PARS Exhibition/Education Phase Opens in April; ACCME Calls for Comment Update

Published Date: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Number: 
3
Volume: 
2

News
Program & Activity Reporting System Exhibition/Education Phase Opens in April
ACCME Calls for Comment Update
Providers Restructure to Ensure Compliance with ACCME Independence Policies

Tips and Tools
Effective Communication with Physician Planners: An Interview with Michele Beleu, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California

Education and Outreach
New Sessions Added to 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops
2010 Regional Forums for State Accreditors and Providers

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, February 25, 2010; "Sorry Works" — Risk Management CME: An Interview with Tim Holder, MD, Oklahoma State Medical Association

News

Program & Activity Reporting System Exhibition/Education Phase Opens in April
The ACCME Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS) is scheduled to open for an exhibition/education phase in April, which will run for four weeks. PARS is a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from continuing medical education providers. The purpose of the exhibition/education phase is to afford accredited providers, if they choose to do so, the hands-on opportunity to try out the system before it is made available for actual data collection. Accredited providers can view instructional materials about how PARS works, enter test data (which will be deleted before the system goes live), ask questions and provide feedback.

The exhibition/education phase is optional. We will send all accredited providers an e-mail alert with instructions for receiving a login ID and password as soon as the phase is open. Instructions will also be posted on the PARS Information Page. Please note that PARS is open only to ACCME-accredited providers.
The exhibition/education phase follows two pilot phases, during which groups of accredited providers volunteered to test the system. Based on their input, and feedback from other stakeholders, the ACCME made improvements to PARS, to ensure that it will be an efficient and valuable resource for the accredited CME system. After the exhibition/education phase, the ACCME will make any necessary additional adjustments before launching PARS.

Please refer to the PARS Information Page for the most up-to-date information. The communications that we released previously may be outdated. If you have any questions, please contact postmaster@ACCME.org.

ACCME Calls for Comment Update
From January 22 – March 8, 2010, the ACCME sought input from providers and stakeholders about three issues: ACCME's Complaints and Inquiries Process, Knowledge-Based CME Activities, and ACCME’s Recognition Process. Thank you to all who submitted comments. We are currently reviewing and analyzing the responses. The Board of Directors will discuss the issues and responses at its next meeting, July 15 – 16. Prior to that meeting, we will post the comments on our Web site.

Providers Restructure to Ensure Compliance with ACCME Independence Policies
The ACCME is providing an update and case examples to illustrate how its redefinition of commercial interest has been implemented. In August 2007, the ACCME expanded its definition of commercial interest in order to further safeguard CME’s independence.
When the redefinition was announced, all accredited providers were expected to examine their organizational structure to ascertain whether they, their parent or their sister organizations (if such relationships exist within the structure) would meet the modified definition of commercial interests. If so, they needed to restructure to remain eligible to be accredited. The ACCME allowed those providers a two-year grace period, until August 2009, to alter their organizational structure and separate their CME program from the commercial interest.

The ACCME offered several alternatives for corporate restructuring that would meet its requirements and worked individually with accredited providers affected by the redefinition. In 2008 and 2009, the ACCME reviewed 30 accredited providers and found that 17 would be considered commercial interests under the expanded definition. Of those, 14 successfully restructured and retained their accreditation; three did not restructure and withdrew from accreditation.
Read more about the ACCME's process for implementing its redefinition of commercial interest, including a case example of a compliant corporate structure, as well as a description of noncompliant structures.

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Tips and Tools

Effective Communication with Physician Planners: In this video interview, Michele Beleu, Project Manager for Physician Education and Development at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, explains how her program’s approach to faculty development improves physician planners' perception of CME. Through one-on-one discussions with faculty, she removes paperwork barriers and eschews CME jargon, helping physicians identify — in their own words — professional practice gaps and educational objectives.

If you've developed initiatives that demonstrate how accredited CME is a strategic asset to health care quality and safety initiatives, we'd like to hear from you. Contact Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach.
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Education and Outreach

New Sessions Added to 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops
Two new sessions have been added to the 2010 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshops. "Engagement with the Environment" is an advanced session focusing on ACCME Criteria 16 – 22, for providers seeking Accreditation with Commendation. "Next Steps for Organizations Seeking Accreditation" will help those preparing to apply for ACCME accreditation for the first time.

Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, 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.'

Here are a few comments from 2009 Accreditation Workshop participants. "I left this conference with more knowledge than [I had gained] in the four years at my institution." "The breakout sessions provided a wealth of information and practical strategies to implement improvements in our CME program. This was the best CME-related workshop that I have attended in my 11 years in the field." "The facilitators did an excellent job of answering all questions as well as providing examples of compliance."

The Accreditation Workshops will be held three times in 2010: April 28 – 30, August 4 – 6, and December 8 –10, 2010, at the Westin Chicago River North.  Registration is still open for the April workshop. Download the brochure and registration information.

2010 Regional Forums for State Accreditors and Providers: Building Leadership, Building Value
To support state accreditors and state-accredited providers, we are holding four regional workshops across the country. The 2010 ACCME Regional Forums: Building Leadership, Building Value, will help participants develop strategic and tactical approaches for positioning their CME programs as valued assets in their health care organizations.

The schedule for the forums is as follows:
June 16 in New York, NY July 8 in Charlotte, NC August 31 in St. Louis, MO October 18 in Las Vegas, NV
Workshops are open to state accreditors, state-accredited providers and volunteers involved in the state accreditation system. For more information, download the 2010 Regional Forum Save the Date announcement or contact us at postmaster@accme.org.
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In Case You Missed It

The ACCME Report, February 25, 2010

”Sorry Works" — Risk Management CME: An Interview with Tim Holder, MD, Oklahoma State Medical Association
 

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