Message from the CEO
Opportunities for Engagement
Executive Summary of March 2015 ACCME Board of Directors Meeting Now Available
ACCME Makes Expectations for Disclosure Methods Consistent across Activity Types
PARS Open for 2016 Reporting Year; Reminder about PARS Improvements for 2015
Education and Outreach
New ACCME President and CEO Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, Participates in FSMB Annual Meeting
ACCME Discusses Strategic Value of CME at AIAMC Annual Meeting
Dr. McMahon Invited to IOM Forum; IOM Issues Report on Interprofessional Education
ACCME Participates in First Invitational Summit on Competency-Based CPD Hosted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
ACCME Assists Vietnam in Creating a National CME Accreditation System
Reminder for Accredited Providers
Commercial Interest Logos Must Be Removed from Disclosure by May 2015
For Your Reference
PCORI Launches Accredited CE Initiative
In Case You Missed It
Joint Accreditation and National Center Create Advisory Board on Interprofessional Continuing Education; Addressing Ebola Preparedness through Interprofessional Continuing Education
Message from the CEO
As the new president and CEO of the ACCME, my role is to do everything I can to help our accredited continuing education (CE) community grow and thrive. What we do matters—and my goal is to facilitate our work together to make a difference in our changing healthcare environment.
The collaboration of the ACCME and the CE community has been fundamental to our shared success in creating an accreditation system that has achieved national recognition as a strategic resource for healthcare improvement. To continue our collaboration, I welcome you to share your ideas for how I, and we at ACCME, can meet your needs and achieve our shared mission:
- Within the next few weeks, we will release a short survey on our website to elicit your ideas about how the ACCME can meet the future needs of the CE community and the healthcare system.
- We are hosting an open webinar for all stakeholders on July 7 at 1:00 p.m. Central to give you the opportunity to ask questions and share your strategies for how we can advance accredited CE.
We will send announcements about the survey and the webinar via email and publish them on our website.
The ACCME Board of Directors will convene a strategic retreat in July to discuss the ongoing implementation of the ACCME’s strategic plan. Your ideas will inform our planning and help us set our vision of our future.
During the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of participating in several events and I have many more interactions scheduled for the coming months. I look forward to our engagement as we leverage our shared passion for learning and the power of education to drive quality in our profession and in healthcare.
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc
President and Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
The ACCME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held March 19–20, 2015, at its Chicago offices. The ACCME ratified 43 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. These included 10 providers that received Accreditation with Commendation (23%), which confers a 6-year term of accreditation.
In recognition that this was the last Board meeting with Murray Kopelow, MD, MS(Comm), serving as President and CEO, the Board heard a retrospective from him about the evolution of the ACCME and his thoughts for the future. Dr. Kopelow will continue to work with the Board and the new President and CEO Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, to ensure a smooth leadership transition process.
Read more about the Board of Directors meeting in the executive summary.
In a continuing effort to simplify compliance expectations and make them consistent across activity types, the ACCME has decided to allow accredited CME providers to use tabs, links, or other electronic mechanisms to transmit disclosure information to learners for CME activities, as required by Standard for Commercial Support 6: Disclosures Relevant to Potential Commercial Bias. This modification only affects how providers are evaluated for compliance—there are no changes to the disclosure requirements. The change goes into effect immediately.
Previously, providers were restricted from using methods such as electronic tabs or links and had to use a method that ensured learners passed through electronic disclosure information before engaging in an activity. Now, CME providers can make electronic disclosure information available via an electronic tab or link, just as they have always been able to make disclosure available via a tabbed section in a printed syllabus. Providers can choose the method for delivering disclosure information. Regardless of the method, the ACCME expects—as it always has—that disclosure information will be delivered prior to the beginning of the CME activity and will be clearly marked, accessible, and useful for learners.
The ACCME made this modification in response to requests from accredited providers and in recognition of the evolution of the use of digital technology in education. The modification is part of the ACCME’s ongoing simplification of the accreditation requirements and process.
We have posted an FAQ about this modification.
The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is open for data entry for the 2016 reporting year. There have been no changes made to PARS for the 2016 reporting year—however, please note that as we previously announced, we made improvements for the 2015 reporting year, which will carry over to 2016. The PARS educational resources have been refreshed to reflect the 2015 changes. The deadline for completing data entry for the 2015 reporting year is not until March 31, 2016, but we are reminding you now 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 has occurred. There are no changes involved in opening activities.
Accredited CME providers use PARS to meet year-end reporting requirements. In addition, the ACCME uses the information collected in PARS to support the performance-in-practice reviews that are part of the process for initial accreditation, reaccreditation, and progress report reviews.
For more information, visit About PARS.
Education and Outreach
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, participated as a panelist in the opening session of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) 2015 Annual Meeting. Dr. McMahon told the participants that accredited CME is a strategic resource for change management in their states.
He described the scope of the ACCME system, which delivers approximately 140,000 activities each year, with more than one million hours of instruction. Accredited CME offers “an extremely important opportunity to promote quality improvement and safety and the evolution of medical care for our community,” he said.
Accredited CME has been proven effective for changing performance, attitudes, behavior, and the quality of care, Dr. McMahon said. Going beyond knowledge acquisition, almost 100% of accredited CME activities are designed to change competence/skill, more than 50% of activities are designed to change performance; and more than 20% are designed to change patient outcomes. CME is not “the sage on the stage in the dark room anymore,” he said.
He explained the role of accredited CME as a partner in public health initiatives and described how the ACCME is responding to the evolving healthcare environment by promoting interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) through Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™.
