ACCME Releases November Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary

Published Date: 
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Number: 
10
Volume: 
2

News
ACCME Releases November Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary
ACCME Revises Complaints Process
ACCME Announces Rutledge W. Howard, MD Awards Recipients

Tips and Tools
Integrating CME with Quality Improvement and Promoting Physician Leadership: An interview with Mike Horst, PhD, Lancaster General Hospital
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Education and Outreach 
ACCME Presents at the First China International Continuing Medical Education Conference
ACCME Meeting Discusses CME about Surgical Devices
Plan Now for 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops

Reminder
Accredited Providers: 2010 Annual Report Data Deadline is March 31, 2011

In Case You Missed It
New PARS FAQs; The ACCME Report, October 28, 2010
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News

ACCME Releases November Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary

The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held November 18 – 19, 2010, at its Chicago offices. You can access the summary here or by visiting our homepage, www.accme.org, and clicking on the executive summary link on the right hand side, under What's New at ACCME. Several of the Board’s decisions are explained in more detail in the news items below.

The Board named Richard Reiling, MD, and Sandra Norris, MBA, as 2011 Chair and Vice-Chair of the ACCME at the conclusion of the meeting. Read more about the new Chair, Vice-Chair and other new Directors.

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 executive summary also includes an accreditation update. Seven groups of providers have now been evaluated for compliance with the 2006 Accreditation Criteria; one graph in the summary shows overall compliance results for each criterion from November 2008 through November 2010, while a second graph shows compliance results for the November 2010 cohort.

ACCME Includes Providers' Responsibilities to Learners in Complaints Process

As part of its ongoing commitment to accredited CME's accountability to the public, and in response to feedback from stakeholders, the ACCME has decided that accredited providers should have obligations to learners if an activity is found Noncompliant during the ACCME Process for Handling Complaints Regarding ACCME Accredited Providers. This is the procedure the ACCME uses to respond to complaints from the public and the CME community about ACCME accredited providers' compliance with accreditation requirements.

The ACCME continues to balance accountability for patient safety with the confidentiality for CME providers that is an integral part of its complaints process. With this revision, CME providers will be required to offer corrective information to learners, planners and faculty if an activity is found to be Noncompliant with Standard for Commercial Support 1 (independence), Standard for Commercial Support 5 (freedom from commercial bias), or the ACCME’s content validation policies. Providers will determine how to communicate the corrective information and are under no obligation to communicate that the activity was found Noncompliant. The ACCME Standards for Commercial Support and content validation policies ensure that accredited CME activities are based on valid content and independent of commercial interests.

The ACCME sought feedback on this proposal from the CME community and the public through a formal call for comment earlier this year. The call for comment and the comments we received are available here. You can also access them from our homepage, by clicking on ACCME Calls for Comment.

This is the second revision to the Complaints Process the ACCME has made recently. In July, the ACCME revised the process to balance transparency with providers' confidentiality, following a model similar to the ACCME's accreditation review procedures.

Read more.

Listen to an audio commentary by Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive about the complaints process revisions.

ACCME Announces Rutledge W Howard, MD Award Recipients

The ACCME is proud to announce the recipients of the 2011 Rutledge W Howard, MD Awards. Given in two categories, these awards recognize state medical societies, their staff and volunteers for their contributions and commitment to advancing community-based continuing medical education programs and the intrastate accreditation system.

  • The Rutledge W. Howard, MD Award for Individual Service to the Intrastate Accreditation System was awarded to James Liljestrand, MD, MPH, Massachusetts Medical Society.
  • The Rutledge W. Howard, MD Award for Outstanding Collaboration between Accreditors and Providers was awarded to the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

The recipients were given their awards during a ceremony at the ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference: A Conference of Leaders, held December 15 - 16, 2010, in Chicago.

Read more.

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Tips and Tools

We have posted a new interview on the Education and Training section of our Web site.

