Executive Summary of July 2012 ACCME Board of Directors Meeting Now Available
ACCME Convenes Conversations with Recognized State Medical Society Leadership
Simplified Requirements for Communicating Information in Internet CME Activities and Enduring Materials
Melvin I. Freeman, MD, Honored as Recipient of the 2012 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award
FDA Releases REMS for Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics
Education and Outreach
ACCME Participates in AMA, ABMS, AAMC Meetings
Dr. Kopelow Presents at Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry Meeting
ACCME Participates in Coalition for Physician Accountability Meeting
For Your Reference
AHME Teleconference—Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program: Purpose, Process, and Strategies for Success
Your Guide to the ACCME Accreditation Process, Medical Meetings magazine
The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held July 26-27, 2012, at its Chicago offices. The Board ratified 61 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions, including 20 providers (33%) that received Accreditation with Commendation. The ACCME has now completed accreditation reviews for 674 accredited providers using the 2006 Accreditation Criteria. The list of accredited providers on our Web site will be updated by the end of August to reflect the July 2012 accreditation decisions.
On July 26, 2012, the ACCME Board of Directors convened conversations with leadership from the recognized state/territory medical society CME accreditation system to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing accredited CME. The Board asked participants about the value their accreditation program brings to their state, about the value of ACCME support and services, and how the ACCME can continue to support their accreditation programs.
Participants included ACCME member organization liaisons; members of the Committee for Review and Recognition (CRR); and CEOs, executive leadership, and staff from 38 recognized state/territory medical societies.
The conversations were part of the Board’s ongoing process for facilitating the implementation of the ACCME 2011 strategic imperatives: Foster ACCME Leadership and Engagement; Evolve and Simplify the Accreditation Standards, Process, and System; Explore and Build a More Diversified Portfolio of ACCME Products and Services.
In response to questions from accredited providers and technological advancements, the ACCME has simplified its requirements regarding the communication of information to learners as described in the Internet CME and Enduring Materials policies. The ACCME made this modification because of the evolution of technology and learners' increasing familiarity with technology.
The Internet CME and Enduring Materials policies require providers to communicate to learners information such as the activity’s principal faculty and their credentials, estimated time to complete the activity, hardware/software requirements, the providers' privacy and confidentiality policy, and other information. The policies state that this information must be communicated to learners prior to the activity. Previously, the ACCME has interpreted "prior to the activity" to mean that learners must be made to pass through the information. The ACCME did not consider it acceptable for providers to use optional links in electronic CME activities that allowed learners to go directly to the CME content and bypass the information required by the Internet CME and Enduring Materials policies.
With this modification, which goes into effect immediately, it will now be acceptable for providers to choose from various electronic means, such as tabs, links, "click here" buttons, or rollover text, to make this required information accessible. The ACCME recognizes that the use of tabs or links to disseminate information is now the online standard.
Please note: This modification does not apply to the disclosure information required in the Standards for Commercial Support. Providers will continue to be required to transmit the information specified in Standard for Commercial Support 6: Disclosures Relevant to Potential Commercial Bias to the learner prior to the beginning of the CME activity. Learners must be made to pass through the information in order to engage in the CME activity. The use of tabs, links, or other electronic means that allow learners to go directly to the CME content and bypass the information are not acceptable methods for complying with Standard for Commercial Support 6.
The ACCME has provided explanations and Q&A to describe this modification. Please see the following:
Is it acceptable to provide a link within an Internet CME activity that participants can click on, if they choose, in order to access the required information specified in the ACCME’s enduring materials and internet CME policies?
Is it acceptable to provide a link within an electronic CME activity that participants can click on, if they choose, in order to access the disclosure information specified in the Standards for Commercial Support?
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACCME is proud to announce that the 2012 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award for Individual Service to the Intrastate Accreditation System has been awarded to Melvin I. Freeman, MD.
The award recognizes Dr. Freeman for his contributions and commitment to advancing community-based continuing medical education programs and the intrastate accreditation system. Dr. Freeman was nominated for the award by the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) where he has been a member of the WSMA CME Committee since 1985, serving as vice-chair since 1993. He volunteers as a WSMA surveyor and as a reviewer of accredited providers' annual reports.
On July 9, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy or REMS for extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics.
The centerpiece of the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS is a prescriber education program about the risks of opioid medications as well as safe prescribing and safe use practices. The FDA developed and issued a blueprint, which contains the core educational messages. The education will be controlled, designed, and delivered by accredited continuing health care education providers, based on the blueprint. The first page of the blueprint says that "accrediting bodies and CE providers will ensure that the CE activities developed under this REMS will be in compliance with the standards of the ACCME or another CE accrediting body."
The education will be funded by a consortium of opioid manufacturers, the REMS Program Companies (RPC), through educational grants to accredited CE providers, so that it is available free of charge or at nominal cost to prescribers.
