Executive Summary of November 2012 ACCME Board of Directors Meeting Now Available
ACCME Convenes Discussions on Interprofessional Education
Congratulations, 2012 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award Recipients
Thank You, 2012 Volunteers
ACCME Clarifies Management of Payments to Reserve Space for CME Activities Held In Conjunction with Other Organizations’ Meetings
ACCME-Accredited Providers: 2013–2014 Fee Schedule Posted
Education and Outreach
Registration Open for April 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop
2012 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference Concludes a Year of Engagement and Collaboration
ACCME Participates in Coalition for Physician Accountability Meeting
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In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, December 18, 2012; Improving Your CME Professional Practice
The Accreditation Council for CME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held November 29–30, 2012 at its Chicago offices. The Board ratified 54 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions, including 14 providers (26%) that received Accreditation with Commendation. The list of accredited providers on our Web site has been updated to reflect the November 2012 accreditation decisions.
The ACCME ratified decisions for two providers receiving joint accreditation: Creative Educational Concepts, LLC; and Duke University Health System. The decisions have also been ratified by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The joint accreditation process, launched in 2009 by the ACCME, the ACPE, and the ANCC, seeks to reward organizations for offering team-focused education that improves patient care.
As we previously announced, the Board elected James Burke, MD, and Carlyle H. Chan, MD, 2013 Chair and Vice-Chair of the ACCME, and also elected the following new Board members: Shannon K. Bolon, MD, MPH; Galicano F. Inguito, Jr., MD, MBA; Victor I. Reus, MD; Michael Romano, MD, MHA; and David A. Swankin, JD. Read a news release about the Board elections.
The ACCME Board of Directors convened discussions with invited guests about advancing interprofessional continuing education in support of interprofessional collaborative practice. ACCME member organization liaisons also joined the discussions, which were held November 29, 2012, in Chicago. The discussions were part of the ACCME’s long-standing commitment to advancing interprofessional education and collaboration with other accreditors. The discussions support the strategic imperatives to foster ACCME leadership and engagement and to facilitate regulatory alignment and simplification.
James M. Galloway, MD, Assistant US Surgeon General, US Public Health Service, and Regional Health Administrator, US Department of Health & Human Services, Region V, discussed his experience working with the Indian Health Service and the National Native American CVD Prevention Program as an example of how interprofessional education and team-based care can address health care disparities.
Kathleen Mudd, MBA, Vice-President for Product Delivery, National Committee for Quality Assurance; and Rowan K. Zetterman, MD, Dean, Creighton University School of Medicine, discussed their experience as jointly accredited providers, describing successful examples of interprofessional continuing education.
Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, Executive Director, American Nurses Credentialing Center; and Peter H. Vlasses, PharmD, DSc (Hon.), Executive Director, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, joined with Murray Kopelow, MD, MS(Comm), ACCME President and CEO, to discuss their experience modeling interprofessional collaborative practice through the joint accreditation initiative.
The ACCME proudly presents the 2012 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award to the following ACCME volunteers. Their extraordinary commitment and generosity of time and expertise enable the ACCME to fulfill its mission of setting standards for quality continuing medical education and assuring that accredited CME providers meet those standards.
Jerilyn Glass, MD, PhD, Designated Federal Official, Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry; Designated Federal Official, Council on Graduate Medical Education, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD
Carol S. Havens, MD, Director of Clinical Education, Northern California Region, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA
Timothy W. Holder, MD, FAAP, Medical Director, The Hospice, Inc./St. Francis Hospice; Maternal and Family Practice Associates, Muskogee, OK
John R. Kues, PhD, Associate Dean for Continuous Professional Development, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD, Bernard and Marie Lahasky Professor and Head, Department of Family Medicine; Director of Rural Education; Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
James Liljestrand, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Patient Safety, Massachusetts Peer Review Organization, Inc., Waltham, MA
Sandra Norris, MBA, Administrative Director, Medical Education and Medical Staff Services; Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Designated Institutional Official, Swedish Health Services, Seattle, WA
David Pieper, PhD, Assistant Dean, Continuing Medical Education, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
Harold J. Sauer, MD, Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT; Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Stephen E. Willis, MD, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, Brody School of Medicine of East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
The ACCME is only successful in its mission because of its dedicated volunteers. In 2012, the Board of Directors had the privilege of honoring a number of volunteers and paying special tribute to those who have demonstrated exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME.
