Education and Outreach
Save the Date: 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops
ACCME Participates in Specialty Society-Board Summit on Lifelong Learning
ACCME Presents at Recognized Accreditor Events in Alabama, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Washington State
ACCME Promotes Accreditor Collaboration and Interprofessional Education
Vietnam Ministry of Health Invites ACCME to Share Insights on Developing a CME Accreditation System
For Your Reference
“Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the 2004 ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities,” By the ACCME, Published in AHME News
“All for One and One for All: Interprofessional Education Aims at Fostering Teamwork, Quality Care,” By Susan Trossman, Published in The American Nurse
In Case You Missed It
Stakeholders Provide Feedback about Proposed New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation; ACCME Releases PARS Data about ER/LA Opioid REMS CE Activities; American Hospital Association Report Describes CME as Strategic Resource
The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the ACCME are continuing their partnership to distribute Ebola education materials for CME providers. We have posted the following new materials from the AHA:
- Ebola Facts — Identify, Isolate, Inform: ED Evaluation and Management (October 28, 2014)
- Table: Summary of CDC Interim Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of People Exposed to Ebola Virus (October 28, 2014)
The complete list of educational materials and more information about how you might use them are available on our Ebola Education Web page. We suggest that you check the Web page frequently as we plan to post new materials as they become available, in between newsletter and email announcements.
If you have not already done so, the ACCME and the AHA ask that you take a short survey to inform us whether or not you used these materials and to provide us with some information about who we have reached. These survey results will help us to assess our impact in this endeavor.
We appreciate the many positive responses that we have received about your distribution of these materials. The CME community has the ability to provide critically needed education to address this public health priority. Please continue to join us in taking action.
Tips and Tools
The ACCME has produced a tutorial about the Performance-in-Practice Structured Abstract. The structured abstract is a tool introduced in 2014 in response to engagement with the CME community. CME providers may use the abstract to verify performance-in-practice during the accreditation process.
This tutorial provides the rationale for the creation of the tool and instructions for its use. Use of the ACCME Performance-in-Practice Structured Abstract is optional. The goal with the abstract is to simplify, clarify, and be explicit about the information that the ACCME is looking for as performance-in-practice evidence during the accreditation process.
Education and Outreach
The ACCME's 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops are scheduled for April 23–24 and August 6–7 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.
Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, participated in a panel presentation at the Specialty Society-Board Summit on Lifelong Learning in October in Chicago. The summit was hosted by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS); both are ACCME member organizations. Ms. Regnier discussed the role of accredited CME in supporting physician practice improvement and lifelong learning and change. She described the scope of the ACCME accreditation system, the integration of CME with quality improvement, and how accredited CME supports interprofessional education. She explained how the ACCME Accreditation Criteria align with the goals of the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®) and the value that accredited CME brings to MOC programs.
The ACCME participated in the following CME provider conferences this fall. The 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).
- CME 701 Provider Workshop, held by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA)
- ISMS Annual CME Planners’ and Surveyors’ Workshop, held by the Illinois State Medical Society
- The Modern Practice of Medicine: New Directions in Accreditation, held by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)
- North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Provider Education Session
- 2014 CME Provider Symposium, held by the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA)
- OMA CME Provider Summit, held by the Oregon Medical Association
- Workshop for Leaders in CME, held by the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV)
- WSMA CME Provider Conference, held by the Washington State Medical Association
At the events, ACCME speakers discussed the 2014 simplification of the accreditation requirements and process, and the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. ACCME speakers facilitated discussions, asking participants: How many of the proposed criteria should be required to demonstrate compliance for Accreditation with Commendation? How should the menu be structured? Should any of the proposed criteria be required to achieve Accreditation with Commendation? How should the standard for awarding compliance be set?
