Stakeholders Provide Feedback about Proposed New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation
ACCME Releases PARS Data about ER/LA Opioid REMS CE Activities
American Hospital Association Report Describes CME as Strategic Resource
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ Reaches Milestone: First Providers Receive Reaccreditation
Education and Outreach
Save the Date: 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops
ACCME Presents at Recognized Accreditor Events in Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, and West Virginia
New York Medical College Honors Murray Kopelow, MD, with Service Award
IOM Meeting on Genetics Education for Health Professionals Includes ACCME Participation
ACCME Participates in International CME Events in Caribbean, Europe
For Your Reference
“Simplification in Support of CME That Matters to Patient Care,” by Steve Singer, PhD; and Murray Kopelow, MD, Published in Intercom
“Joint Accreditation in Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing Advances Continuing Education by the Team for the Team,” by the ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC, Published in AHME News
“Continuing Education for Doctors,” Interview with Atul Grover, MD, PhD, AAMC, Airs on WRVO Public Media
The ACCME thanks the CME providers and other stakeholders who participated in our survey about the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. The ACCME received approximately 250 responses. The responses demonstrated the CME community support’s for the proposed criteria and the menu approach. Of the provider respondents, about 75% said that the proposed menu would make Accreditation with Commendation feasible for them. Read a summary of the survey results.
We will continue to engage with the CME community to gather qualitative feedback in the coming months. The ACCME will review the feedback before taking formal action and issuing a formal call for comment.
The proposed criteria incorporate feedback from the ACCME Board of Directors and ideas gathered from the CME community and other stakeholders over the past few years. The goal of the proposed criteria is to respond to the evolving healthcare system, to reflect and reward the valuable work providers may already be doing, and to challenge providers to aim for even higher achievements.
Read the summary of the survey results.
For more information, visit Proposal for New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation.
The ACCME has released a data report showing the scope of continuing education activities offered by accredited providers within the ACCME accreditation system in support of the Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics REMS.
The report shows that 62 accredited CME providers reported 211 REMS-compliant activities educating more than 29,000 learners. The report includes information about the geographic distribution of activities, the activity types, and the numbers and percentages of activities designed and analyzed for changes in competence, performance, or patient outcomes.
The data report is made possible because of the voluntary submission of ER/LA Opioid REMS data by accredited providers into ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Launched in 2010, PARS is designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from accredited CME providers. As a service to the CME community and to the FDA, the ACCME modified the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to enable accredited providers to submit information specific to the REMS CME activities they provide.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) is the first REMS to incorporate accredited CME. The centerpiece of the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS is a prescriber education program about the risks of opioid medications as well as safe prescribing and safe use practices. The education is controlled, designed, and delivered by accrediting continuing healthcare education providers.
The ACCME appreciates that the FDA recognizes the value of accredited education and chose to leverage the CE system to carry out this important public health initiative.
Download the PARS Data about ER/LA Opioid REMS CE Activities.
For more information, visit CME in Support of REMS.
"Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource," a report published by the American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum, describes how accredited CME can strengthen the partnership between physicians and hospitals in order to transform the healthcare delivery model and improve healthcare outcomes. The report states that "CME offers a rapid response opportunity to close competency gaps for practicing physicians," and includes examples of successful partnerships between CME, quality improvement projects, state medical societies, and community initiatives focusing on local health priorities. The American Hospital Association (AHA) is an ACCME member organization.
The report describes the scope of hospital-based CME, using data from the ACCME 2013 Annual Report. There are more than 1,100 hospitals and health systems hospitals accredited in the ACCME system. Hospitals/health systems accounted for 35% of the total number of CME activities offered in 2013, and 90% of the activities offered by intrastate providers. (These providers are accredited by state or territory medical societies that are recognized by the ACCME as accreditors.)
The report includes the results of a survey of AHA members, showing that they rated the value of CME at 4.2 on a 5-point scale. Most of the respondents who viewed CME as a strategic resource found that CME had value in addressing care coordination, implementing changes, improving teamwork, developing future leaders, driving behavior change, addressing system-based performance improvement, reaching community physicians, and reducing medical liability premiums.
The report includes recommendations for how to improve the value of CME as a strategic resource. It suggests that hospitals/health systems use CME to advance their strategic goals and establish closer links between the C-suite, those developing organizational strategic plans, and CME committees. Another recommendation is that hospitals establish stronger links between CME and quality improvement. As an example, the report explains that the ACCME, through its criteria for Accreditation with Commendation, has rewarded providers that integrate CME into the process for improving professional practice, increase collaboration among clinicians, and encourage CME within a system framework for quality improvement. The report also mentions the ACCME Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. The proposed criteria are designed to reward CME programs that address the integration of health data, interprofessional collaborative practice, individualized learning activities, and higher levels of outcomes measurement.
