ACCME Releases New Publication: The ACCME at Work; ACCME Begins PARS Improvements

Published Date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Number: 
4
Volume: 
3

News
ACCME Releases New Publication: The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education at Work
ACCME Modifies Reporting Requirements for In-Kind Commercial Support
ACCME Begins PARS Improvements
ACCME Releases Opioid REMS FAQ and Audio Commentary

Tips and Tools
Case Studies for Independence: Advanced Discussion of the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support
Revised Reaccreditation Materials

Education and Outreach
Register Now for August 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop

ACCME Career Opportunity
ACCME Considers Applicants for Manager, Data and Information Systems

Reminder
Call for Comment: Disclosure of Commercial Support

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, April 21, 2011; ACCME Releases March Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary
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News

ACCME Releases New Publication: The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education at Work

The ACCME is pleased to announce the publication of The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education at Work: Accreditation, Recognition, Education, Operations, and Governance. The purpose of The ACCME at Work is to provide an in-depth, clear explanation of the ACCME accreditation system and services. The report includes narrative and data designed to answer questions that we are frequently asked about how we work. We produced this report as part of our ongoing efforts to facilitate dialogue, increase transparency, and promote understanding about the ACCME and accredited CME.

Click here to download the entire report or individual chapters and to listen to an audio commentary by ACCME CEO, Murray Kopelow, MD, explaining the purpose of The ACCME at Work.

You can also access The ACCME at Work by pasting this URL into your browser: http://education.accme.org/ACCME-at-work or by visiting our homepage, www.accme.org, and clicking on "New Publication: The ACCME at Work" on the right side, under "What's New at ACCME."

Read a news release about the report.

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ACCME Modifies Reporting Requirements for In-Kind Commercial Support

As we announced in the March 2011 Board of Directors meeting executive summary, the ACCME has modified the requirement for reporting in-kind commercial support, in response to feedback from accredited providers. Since the early 1990s, the ACCME has required providers to quantify the dollar value of in-kind commercial support (for example, when a company loans a provider a device to use for teaching purposes). All commercial support, whether in-kind or monetary, has been aggregated and listed in one commercial support category in the ACCME annual reports.

Accredited providers have told the ACCME that it is not always possible to determine accurate, standardized estimates for the dollar value for in-kind support, and that information about the type of in-kind support they receive would be more meaningful and valid. In response, the ACCME will no longer require providers to quantify the dollar value of in-kind they receive; instead they will report the nature of in-kind support they receive for activities in 2011 and beyond. The modification will increase transparency, enabling the ACCME to produce more detailed trend data about commercial support.

With the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) in place, we can offer ACCME-accredited providers an easy method for reporting the nature of in-kind support they receive. The ACCME is currently making this modification to PARS, along with other improvements. (See PARS news item below.) Once these improvements are complete, ACCME-accredited providers will receive instructions about implementing the in-kind reporting requirement. We are in the process of contacting providers that have already entered data about commercial support for 2011 activities to facilitate the transition.

If you have any questions, please contact postmaster@accme.org.

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ACCME Begins PARS Improvements

The ACCME is making improvements to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) based on feedback we received from accredited providers. We expect to complete these improvements by mid-June 2011.Until then, you will not be able to add or modify activities for reporting years 2011 and beyond. All data you have entered previously will be preserved. You will be able to enter data for 2010 to complete your 2010 year-end reporting requirements, if necessary, or enter data from 2008 through 2010 for reaccreditation. We will notify you via e-mail when PARS has reopened for data entry for 2011 and beyond. If you have any questions, please contact postmaster@accme.org. We appreciate your patience.

Ongoing PARS Help: 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 postmaster@accme.org.

About PARS: Launched last year, PARS is a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from ACCME accredited CME providers. (Please note that only ACCME-accredited providers, and not providers accredited by a state medical society, are required to use PARS for their data submission.)

