ACCME Releases March Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary, Updated Provider Lists

Published Date: 
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Number: 
5
Volume: 
2

News
ACCME Releases March Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary, Updated Provider Lists
Program & Activity Reporting System Exhibition Phase Closes May 21
ACCME Supports Maintenance of Licensure Initiative
2010 AHME/AODME Educational Institute Features CME Programming

Tips and Tools
New Video FAQs Address Standards for Commercial Support

Education and Outreach
ACCME Reaches Out to Providers with Special Concerns
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

For Your Reference
Guide to Medical Education in the Teaching Hospital, Fourth Edition
2010 National Drug Control Strategy

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, April 29, 2010; ACCME Releases Calls for Comment Responses; ACCME Supports CMSS Code on Interactions with Companies
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ACCME Releases March Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary, Updated Provider Lists

The ACCME has released the Executive Summary of the March 2010 Board of Directors meeting. During the meeting, the ACCME Board ratified Accreditation, Reaccreditation and Progress Report decisions for 100 providers. Fifteen providers received Accreditation with Commendation, which confers a six-year term of accreditation. The executive summary includes a bar graph showing overall compliance results since November 2008, when the ACCME began evaluating providers under the 2006 Accreditation Criteria. Updated lists of accredited providers, including their accreditation status, are available on our Web site.

The executive summary also provides updates on the ACCME Board of Directors task forces, which are addressing issues of concern to providers and stakeholders; ACCME interactions with member organizations and international accreditors; and the Joint Accreditation process, Accreditation of Continuing Education Planned by the Team for the Team.

Program & Activity Reporting System Exhibition Phase Closes May 21

The Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) exhibition phase closes May 21. 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 opened on April 21, 119 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. One provider wrote: "I tried PARS and found it straightforward, intuitive and very simple to use." Another commented: “The program is easy to use and should be much more efficient for us in submitting our report data." Providers also submitted helpful suggestions for future enhancements and for clarifying the instructional materials.

During the exhibition phase, more than 300 people viewed the educational resources described below. These resources will continue to be available for accredited providers and other stakeholders interested in learning more about 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.

The ACCME is now making minor adjustments to PARS, based on the feedback from the exhibition phase. We expect to make PARS available for live data entry this summer.

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 Maintenance of Licensure Initiative
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) supports the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Maintenance of Licensure Initiative. Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) aims to strengthen the licensure renewal process by implementing new standards for physicians' lifelong learning and practice improvement.

In April, the FSMB adopted a policy report that lays the groundwork for implementing Maintenance of Licensure. The FSMB recognizes continuing medical education (CME) as an integral part of this process.

"The FSMB believes that lifelong, continuing medical education is an effective means of physician learning and change as part of a system of continuous professional development,” said Humayun Chaudhry, DO, president and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards. “As medical boards begin developing maintenance of licensure programs, accredited CME can be an important source of support for physicians' reflective self-assessment and a strategic asset in helping physicians improve their competence, performance and patient care.”

"We believe that the ACCME accreditation system is well-aligned with the Maintenance of Licensure framework,” said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "The ACCME Accreditation Criteria position CME as a strategic asset to health care quality and safety initiatives." Read more.

2010 AHME/AODME Educational Institute Features CME Programming

The 2010 AHME/AODME Educational Institute included a full day of CME programming for the first time. Co-organized by the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) and the Association of Osteopathic Directors & Medical Educators (AODME), the conference was held April 21 – 24 in San Antonio, Texas. AHME is one of ACCME’s seven member organizations.

The CME programming included a presentation by Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. Dr. Kopelow presented data illustrating CME providers' compliance with the 2006 Accreditation Criteria, and explained that the Criteria position CME as a strategic asset and change agent, encouraging providers to participate in quality improvement initiatives. In 2010 and beyond, he said, providers should continue to manage conflict of interest and independence issues, and design education that is based on valid content and addresses professional practice gaps.

Other CME speakers included Nancy Davis, PhD.; David Pieper, PhD; Robert D' Antuono, MHA; Charles Daschbach, MD, MPH; Alejandro Aparicio, MD; Sue Ann Capizzi, MBA; and Robert L. Addleton, EdD.

"We are excited about AHME’s enhanced efforts to communicate the value of CME to its members, and were pleased to participate in the Educational Institute programming dedicated to CME," said Dr. Kopelow. "We look forward to contributing to AHME’s CME initiatives in the future."

“Murray Kopelow and Kate Regnier were instrumental in encouraging us to devote additional attention to the many challenges facing continuing medical education providers," said Kimball Mohn, MD, Executive Director, AHME. He credits David Pieper, PhD, for expanding AHME’s CME-related activities and increasing the emphasis on CME topics at the AHME annual conference. Pieper is Assistant Dean of CME, Wayne State University School of Medicine; member, ACCME Accreditation Review Committee; and has been Chair, AHME’s Council on Continuing Medical Education, for the past two years. "AHME will remain grateful to the leadership of ACCME and to Dr. Pieper in the years to come for prompting our organization to increase the level of support provided to our members in the area of continuing medical education," said Dr. Mohn.

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Tips and Tools

  • In two Video FAQs on the multimedia Education and Training section of our Web site, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME's Chief Executive, explains the ACCME's perspective and expectations regarding identifying conflicts of interest.

Avoiding Non-Compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support: What Do I Need to Understand about Conflicts of Interest?
Avoiding Non-Compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support: Understanding the Role of CME Planners

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Education and Outreach

ACCME Reaches Out to Providers with Special Concerns

The ACCME is reaching out to providers with special concerns, to assist them in attaining and maintaining accreditation. So far this year, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, along with other staff members, have conducted a two-part conference call for providers that are required to submit Progress Reports, a conference call for non-accredited organizations applying for Provisional Accreditation, and individual calls with 24 providers on Probation. The calls offer participants the opportunity to ask questions and receive specific, individualized feedback about their compliance issues.

"We appreciate providers' dedication to achieving accreditation excellence and producing CME that contributes to health care quality improvements," said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "We are committed to supporting providers' efforts to overcome barriers and we will continue to reach out and assist them with accreditation concerns."

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.

State-accredited providers in the Greater New York area: Space is still available for the first regional forum, scheduled for June 16 at the Medical Society of the County of Queens, Forest Hills, New York. Registration for the New York forum closes on June 4.

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

  • 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 a flyer and registration information.

ACCME Holds 2010 Town Hall Meetings for Nationally-Accredited Providers

The ACCME has begun its second annual series of town-hall style meetings for different types of accredited organizations. The first meeting, held online and via conference call, brought together medical education and communication companies to discuss a wide range of accreditation issues. 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 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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For Your Reference

  • Guide to Medical Education in the Teaching Hospital, Fourth Edition, edited by Jeffrey L. Levine, PhD, has been published by the Association for Hospital Medical Education, an ACCME member organization. It is intended as both a primer for the day-to-day challenges of delivering quality medical education and meeting accreditation standards, as well as an overview of the current and future status of medical education in teaching hospitals. ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, authored a chapter entitled "Accredited Continuing Medical Education as a Bridge to Quality," and ACCME staff also contributed another chapter, "Accredited Continuing Medical Education: a Primer." For more information, visit the AHME Web site.
  • The 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, released by the White House on May 11, emphasizes the health care system’s role in substance abuse prevention and treatment. Among other approaches, the strategy calls for increasing health care providers’ knowledge about substance abuse screening and intervention through continuing education programs. For a copy of the report and other information, visit the Office of National Drug Control Policy Web site.

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In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Report, April 29, 2010
  • ACCME Releases Calls for Comment Responses
  • ACCME Supports CMSS Code on Interactions with Companies

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