Message from the CEO
Communicating the Value of Accredited CME
Education and Outreach
Registration Now Open for August 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop
ACCME Participates in ABMS, AHME, and CMSS Events
ACCME Presents at Institute for Medical Quality CME Provider Annual Conference
ACCME Participates in Coalition for Physician Accountability Meeting
ACCME Participates in Brookings Institution Meeting on CE and REMS
Reminders for Accredited CME Providers
PARS Open for 2016 Reporting Year; Reminder about PARS Improvements for 2015
Make Sure You Removed Your Commercial Interest Logos from Disclosures — Deadline Was May 2015
In Case You Missed It
ACCME Makes Expectations for Disclosure Methods Consistent across Activity Types; Executive Summary of March 2015 ACCME Board of Directors Meeting Now Available; April 2015 ACCME Report E-Newsletter
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
We have heard from our community of accredited continuing medical education (CME) providers and other stakeholders that we need to work together to communicate the value of accredited CME and its contributions to healthcare improvement more broadly.
We have prepared a resource that includes key facts about CME’s effectiveness, independence, and responsiveness to the evolving healthcare environment. The resource describes how accredited CME promotes engagement with healthcare professionals by providing them with opportunities for relevant, practice-based, independent education and improvement in a system that meets their needs, and promotes quality in patient care.
You are welcome to reproduce and distribute this resource to your leadership, learners, volunteers, and colleagues. I look forward to working with you to communicate our shared passion for learning and the power of education to drive quality in our profession and for the patients we serve.
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc
President and Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
The ACCME will host an open webinar for all stakeholders on July 7, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Central. This webinar will give you the opportunity to learn more about ACCME’s new President and CEO Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc. He will share his background, perspective, and vision, and answer your questions. The webinar will give you the opportunity to discuss your challenges and strengths with Dr. McMahon, and express your ideas for how the ACCME and CME community can work together to achieve our shared mission.
As we previously announced, we welcome your ideas about how the ACCME can meet the future needs of the accredited continuing education community, its learners, and the healthcare system. Thank you to those who have already provided feedback. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the survey by June 8. The ACCME Board of Directors will convene a strategic retreat in July to discuss the ongoing implementation of the ACCME’s strategic plan. Your survey responses will inform planning and help set ACCME’s vision of the future.
- Tutorial: Ensuring Independence — The Role of Employees of ACCME-Defined Commercial Interests
The use of employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests as faculty and planners or in other roles where they are in a position to control the content of accredited CME is prohibited, except in the specific situations identified by the ACCME that maintain independence and serve the public interest. To support your compliance, we have produced this tutorial webpage, which includes links to FAQs, case examples, videos, and other resources.
- Webinar: Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ 101
Find out about the application requirements and the process for achieving joint accreditation in this free, 30-minute webinar. Joint Accreditation 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.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Registration is now open for the ACCME's 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for August 6–7 in Chicago. In response to attendees’ feedback and to meet your individualized learning needs, we are continuing to offer the improved features first introduced in 2014. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop.
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.
Special Features for 2015
- Flipped classroom approach: We’ve incorporated this educational model to give you the opportunity to gain knowledge on your own time prior to the workshop, so that during the event you will have more time to focus on problem-solving, analysis, and interaction with peers and experts.
- More interaction: We’ve reduced the number of didactic sessions and included more discussion time, vignettes, cases, and examples throughout the workshop.
- Small group discussions: Integrated throughout the workshop, these sessions give you the opportunity to build on the information presented at the general sessions and discuss strategies for improving your CME program with your peers.
- Learner-centered breakout sessions: Choose breakouts on topics of specific interest to your organization and explore these issues with your colleagues.
Pre-Workshop Optional Sessions
- Self-Study for Accreditation: This session will be offered by invitation only for providers that are seeking initial accreditation or expecting their next reaccreditation decision in July 2016, November 2016, or March 2017. We will send information to eligible participants early in 2015. If you are in one of these decision groups and you do not receive your invitation by the end of February, please contact Saifra Khan, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Newcomers Introduction to Accredited CME: Designed for participants involved in CME for one year or less, this session will introduce you to CME basics, enabling you to get the most out of the workshop.
Feedback from Previous Workshop Participants
- “The whole workshop was valuable to me. This was my first exposure to much of the material presented. I now have a better idea of how our CME program should be structured for success.”
- “The flipped classroom style is perfect for learning the material. The breakouts gave us an opportunity to learn great ideas from experienced professionals in the field.”
- “Working in the breakout sessions was very helpful in getting information and feedback from colleagues and breakout leaders. The insights from these will be valuable in going back to the office to develop new strategies for and approaches to practice.”
- “I really liked hearing how other companies/entities handle CME planning. I heard some great ideas that I can easily incorporate into my program. I also realized that I may be making more work for myself than I need to.”
- “I thought the case studies and discussion that ensued over them were extremely helpful. I got useful information and strategies out of each type of learning/session offered—the plenary sessions, the breakout groups, and the Q&A.”
