ACCME Releases December 2011 Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary
ACCME Announces Fee Changes for ACCME-Accredited Providers in 2013 and 2014
ACCME Announces the 2011 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award Recipients
ACCME Seeks New Public Director
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"The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Revised Reaccreditation Materials: Insights and Tips," authored by ACCME, published in the Almanac, The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions
The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held December 1–2, 2011, at its Chicago offices. Several of the Board’s decisions are explained in more detail in the news items below.
As was previously announced, the Board named Sandra Norris, MBA, and James Burke, MD, as 2012 Chair and Vice-Chair of the ACCME and also elected the following Board members: Todd Dorman, MD; Mira Irons, MD; David Pieper, PhD; and Carol Havens, MD. Read more.
The ACCME is only successful in its mission because of its dedicated volunteers. During the meeting, the Board had the privilege of paying special tribute to those who have demonstrated exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME. Read about the Service Awards in the executive summary.
The Board ratified 54 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions, including 20 providers (37%) that received Accreditation with Commendation. The ACCME has now completed accreditation reviews for 567 accredited providers using the 2006 Accreditation Criteria. The list of accredited providers on our Web site will be updated on January 16 to reflect the December 2011 accreditation decisions.
For more information about the ACCME accreditation decision-making process and compliance rates, see "The National Accreditation System," one of the chapters in our publication, The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education at Work: Accreditation, Recognition, Education, Operations, and Governance.
The ACCME Board of Directors approved an annual fee increase for 2013 and a new fee structure beginning in 2014 for ACCME-accredited providers. We are announcing these changes now to give accredited providers time to incorporate them into their budgeting and financial planning processes. (Please note that these announcements apply only to ACCME-accredited providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society.)
2013 Annual Accreditation Fees: In 2013, the annual fee for ACCME-accredited providers will rise from $3,000 to $3,300. We will send invoices in November 2012. The fee will be due January 31, 2013.
2014 Combined Fee: Beginning in 2014, the ACCME will incorporate the reaccreditation fee into the annual fee, assessing a single, combined fee each year from ACCME-accredited providers. The Board made this decision in order to simplify the fee assessment and payment process. The 2014 ACCME-accredited provider combined annual fee will be $5,300. This amount is based on an annual fee of $3,300 and an $8,000 reaccreditation fee, for a four-year accreditation term. (Currently, the reaccreditation fee is $7,500; the 2014 increase is the first one since 2010.) The combined annual fee will be the same for all ACCME-accredited providers, regardless of accreditation term. Payments will be due January 31 of each year, beginning in 2014. The combined fee includes only the reaccreditation and annual fees. The ACCME will continue to assess separate fees for one-time and as-needed services, including pre-applications, initial accreditation, joint accreditation, survey team expenses, extensions, and progress reports.
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The ACCME proudly presents the 2011 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award to the following ACCME volunteers. Their extraordinary commitment and generosity of time and expertise enable the ACCME to fulfill its mission of setting standards for quality continuing medical education and assuring that accredited CME providers meet those standards.
Alejandro Aparicio, MD, FACP, Director, Division of Continuing Physician Professional Development, American Medical Association; Chicago, IL
Clifford Gevirtz, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Somnia Pain Management, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Louisiana State University, Harrison, NY
Stuart C. Gilman, MD, MPH, Director, Advanced Fellowships and Professional Development, Director, Educational Centers of Excellence in Primary Care, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC
D. Theresa Kanya, MBA, Vice President, Medical Education, American College of Physicians; Philadelphia, PA
Read more about the 2011 Hero Award recipients.
The Accreditation ACCME is seeking nominees interested in serving as one of two public directors on its 20-member Board of Directors. Nominees should possess qualifications for bringing a "public" perspective to the process of evaluating CME programs. Examples of qualified nominees could include a hospital or health delivery system trustee, a former government official in a role related to health or health education, a university administrator, or a member of the news media with a particular expertise in health education or science. Directors representing the public have the same rights and responsibilities as all directors.
Nominations must be received by August 1, 2012. More information about eligibility requirements, public directors' responsibilities, and how to submit nominations is available here.
Registration is now open for the ACCME's 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop scheduled for April 18-20 in Chicago. A second workshop will be held August 15-17. 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.
Dennis Lott, DEd, ACCME Manager of Accreditation Development, ended his term of service with the ACCME at year-end 2011. Denny devoted more than 40 years to the field of continuing health care education. During his 12 years of service with the ACCME, he supported and strengthened our relationships with accredited providers and Recognized Accreditors, sharing his in-depth knowledge of accreditation requirements and processes. A dedicated and talented mentor and teacher, he served as a substitute accreditation surveyor and workshop faculty. Prior to his work at the ACCME, Denny served for 35 years at Penn State University; his positions included Director of Continuing Education at Penn State's Capital College and Director of Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Nursing Education at Penn State College of Medicine. In the mid-1990s, he helped organize a consortium of Pennsylvania medical schools, with the goal of utilizing CME to improve physician performance and patient care throughout the state. The consortium earned Accreditation with Commendation from the ACCME. His many volunteer contributions have included serving on the Boards of Directors for the Society for Academic CME and the Alliance for CME, and as a member of the Accreditation Review Committee for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
We are deeply appreciative to Denny for his long-standing commitment to CME. The ACCME and the continuing health care education community will benefit from his contributions and expertise for many years to come. We will miss Denny and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
The ACCME will continue to offer the Q&A service for accredited providers and other stakeholders that was previously managed by Denny. Please continue to submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCME-accredited providers: To meet your year-end reporting deadline, you must complete entering data into the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for your 2011 activities and complete your 2011 program summary by March 30, 2012. PARS is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2011 activity data now in anticipation of the upcoming deadline. You are welcome to enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity occurs. (Please note that these instructions apply only to ACCME-accredited providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society.)
As we've announced previously, we have made improvements to support your data entry, based on your feedback. Please review the list of improvements below, as they may affect your 2011 data submission.
- Batch upload: To accommodate the improvements we made, we created new batch upload templates and instructions. If you are using either the tab-delimited upload or XML file upload features, you must use the new template and instructions in order to successfully upload data for 2011.
- In-Kind commercial support: The ACCME no longer requires providers to quantify the dollar value of in-kind commercial support; instead you must report the nature of in-kind support for activities scheduled for 2011 and beyond. See this FAQ.
- 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.
- 2011-2012 data entry: You 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.
Ongoing PARS help: 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. 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 email@example.com.
ACCME-Accredited Providers: Your 2012 ACCME annual accreditation fee of $3,000 is due by January 31, 2012. We sent invoices in November and we thank those of you who have made your payments. Invoices are 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).
The ACCME is in the process of redesigning its Web site to offer a more user-friendly resource with improved navigation, organization, content, and design. The site restructuring incorporates feedback we received from users of our Web site and is part of our ongoing efforts to improve services for accredited providers, Recognized Accreditors, and other stakeholders. We plan to launch the new site in the coming weeks.
"The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Revised Reaccreditation Materials: Insights and Tips," appeared in the December 2011 issue of the Almanac, published by The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions. The article explains the ACCME’s reorganized and simplified reaccreditation materials, discusses revisions to the self-study report outline, and addresses frequently asked questions. The article was written by ACCME staff members Tamar Hosansky, Director of Communications; Dion Richetti, DC, Director of Accreditation and Recognition Services; and David Baldwin, MPA, Manager, Accreditation Services.
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