Among its recommendations for accreditors, the report suggests that accreditation standards should encourage team-based and interprofessional learning opportunities. As an example, the report cites Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™, which offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide medicine, pharmacy, and nursing continuing education activities through a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards. Joint Accreditation is a collaboration of the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Download the report here. (Registration is required.)
The Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ program is proud to announce that the first two continuing education (CE) providers to be jointly accredited have now received reaccreditation.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and VHA Inc. became the first two organizations to receive joint accreditation in 2010 as providers of continuing education for healthcare teams. These two organizations have now become the first to receive reaccreditation—a milestone for interprofessional continuing education.
Launched in 2009, Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education is a collaboration of the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The first and only program of its kind, Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education establishes the standards for organizations to deliver CE planned by the healthcare team, for the healthcare team. Joint Accreditation promotes interprofessional education (IPE) activities specifically designed to improve interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) in healthcare delivery.
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide medical, nursing, and pharmacy continuing education through a single, unified application, fee structure, set of accreditation standards, and review process. There are now 15 jointly accredited providers. Jointly accredited providers have substantially increased the number of interprofessional educational activities they offer to health professionals and have achieved measurable improvements in team performance and patient care.
TIPS AND TOOLS
The ACCME has produced a tutorial about the Performance-in-Practice Structured Abstract. The structured abstract is a tool introduced in 2014 in response to engagement with the CME community. CME providers may use the abstract to verify performance-in-practice during the accreditation process. This tutorial provides the rationale for the creation of the tool and instructions for its use. Use of the ACCME Performance-in-Practice Structured Abstract is optional. The goal with the abstract is to simplify, clarify, and be explicit about the information that the ACCME is looking for as performance-in-practice evidence during the accreditation process.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
The ACCME's 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops are scheduled for April 23-24 and August 13-14 in Chicago. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. Early next year, we will send more information to providers about registering for the self-study sessions.
Designed for all levels, from CME novices to masters, 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. Registration for the April 2015 workshop will open later this fall.
The ACCME participated in the following CME provider conferences this summer. The participation is part of the ongoing support the ACCME provides for the intrastate accreditation system and for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers).
At each conference, ACCME speakers discussed the 2014 simplification of the accreditation requirements and process, and the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. In addition, speakers addressed the topics described below.
- Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, ACCME, gave several presentations at the Michigan Conference on CME Accreditation, held by the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) in August. In one presentation, he used case studies to discuss the ACCME’s expectations regarding compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠ (SCS), focusing on identification and resolution of conflict of interest. In another presentation, he addressed the scope of accredited CME in Michigan and across the country, and discussed accreditation decision trends from 2008– 2014.
- Dr. Singer presented at the Nebraska Medical Association (NMA) Continuing Medical Education Provider Workshop, held in July. He described the scope of the ACCME accreditation system nationally and in Nebraska, and discussed how CME can be a strategic asset in support of public health initiatives and the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
- Dr. Singer participated via phone in the 2014 New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS) CME Accredited Provider Conference, held in June. He discussed the process for achieving accreditation through the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ program and answered participants’ questions about compliance with ACCME accreditation requirements.
- Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education and Outreach, ACCME; and Kelly Roberts, Manager of Systems Education and Outreach, ACCME, participated in a surveyor webinar held in July by the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA). They discussed the roles and responsibilities of surveyors in the accreditation process and explained the ACCME’s expectations regarding compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠ (SCS).
- Dr. Singer presented at the 2014 West Virginia State Medical Association (WVSMA) Provider Conference, held in July. He described the scope of the ACCME accreditation system nationally and in West Virginia and discussed how CME can provide strategic value to public health initiatives.
New York Medical College (NYMC) recognized Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, for his 18 years of service, mentorship, and leadership to the Northeastern Consortium of Medical School CME Professionals (NCMSCMEP). The honor was presented to Dr. Kopelow during the 18th annual meeting of the NCMSCMEP, sponsored by NYMC in June. The award was given to Dr. Kopelow by Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA, Chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO; Joseph F. Dursi, MD, Associate Dean for CME; and Richard McCarrick, MD, Vice-Dean for GME and Affiliations, NYMC.