He suggested that state boards could work with Recognized Accreditors and state-accredited providers to identify opportunities for accredited CME to promote engagement with healthcare professionals, address local healthcare needs, and support quality and safety initiatives.
In addition to Dr. McMahon, panelists included health-law expert Jack R. Bierig, JD, Sidley Austin; Margaret B. Hansen, PA-C, MPAS, Executive Director, South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners; and Donald H. Polk, DO, Chair, FSMB. The session was moderated by Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, MACP, President and CEO, FSMB.
The opening session was webcast live to an international audience. You can view the archived webcast here.
The FSMB is an ACCME member organization. Dr. McMahon’s participation was part of the 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, Executive Vice President, ACCME, served as a panelist during the opening session of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) 2015 Annual Meeting, held in March in New Orleans. Titled “Leadership through the Continuum of Medical Education,” the session addressed trends in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education (CME).
Ms. Regnier discussed the strategic value accredited CME brings to AIAMC member institutions. Accredited providers that are AIAMC members offer about 5,000 activities annually, educating more than 650,000 learners, according to data from the 2013 ACCME Annual Report. She explained how accredited CME can contribute to medical education across the continuum. For example, CME programs can offer the expertise and resources to support rapid progress improvement initiatives in response to the needs identified through the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program, established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Exploring how the accredited continuing education (CE) community reflects the changing healthcare environment, Ms. Regnier described how interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) contributes to interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP). Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ —a collaboration of the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)—establishes the standards for education providers to deliver CE planned by the healthcare team, for the healthcare team.
Ms. Regnier’s co-panelists were Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); and Kevin B. Weiss, MD, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Institutional Review, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, was invited to participate in a meeting of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. Held in April in Washington, DC, the meeting addressed issues important to health professional education across the continuum, including interprofessional continuing education (IPCE). Dr. McMahon participated as part of the ACCME’s commitment to supporting IPCE and interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP).
The IOM issued a report, Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education (IPE) on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes, recommending actions that interprofessional stakeholders, funders, and policy members can take to measure the impact of IPE on collaborative practice, as well as patient, population, and health system outcomes. The report describes Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ as one of the resources that may be “especially powerful” in improving the alignment of education and healthcare delivery systems.
The ACCME was invited to participate in the first Invitational Summit on Competency-Based CPD, convened by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). Held in April in Ottawa, the goal of the summit was to create a vision for the development of a Competency-Based continuing professional development (CPD) model for physicians in Canada based on the CanMEDS 2015 Framework.
Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, attended along with other national and international CPD leaders, educators, assessment experts, regulatory authorities, and medical education scholars.
Participants discussed the benefits, goals, and challenges of a competency-based CPD model in promoting learning and continuous practice improvement. They addressed issues such as the role of CPD provider organizations within a CPD Competency-Based system, the implications for team-based learning and assessment, and the strategies and tools physicians will need to demonstrate sustained competence.
The ACCME has a long-standing collaborative relationship with RCPSC and is committed to supporting collaboration in the international CME community.
The Vietnam Ministry of Health Administration for Science, Technology and Training; and the Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN) invited and sponsored Murray Kopelow, MD, Past President, ACCME, to lead a three-day workshop to discuss implementing a framework for a CME accreditation system in Vietnam. The workshop, which was held in March in Hanoi, brought together stakeholders and leadership from government agencies, hospitals, and medical schools from across Vietnam.
Dr. Kopelow shared his perspectives on the development of accreditation systems in the United States and Oman. (The ACCME has provided support to the Oman Medical Specialty Board and designated it as an accreditor that is substantially equivalent to the ACCME.) Dr. Kopelow provided strategic advice about how to establish a governance structure for the accreditation system and how to establish and manage CME programs. He explained how to develop accreditation criteria, forms and processes, and data collection systems.
In addition, Dr. Kopelow was invited to speak at the Embassy of the United States in Hanoi to provide an overview of CME. His presentation was part of a series of educational programs held by the embassy for local university and high school students on a variety of topics including careers in medicine.
Dr. Kopelow began his work in Vietnam last fall, when he was invited by HAIVN to participate in a series of meetings to discuss the development of a national CME accreditation system.
Dr. Kopelow’s work with Vietnam is part of the ACCME’s commitment to support collaboration in the global CME community.
Reminder for Accredited Providers
Last April, the ACCME modified its requirements to prohibit the inclusion of ACCME-defined commercial interest logos in educational materials and disclosures of commercial support. While the change was effective immediately (April 2014), we did not expect accredited providers to change or reprint any materials that existed at the time of the announcement. Accredited providers are expected to make any necessary changes to CME materials by May 2015.
The prohibition against using commercial interest logos only applies within the parameters of Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠ (SCS) 4.3, SCS 6.4, and the Commercial Support Acknowledgment Policy. The modifications only apply to logos of ACCME-defined commercial interests—not to organizations that fall outside that definition.
The modifications apply to all CME providers within the ACCME accreditation system, including providers directly accredited by the ACCME and those accredited by ACCME Recognized Accreditors (state or territory medical societies that are recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of intrastate CME providers).
- PCORI Launches Accredited CE Initiative: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has launched a new initiative offering accredited CE activities in areas that highlight contributions to patient-centered outcomes research and clinical knowledge. The activities are offered for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other members of the healthcare community. PCORI leadership participated in the ACCME 2014 Public Health Imperatives Forum and the 2013 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference to discuss opportunities for collaboration between the accredited CE community and PCORI.
- Joint Accreditation and National Center Create Advisory Board on Interprofessional Continuing Education
- Addressing Ebola Preparedness through Interprofessional Continuing Education