ACCME Revises Complaints Process; Announces Call for Comment on Providers' Responsibilities to Learners

Published Date: 
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Number: 
7
Volume: 
2

News
ACCME Releases July Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary
ACCME Revises Complaints Process, Announces Call for Comment on Providers' Responsibilities to Learners
ACCME Affirms Knowledge-Based Activities Continue to Be Acceptable in CME
Program & Activity Reporting System Opens for Live Data Entry
ACCME Provides Input for FDA's REMS Initiatives
ACCME Announces Hero Award Recipients

Tips and Tools
Tips for the Accreditation Process

Education and Outreach
Registration Open for Final 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop
2010 Regional Forums for State Accreditors and Providers

Reminders
Take Our Survey: Promoting CME's Value; 2010 Rutledge W. Howard, MD Awards

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Releases 2009 Annual Report Data; The ACCME Report, July 8, 2010
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News

ACCME Releases July Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary

The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held July 15 – 16, 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 summary includes an accreditation update. Six 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 July 2010, while a second graph shows compliance results for the July 2010 cohort. 

ACCME Revises Complaints Process, Announces Call for Comment on Providers' Responsibilities to Learners

The ACCME has revised the ACCME Process for Handling Complaints Regarding ACCME Accredited Providers. This is the process the ACCME uses to respond to complaints from the public and the continuing medical education (CME) community about ACCME accredited providers' compliance with accreditation requirements.

The revised process balances transparency with providers' confidentiality, following a model similar to the ACCME's accreditation review procedures. Read more.

Call for comment: As part of its ongoing commitment to accredited CME's accountability, and in response to feedback from stakeholders, the ACCME has deliberated about whether providers should have obligations to learners if an activity is found Noncompliant during the complaints process. The ACCME is issuing a call for comment about this issue, in accordance with its Rule-Making Policy.

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, has recorded an audio commentary about the call for comment.

Read the call for comment and send us your feedback by September 27, 2010: Complaints Process: Providers' Responsibilities to Learners.

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 Affirms Knowledge-Based Activities Continue to Be Acceptable in CME

The ACCME has reviewed the feedback received during the call for comment on knowledge-based activities. Now that the ACCME has completed the review of six cohorts of providers under the 2006 Accreditation Criteria, it is conducting a comprehensive review of the accreditation requirements, including seeking feedback from the CME community. The ACCME will wait until this review is completed to take final action on the wording of the Criteria. The ACCME affirms that “knowledge” is acceptable content for accredited CME. With respect to Criteria 3 and 11, even if the preponderance of a provider’s activities is focused solely on changing knowledge, the provider must still show how these activities contribute to the overall program’s efforts to change learners’ competence, or performance or patient outcomes. 

Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) Opens for Live Data Entry

The ACCME opened the Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) for live data entry on July 22. PARS is a Web-based portal, designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from ACCME-accredited continuing medical education providers. Since the launch, staff from 117 accredited organizations have accessed PARS.

The ACCME has issued a joint news release about the PARS launch with MedBiquitous. PARS fields conform to the standards created by MedBiquitous, an accredited standards developer for health care education technologies.

Accredited providers: You can login to PARS from the PARS Information Page or by visiting our Web site homepage and clicking on the Accredited Provider Login or the Program & Reporting System (PARS) link in the For CME Providers menu on the left hand side of the screen. We encourage you to begin using PARS as soon as possible, to familiarize yourself with it and ensure that we can address any questions or concerns you may have. Your organization may decide when and how often to enter your activity data. However, you must enter all your 2010 program and activity data by March 31, 2011, to allow for the calculation of the ACCME 2010 Annual Report Data.

The ACCME has prepared educational resources for accredited providers and anyone who is interested in learning more about PARS. These resources are available from our Education and Training Web page.

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.

ACCME Provides Input for FDA's REMS Initiatives

The Accreditation Council for CME made a presentation to an Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research during a meeting on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics. The July 22 – 23 meeting was held jointly by the Anesthetic and Life-Support Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee. The ACCME was one of two organizations invited to present about continuing education; the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education also made a presentation.