  • Integrating CME with Quality Improvement and Promoting Physician Leadership: Mike Horst, PhD, Director of Research and CME for Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA, talks about the successes and challenges of integrating education with quality improvement and medical staff services at a state-accredited community hospital. As part of the discussion, Horst explores a physician leadership development course developed by his CME department.
  • We are planning many new educational resources for 2011. Subscribe to our feeds and you will be notified as soon as we post a new interview, video FAQ, commentary or help tool for the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS). To sign up, visit the Education and Training section of our Web site and look for the Categories box at the bottom of the right-hand navigation menu.

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Education and Outreach

ACCME Presents at the First China International Continuing Medical Education Conference

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, gave two presentations at the First China International Continuing Medical Education Conference, held November 12 –14, 2010, in Beijing. The aim of the event, according to the conference organizers, was to bring together CME and health care experts from China and the worldwide community in order to strengthen international communication and cooperation in the CME field.

In his first presentation, "Accountability in the 21st Century: Connecting Continuing Medical Education to Maintenance of Licensure and Maintenance of Certification," Dr. Kopelow explained how accredited CME in the United States supports the goals of Maintenance of Licensure and Maintenance of Certification and contributes to improving physician practice and patient safety. In his second presentation, "The Role of the ACCME in the Maintenance of the Validity and Independence of Continuing Professional Education," Dr. Kopelow described how the Standards for Commercial Support ensure that accredited CME is independent of commercial interests.

ACCME Meeting Discusses CME about Surgical Devices

The ACCME held a meeting with accredited providers to discuss how to develop CME about procedures using medical devices that is compliant with the Standards for Commercial Support. During the meeting, held October 25, 2010, at the ACCME offices in Chicago, attendees discussed the issues involved with designing education that involves medical device training, including how to identify professional practice gaps and maintain independence from commercial interests. ACCME executive staff answered questions about the ACCME’s position. The meeting was co-chaired by Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, and Damon Marquis, Director of Education and Member Services, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

The meeting was part of an ongoing effort by the ACCME to support providers' commitment to offering high-quality, independent education on the use of devices. The ACCME has posted FAQs related to this issue on the Ask ACCME section of its Web site; see question 12 under Standards for Commercial Support 1: Independence. In addition, the ACCME produced a video interview, Planning Activities that Utilize Medical Devices, where Damon Marquis gives an in-depth description of how his organization plans and conducts education on procedures using surgical devices while maintaining independence from commercial influence and bias.

Plan Now for 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops

The ACCME's 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops are scheduled for May 3 –5 and August 17 – 19 in Chicago. We are offering two, rather than three, workshops in 2011 to contain costs and optimize our resources. Throughout 2011, we will provide additional opportunities for education and interchange by expanding our online library of resources, available at the Education and Training section of our Web site and scheduling other live activities such as Town Halls.
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 information is available here. Registration will open in February 2011.

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Reminder for Accredited Providers: 2010 Annual Report Data Deadline is March 31, 2011

Accredited providers: The deadline for entering your 2010 program and activity data is March 31, 2011, to allow for the calculation of the ACCME 2010 Annual Report Data. You need to submit this data through the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS).

PARS, a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from ACCME-accredited CME providers, was opened for live data entry on July 22. We thank the providers who have already input activities and encourage the rest of you to login soon, to familiarize yourself with PARS and ensure that we can address any questions or concerns you may have. See the login instructions below.

Accredited provider login instructions: You can login to PARS from the PARS Information Page or by visiting our Web site homepage and clicking on the Accredited Provider Login link in the For CME Providers menu on the left hand side of the screen.

PARS Help: To access our online library of PARS educational resources, visit the Education and Training Web 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. We will continue to develop PARS educational resources in 2011.

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.

In Case You Missed It

  • New PARS FAQs, written in response to providers' questions, address how to report Regularly Scheduled Series and give instructions for providers who are coming up for reaccreditation
  • The ACCME Report, October 28, 2010

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