ACCME Releases March 2012 Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary
ACCME Convenes Guest Discussions Regarding Strategic Imperatives
Providers Use PARS to Fulfill 2011 Year-End Reporting Requirements
Education and Training
Registration Open for the August 2012 CME as a Bridge to QualityTM Accreditation Workshop
ACCME Schedules 2012 Town Halls for Nationally Accredited Providers
ACCME Presents at AIAMC Annual Meeting
ACCME Participates in State-Level CME Events
ACCME Featured on Reach MD Radio
ACCME Career Opportunities
ACCME Seeks Strategic, Experienced Professionals
The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held March 22–23, 2012, at its Chicago offices. The Board ratified 46 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions, including 19 providers (41%) that received Accreditation with Commendation. The ACCME has now completed accreditation reviews for 613 accredited providers using the 2006 Accreditation Criteria. The list of accredited providers on our Web site will be updated on April 30 to reflect the March 2012 accreditation decisions.
On March 22, 2012, the ACCME Board of Directors convened three discussion sessions with invited guests and the member organization liaisons to facilitate the implementation of the ACCME’s 2011 strategic imperatives.
The Board identified the imperatives during an all-day strategic planning retreat held in July 2011. As part of the process, the Board incorporated feedback that it had received from stakeholders during the strategic dialogue session held at the March 2011 Board of Directors meeting and the other interactive forums the ACCME has convened with various stakeholder groups.
The ACCME Board of Directors identified the following strategic imperatives:
- Foster ACCME Leadership and Engagement
- Evolve and Simplify the Accreditation Standards, Process, and System
- Explore and Build a More Diversified Portfolio of ACCME Products and Services
Guests and topics included the following:
- Richard A. Berger, MD, PhD, Dean of the Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, Mayo Clinic; and member, ACCME Accreditation Review Committee, presented a case study describing an organizational approach to MOC.
- Barbara Barzansky, PhD, MHPE, Secretariat of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); and Timothy Brigham, MDiv, PhD, Chief of Staff and SVP, Department of Education, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); discussed the integration of education across the continuum.
- Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); and Mark Levine, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Denver, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), discussed the opportunities for accredited CME to contribute to an evolving health care system.
The Board thanks the guests and the member organization liaisons for their participation and appreciates the forward-thinking, high-level interaction. The Board will continue to explore the themes that emerged during the discussions and engage in dialogue with stakeholders regarding the strategic imperatives.
We appreciate the efforts made by ACCME-accredited providers to use the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to fulfill the ACCME’s year-end reporting requirements by the deadline of March 30. We are currently reviewing the data submitted and will contact providers as needed with questions.
As a reminder, PARS is always open and ACCME-accredited providers are welcome to enter data for activities scheduled through 2013. We encourage you to enter your PARS data as you plan and implement your CME activities, rather than waiting until the annual deadline. You can enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity. Visit About PARS for more information and links to educational resources.
Tips and Tools
We have added new examples of compliance with ACCME Accreditation Criteria 2 and 11 to the Examples of Compliance and Noncompliance: Findings Based on the ACCME Accreditation Criteria. Providers have been increasingly successful in fulfilling the ACCME’s expectations for these Criteria and these new examples are drawn from recent accreditation reviews. Criterion 2 asks providers to incorporate into CME activities the educational needs (knowledge, competence, or performance) that underlie the professional practice gaps of their learners. Criterion 11 asks providers to analyze changes in learners (competence, performance, or patient outcomes) achieved as a result of the overall programs activity/educational interventions.
The Examples of Compliance and Noncompliance: Findings Based on the ACCME Accreditation Criteria enables providers and CME stakeholders to learn from each other and to understand how the ACCME determines compliance and noncompliance with its requirements. Examples of compliance and noncompliance with each of the Accreditation Criteria, drawn from the accreditation review process, are included.
One of most popular video interviews on our Web site, Addressing the Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology with CME, features Dr. Sachin Jain, (former) Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, discussing the important role accredited CME can play to help physicians integrate health information technology into their practices. More interviews with health care leaders as well as video FAQs and tutorials are available on the Education & Support section of our Web site.
Education and Training
Registration is open for the ACCME's 2012 CME as a Bridge to QualityTM Accreditation Workshop scheduled for August 16–17 in Chicago. 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. Sessions take participants step-by-step through the Accreditation Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support, using case examples to help providers understand ACCME expectations for implementing, evaluating, and improving CME programs.
Two preconference sessions will be offered on August 15:
- Newcomers' Introduction to Accredited CME is designed for those who have been in CME for one year or less. This session introduces beginners to CME and ACCME basics to help them get the most out of the workshop.