"We appreciate that the FDA recognizes the value of accredited education and chose to leverage the CE system to carry out this important public health initiative," said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, in an audio commentary. "Accredited CME providers can base their activities on the blueprint and be in compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.”
For more information about the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS and the issue of opioid abuse, please see the following resources:
FDA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids: This FDA information page includes links to the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS blueprint, Q&A, news release, and other resources.
ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS: This REMS Program Companies Web site includes information for CE providers, including the request for grant applications.
Johns Hopkins MedBiquitous Project Supports FDA REMS Initiative Addressing ER/LA Opioid Abuse: A new project by the MedBiquitous Consortium will permit data about REMS-compliant CE programs from across the health professions to be successfully aggregated into a single data set describing the entire nation’s accredited CE efforts in support of the FDA’s REMS initiative.
Office of National Drug Control Policy: This White House Web site features information and resources about prescription drug abuse and a link to the 2011 Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan. The plan includes the role of continuing health care education in addressing the national prescription drug problem.
Joint Commission Issues New Sentinel Event Alert: Safe Use of Opioids in Hospitals: The recommendations include education and training for clinicians and staff who care for patients, identifying gaps, and developing improvement strategies.
Education and Outreach
The ACCME participated in the following meetings during the past few months 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.
- Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, participated in an American Medical Association (AMA) Council of Medical Education meeting held in June for stakeholders. She provided an update regarding the ACCME accreditation system. The AMA is an ACCME member organization.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, participated in an American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification® Committee meeting held in July. The ACCME has provided ongoing support for the ABMS MOC® initiative. The ABMS is an ACCME member organization.
- Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, attended the 2012 Integrating Quality Meeting: Collaborating for Care held in July by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), an ACCME member organization.
The ACCME participated in the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) 2012 Annual Meeting, held in June in Chicago. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, gave a presentation about the ACCME accreditation system. His participation was part of the ACCME's ongoing collaboration with other accreditors and regulatory bodies in the health care field. The purpose of this collaboration is to identify opportunities for accredited CE to support public health initiatives, to strengthen the effectiveness and independence of continuing health care education, and to support education providers by streamlining the accreditation processes.
Members of the ACCME Board of Directors and executive staff participated in a meeting of the Coalition for Physician Accountability held in August in Philadelphia. James F. Burke, MD, Vice-Chair, and Edward J. Susank, Treasurer, ACCME Board of Directors; and Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, participated in the meeting, which was hosted by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. The Coalition comprises national organizations responsible for physician assessment, accreditation, licensure, and credentialing. Its purpose is to advance the quality and safety of patient care by providing a forum for dialogue among members about ways to enhance physician accountability through continuous improvement of medical education, training, and practice. The ACCME is a charter member. Other charter members include the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
The ACCME is pleased to welcome three new staff members.
- Asma Ibrahim has joined the ACCME as Coordinator, Evaluation and Improvement. She is responsible for coordinating, reporting, and analyzing evaluation efforts across the ACCME; assisting with the identification of improvements that can be made to ACCME processes; and providing support for special projects. Prior to joining the ACCME, Ms. Ibrahim was a CME Coordinator at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, an ACCME-accredited provider.
- Saifra Khan has joined the ACCME as Coordinator, Education and Outreach. She provides support to the ACCME Department of Education and Outreach in the planning and implementation of the ACCME’s educational initiatives for national and state-accredited providers, the intrastate accreditation system, and ACCME volunteer surveyors. Ms. Khan was previously employed by Humanity First, a global aid/relief organization.
- Andrea Morgan has joined the ACCME as Information and Technology Support Analyst. She is responsible for supporting ACCME staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders in their use of ACCME technology as well as participating in efforts to continuously improve the ACCME's use of technology in the workplace. Previously, Ms. Morgan was a high school math teacher at Perspectives Charter Schools in Chicago.
For Your Reference
- The Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) is holding a teleconference “Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program: Purpose, Process, and Strategies for Success” on Tuesday, October 9. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is transforming the way it provides oversight to the institutions that sponsor GME programs and these changes serve to align the interests of GME, CME, patient safety, and quality improvement professionals in teaching hospitals. Dr. Kevin Weiss, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Institutional Accreditation, ACGME, will describe this new approach during the teleconference. More information is available here. AHME is an ACCME member organization.
- "Your Guide to the ACCME Accreditation Process," Medical Meetings magazine, July/August issue, offers tips for the initial application process, achieving Accreditation with Commendation, and demonstrating improvement through a progress report. Another Medical Meetings article, "2011 ACCME Report Data: Financial Challenges Continue for Accredited CME," includes an interview with Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, discussing key findings from the data report.
- The ACCME Report, June 28, 2012
- ACCME Publishes 2011 Annual Report Data
- ACCME Makes Available Accreditation with Commendation Emblem
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