ACCME Releases Summaries of March Board of Directors Meeting, CME Stakeholders Dialogue Session

Published Date: 
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Number: 
3
Volume: 
3

News
ACCME Releases March Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary
ACCME Announces Call for Comment About Commercial Support Disclosure Policy
ACCME Convenes Stakeholders Dialogue Session
ACCME Plans to Assist Providers That Choose To Address Prescription Drug Abuse Through Accredited CME and FDA-defined REMS
Providers Use PARS to Fulfill Year-End Reporting Requirements

Tips and Tools
Addressing the Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology with CME: A Video Interview with Sachin Jain, MD, MBA, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Positioning Your CME Program for Organizational Impact: A Multimedia Educational Activity
Learning from Teaching FAQ: Updated Guidance and Examples

Education and Outreach
Register Now for 2011 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops
ACCME Hosts Standards for Commercial Support Users Group Meeting
ACCME Presents at CMSS, AIAMC, AHME Meetings

ACCME Career Opportunity
ACCME Considers Applicants for Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services

For Your Reference
Dancing with the Docs

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, February 24, 2011; ACCME Publishes Complaints Web Page and Summaries
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News

ACCME Releases March Board Of Directors Meeting Executive Summary

The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held March 15 –16, 2011, 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 executive summary includes an accreditation update. The ACCME ratified 45 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions, including 10 providers (22%) that received Accreditation with Commendation. The list of accredited providers on our Web site will be updated in May 2011 to reflect the March 2011 accreditation decisions. The ACCME has now completed accreditation reviews for 458 accredited providers using the 2006 Accreditation Criteria. There are two graphs in the executive summary; one shows overall compliance results for each criterion from November 2008 through March 2011, while a second graph shows compliance results for the March 2011 cohort.

ACCME Announces Call for Comment About Commercial Support Disclosure Policy

The ACCME has announced 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. The current ACCME policy related to Standard 6 allows providers to use corporate logos and slogans in their communications regarding commercial support, as long as the slogans and logos do not promote specific products. The ACCME is proposing a policy change in response to provider feedback and to strengthen the firewall between accredited continuing medical education and promotion. The ACCME is issuing a call for comment about this issue in accordance with its Rule-Making Policy.

Listen to an an audio commentary about the call for comment by Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive.

Read the call for comment 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.

ACCME Convenes Stakeholders Dialogue Session

The ACCME brought together a spectrum of CME stakeholders and the ACCME Board of Directors to gather input about issues concerning the current and future CME environment. Held on March 16, 2011, at the ACCME Chicago offices, the dialogue session built on the ACCME's December 2009 Roundtable discussions, the work done by the ACCME Board of Directors' 2010 task forces, and the interactive forums the ACCME has convened with various stakeholder groups.

Participants included representatives from ACCME’s seven member organizations, accrediting organizations including ACCME-Recognized State Medical Societies, and other CME stakeholder organizations. Participants discussed the following topics.

  • Improving the Accreditation Process While Maintaining Quality in Accreditation
  • Interconnections among the ACCME, Accredited CME, and the emerging Maintenance of Licensure and Maintenance of Certification® programs
  • Building on the ACCME's Bridge to Quality™ Model to Further Enhance Accredited CME's Value

The Board appreciates the ideas, perspectives, and vision shared at the dialogue session and will incorporate the feedback into its upcoming strategic planning process.

Read a summary of the dialogue session. A news release about the session is posted here.

ACCME Plans to Assist Providers That Choose To Address Prescription Drug Abuse Through Accredited CME and FDA-defined REMS

The ACCME recognizes the importance of the federal government's 2011 Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for opioid medications. The ACCME applauds the government's inclusion of continuing health care education in these important public health initiatives.

The collaborative, multiagency Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan, released by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy on April 19, includes four major action areas. The first action area is education, including continuing education for health care professionals.

In concert with the White House plan, 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."

"We are honored that the government views accredited CME as a strategic asset to public health and safety initiatives," said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "We will continue to work with FDA, drug manufacturers, and accredited providers, to ensure that accredited CME about REMS meets the ACCME’s standards for independence and FDA expectations. As we move forward, we will be guided by our first priority — to promote public health and safety."

As the REMS plan evolves, the ACCME will develop guidance for the CME provider community to assist with their understanding and application of the process.

Read more.

Providers Use PARS to Fulfill Year-End Reporting Requirements

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 31. We are currently reviewing the data submitted and will contact providers as needed with questions.

