Continuing Education Accreditors in Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing Announce Improved Joint Accreditation Program and New Web Site
ACCME Supports ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS Data Collection and Auditing Process; Releases New Resources
ACCME Seeks New Public Member for Board of Directors
Education and Outreach
Save the Date: 2014 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops
ACCME Participates in AHA, AAMC, and FSMB Meetings
ACCME Presents at State Medical Society Events in Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Oregon
Stakeholder Meeting Addresses Competencies and Credentialing for Continuing Education in the Health Professions
ACCME Participates in International CME Events
The ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) are proud to announce enhancements to the Joint Accreditation™ program and the launch of a Joint Accreditation Web site.
The collaborating accreditors have made these improvements in response to the needs of stakeholders, including the healthcare system, continuing education providers, continuing education learners, and their patients. The improvements aim to advance interprofessional education and collaborative practice by expanding eligibility for Joint Accreditation to more organizations, streamlining the accreditation requirements, and enhancing the value of Joint Accreditation.
The three accreditors held a Joint Accreditation Executive Meeting in October at the ACPE offices to share updates from their respective organizations and to discuss their ongoing collaboration. The three accreditors have been collaborating for 15 years to foster interprofessional education and collaboration.
As a service to the CME community and to the FDA, the ACCME has agreed to contribute to fulfilling the data collection and auditing requirements for the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids. We have released new resources in order to support accredited providers that choose to design education to fulfill the REMS goals.
Data Collection: The ACCME has modified the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to enable accredited providers to submit information about REMS CME activities and has a process for generating reports containing data about those activities. PARS can now accept the data mandated by the FDA, including how many REMS CME activity participants prescribed ER/LA opioids within the last year, and a breakdown of these individuals by profession. Accredited CME providers may also submit information on the number of participants that were registered with the DEA to prescribe Schedule 2 and 3 drugs, as well as participants by practice type (primary care, pain specialist, non-pain specialist). Accredited providers can indicate whether their activities are REMS-compliant or REMS-related, and if they are REMS-related, which section(s) of the FDA Blueprint the educational instruction addressed. The ACCME believes that these modifications will offer accredited CME providers within the ACCME system a streamlined, efficient, and effective process for submitting data about REMS-compliant activities.
Auditing: The FDA has mandated that there be an independent audit of REMS-compliant accredited CE activities to confirm that the education has met the FDA requirements. The FDA has agreed that accrediting bodies can serve as the independent auditors. The ACCME has agreed to conduct independent audits of at least 10 percent of RPC/Campbell Alliance, Ltd-funded, REMS-compliant activities. Each audit will include a review of whether the content of the activity complied with the requirements outlined in the FDA Blueprint, as well as with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial SupportSM: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities.
Resources: Please visit the following resources for more information.
- CME In Support of REMS: This dedicated Web page provides updates, resources, and Q&A for accredited CME providers that choose to design education to fulfill the REMS goals.
- Accredited Continuing Medical Education and the FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies: A Fact Sheet for Accredited CME Providers: This fact sheet for accredited providers explains the role of accredited continuing education, the ACCME, and accredited providers in fulfilling the goals of the FDA ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS. We have updated the fact sheet and it now includes information for providers doing REMS activities that are funded by the REMS Program Companies/Campbell Alliance, Ltd (RPC). This resource describes the ACCME’s understanding of the shared responsibilities of the RPC, ACCME, and accredited providers.
The ACCME is seeking nominees interested in serving as one of two public directors on its 20-member Board of Directors. Nominees should possess qualifications for bringing a public perspective to the process of evaluating CME programs. Examples of qualified nominees could include a hospital or health delivery system trustee, a former government official in a role related to health or health education, a university administrator, or a member of the news media with a particular expertise in health education or science. Directors representing the public have the same rights and responsibilities as all directors.
Nominations must be received by May 30, 2014. More information about eligibility requirements, public directors' responsibilities, and how to submit nominations is available here.
Tips and Tools
We have prepared a new tutorial Web page Curriculum for New CME Staff and Volunteers. The Web page includes a brief curriculum to inform new CME professionals and volunteers about the ACCME’s expectations and provides tools to help them assess, reflect on, and improve their own organization’s CME practices.
We have published four new handouts that communicate the value of accredited CME. Please feel free to distribute these to your staff, volunteers, learners, and other stakeholders to enhance their understanding of the ACCME accreditation system.
- The CME Accreditation Statement: What It Means for You
- The ACCME Accreditation System
- Accountability to the Public
- How ACCME Makes Decisions
Education and Outreach
The ACCME's 2014 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops are scheduled for April 9–11 and August 13–15 in Chicago. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. Early next year, we will send more information to providers about registering for the self-study sessions.
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.
More workshop information is available here. Registration for the April 2014 workshop will open later this fall.
The ACCME participated in the following meetings during October 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.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO; and Kate Regnier MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, participated in a meeting of the Lifelong Physician Development Stakeholder Working Group held in October in Chicago. The meeting was convened by the American Hospital Association (AHA), an ACCME member organization, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
- Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education and Outreach, ACCME, participated in the Learning from Teaching Webinar, held by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in October. Ms. Martin described simple approaches for applying the ACCME requirements to CME activities based on teaching medical students and residents. For more information, please visit our Web page, Integrating Accredited CME Into Individualized, Self-Directed Learning Project Type Activities Like Learning From Teaching, Teaching Medical Students And Residents, and Other AMA-Approved Formats. On the Web page you will find links to resources including written and video FAQs and a tutorial. More information about the AAMC’s Learning from Teaching Initiative is available here.