In response to questions and input from accredited providers, the ACCME has issued a clarification concerning the management and reporting of payments to reserve space for accredited CME activities (sometimes called satellite symposia) held in conjunction with other organizations’ meetings.
- All funds that originate from an ACCME-defined commercial interest and are paid to reserve space to hold accredited CME activities are considered commercial support.
- As with all commercial support, these funds must be paid directly to the accredited provider responsible for the activity or to a designated nonaccredited joint sponsor.
The accredited provider responsible for the activity that is held in the reserved space must manage and report the funds as commercial support, in accordance with ACCME commercial support requirements (Standards for Commercial Support and related policies).
Accredited providers are expected to comply with this clarification when planning and implementing future activities. We do not expect accredited providers to comply with this clarification retroactively. Accredited providers do not have to revise agreements or plans that are already underway or resubmit or re-categorize financial information that has already been submitted into the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).
The 2013–2014 fee schedule for ACCME-accredited providers is now available here. Please note the following:
2013 Fee Increases: The ACCME Board of Directors approved 2013 fee increases for services including pre-applications, progress reports, extensions, and conference call accreditation surveys.
2014 Fee Structure Change: As we previously announced, in 2014, the ACCME is eliminating the reaccreditation fee. In 2014, the ACCME-accredited provider annual accreditation fee will increase from $3,300 to $5,300. We will continue to assess separate fees for one-time and as-needed services, including pre-applications, initial accreditation, joint accreditation, survey team expenses, extensions, and progress reports.
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Please note: This information applies apply 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.
Tips and Tools
The ACCME has produced a video interview series focusing on the strategic value CME brings to graduate medical education.
- Case Study: Integrating CME and GME—Jane Nester, DrPH, Executive Director for Medical Education/AHEC at Moses Cone Hospital, describes how she demonstrates the strategic value of CME to graduate medical education.
- Using CME to Engage Community Physicians in Quality and Teaching—Rani Gereige, MD, Director of Medical Education, Miami Children’s Hospital, discusses CME as a bridge between practice improvement, graduate medical education faculty development, and institutional goals.
Visit the Education section of our Web site to access our complete library of multimedia education resources including video interviews, Q&A, tutorials, and commentaries.
Education and Outreach
Registration is now open for the ACCME's 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for April 24-26 in Chicago. A second workshop will be held July 31-August 2. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. We have invited providers whose next accreditation decisions are scheduled for July 2014, November 2014, and March 2015. If you are in one of those decision cohorts and you have not received information about the self-study sessions, please contact Saifra Khan, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at skhan@accmeorg.
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.
Here are comments from participants in the August 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop:
- “I thought it was a really great blend of plenary and breakout. I had several 'aha' moments during the lectures that I was able to explore further with my colleagues during the discussion.”
- “After hearing more about the commendation criteria I realize that my organization is already doing all of these things and now I have a much clearer sense of how to properly articulate them in my report.”
- “CME as a Bridge to Quality became a concept that I can now articulate to my organization's partners: CME is the bridge between QI and physicians... CME is the physician's friend...”
- “I am planning to share these case studies with our Executive Leadership group first for further discussions, and then use them in small group settings with staff.”
The 2012 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference: A Conference of Leaders, held December 12-13 in Chicago, was the culmination of a year of engagement and collaboration between the ACCME and Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers).