Dr. Kopelow and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, gave several presentations at the meeting. They presented highlights of the ACCME accreditation system, including the 2014 simplification of the accreditation requirements and process, and the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier explained how Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ supports interprofessional collaborative practice and team-based care. They discussed the opportunities for accredited CME to take a leadership role in public health initiatives and described how accredited CME can contribute strategic support to medical education across the continuum, including the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and Maintenance of Licensure (MOL). Looking to the future, they explored how accredited CME needs to evolve to meet the lifelong learning needs of the emerging generations of physicians, who, as digital natives, learn, think, and process information differently than preceding generations.
The event was written up in the July 14 issue of InTouch, the New York Medical College newsletter.
Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME; and Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, ACCME, participated in Improving Genetics Education in Graduate and Continuing Health Professional Education: A Workshop, held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in August in Washington, DC. Dr. Kopelow served on two panel presentations. One panel discussed how to apply educational principles and processes to continuing education about genetics. The other addressed the next steps needed to achieve effective genetics education for health professionals.
Dr. Kopelow and Dr. Singer participated in the meeting in the meeting as part of the ACCME’s ongoing support of efforts to improve the integration of genomics into health professionals’ continuing education and practice.
The ACCME participated in the following international events during the past few months, as part of its commitment to support collaboration in the global CME community.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, participated in the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) 10th Anniversary Conference, held in July in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Dr. Kopelow described the role of accreditation in supporting physicians’ continuing professional development – now and in the future. He explained how accreditation provides a framework that has been proven valid and effective in improving physician performance. He also described how information about physician practice informs the medical education continuum, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education; and he discussed how CME will need to adapt to the needs of the new generations of physicians. The conference was written up in an article in the Jamaica Gleaner.
- Dr. Kopelow gave a presentation at the Cologne Consensus Conference 2014: Management of Conflict of Interest, held in September in Cologne, Germany. His presentation focused on the ACCME perspective on ensuring independence in accredited CME. He explained how the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠ (SCS) provide a framework for preventing commercial bias by requiring the disclosure of relevant financial relationships and the identification and resolution of conflicts of interest. He explained that the Standards for Commercial Support represent shared values across the health professions: the Standards are incorporated into Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Education™ and the accrediting bodies of optometry, pharmacy, nursing, osteopathy, family medicine, physician assistants, and dentistry base their requirements on the Standards. In addition to his presentation, Dr. Kopelow co-chaired a section of the conference on physicians and their relationships. Dr. Kopelow also participated in a meeting of the European Cardiology Section Foundation, held in conjunction with the Cologne Consensus Conference.
View Dr. Kopelow’s 2013 presentation at the Cologne Consensus Conference here.
A summary of the 2013 Cologne Consensus Conference, including a write-up of Dr. Kopelow’s presentation, is published in “Conference Report: Report on the Cologne Consensus Conference 20-21 September 2013,” by Robin Stevenson, in the Journal of European CME.
ACCME-Accredited Providers: We will send invoices for the 2015 ACCME annual accreditation fee in November, with payment due by February 2, 2015. Consistent with last year, in 2015, this fee will again be $5,300. The 2015 fee schedule is available here. The invoices will be addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. Please login to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to view and, if needed, update the billing contact for your organization. If you need to change the billing contact for this accreditation fee invoice, please do so by October 17, 2014.
Please note: This information applies only to ACCME-accredited providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society. Intrastate providers should check with their accreditor for information regarding accreditation fees.
The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is open for data entry for the 2015 reporting year and as we previously announced, you will find we have made some changes in PARS for this 2015 reporting year. The deadline for completing data entry for the 2015 reporting year is not until March 31, 2016, but we are reminding you now in order to give you time to prepare and to familiarize yourself with the changes. As always, you can enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity. There are no changes involved in opening activities.
For more information, visit About PARS.
- “Simplification in Support of CME That Matters to Patient Care,” by Steve Singer, PhD, Director of Education and Outreach, ACCME; and Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, published in the June issue of Intercom, describes the2014 simplification of the accreditation requirements and process, and the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. Intercom is published by the Society for Academic CME (SACME).
- “Joint Accreditation in Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing Advances Continuing Education by the Team for the Team,” by the ACCME, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), published in the Spring 2014 edition of AHME News, describes the benefits and value of the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Education™ program. AHME News is produced by the Association for Hospital Medical Education, an ACCME member organization.
- “Continuing Education for Doctors,” an interview with Atul Grover, MD, PhD, Chief Public Policy Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), aired on WRVO Public Media, and NPR station, on August 17. Dr. Grover discussed the importance of continuing medical education for physicians and their patients. AAMC is an ACCME member organization.