- David A. Swankin, Esq., JD, public member, ACCME Board of Directors, participated in the Second International MOL/Revalidation Symposium: Sharing Best Practices, Lessons Learned, cohosted by the Federation of State Medical Boards, US, and the General Medical Council, United Kingdom. The meeting was held in October in Washington, DC. FSMB is an ACCME member organization.
The ACCME participated in the following state medical society events in October. This participation is part of the ongoing support the ACCME provides for the intrastate accreditation system and for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers).
- Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education and Outreach, ACCME, led three sessions at the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA) Provider Workshop. She discussed the “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.” She explained how providers can demonstrate responsive leadership in their institutions and communities and how CME can be a strategic partner in addressing local public health initiatives. Ms. Martin led a discussion about strategies for simplifying the processes for planning and implementing CME activities and gave a tour of the educational resources available on the ACCME Web site.
- Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach; and Kelly Roberts, Manager of Systems Education and Outreach, ACCME, presented at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) CME Planners’ and Surveyors’ Workshop. They discussed the “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.” They described the discussions the ACCME has held with healthcare leadership organizations regarding the role of accredited CME in improving the health of the public and explained opportunities for CME to act as a strategic asset to government agencies’ health improvement initiatives.
- Kate Regnier MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, gave a presentation at the 160th Maine Medical Association (MMA) Annual Session. In her talk, “The Changing Face of Continuing Medical Education: Accredited CME in Support of Change and Leadership,” Ms. Regnier explained the role of accredited CME providers as change agents, advancing public health initiatives, improving professional practice, and contributing to better, safer care in Maine and nationwide. Ms. Regnier also described the opportunities for CME to advance interprofessional collaborative practice and education through the Joint Accreditation Program™, a collaboration of the ACCME, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
- Dr. Singer participated in the Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) and Kansas Medical Society (KMS) 2013 Continuing Medical Education Conference. He gave an overview of the “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.” He discussed how CME how providers can demonstrate responsive leadership and support health care improvement initiatives.
- Dr. Singer participated in the Oregon Medical Association (OMA) 2013 CME Provider Conference. He described the scope of the ACCME accreditation system nationally and in Oregon. He discussed how accredited providers can demonstrate responsive leadership to their institutions, systems of care, communities, government, and public. In addition, he gave an overview of the “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.”
Dion Richetti, Director, Accreditation and Recognition, ACCME, participated in the Stakeholder Meeting on CEhp Competencies and Credentialing, convened by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP) and the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals (NC-CME) in Baltimore in October. Participants discussed interprofessional education and professional development, the Alliance’s revised competencies for CPD professionals, and the link to professional certification as developed and implemented by NC-CME.
The ACCME participated in the following international events in September as part of its ongoing efforts to support collaboration in the global CME community.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, participated in the Cologne Consensus Conference: Decisions in CME/CPD Accreditation, held in September and sponsored by the European Cardiology Section Foundation. Dr. Kopelow participated in a discussion about the role of accreditors in ensuring the quality and validity of the medical information that is disseminated to healthcare professionals through the CME/CPD process. He described the ACCME’s policies and practices regarding the validation of content in ACCME-system accredited CME. He explained that accredited providers are evaluated based on three sources of data: the accredited provider’s self-study report, activity files, and interview with volunteer surveyors. He described the multilevel process for determining accreditation decisions, which includes reviews by the Accreditation Review Committee and the Decision Committee of the ACCME Board of Directors.
- Dr. Kopelow gave the closing plenary presentation at the World Summit on Outcomes-Based Accreditation in Medicine Program. The first-time event was hosted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Calgary, Canada, in September. He explained how information about physician practice informs the medical education continuum, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education, and he cited studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of CME in supporting physicians’ continuing professional development. He gave an overview of the challenges facing CPD accreditation systems across borders and discussed best practices in accreditation, including the importance of ensuring fair, accurate, and consistent accreditation decisions. He described the long-standing collaboration between the ACCME and Canadian accreditors as a potential model for future international collaborative efforts: The ACCME and the Committee for the Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada developed a substantial equivalency framework in 2002; and in 2013 the ACCME and the Royal Academy of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada created the International Academy for CPD Accreditation.
- Kate Regnier MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, gave a presentation at the 8th US-Vietnam Joint Committee Meeting Health and Medical Sciences Working Group, held in September by the US Department of Health & Human Services. Participating via webinar, Ms. Regnier provided an introduction to CME in the United States and the ACCME accreditation system. She described the trajectory of physicians’ professional development, the scope of the ACCME system, and the role of the accreditation requirements in supporting CME that is by and for the profession of medicine, linked to quality and safety, effective in improving practice, independent of commercial interests, and based on valid content. She gave an overview of the engagement between the ACCME and the US government, explaining that two government representatives serve on the ACCME’s Board of Directors, the ACCME accredits 14 government agencies and branches of the military, and the ACCME works in partnership with government agencies to target public health imperatives.
"A Pathway of Simplification, Alignment, and Evolution From the ACCME,” appears in the Fall 2013 edition of AHME News, published by the Association for Hospital Medical Education, an ACCME member organization. The article describes the many steps the ACCME has taken over the years many to simplify and evolve the accredited CME system.