Executive Summary of July 2014 ACCME Board of Directors Meeting Now Available
Ronald Johnson, MD, and Medical Association of the State of Alabama Receive 2014 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Awards
ACCME Awards Substantial Equivalency Status to Oman Medical Specialty Board
ACCME Opens Accreditation Process to International CME Providers
Education and Outreach
Save the Date: 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops
The ACCME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held July 24– 25, 2014, at its Chicago offices. The ACCME ratified 59 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. This included 11 providers that received Accreditation with Commendation (19%), which confers a 6-year term of accreditation. The decisions incorporated the February 2014 changes to simplify the accreditation requirements and process. Beginning with the March 2014 cohort, providers have not been evaluated for any of the requirements that had been eliminated.
Read more about the Board of Directors meeting in the executive summary.
The ACCME is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award. Given in two categories, this award recognizes state medical societies, their staff, and volunteers for their contributions and commitment to advancing community-based CME programs and the intrastate accreditation system.
The 2014 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award for Individual Service to the Intrastate Accreditaiton System has been awarded to Ronald Johnson, MD.
The 2014 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award for Outstanding Collaboration between Accreditors and Providers has been awarded to the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.
The ACCME is pleased to announce that it has designated the Oman Medical Specialty Board as part of the Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman (OMSB/MOH) as an accreditor that is substantially equivalent to the ACCME. The OMSB/MOH is the first accreditation system outside North America to receive this status from the ACCME.
To achieve this designation, the OMSB/MOH first successfully completed an eligibility review process in 2013. The OMSB/MOH then underwent a rigorous evaluation process, including a self-study and on-site survey in 2014. The OMSB/MOH demonstrated that its accreditation standards and its accreditation process for continuing professional development (CPD) are substantially equivalent to the ACCME. The OMSB/MOH standards require that CPD activities are based on healthcare professionals’ needs, presented in a format appropriate to the expected results, and evaluated for their effectiveness in meeting objectives. The OMSB/MOH requires that activities meet standards of scientific integrity, are free of commercial bias, and are independent of commercial interests, as defined by the ACCME. The OMSB/MOH has a robust accreditation activity and provider review process that ensures compliance with its requirements. The substantial equivalency designation extends through 2018.
The ACCME has removed language from a 1981 policy that restricted accreditation to organizations located in the US. The change enables the ACCME to accredit organizations outside the US using the same process it does for organizations within the US. The change supports the ACCME’s long-standing commitment to engagement and collaboration with the global CME community.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
The ACCME's 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops are scheduled for April 23-24 and August 13-14 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 2015 workshop will open this fall.
The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is open for data entry for the 2015 reporting year and as we previously announced, you will find we have made some changes in PARS for this 2015 reporting year. The deadline for completing data entry for the 2015 reporting year is not until March 31, 2016, but we are reminding you now in order 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. There are no changes involved in opening activities.
For more information, visit About PARS.