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ACCME Releases Opioid REMS FAQ and Audio Commentary

The ACCME has released an FAQ (see questions 13-21) and an audio commentary by Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, regarding the role of accredited CME in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for opioid medications. In April, the FDA announced a new REMS for all extended-release and long-acting opioid medications. A central component of the opioid REMS is an education program for prescribers. In its notification to manufacturers, FDA said it "expects that the training will be conducted by accredited, independent continuing medical education providers, to the extent practicable."
In the FAQs and audio commentary, the ACCME explains that the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities provide the right framework for ensuring that CME activities about REMS are evidence-based, independent of commercial influence, based on adult learning principles, and relevant to practice needs.

Read the FAQ. You can also access these from our homepage, by clicking on the Ask ACCME tab, and then selecting Standard for Commercial Support, 1: Independence. See questions 13-21.

Listen to Dr. Kopelow's audio commentary.

Read our April 21 news release responding to the government plans for addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Read an interview with Dr. Kopelow in “FDA’s Long-Awaited Opioid Plan Includes Mandatory Education,” Medscape News, April 28 (site login may be required).
We welcome your feedback. Please e-mail your questions and your input to postmaster@accme.org.

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Tips and Tools

  • Case Studies for Independence—Advanced Discussion of the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: In this video FAQ, ACCME Chief Executive, Murray Kopelow, MD and  Deputy CEO, Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, explore six thought-provoking cases to illustrate the application of the ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support. The case studies were provided by the Pharmaceutical Alliance for CME, a member section of the Alliance for CME.
  • Reaccreditation Materials: In response to requests from accredited providers and ACCME volunteers, the ACCME has revised its reaccreditation materials to offer more user-friendly resources and tools. The new materials are for accredited providers receiving reaccreditation decisions in July 2012 and beyond. This is the third major revision of reaccreditation resources since November 2008. The revised materials were developed with input from surveyors, the Accreditation Review Committee, and ACCME staff, as well as from accredited providers.

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Education and Outreach

Register Now for August 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop

Register now for the ACCME's CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop, scheduled for August 17 – 19 in Chicago. This is the second and last time the workshop will be offered in 2011. Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, the Accreditation Workshops offer you 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 your organization.

The workshop features the following pre-and post-sessions.

  • Self-Study for Accreditation: As we have done in previous years, we are holding preconference sessions in conjunction with each workshop to help providers prepare for the reaccreditation process. We have invited providers whose next accreditation decisions are scheduled for July and November 2012, and March 2013 to participate. If you are in one of these decision cohorts and have not received your invitation, please contact Katie Swimm, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at kswimm@accme.org.
  • A Newcomers' Introduction to CME: For participants with one year or less of CME experience, this session introduces the basics, including CME terminology, how the ACCME accreditation system works, and information about key stakeholders,
  • Next Steps for Organizations Seeking Initial Accreditation: How to demonstrate compliance during the initial accreditation process.

Find out more about the workshop and register here.

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ACCME Career Opportunity

ACCME Considers Applicants for Manager, Data and Information Systems

The ACCME is looking for a strategic, experienced IT professional to fill the position of ACCME’s Manager, Data and Information Systems. The position involves managing the ACCMEs public Web site and the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), as well as contributing to the ACCME's technology strategic plan.

For a job description and application instructions, please contact Barry Newman, SPHR, Director – Employee Relations and Benefits, The Synergy Companies, Inc., at barry.newman@mysynergy.com.
 

Reminder

  • Call for Comment—Disclosure of Commercial Support: The ACCME has issued a call for comment about a proposal that would prohibit the use of corporate logos and the mention of corporate divisions in disclosures of commercial support. The call for comment relates to Standard 6 in the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, which says that providers must disclose to learners the sources of commercial support. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, has recorded an audio commentary about the call for comment. Read the Call for Comment: Disclosure of Commercial Support and send us your feedback by June 6, 2011. You can also access the call for comment and Dr. Kopelow‘s audio commentary from our homepage, by clicking on ACCME Calls for Comment.

In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Report, April 21, 2011
  • ACCME Releases March Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary

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