ACCME presenters also explored the strategic value of CME. They gave an overview of "Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource," a report published by the American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum. They described the scope of the ACCME accreditation system nationally and in individual states, exploring how CME can be a strategic asset in support of national and local public health initiatives. They discussed how accredited CME can contribute strategic support to medical education across the continuum, including the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Maintenance of Licensure (MOL), and the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®). Looking to the future, presenters explored how accredited CME needs to evolve to meet the lifelong learning needs of the emerging generations of physicians.
The ACCME participated in the following events during the past few months as part of its ongoing commitment to collaboration among accreditors and to advancing interprofessional education.
- Executive leaders from Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ presented at the Alliance Quality Symposium, held by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP) in September in Baltimore. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME; Dimitra Travlos, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Executive Director & Director, Continuing Pharmacy Education Provider Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE); and Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, Vice-President, Accreditation Program and Institute for Credentialing Research, and Director, Accreditation Program, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), explained how Joint Accreditation facilitates the integration of interprofessional education and quality improvement. They described how Joint Accreditation supports interprofessional collaborative practice and discussed the benefits of Joint Accreditation for continuing education providers. A collaboration of the ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC, Joint Accreditation offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide medicine, pharmacy, and nursing CE activities through a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards.
- Ms. Regnier participated in the 2014 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Planning Meeting, held September 30–October 2 in Chicago. She discussed the ACCME’s strategic initiatives and offered the ACCME’s perspective on strategic opportunities for the ACPE. Ms. Regnier’s participation builds on the collaborative relationship between the ACCME and ACPE, which began more than 15 years ago.
The Vietnam Ministry of Health Administration for Science, Technology and Training; and the Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN)— A Collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Affiliated Hospitals—invited Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, to participate in a series of meetings to discuss the development of a CME accreditation system in Vietnam. The meetings, which were held September 29–October 1 in Hanoi, brought together stakeholders from hospitals, government agencies, and medical schools.
Dr. Kopelow shared his insights about how a CME accreditation system supports continuing professional development in clinical, research, educational, and executive practice. He explained how accreditation provides a framework that has been proven valid and effective in improving physician performance. Using the ACCME as a case example, he described how a CME accreditation system can support national healthcare goals and public health initiatives. Looking to the future, he explored how CME accreditation systems will need to adapt to the needs of the new generations of physicians.
Dr. Kopelow’s visit and ongoing discussions with health leaders in Vietnam are part of the ACCME’s commitment to support collaboration in the global CME community.
Reminders for Accredited Providers
ACCME-accredited providers: We will send invoices for the 2015 ACCME annual accreditation fee in November, with payment due by February 2, 2015. Consistent with last year, in 2015 this fee will again be $5,300. The 2015 fee schedule is available here. The invoices will be addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. Please login to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to view and, if needed, update the billing contact for your organization.
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.
To meet your year-end reporting requirements, you must enter data for your 2014 activities and your 2014 program summary in the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). PARS is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2014 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.
For ACCME-accredited providers the deadline for completing the 2014 year-end report is March 31, 2015. Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2014 year-end report earlier, and should check with their accreditor for information.
For 2014, providers have the option to report the competency(ies) that each activity was designed to address. To accommodate this change, the instructions and templates for batch uploading 2014 activity data have been revised and can be found here:
For more information and links to educational resources, please visit our About PARS Web page.
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.
- “Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the 2004 ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities,” by the ACCME, published in the Fall 2014 issue of AHME News, reflects on the long-term success of the Standards in maintaining a bright line between education and promotion. The article concludes, “In the ACCME’s role as custodian of the Standards, we offer the observation that the accredited CE community’s widespread adoption and implementation of the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities is one of the best models of successful collaboration and self-regulation in 21st century medical education.”
- “All for One and One for All: Interprofessional Education Aims at Fostering Teamwork, Quality Care,” by Susan Trossman, published on September 2, 2014, as the cover story in The American Nurse, the official publication of the American Nurses Association, explores the growth of interprofessional education across the continuum for students and healthcare practitioners and its increasing integration into quality and safety initiatives. The article describes the increasing interest in Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™, which offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide medical, pharmacy, and nursing CE through a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards.