to do so, the hands-on opportunity to try out the system before it goes live. Accredited providers can view instructional materials about how PARS works, enter test data (which will be deleted before the system goes live), ask questions and provide feedback.
The exhibition/education phase is optional. Instructions for receiving a login id and password are available on the PARS Information Page. Please note that PARS is open only to ACCME-accredited providers.

We have prepared educational resources, which anyone can access, to inform stakeholders about the system and to support accredited providers as they learn how to use PARS.

  • ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS): An Introduction. In this introductory video, Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, describes the purpose of PARS and gives an overview of its functionality.
  • Getting Started with PARS: Available in written and video formats, this resource offers a step-by-step guide to inputting data into PARS.

After the exhibition/education phase, the ACCME will make any necessary additional adjustments before launching PARS.
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 Supports CMSS Code on Interactions with Companies

The ACCME strongly supports the CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies. Released on April 21 by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), the code provides guidance to medical specialty societies about appropriate interactions with health care companies.

The CMSS Code includes a section on continuing medical education, which begins by stating that: "Societies will comply with ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, including by adopting policies and procedures designed to identify and manage conflicts of interest in company-supported society CME programs."
"The CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies is a strong endorsement of the voluntary, professional, self-regulation of CME," said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "We believe the code delineates a manner of acting for societies and their leadership that is consistent with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support. We thank the CMSS and its member societies for their leadership in the development of this important code." Read more.

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Tips and Tools

Language of Expected Results in Mission Statement: Do providers have to use the words competence, performance or patient outcomes when defining the expected results in their program’s mission statement? No, they don't, explains Dr. Kopelow, but they do need to describe, in their own words, how they will fulfill those goals.

Documenting Change in CME Activities: Using practical examples, Dr. Kopelow explains how providers can use e-mail follow-ups after morbidity and mortality rounds and prescription-writing exercises in activities to measure physicians' changes in competence.

  • In two Video FAQs on the multimedia Education and Training section of our Web site, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME's Chief Executive, answers more of providers' questions about compliance with the 2006 ACCME Accreditation Criteria.
  • The Joint Commission's Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) standard requires organizations to measure the performance of all practitioners with privileges on an ongoing basis rather than at the two-year reappointment process. The requirement allows health care practitioners to take timely steps to improve their performance. We'd like to learn about the spectrum of activities CME providers are developing to address OPPE. Contact Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach.

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Education and Outreach

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" will help 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 2009 Accreditation Workshop participants.

  • "I left this conference with more knowledge than [I had gained] in the four years at my institution."
  • "The breakout sessions provided a wealth of information and practical strategies to implement improvements in our CME program. This was the best CME-related workshop that I have attended in my 11 years in the field."
  • "The facilitators did an excellent job of answering all questions as well as providing examples of compliance."

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 schedule for the forums is as follows:

  • June 16 in New York, NY
  • July 8 in Charlotte, NC
  • August 31 in St. Louis, MO
  • October 18 in Las Vegas, NV

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

ACCME Holds 2010 Town Hall Meetings for Nationally-Accredited Providers
The ACCME will hold its second annual series of town-hall style meetings for different types of accredited organizations. The purpose of the town halls is to facilitate open discussion between ACCME staff and participants about issues and questions related to specific provider groups. Providers will be able to participate in person or via the Internet. The town halls are free of charge; providers will receive invitations during the coming months. If you have any questions, please contact Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education and Outreach.

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Thank You for Your Feedback

Results from Our Education and Outreach Survey

In the February edition of The ACCME Report, we conducted a short survey to gather demographic information about newsletter readers and solicit input about our Education and Training Web pages. We received 114 responses, and we appreciate your taking the time to participate. Here are a few highlights.

  • Who you are: 75 percent of respondents work for an ACCME-accredited organization, 18 percent for an ACCME-Recognized state medical society. Five percent are applying for initial accreditation, and 2 percent offer CME through joint sponsorship with an accredited organization.
  • What education is most important to you: Asked to rank the importance of potential topics for the ACCME Education and Training Web pages, Preparing for Your Self Study got the highest ranking, with 65 respondents saying it was “most important.” Accreditation with Commendation came in next, with 52 respondents ranking it “most important.”
  • Sharing education: 79 percent of you have shared information from the Education and Training Web pages with your colleagues.

We appreciate your feedback and we'll continue to conduct surveys so that we can best meet your educational needs.

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In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Report, March 30, 2010
  • Effective Communication with Physician Planners: An Interview with Michele Beleu, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California

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