ACCME Reminds Providers About March 30, 2012 Year-End Reporting Deadline

Published Date: 
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Number: 
9
Volume: 
3

News
ACCME Reminds Providers About March 30, 2012 Year-End Reporting Deadline
ACCME Announces Board of Directors Elections
ACCME Publishes Additional Complaints Summaries
ACCME Responds to FDA REMS Draft Blueprint

Education and Outreach
Registration Now Open for the April 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop
ACCME Holds 2011 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference
ACCME Presents at Korean Institute of Medical Education and Evaluation
ACCME Participates in CMSS, AMA Conferences

Reminders
2012 Annual Accreditation Fees
Coming Soon: ACCME's New Web Site

For Your Reference
"CU School of Medicine Receives Highest Level of Accreditation," by JoAnne Wojak, published by Colorado Medicine

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report October 27, 2011; Revised Materials for the Joint Accreditation Process

News

ACCME Reminds Providers About March 30, 2012 Year-End Reporting Deadline

ACCME-accredited providers: To meet your year-end reporting deadline, you must complete entering data into the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for your 2011 activities and complete your 2011 program summary by March 30, 2012. PARS is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2011 activity data now in anticipation of the upcoming deadline. You are welcome to enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity occurs. (Please note that these instructions apply only to ACCME-accredited providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society.)

As we've announced previously, we have made improvements to support your data entry, based on your feedback. Please review the list of improvements below, as they may affect your 2011 data submission.

  • Batch upload: To accommodate the improvements we made, we created new batch upload templates and instructions. If you are using either the tab-delimited upload or XML file upload features, you must use the new template and instructions in order to successfully upload data for 2011.
  • In-Kind commercial support: The ACCME no longer requires providers to quantify the dollar value of in-kind commercial support; instead you must report the nature of in-kind support for activities scheduled for 2011 and beyond. See this FAQ.
  • Copying activities: If you provide the same activity in multiple locations or provide the same activity year after year, you can save time entering data about these activities by using the new copy function in PARS. See this FAQ.
  • Deleting activities: You now can delete more than one activity at a time. See this FAQ.
  • Multiyear commercial support: We have clarified our instructions for designating commercial support for multiyear activities. See this FAQ.
  • 2011-2012 data entry: You are welcome to enter data for activities scheduled through 2012. We have not opened PARS for data entry for activities taking place in 2013 and beyond to ensure that we can implement future improvements without making it necessary for providers to reenter data.

Ongoing PARS help: PARS Release Notes offers a brief, up-to-date summary of the enhancements we have made, with links to relevant FAQs, for your quick reference. 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.

ACCME Announces Board of Directors Elections

The ACCME named Sandra Norris, MBA, and James Burke, MD, as 2012 Chair and Vice-Chair of the ACCME at the conclusion of its Board of Directors meeting, held December 1-2, 2011, in Chicago. Ms. Norris is the Administrative Director for Medical Education and Medical Staff Services at Swedish Health Services in Seattle, WA. Dr. Burke is the Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs for Scottsdale Healthcare in Scottsdale, AZ.

The ACCME also elected the following Board members: Todd Dorman, MD; Mira Irons, MD; David Pieper, PhD; and Carol Havens, MD.

Read more.

ACCME Publishes Additional Complaints Summaries

The ACCME has added new summaries to its compendium of blinded summaries from the complaints process. We are publishing these materials to educate providers and other stakeholders and as part of our ongoing efforts to increase the ACCME accreditation system’s transparency and accountability. The complaints process is the procedure that the ACCME uses to respond to complaints from the public and the CME community about ACCME-accredited providers' compliance with accreditation requirements.

The summaries follow the model of the ACCME Accreditation Findings Based on the 2006 Accreditation Criteria: A Compendium of Case Examples, which includes blinded descriptions of compliance and noncompliance for educational purposes.

View a video commentary by ACCME Chief Executive, Murray Kopelow, MD, about the February, 2011 publication of the Complaints Process Web page and summaries.

ACCME Responds to FDA REMS Draft Blueprint

The ACCME sent a comment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the draft blueprint for the prescriber education component of the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioid medications. The blueprint notice was published in the Federal Register on November 7, 2011 and the deadline for submitting comments was December 7. The FDA is posting the responses to its request for comments here. The draft blueprint contains core messages for continuing education providers to use for the development of prescriber training materials.

An education program for prescribers is a central component of the opioid REMS. In its notification to manufacturers, the FDA said it "expects that the training will be conducted by accredited, independent continuing medical education providers, to the extent practicable." In the Federal Register notice for the draft blueprint, the FDA said it understands that accredited providers need to comply with the Standards for Commercial Support and need to ensure that CE content remains beyond the control of industry. The FDA REMS is one facet of a collaborative, multiagency Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan released by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy on April 19.

The ACCME comment states that because the FDA controls the blueprint content, the blueprint is a useful strategy to ensure the independence of accredited CME in support of the opioid REMS. The response also describes the important role that accredited CME can play in supporting the FDA's endeavor to address the national prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Previously, the ACCME issued a news release, 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 REMS for opioid medications. In May, continuing health care education leadership organizations issued a joint news release to express their support for the opioid REMS.

FDA information about the opioid REMS, including links to the FDA letter to manufacturers and frequently asked questions, is available here.

