Message from the CEO
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
The ACCME 2017 Meeting – Register Today for Early Bird Rate
We’re Hiring: Technical Systems Support Analyst
For Your Reference
Guide to Medical Education in the Teaching Hospital - Fifth Edition
Academic CME/CPD in the United States and Canada: The 2015 AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey Report
“ACCME’s Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation,” Alliance Almanac
Macy Faculty Scholars Program: Application Deadline February 15, 2017
Innovations in Graduate Medical Education: Aligning Residency Training with Changing Societal Needs
In Case You Missed It
“Evolving Alignment in International CPD,” by Dr. McMahon and Colleagues, Published in JCEHP
“Improvement from Within: The C-Suite’s Nimble New Partner Is CME,” AHA Archived Webinar Featuring ACCME
Message from the CEO
In engaging with our continuing medical education (CME) community across the country, I’m continually impressed with the work you are doing to drive quality in post-graduate medical education, support clinicians in their quest for lifelong learning, and improve care for the patients we all serve. Most impressive is your aspiration to always do better. Together, we are changing the meaning of CME by expanding the flexibility, inclusiveness, and diversity of education.
This past year, you’ve greatly expanded the opportunities for physicians to participate in education that counts for multiple requirements, thus reducing burdens and allowing clinicians more flexibility in choosing education that meets their needs. In just over a year since the launch of the collaboration between the ACCME and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), accredited CME providers registered more than 5,000 activities that count for ABIM MOC in the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS); and close to 45,000 physicians have earned more than two million MOC points. Almost 2,500 activities, currently available for CME that counts for ABIM MOC, are listed in CME Finder, which provides a centralized location for doctors to find practice-relevant activities. And in the last few months, CME providers have started registering 2017 activities for the MOC programs of the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pediatrics.
Last week, at our Annual State/Territory Medical Society Conference, accreditor leaders from around the country worked together to develop action plans for incorporating innovation into CME in their states. These strategies will help providers respond proactively to emerging issues specific to their region and support the delivery of education for clinicians serving in rural and urban communities across a diverse range of practice types and settings.
Our Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation represents your vision of the future of CME. In my interactions with you, I’ve seen your enthusiasm about using these criteria as a blueprint for your strategic plans, as a means of charting the way forward. From engaging with students, patients, and teams to tackling population and public health issues, providers that meet these criteria will show the power of education to respond to the changing healthcare environment.
When I speak to healthcare leaders, I explain that CME has the capacity to address many of the challenges we face, from clinician well-being to quality and safety imperatives. Education has been underutilized, in part because of misperceptions, but those attitudes are changing – and I’ll continue to communicate why your work matters.
As the year draws to a close, take the time to reflect on and celebrate your own achievements. Asked what brings her joy and pride in her work, a jointly accredited provider responded: “I really feel like we're at the forefront of leading the nation in transforming healthcare, and that's really exciting to be a part of that. And certainly I'm most proud of the outcomes that we've been able to improve for our patients.”
I’m inspired every day by your accomplishments – and I and we at ACCME will continue to do everything we can to support your growth, innovation, and leadership. Our goal as an accreditor is to open doors for you, so you can open doors for your communities of learners, patients, and families.
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc
President and Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
A new report released last month shows how interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) contributes to improving healthcare team collaboration and patient care. By the Team for the Team: Evolving Interprofessional Continuing Education™ for Optimal Patient Care – Report from the 2016 Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit (PDF) includes best practices, challenges, case examples, key recommendations, and data about the value and impact of IPCE.
A series of videos accompanies the report, featuring educators describing their goals and accomplishments, what brings them joy and pride in their work, and advice for creating IPCE programs.
The report and videos are based on the 2016 Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit, which brought together education leaders from more than two dozen organizations across the country. Participants representing hospitals, health systems, medical schools, specialty societies, education companies, and government agencies shared strategies for advancing healthcare education, by the team for the team.
“This report illustrates how jointly accredited providers are working every day to make a difference. These efforts have made, and will continue to make, a substantial difference to healthcare teams and the patients they serve,” said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME. “Interprofessional continuing education creates empowered teams that think courageously together, solve complex problems, and see the value of their own and their colleagues’ contributions. I encourage health system leaders and other stakeholders to recognize that an investment in education is an investment in people and to think about how they can leverage the power of education to support their community of clinicians and patients.”
The Leadership Summit, report, and videos were created as part of Joint Accreditation™ for Interprofessional Continuing Education, a collaboration of the ACCME, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and were supported (in part) by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
If you haven’t found ACCME on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn yet, you’re missing out on resources posted to social media, including educational videos and our “Quick Tips” series, which includes brief, practical compliance tips!