This year of engagement brought together leadership, staff, and volunteers from Recognized Accreditors and the ACCME, including members of the ACCME Board of Directors and the ACCME Committee for Review and Recognition. Discussions focused on the evolving health care environment, the strategic value CME brings to health care quality improvement, the ACCME Strategic Imperatives, and the implementation of the Maintenance of Recognition process. The ACCME Board of Directors adopted Maintenance of Recognition in 2011 in order to improve the quality, value, and efficiency of the recognition process and to enable the ACCME and Recognized Accreditors to identify areas for improvement on an ongoing basis.
Here are the highlights from the 2012 engagement between the ACCME and Recognized Accreditors.
The 2012 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference, which included participants from 29 states, focused on the theme of “Accredited CME as an Educational Home: Meeting Expectations and Identifying Opportunities.” The conference addressed strategic opportunities for participants to reposition their CME enterprise as an educational home that provides the resources to support the continuing professional development of their physicians—in alignment with the expectations of physician licensure, certification, and health care reform. Sessions also provided hands-on training to support state medical society CME accreditation, interpretation, and decision-making under the ACCME Markers of Equivalency and Accreditation Criteria.
In July, 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.
During the summer, the ACCME convened three regional forums, bringing together participants from 24 states. Each forum featured a guest speaker.
- James M. Galloway, MD, Assistant US Surgeon General, US Public Health Service, and Regional Health Administrator, US Department of Health & Human Services, Region V, explored opportunities for accredited CME to support health care improvement at the Chicago Regional Accreditor Meeting.
- Lisa Dodson, MD, Director, Oregon Area Health Education Center, discussed opportunities for accredited CME to improve patient care through community-based education for health care professionals and teams at the Oregon Regional Accreditor Meeting hosted by the Oregon Medical Association.
- Lance Talmage, MD, Federation of State Medical Boards, addressed opportunities for CME to support physicians' Maintenance of Licensure at the Massachusetts Regional Accreditor Meeting hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Throughout the year, the ACCME held monthly Regional Accreditor webinars to discuss the CME environment and accreditation practices. The ACCME provided speakers, upon request, for Regional Accreditors’ CME events, as well as training for recognition reviewers and Recognized Accreditors’ CME committee members, and one-on-one consultations with Recognized Accreditors. In addition, Recognized Accreditors’ staff and volunteers were invited to participate in ACCME’s intensive surveyor trainings.
Members of the ACCME Board of Directors and executive staff participated in a meeting of the Coalition for Physician Accountability held January 7–8 in Dallas. James F. Burke, MD, Chair, and Carlyle Chan, MD, Vice-Chair, ACCME Board of Directors; and Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, participated in the meeting, which was hosted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).
The Coalition for Physician Accountability comprises members from the national organizations responsible for the oversight, education, and assessment of medical students and physicians throughout their medical careers. Its purpose is to strengthen the professional self-regulation system through continuous improvement of medical education, assessment, 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 Coalition also now has a public member, Myra Christopher, from the Center for Practical Bioethics.
The ACCME is pleased to announce that Keri Feyerherm has joined our staff as Administrative Assistant, Accreditation and Recognition. Ms. Feyerherm assists in the implementation of accreditation and recognition processes for ACCME-accredited CME providers and Recognized Accreditors. Prior to joining the ACCME, Ms. Feyerherm served as Student Services Office Manager for InfoSec Institute.
ACCME-accredited providers: To meet your year-end reporting deadline, you must complete entering data for your 2012 activities and complete your 2012 program summary by Friday, March 29, 2013. The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2012 activity data now in anticipation of the year-end reporting deadline. You are welcome to enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity. So far, 427 ACCME-accredited providers have entered more than 26,175 activities into PARS.
Please note: These instructions apply only to ACCME-accredited providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society. Some Recognized Accreditors (state medical societies) have opted to use PARS for their providers. Intrastate providers should check with their accreditor for information.
ACCME-accredited providers: Your 2013 ACCME annual accreditation fee is due by January 31, 2013. Invoices were mailed in November and early December, and we thank those of you who have made your payments. Invoices are addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. To view your organization’s contact information (including the billing contact), please login to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).
Please note: These instructions apply 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.