Upcoming Educational Opportunities
CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinar – September 20
Getting Started with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education – October 17
Save the Date for the ACCME 2018 Meeting in Chicago – April 16-19
ACCME Seeks Communications Specialist
For Your Reference
HHS OWH Final Report on Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdoes in Women
The Executive Summary of the ACCME Board of Directors meeting held July 20-21, 2017 is now available on the ACCME website.
The ACCME ratified 50 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. This included 18 providers (36%) that received Accreditation with Commendation, which confers a 6-year term of accreditation, 30 providers (60%) that received Accreditation, and one initial applicant received Provisional Accreditation.
Congratulations! We encourage CME providers to celebrate their success in achieving accreditation and communicate the value of their accreditation and accreditation-related accomplishments by informing their community, stakeholders, and the public. You are welcome to use this messaging.
Also in the executive summary:
- Eleven new applicants successfully achieved Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™; one provider received reaccreditation.
- The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) received substantial equivalency from the ACCME.
- The ACCME modified the process for handling complaints to reflect the current approach to evaluating complaints related to the content validation policies.
- The Board of Directors conducted a strategic planning retreat to engage in visioning exercises, discuss high level goals, and identify measures of success for the coming years.
For additional information, see the July 2017 Executive Summary on the ACCME website.
The American Medical Association (AMA) and the ACCME have adopted a final proposal to simplify and align their expectations for accredited continuing medical education (CME) activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. The simplification applies to all providers in the ACCME System including state-accredited and ACCME-accredited-providers. The organizations are now working together to develop a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and other resources about implementation that will be available this fall.
Reflective of the AMA and ACCME’s shared values, the simplification is designed to encourage innovation and flexibility in accredited CME while continuing to ensure that activities meet education standards and are independent of commercial influence. It is aimed at allowing accredited CME providers to introduce and blend new instructional practices and learning formats that are appropriate to their learners and setting, provided they abide by the AMA’s seven core requirements.
The core requirements are aligned with ACCME accreditation requirements—and do not represent any new rules for accredited providers. In addition, the AMA has simplified and reduced its learning format requirements to provide more flexibility for CME providers. To further encourage innovation in educational design and delivery, CME providers may design and deliver an activity that uses blended or new approaches to driving meaningful learning and change.
For more information, please visit the AMA/ACCME Alignment webpage.
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
The ACCME is offering a series of bimonthly webinars to discuss strategies for planning CME that Counts for MOC, and to answer provider questions. Join us for the next CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions webinar on Wednesday, September 20, from 1:00-2:00 pm Central; sign up here.
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ is hosting an introductory workshop on October 17, 2017 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm CT at the ACCME’s offices in Chicago. The workshop will explain the basics and benefits of Joint Accreditation as well as answer questions about the Joint Accreditation process. It is designed for organizations in the initial stages of the application process as well as organizations that are considering applying for Joint Accreditation. Organizations that are already jointly accredited are also welcome to attend and may benefit from a review of the process and interaction with their colleagues.
During the workshop, we will discuss:
- value & benefits of Joint Accreditation
- eligibility criteria
- application process and timeline
There is a registration fee of $200 per person for this workshop. Space is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the event page for more information or to register for the workshop.
Mark your calendar for April 16-19, 2018! The ACCME 2018 Meeting will bring together participants from across the CME and healthcare communities to share best practices in CME. More information will be available soon – keep an eye out for more information and registration details in future newsletters and at www.accme2018.org.
Tips and Tools
We’ve published a package of resources to help providers build patient engagement in CME to support the expectations of Criterion 24 in the Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. In addition to linking to existing FAQ, compliance examples and a video overview of Criterion 24, the page has been updated to include the following new resources:
- Message from Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME on building meaningful inclusion of patients by focusing on the learning environment.
- 12 Tips for Engaging Patients in CME for providers getting started with including patients and/or their representatives in CME.
- Engaging Patients in CME video, which features the perspectives of patients, advocates, physicians, and educators.
For more information, please visit the Engaging Patients in CME webpage.
Two new resources are now available for providers that offer, or plan to offer, CME that Counts for American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
- A Guide to Using Reflective Statements as Assessment in Live Activities Offered for ABP MOC Part 2: This resource includes key elements and examples for using reflective statements as the assessment mechanism in live CME activities that have been developed to meet the requirements for ABP MOC.
- CME for ABP MOC Planning Overview: This tool is an overview of ABP’s requirements for accredited CME providers to designate CME for ABP MOC.
For more information, please visit the CME that Counts for ABP MOC webpage.
The ACCME is looking for a Communications Specialist. The person in this position will support the management of digital communication strategies designed to promote the value of accredited CME. The specialist is responsible for managing, monitoring, and improving the ACCME’s social media to build visibility and engagement with the accredited CME community, clinicians, healthcare leaders, and other stakeholders. Other key responsibilities include coordinating, managing, and improving content on the ACCME and Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education websites, managing publications, assisting in media relations, and identifying strategies to achieve communications goals. Please see the ACCME Careers page for more information.
For Your Reference
- Final Report: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women, from the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, examines the prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse, have use disorders, and/or overdose on opioids.
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