- Self-Study for Accreditation Session will be offered for CME providers who are expecting their next accreditation decision in July 2013, November 2013, and March 2014. Participation is by invitation only; we sent invitations earlier this year. If you are in one of those decision cohorts and you have not received information about the self-study sessions or have any questions, please contact Katherine Swimm, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at email@example.com
More workshop information is available here.
The ACCME has scheduled its fourth annual series of town hall meetings for different types of nationally accredited organizations:
- May 10 for publishing and education company providers
- June 20 for government and military providers
- July 19 for medical school providers
- July 31 for nonprofit physician membership organizations
- August 30 for hospitals, health systems, and managed-care/insurance companies
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. The meetings are free of charge and we have sent invitations to all providers who are eligible to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Swimm, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is available here.
The ACCME presented at several sessions during the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) Annual Meeting held in March in Tucson. James F. Burke, MD, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Scottsdale Healthcare, and Vice-Chair, ACCME Board of Directors; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, moderated a panel session called "Sharing the Vision: Accredited CME in Support of Institutional Efforts," which focused on how CME can aid institutions in achieving their strategic and operational goals. Speakers included Richard Berger, MD, PhD, Dean, Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, Mayo Clinic, and member, ACCME Accreditation Review Committee; Crystal Gyiraszin, Director, CME, and Administrative Director, Center for Simulation, Education & Research, Henry Ford Health System; and Brooke Taylor, Director of CME, William Beaumont Hospital.
Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, served as a panelist during a session called "Transforming Medical Education." Dr. Kopelow discussed how accredited CME supports effective, efficient health care delivery. His fellow panelists were Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges; and William W. Pinsky, MD, Executive Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer, Ochsner Health System, and member, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Board of Directors.
The ACCME participated in five state-level CME events during March and April. 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).
- Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education & Outreach, ACCME, gave a presentation at the 2012 Louisiana State Medical Society Accredited CME Provider Workshop. Ms. Martin presented an overview of the Accreditation Criteria, described common noncompliance issues, and explained how providers can achieve Accreditation with Commendation.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, Chief Executive, ACCME, participated in the Minnesota Medical Association’s (MMA) CME committee meeting and strategic planning session. Dr. Kopelow joined in discussions about MMA's role as a CME provider and as a Recognized Accreditor supporting CME for Minnesota physicians.
- Dr. Kopelow gave a presentation called "Leadership Skills for CME" at the Medical Society of New Jersey CME Provider Conference 2011–2012. Dr. Kopelow discussed how CME providers can become responsive leaders, meeting the needs of various stakeholders, including their own organizations, health care systems, communities, government, and the public.
- Ms. Martin facilitated a webinar held by the Ohio State Medical Association for surveyors and committee members. Ms. Martin described the accreditation review and decision-making process, the ACCME’s expectations for compliance with the Accreditation Criteria, common noncompliance issues, and the ACCME’s resources for state medical society surveyors and committee members.
- Ms. Martin gave two presentations at the Oklahoma Alliance for CME conference. In one session, she used case examples to illustrate the ACCME’s expectations for compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support, focusing on how to identify and resolve conflicts of interest. In her second session, Ms. Martin offered practical approaches for evaluating CME activities and programs, and implementing plans for improvement.
Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, was interviewed for Reach MD Radio about CME as a strategic asset to public health initiatives, including the Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioids. The show is the first of the series "Conference Coverage Highlights From the 2012 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP) Annual Conference," hosted by Lawrence Sherman, FACME, CCMEP, Senior Vice-President, Educational Strategy, Prova Education.
Listen to Dr. Kopelow's interview.
Read more about Dr. Kopelow's REMS presentation at the ACEHP conference.
ACCME Career Opportunities
The ACCME is looking for strategic, experienced professionals with a strong commitment to continuing health care education and accreditation. We want to find the right people to join our team and our approach to job descriptions is to create the best match between our needs and qualified applicants' talents and experience. We are looking for people with expertise in the following areas:
- Continuing professional development; educational support and design
- Multimedia education; integration of new media into education, outreach, and communications
- Data methodology and survey instruments; data collection, analysis, and reporting
- Information Technology; support for local area networks, laptops, desktop inventory, and audiovisual equipment; testing, quality assurance, analysis, and customer support for proprietary software applications
Candidates should have a minimum of three years coordinator or management experience in the field of continuing health care education or accreditation. Candidates must be dedicated to continuous improvement and quality assurance processes, and value a highly demanding environment that combines strategic and tactical responsibilities.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs, references, and salary requirements to Barry Newman, SPHR, Director – Employee Relations and Benefits, The Synergy Companies, Inc., at email@example.com.
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