New educational resources about the “Demonstrates Educational Leadership” category of the new commendation criteria are now available. Visit the ACCME website for an overview, video, FAQ, and compliance examples for Criteria 33-35.
These resources are part of a series we've published to support implementation of the Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation, our mechanism for recognizing and celebrating organizations that excel as CME providers.
There are 16 new commendation criteria, divided into five categories. To be eligible for commendation, providers will need to demonstrate compliance with any seven criteria of their choice, from any category—plus one criterion from the Achieves Outcomes category—for a total of eight criteria. If you missed our previous announcements, you can find the resources for the “Achieves Outcomes,” “Promotes Team-based Education,” “Addresses Public Health Priorities,” and “Enhances Skills” categories on the ACCME website.
We look forward to working together to ensure our CME community’s successful implementation of the new criteria to achieve our shared goal of advancing quality and achieving outcomes in post-graduate medical education.
As a reminder, as with the existing commendation criteria 16-22, compliance with the new commendation criteria is optional for CME providers and is not required to achieve Accreditation. For more information about the new commendation criteria overall, including a transition timeline, please see the Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation page on our website.
The Executive Summary of the ACCME Board of Directors meeting held March 23-24, 2017 is now available on the ACCME website.
The ACCME ratified 42 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. This included 18 providers (43%) that received Accreditation with Commendation, which confers a 6-year term of accreditation, and 17 providers (41%) that received Accreditation. Three of the 4 initial applicants received Provisional Accreditation.
Welcome to the new providers and congratulations to the providers that received Accreditation and Accreditation with Commendation! 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.
For additional information, see the March 2017 Executive Summary on the ACCME website.
We are pleased to announce that providers now have the option to register CME activities for American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Practice Assessment Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).
As part of ABIM and ACCME’s expanded collaboration, CME providers can now register CME activities for Practice Assessment MOC that are offered in any format, just as they have been doing for Medical Knowledge activities. This includes, but is not limited to, formal performance improvement CME (PI-CME) activities.
Activities may be registered for a single type of ABIM MOC credit or for combinations of credit types, including Medical Knowledge and Practice Assessment, as long as the activities meet the guidelines described in the ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program Guide.
When you register your activities, they will display in CME Finder, enabling physicians to find accredited CME activities that count for ABIM MOC.
To learn more, please see the following resources:
- Our full announcement: ABIM and ACCME Increase Continuing Education and Quality Improvement Opportunities for Physicians
- ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program Guide: Guide to the requirements and process for ABIM recognition of accredited CME activities for MOC credit
- "CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar: Tuesday, May 16, from 2:00-3:00 pm Central; sign up here
- View our FAQ: Ask ACCME about CME that Counts for Practice Assessment MOC
- CME Finder: Web-based tool, enabling physicians to search for CME activities that count for ABIM MOC
Upcoming Educational Activities
We look forward to seeing many of you next week, April 24-27, at the ACCME 2017 Meeting! Together, with participants from across the CME and healthcare communities, we'll explore how evolution, innovation, and alignment in education advances health professional practice and patient care.
You can be part of the conversation online by using our meeting hashtag, #ACCME2017. We encourage participants to post questions, share ideas, and read the insights from other attendees. Want to get a head start? Start sharing now by telling us what you’re most looking forward to at #ACCME2017, or let us know of any questions you have in advance.
We invite those who are unable to attend the ACCME 2017 meeting to also follow #ACCME2017; and follow ACCME on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; and to join the conversation! We’ll be posting updates before, during, and after the meeting.
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 Tuesday, May 16, from 2:00-3:00 pm Central; sign up here.
As part of our CME that Counts for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) efforts, accredited CME providers can use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to register activities for the MOC programs of the American Board of Anesthesiology®, American Board of Internal Medicine, and American Board of Pediatrics. This collaboration enables you to benefit your community of physicians by offering more options for high-quality education that best meets their needs and helps them fulfill professional requirements.
When you register your CME activities that count for MOC in PARS, they will appear in our online search tool CMEFinder.org. The earlier you enter an activity in PARS, the sooner it will appear in CMEFinder.org, allowing physicians to find and register for your activities.
Promoting Accredited CME
We’re looking for photos of “CME in action!” Help us spread the word that CME is much more than lectures. We’d like to showcase a variety of real-world CME in our communications materials by highlighting your activities. If you’d like to contribute, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and you may see your photographs on the ACCME website, on social media, or in future ACCME publications!
We’ll share some of these images on social media with the hashtag #CMEinAction, and we invite you to join us by posting images using that hashtag, as well. By doing so, we can demonstrate to our stakeholders the diversity, flexibility, and quality of CME.
As part of ACCME’s new visual identity, we’ve created new marks that are available for CME providers to communicate their accreditation status. The provider marks are adaptations of the new ACCME logo, and serve to create a recognizable, consistent visual identity. The marks serve as a message from accredited CME providers to clinicians: This education is relevant to your needs, evidence-based, effective, and independent of commercial influence.
Providers accredited within the ACCME System (providers directly accredited by the ACCME and those accredited by ACCME Recognized Accreditors) are welcome to use these marks. More information for providers about how to use the marks is available here.
Tips and Tools
ACCME requirements are designed to ensure that accredited CME provides a safe place for learning, independent of commercial influence and conflicts of interest. To support compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM: Standards to Ensure the Independence of CME Activities, we've created a flowchart tool you can use to identify relevant financial relationships and resolve conflicts of interest in CME activities. The flowchart is intended to help CME providers and stakeholders involved in planning CME activities successfully meet ACCME expectations by following a simple, step-by-step guide.
The ACCME is continuing to enhance its services to the CME community in support of its strategic goals. Toward that end, we have several positions available for interested, dedicated individuals who would like to join our staff. Detailed position descriptions and qualification requirements for each opening as well as application information are available on our Careers webpage.
- Administrative Assistant, Education and Outreach: The Administrative Assistant will support the ACCME Department of Education and Outreach in planning and coordinating educational activities for CME providers, intrastate accreditors, volunteers, and other system stakeholders.
- Executive Assistant: The Executive Assistant will provide administrative support to the President/CEO and Executive Vice President of the ACCME. This will include coordinating the activities of the President/CEO and Executive Vice President, serving as backup to the front desk staff, and contributing to projects related to the successful execution of President/EVP's duties.
For Your Reference
- “Using CME as an "Engine of Transformation," AAMC News, features William Rayburn, MD, MBA, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, ACCME, and Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, on the need for physicians and healthcare leaders to embrace the transformative power of CME for addressing top healthcare priorities.
- “Top Reasons to Reintroduce Your CME Program,” Vital Physician Executive, authored by John V. Jurica, MD, MPH, CPE, describes the benefits of CME for patients, organizations, and physicians.
- “Cologne Consensus Conference 2016: assessment in accredited CME/CPD, 16 and 17 September 2016, Cologne, Germany,” published in Journal of European CME reports on the fifth annual Cologne Consensus conference, including summaries of presentations by Dr. McMahon and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, on interprofessional teams and the role of accreditation in supporting improvement for CME providers, learners, and the healthcare system.
- “ABMS Insights” is the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) new quarterly newsletter, featuring news about Board Certification and the 24 certifying boards that are members of ABMS. View the inaugural Spring edition, and sign up today to receive future issues.
- The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 class. The one-year, part-time program facilitates professional development and scholarship. Early career physicians, junior faculty, fellows, residents, and individuals holding advanced degrees in public health, health services research, and other relevant disciplines are invited to apply by May 1.
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