- “Thanks also for the great public health panel. The workshop took on an academic tone when you brought people on the cutting edge of some of the hot topics in medical and interprofessional education. I felt that this was one of the most helpful and exciting parts of the workshop.”
The ACCME participated in the following meetings in May as part of its ongoing collaboration with member organizations. Through joint leadership initiatives, the ACCME and member organizations identify and implement strategies for improving physicians' continuing professional development and patient care.
- Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, participated in the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Forum on Organizational Quality Improvement, held in May in Chicago.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, Past President, ACCME, gave two presentations at the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) Institute held in May in San Diego, California. In a panel presentation, Dr. Kopelow discussed how CME can support quality improvement in hospitals. He was joined on the panel by John R. Combes, MD, senior vice president, American Hospital Association; and Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, CEO, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In a second presentation, Dr. Kopelow focused on the future of accredited CME as a strategic asset to healthcare improvement. He discussed the continuous professional development needs of future generations of physicians and explored how the accredited CME system—already well positioned as a bridge to quality—will need to continue to evolve to meet their needs. For more on this topic, see Reflections on the Future of Accredited CME: A Commentary with Murray Kopelow, MD. During the meeting, Dr. Kopelow received the 2015 John C. Leonard Award from AHME. The award was given to Dr. Kopelow to “celebrate his extraordinary leadership and express our gratitude for the enduring support he has provided to AHME members as well as the entire CME community over the past two decades,” said Kimball Mohn, MD, Executive Director, AHME.
- Dr. Kopelow gave a plenary presentation at the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) 2015 Spring Meeting held in May in Chicago. He discussed the changing landscape of CME and the opportunities for CME to take a leadership role in addressing healthcare challenges.
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, participated in the CME Provider Annual Conference of the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ). Dr. McMahon presented data showing that IMQ, a subsidiary of the California Medical Association, oversees a robust state accreditation system, with 233 accredited providers. In addition, in California there are 56 providers accredited by the ACCME and two jointly accredited providers. These CME providers offer about 24,000 activities comprising more than 144,000 hours of instruction annually. This education includes more than 1.6 million physician interactions and 1 million interactions with other healthcare professionals. Dr. McMahon explained how accredited CME meets the needs of learners and reflects the changing healthcare environment. Dr. McMahon and Ms. Regnier also participated in a meeting with the IMQ accreditation committee to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing accreditation and CME.
Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD, Chair, ACCME Board of Directors; Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME; and Kate Regnier MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, participated in a meeting of the Coalition for Physician Accountability held in April in Chicago. The meeting was hosted by the American Medical Association.
The mission of the Coalition is to advance healthcare and promote professional accountability by improving the quality, efficiency, and continuity of the education, training, and assessment of physicians. The Coalition's members are the national organizations responsible for the oversight, education, and assessment of medical students and physicians throughout their medical careers. The ACCME is a charter member.
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, were invited to participate in a meeting exploring the challenges and opportunities for incorporating accredited continuing education (CE) in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for single drugs. The meeting was hosted by The Brookings Institution in May in Washington, DC. Ms. Regnier gave a presentation discussing the lessons learned from the process of incorporating accredited CE into the Extended Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioid Analgesics REMS. The ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS, approved by the FDA in 2012, was the first REMS to incorporate accredited CE.
Last year, the FDA issued a report Standardizing and Evaluating Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS), which proposed assessing the feasibility of providing accredited CE associated with other REMS. The ACCME, along with its colleague accreditors in pharmacy and nursing, sent a letter to the FDA in support of the proposal. Since 2009, the ACCME has supported the role of accredited CME as a strategic asset to FDA REMS, provided the proper controls are in place to ensure independence.
The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is open for data entry for the 2016 reporting year. There have been no changes made to PARS for the 2016 reporting year—however, please note that as we previously announced, we made improvements for the 2015 reporting year, which will carry over to 2016. The PARS educational resources have been refreshed to reflect the 2015 changes. The deadline for completing data entry for the 2015 reporting year is not until March 31, 2016, but we are reminding you now 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 has occurred. There are no changes involved in opening activities.
Accredited CME providers use PARS to meet year-end reporting requirements. In addition, the ACCME uses the information collected in PARS to support the performance-in-practice reviews that are part of the process for initial accreditation, reaccreditation, and progress report reviews.
For more information, visit About PARS.
Last April, the ACCME modified its requirements to prohibit the inclusion of ACCME-defined commercial interest logos in educational materials and disclosures of commercial support. While the change was effective immediately (April 2014), we did not expect accredited providers to change or reprint any materials that existed at the time of the announcement. Accredited providers were expected to make any necessary changes to CME materials by May 2015.
The prohibition against using commercial interest logos only applies within the parameters of Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠ (SCS) 4.3 and 6.4, and the Commercial Support Acknowledgment Policy. The modifications only apply to logos of ACCME-defined commercial interests—not to organizations that fall outside that definition.
The modifications apply to all CME providers within the ACCME accreditation system, including providers directly accredited by the ACCME and those accredited by ACCME Recognized Accreditors (state or territory medical societies that are recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of intrastate CME providers).