Education and Outreach

Registration Now Open for the April 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop

Registration is now open for the ACCME's 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop scheduled for April 18-20 in Chicago. A second workshop will be held August 15-17. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. We will invite providers whose next accreditation decisions are scheduled for July 2013, November 2013, and March 2014. Early next year, we will send more information to providers in those decision cohorts.

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 workshop information is available here.

ACCME Holds 2011 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference

The 2011 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference: A Conference of Leaders, held December 6-7 in Chicago, included 71 participants representing 34 states, the ACCME, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), and the American Medical Association. Designed for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies approved by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers) and accreditation volunteers, the conference offered the opportunity for participants and the ACCME staff to engage in strategic discussions about the CME system’s national priorities. The conference focused on how CME providers can support Maintenance of Certification®, Maintenance of Licensure, and health care quality improvement initiatives.

Special guest speaker Martin Crane, MD, Past Chair, Board of Directors, FSMB, and Special Advisor for Maintenance of Licensure (MOL), explained how MOL relates to CME and aligns with the Accreditation Criteria. He also described FSMB's collaboration with the ACCME and CME community. Following the presentation, participants engaged in a facilitated discussion with Dr. Crane to further explore how accredited providers contribute to improving physicians' professional practice and patient care, and how the ACCME accreditation system can support MOL..  Download Dr. Crane's presentation here. If you have questions about the presentation, please contact Frances Cain, Director, Post-Licensure Assessment System, FSMB, at fcain@fsmb.org; or Humayun Chaudhry, DO, President and CEO, FSMB, at hchaudhry@fsmb.org.

The conference also included a luncheon presentation of the 2011 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award to Timothy Holder, MD.

ACCME Presents at Korean Institute of Medical Education and Evaluation

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, was invited to give a presentation at the 2011 Korean Institute of Medical Education and Evaluation (KIMEE) Symposium held in November in Seoul. KIMEE, the Korean national medical accreditation body, is initiating a process to establish CME accreditation standards and has selected the ACCME accreditation system as its model. The KIMEE director conducted a six week US study tour this summer, including a visit to the ACCME. In his presentation, Dr. Kopelow described the scope of the ACCME accreditation system, how the system works, and the accreditation requirements. He explained how accredited CME supports continuing physician professional development in the US and contributes to health care quality improvement. The ACCME is engaging with KIMEE as part of its ongoing efforts to support collaboration in the global CME community.

ACCME Participates in CMSS, AMA Conferences

Throughout the year, the ACCME collaborates with its member organizations in a number of ways to facilitate communications among institutions of medicine and to support initiatives for improving physicians’ continuing professional development. Here are a few recent examples.

  • The ACCME participated in two seminars held in November by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) addressing the Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioid medications. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, served as a panelist for the webinar "CME in the Public Interest: The Ins and Outs of REMS CME”; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, presented at the session entitled "How to Address the Opioid REMS: A Practical Guide for Medical Specialty Societies," during the CMSS 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier explained the role of accredited CME as a strategic asset to the REMS, how the Accreditation Criteria support the REMS goals, and how the Standards for Commercial Support will ensure independence in CME activities about REMS.
  • Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, was invited to attend the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education General Session held in November in New Orleans. Dr. Kopelow gave an update about the ACCME accreditation system.

Reminders

2012 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fees

  • ACCME-Accredited Providers: Your 2012 ACCME annual accreditation fee is due by January 31, 2012. We sent invoices in November and we thank those of you who have made your payments. We will send reminders to providers who have not yet paid. Invoices are addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. To view your organization’s contact information (including the billing contact), please login to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).

 

  • Recognized Accreditors/Intrastate Accredited Providers: As announced in 2009, the fee for intrastate accredited providers is increasing from $250 to $450 in 2012, as part of the incremental fee increase approved by the ACCME Board of Directors. Recognized Accreditors facilitate the collection of these fees from their providers. Recognized Accreditors need to review their lists of accredited providers for accuracy by January 5, 2012. The ACCME will send invoices to Recognized Accreditors on January 31, 2012; payment is due to the ACCME by March 31, 2012. As announced in 2009, the fee will increase in 2013 to $550.

Coming Soon: ACCME's New Web Site

The ACCME is in the process of redesigning its Web site to offer a more user-friendly resource with improved navigation, organization, content, and design. The site restructuring incorporates feedback we received from users of our Web site and is part of our ongoing efforts to improve services for accredited providers, Recognized Accreditors, and other stakeholders. We plan to launch the new site in the coming months.

For Your Reference

  • Colorado Medicine is running a series of articles highlighting Colorado physicians who are leading health care improvement efforts through their involvement in CME. In the most recent article, "CU School of Medicine Receives Highest Level of Accreditation," September/October issue, page 30, Ronald Gibbs, MD, Associate Dean for CME, University of Colorado Medical School, discusses how his CME program achieved Accreditation with Commendation through its health care gap analysis, needs assessment, and collaboration with the community. The January/February 2011 issue, page 43, featured an interview with David Price, MD, a member of the ACCME Board of Directors; the May/June 2011 issue, page 49, included an interview with David Herr, MD. The articles are written by JoAnne Wojak, Director, CME, Colorado Medical Society (CMS). CMS is an ACCME Recognized Accreditor.

In Case You Missed It

The ACCME Report, October 27, 2011
Revised Materials for the Joint Accreditation Process: Visit our Document and Forms Library and scroll down to the section Materials for ACCME/ACPE/ANCC Joint Accreditation.

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