In addition, approximately 200 providers responded to the follow-up survey, offering feedback that will help us prioritize future improvements to PARS. We thank those of you who responded, and will publish a summary of the feedback in the near future. If you did not already respond to the survey, and would like to offer feedback about PARS, you may complete the survey here.

As a reminder, PARS is always open and ACCME-accredited-providers can enter activity data for 2011. We encourage you to enter your PARS data as you plan and implement your CME activities, rather than waiting until the annual deadline. We look forward to continuing to offer support and educational resources.

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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Tips and Tools

  • Addressing the Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology with CME: In this video interview, Sachin Jain, MD, MBA, Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, discusses the important role accredited CME can play in helping physicians integrate health information technology into their practices.
  • Positioning Your CME Program for Organizational Impact: This intensive, multimedia educational activity is designed to help CME staff and volunteers position their CME programs as strategic assets to their organizations.
  • Learning from Teaching FAQ: This updated FAQ features examples and guidance for providers that incorporate Learning from Teaching CME activities in their programs.

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Education and Outreach

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

Register now for the ACCME's CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop, which we are offering twice this year: May 3 –5 and August 17 – 19 in Chicago. 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 in one of the sessions. 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,
  • Simplifying Documentation Approaches – Achieving More with Less: Create simple, efficient strategies for planning and documenting accredited activities in compliance with the Accreditation Criteria.
  • 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.

ACCME Hosts Standards for Commercial Support Users Group Meeting

To address the challenges presented by the evolving health care environment, the ACCME convened a "Standards for Commercial Support Users Group" meeting on March 4 at the ACCME's offices. The meeting brought together leadership from the ACCME and seven other accrediting bodies to discuss strategies for ensuring the independence of continuing education in the health care field. The organizations represented were the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American Osteopathic Association, the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, and the Illinois State Medical Society. The discussion served as a follow-up to the meeting hosted by the ACCME in September 2010. The ACCME looks forward to participating in similar meetings in the future to facilitate further strategic planning, collaboration, and dialogue.

ACCME Presents at CMSS, AIAMC, AHME Meetings

  • Members of the ACCME Board of Directors and executive staff staff participated in the Council of Medical Specialty Societies Sixth CME Summit, held March 17 in Chicago. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, gave a presentation reviewing providers' successful transition to the Accreditation Criteria and describing how accredited CME supports emerging continuing professional development initiatives, such as Maintenance of Certification and Maintenance of Licensure. The CMSS is an ACCME member organization.
  • ACCME executive staff members gave presentations at the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers Annual Meeting, held March 24 – 26 in St. Pete Beach, FL. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, discussed how accredited CME supports the goals of health care reform. Ms. Regnier facilitated a panel discussion that included real world examples of how accredited health care organizations integrated CME into quality initiatives. The session was introduced by James Burke, MD, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale, AZ, and member of the ACCME Board of Directors. Case studies were presented by Christopher Clark, DO, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, St. Vincent Health System; Erie , PA; Carl Patow, MD, MPH, Executive Director, HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education, Minneapolis; and Linda Grummer, MS, RN, Education Specialist, also with HealthPartners.
  • Dr. Kopelow gave two presentations at the Association for Hospital Medical Education 2011 Educational Institute, held April 13 – 16 in Westminster, CO. AHME is an ACCME member organization. He provided an update on ACCME initiatives, and also participated in a panel discussion entitled "Lifelong Learning, Maintenance of Certification, Maintenance of Licensure, and Physician Assessment: Lessons for Your Hospital." His fellow panelists were Richard Hawkins, MD, Senior Vice President for Professional and Scientific Affairs, American Board of Medical Specialties; Janelle Rhyne, MD, Chair-Elect, Federation of State Medical Boards; and Alejandro Aparicio, MD, Director, Division of CPPD, American Medical Association.

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ACCME Career Opportunity

ACCME Considers Applicants for Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services

The ACCME is looking for a strategic, experienced accreditation or CME professional to fill the position of ACCME’s Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services. The position involves overseeing the ACCME's accreditation and recognition processes for approximately 700 ACCME accredited providers and 45 Recognized Accreditors, as well as contributing to the ACCME's strategic planning, management, quality assurance, and continuous improvement processes.

Download a job description and application instructions.
 

For Your Reference

Dancing with the Docs: An article published in EVliving.com describes a fund raising initiative for Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers in Arizona, where a portion of the proceeds benefit the centers' CME programs. The article includes the following quote from Terry Happel, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer for the medical centers: “Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities and events are designed to enhance quality and care for our communities. CME is no longer just about learning, it’s about quality improvement.”

In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Report, February 24, 2011
  • ACCME Publishes Complaints Web Page and Summaries

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