ACCME Releases Three Calls for Comment

Published Date: 
Friday, January 22, 2010
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News
ACCME Announces Calls for Comment on Three Proposals
ACCME Releases December Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary
Detailed Summary of ACCME Roundtable Meeting Now Available
Testing Phase Completed for ACCME Program & Activity Reporting System

Tips and Tools
New Video Interviews with Danna Muir, Massachusetts Medical Society; and Ginny Jacobs, University of Minnesota, About the Role of Physician Champions in CME

Education and Outreach
CME as a Bridge to Quality: Accreditation Workshops for 201

People

Mary Martin Lowe Leaves ACCME

Reminder for Accredited Providers
ACCME Annual Report Data Due

For Your Reference
Lifelong Learning in Medicine and Nursing Final Conference Report

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, December 22, 2009;

ACCME Reflects on 2009 Expanded Outreach and Education Efforts

News

ACCME Announces Calls for Comment on Three Proposals
The ACCME is seeking input regarding three issues discussed at the December Board of Directors meeting, in accordance with ACCME's Rule Making Policy, which says that the public will have the opportunity to comment on proposed rules or policies that directly affect member organizations, Recognized state medical societies and accredited providers.  Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, has recorded an Introduction to ACCME's Calls for Comment, as well as short explanations to accompany each of the proposals, which are listed below. His recordings, as well as written descriptions of each proposal and instructions for submitting comments are available here. In addition, Dr. Kopelow will be available to answer questions at the upcoming Alliance for CME annual meeting in New Orleans, where he is addressing six member sections on Wednesday, January 27, from 1:30 – 5 p.m.

1. ACCME's Complaints and Inquiries Process: A proposal for balancing transparency and confidentiality.

2. Knowledge-based CME Activities: The appropriate inclusion of education designed to change learners' knowledge, in addition to competence, performance or patient outcomes, within the ACCME's accreditation system.

3. ACCME’S Recognition Process: A revised ACCME process for recognizing state and territory medical societies as CME accreditors.

The deadline for submitting input is March 8, 2010.

ACCME Releases Executive Summary of December Board Of Directors Meeting
The ACCME has released an executive summary of the Board of Directors meeting, held December 3 – 4, 2009, in Chicago. The summary includes an accreditation update. Four groups of providers have now been evaluated for compliance with the 2006 Accreditation Criteria; a graph in the summary shows overall compliance results for each criterion from November 2008 through November 2009. Updated lists of accredited providers, including their accreditation status, are available here.

Detailed Summary of ACCME Roundtable Meeting Now Available
The ACCME has produced a detailed summary of its roundtable meeting, held on December 3, 2009, in Chicago, which brought together a spectrum of continuing medical education leaders and the ACCME Board of Directors to address the challenges and opportunities facing accredited CME in 2010 and beyond. The roundtable fostered a high-level, candid dialogue, encompassing issues including ACCME accreditation requirements, CME leadership training, the relationship of CME to physician maintenance of certification and licensure, and communicating CME's value to the wider health care system.

The Board has created several task forces to address many of the issues discussed, and the ACCME will keep stakeholders informed about its progress. The ACCME values the ideas, perspectives and vision shared at the roundtable, and plans to hold similar meetings on at least an annual basis to continue the interchange and collaboration.

Testing Phase Completed for Program & Activity Reporting System
The ACCME has completed the testing phase of the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS), a Web-based portal designed to streamline the collection of data from continuing medical education providers. Many thanks to the providers who volunteered to test PARS! Based on the detailed, constructive feedback and questions received from the pilot testers, the Board of Directors and other stakeholders, the ACCME is making adjustments and improvements to PARS, to ensure that it will be an efficient and valuable resource for the accredited CME community. The next step will be an education and exhibition phase, currently planned for first quarter 2010, which will afford all accredited providers the opportunity to try out the system.  As we announced previously, providers will be expected to enter into PARS the same information that is currently required for reaccreditation. Any new data fields will be optional. The only currently-planned time constraint is that providers must enter all their 2010 activity data by March 31, 2011, to allow for the calculation of the ACCME Annual Report Data 2010.

We will continue to provide updates on the progress of PARS as soon as they are available. For more information and an FAQ, see "Accreditation Council for CME Continues Testing Phase for Online Program & Activity Reporting System." If you have any questions, please e-mail database@accme.org.

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Tips and Tools

Physician champions of CME can help elevate your program’s status within your institution and support the implementation of the 2006 ACCME Accreditation Criteria. In two new interviews on the multimedia Education and Training section of our Web site, Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME's Director of Education and Outreach, sits down with CME leaders to discuss the role of physician champions.

Engaging Physician Champions in CME: Offering her perspective as an accreditor, Danna Muir, Manager of Accreditation and Education Outreach, Massachusetts Medical Society, says programs that engage physician champions are much more likely to excel at implementing the Accreditation Criteria.

The Role of Physician Volunteers in CME: Ginny Jacobs, Director, Office of CME, University of Minnesota, describes how physician volunteers help her office produce higher-quality activities and position CME as a strategic asset.

If you've developed initiatives that demonstrate how accredited CME is a strategic asset to health care quality and safety initiatives, we'd like to hear your story. Contact Steve Singer, Director, Education and Outreach.

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Education and Outreach

The CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop will be held three times in 2010: April 28 – 30, August 4 – 6, and December 8 –10, 2009, at the Westin Chicago River North. Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, this intensive workshop offers participants the opportunity to work closely with ACCME staff, national CME leaders and colleagues to learn practical strategies for complying with accreditation requirements. Registration will open on January 29. Read more about the workshop

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People

We are sad to announce the departure of Mary Martin Lowe, PhD, ACCME Director of Accreditation and Recognition. Mary spent 11 years with us, contributing to all aspects of the organization, and serving us in periods of enormous change and growth. Mary was instrumental in leading the transition to the 2006 ACCME Accreditation Criteria, and helped to introduce a new set of requirements for recognizing state and territory medical societies as accreditors. The ACCME will benefit from Mary’s contributions for many years to come. Committed to education on both a personal and professional level, she earned her PhD in adult education during her time with the ACCME. The accredited CME community will continue to benefit from her expertise and dedication, as she plans to work in the CME field on an independent basis. All of us at the ACCME will miss her and we wish her success in her new endeavors.

Reminder for Accredited Providers:  ACCME Annual Report Data Due

Accredited providers: Please submit your 2009 ACCME Annual Report by March 31, 2010. This report is required in order to maintain your accreditation status. You should have already received your login information and instructions. If you haven't, contact us at annualreports@accme.org. More information and instructions are available here. Please note that the data will be collected through the usual means — we will not be using the new Program & Activity Reporting System for the 2009 annual report. Your annual report data enables the ACCME to compile comprehensive information about the size and scope of CME in the United States. The aggregate data is published annually on our Web site as a service to accredited providers, other CME stakeholders and the public.

For Your Reference

The Lifelong Learning Initiative – the Association of American Medical Colleges/American Association of Colleges of Nursing has released the Lifelong Learning in Medicine and Nursing Final Conference Report, which says that health professionals' continuing education should be interprofessional and team-based; employ outcomes-based methods; and link to workplace learning.
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In Case You Missed It

The ACCME Report, December 22, 2009

ACCME Reflects on 2009 Expanded Outreach and Education Efforts

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