In addition, we share ACCME announcements and news releases, meeting reminders, and other resources that help spread the word about the value of accredited CME.
We hope you’ll join us by following and liking these pages! If you have questions about, or suggestions for, ACCME’s social media pages, contact Patty Harrison at email@example.com.
Upcoming Educational Activities
Register for the ACCME 2017 Meeting by January 13 to qualify for reduced registration fees! Don’t miss this opportunity to gain inspiration as we work together to shape the future of accredited CME.
The ACCME 2017 Meeting – ACCME’s inaugural expanded educational event – will be held in Chicago on April 24-27, 2017 and will feature 42 breakout sessions, five keynote speakers, and numerous opportunities for developing new strategies with colleagues, expert faculty, and ACCME staff. We’ll bring together participants from a broad spectrum of healthcare organizations as a larger group, as well as in small, hands-on sessions, to share best practices in education, create action plans to drive innovation, explore alignment among continuing professional development systems, and evolve strategies to advance CME’s contributions to healthcare improvement.
For complete meeting details, please visit www.ACCME2017.org.
The ACCME is continuing to enhance its services to the CME community in support of its strategic goals. Toward that end, a new position is available for a dedicated individual who would like to join our staff.
The Technical Systems Support Analyst, in close collaboration with the project teams at the ACCME, will provide support for the implementation and continuous improvement of ACCME’s Accreditation Management System and Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). This position will also be responsible for providing support and training to system users.
A detailed position description, qualification requirements, and application information are available on the ACCME Careers webpage.
Reminders for Accredited Providers
To meet your year-end reporting requirements, you must enter data for your 2016 activities and your 2016 program summary in the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). PARS is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2016 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.
Deadline: For ACCME-accredited providers, the deadline for completing your 2016 year-end reporting requirements is March 31, 2017. Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2016 year-end report earlier, and should check with their accreditor for information.
For more information and links to educational resources, please visit our About PARS webpage.
Participant completion data for CME that Counts for ABIM MOC should be submitted in ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) no later than December 31, 2016. ABIM Board Certified physicians need to complete their MOC activities by December 31 in order for the MOC points to count toward any MOC requirements that are due by the end of the year. To that end, providers should report participant completion data by December 31 to ensure that the MOC points count towards this year’s requirements.
ABIM will continue to accept participant completion data reported by CME providers through March 31, 2017 (ACCME’s annual reporting deadline) and any ABIM Board Certified physician who experienced a negative status change as a direct result of insufficient MOC points will have their status adjusted once the required number of points have been earned. We encourage CME providers to submit participant completion data as soon as possible after an activity is completed so that points can be applied to physicians’ records.
Please note that ACCME has not changed its annual reporting requirements. Accredited CME providers are required to submit all program and activity data for the 2016 reporting year by March 31, 2017. This includes reporting of participant completion data for ABIM MOC.
ACCME-Accredited Providers: On December 5, we sent invoices for the 2017 ACCME annual accreditation fee to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. You can confirm the billing contact by logging into ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). If you have not yet received your invoice, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2017 fee is $5,500, and payment is due January 31, 2017.
Please note: This information applies 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.
For Your Reference
- Guide to Medical Education in the Teaching Hospital - Fifth Edition, produced by the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), an ACCME member organization, is now available. The Guide is a primer on delivering quality medical education and meeting accreditation standards, and includes an overview of the current status and the future of medical education in teaching hospitals. The ACCME contributed a chapter, “Accredited CME As a Bridge to Quality.” An electronic version of the book is available to AHME members in the “Members” area of www.ahme.org. It is also available in electronic or print form for a fee via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
- Academic CME/CPD in the United States and Canada: The 2015 AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey Report: The survey describes the integration of CME/CPD into academic medical centers/academic health systems; developments in innovation and scholarship in educational design and delivery; and efforts measuring the impact of education on learner competence, performance, and healthcare outcomes. The AAMC is an ACCME member organization.
- “ACCME’s Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation,” Almanac, newsletter of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSC, President and CEO, ACCME, provides an overview of the ACCME’s commendation criteria and other ACCME updates.
- The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is accepting applications for 2017, with a deadline of February 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. It supports faculty scholars in leading new educational innovations at their home institutions and provides opportunities for further career development through participation in Macy activities. The program is offered by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
- Innovations in Graduate Medical Education: Aligning Residency Training with Changing Societal Needs: This report from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation spotlights innovations in graduate medical education from across the country.
In Case You Missed It
- “Evolving Alignment in International CPD,” by Dr. McMahon and Colleagues, Published in JCEHP
- “Improvement from Within: The C-Suite’s Nimble New Partner Is CME,” AHA Archived Webinar Featuring ACCME Now Available