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, explained how accredited continuing medical education could be a strategic asset to REMS initiatives. Under the opioid analgesics plan proposed by the FDA, the FDA would control the REMS content, meaning that the education would be independent and acceptable within accredited CME. With other REMS plans, the education originates with the manufacturers, which is not acceptable within accredited CME.

"We were honored to be invited by the FDA to explain how accredited CME can be a strategic asset in REMS," said Dr. Kopelow. "The overuse, underuse and misuse of opioid analgesics is a major public health issue. We believe accredited CME can have a demonstrable impact on improving physician expertise and patient safety in this area.”

We are now contacting representatives of the CME provider community to assist with their understanding and application of this process.

Download Dr. Kopelow's presentation.

ACCME Announces the 2010 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award Recipients

The ACCME proudly presents the 2010 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award to the following ACCME volunteers. Their extraordinary commitment and generosity of time and expertise enable the ACCME to fulfill its mission of setting standards for quality continuing medical education and assuring that accredited CME providers meet those standards.

William W. Greaves, MD, MSPH, Faculty Member, Department of Population Health; Former Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine; Founding Director, Master of Public Health Degree Program, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Karen E. Heiser, PhD, Vice President, Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education; Codirector of the International Scholars Program, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

Read more about the Hero Award.

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Tips and Tools

Tips for the Accreditation Process

In this new three-part video FAQ series, Denny Lott, DEd, ACCME’s Manager of Accreditation Development, shares insights and best practices to guide providers through the accreditation process.

  • Tips for the Accreditation Process: Preparing for the Interview
  • Tips for the Accreditation Process: Perspectives on Surveyors
  • Tips for the Accreditation Process: Addressing Missing or Incomplete Information

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Education and Outreach

Registration Open for Final 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop

The 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop will be held one more time in 2010, from December 8 –10, 2010, at the Westin Chicago River North. Registration is now open. Download the brochure and registration information.

Two new sessions have been added to the 2010 Accreditation Workshop. "Engagement with the Environment" is an advanced session focusing on ACCME Criteria 16 – 22, for providers seeking Accreditation with Commendation. "Next Steps for Organizations Seeking Accreditation" helps those preparing to apply for ACCME accreditation for the first time.

Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, the Accreditation 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 and positioning CME as a Bridge to Quality within their organizations.

Here are a few comments from the April 2010 Accreditation Workshop participants.

  • "You demonstrated and communicated a warm, welcoming, open, competent and caring group of professionals interested in supporting high-quality education for physicians. Thank you.”
  • “I felt that the newcomers' session provided a good anchor in understanding where CME fits in the health care system, why there are standards for CME and how flexible ACCME is in accomodating different organizations as accredited bodies.“
  • "The break out sessions were a wonderful way to learn from [my] peers and the experts in a setting where it was easier to ask questions."
     

2010 Regional Forums for State Accreditors and State-Accredited Providers: Building Leadership, Building Value

To support state accreditors and state-accredited providers, we are holding four regional workshops across the country. The 2010 ACCME Regional Forums: Building Leadership, Building Value, will help participants develop strategic and tactical approaches for positioning their CME programs as valued assets in their health care organizations.

The first regional forum, held June 16 in collaboration with the Medical Society of the State of New York, brought together more than 45 continuing medical education professionals from the Greater New York area, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, as well as from Alabama, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Virginia and Puerto Rico.

The second regional forum, held July 8 in collaboration with the North Carolina Medical Society at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC, drew about 40 CME professionals from North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington State, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

The schedule for the rest of the forums is as follows.

  • August 31 in St. Louis, MO: Online registration is open until August 13.
  • October 18 in Las Vegas, NV: Online registration is open until October 1.

Workshops are open to state accreditors, state-accredited providers and volunteers involved in the state accreditation system. Download a flyer and registration information.

Read a general news release about the regional forums and a news release about the New York regional forum, issued jointly by the Medical Society of the State of New York and the Medical Society of the County of Queens, where the forum was held.

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Reminders

  • Take Our Survey: Promoting CME's Value
  • Send in your nominations for the 2010 Rutledge W. Howard, MD Awards. The  deadline is September 3, 2010.

In Case You Missed It

  • The ACCME Releases 2009 Annual Report Data
  • The ACCME Report, July 8, 2010

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