PARS Improvements for 2015; Submit Your Feedback on Accreditation with Commendation Proposal by July 11

Published Date: 
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Number: 
6
Volume: 
6

News
PARS Improvements for Reporting of 2015 Activity and Program Data
Feedback Survey on Proposal for New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation Open until July 11

Education and Outreach
August 2014 Accreditation Workshop Features Flipped Classroom; Registration Now Open
ACCME Participates in June 2014 Member Organization Events
ACCME Joins CLER Meeting on Faculty and Leadership Development
International Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education Includes Presentation on Joint Accreditation
ACCME Gives Keynote Presentation at Illinois Alliance for CME Spring Meeting

Reminder
Summer Newsletter Publication Schedule

For Your Reference
CME Public Health Partnerships Address Prescription Drug Abuse
ABMS Call for Patient Safety Activities
Academic CME in the United States and Canada: The 2013 AAMC/SACME Harrison Survey
U.S. Medical Regulatory Trends and Actions Report, Compiled by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, May 29, 2014; Q&A about Use of Commercial Interest Logos in Disclosure of Commercial Support


NEWS

PARS Improvements for Reporting of 2015 Activity and Program Data

The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is now 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 making this announcement 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.

Purpose of Changes

Since the ACCME opened PARS four years ago, we have been implementing improvements based on feedback from accredited providers and other stakeholders. For the 2015 reporting year, we are eliminating some data requirements that have been difficult to standardize and have not been shown to add value. We are adding data fields and changing some of the optional fields to required fields in order to collect information that will increase the value of PARS for accredited providers and other stakeholders. This information will support alignment with stakeholders involved in physician continuing professional development, such as the credit, licensure, and certification systems. Your data aggregated and published in our annual reports will provide a more comprehensive picture of the size, scope, and accomplishments of the national CME enterprise.

Activity Entry

Providers are required to include the following data about each activity taking place in the 2015 reporting year. This data was previously optional.

  • The name of joint providers (formerly “joint sponsors”), if applicable
  • The number of designated AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, if applicable
  • Competency(ies) the activity was designed to address. Providers select from a list of competencies including ACGME/ABMS, Institute of Medicine, Interprofessional Education Collaborative, and Other.
  • The name of commercial supporter(s), the monetary amount of support, and/or the type of in-kind support given by each supporter. PARS will continue to offer checkboxes for types of in-kind support. For “other in-kind support,” providers will no longer need to complete a description field. In addition, a new section will automatically summarize the commercial support information reported for all commercial supporters of the activity.

The following data will not be reported for individual CME activities.

  • Advertising and exhibit income. This information will be submitted only in aggregate in the Program Summary, as described below.
  • Income from other sources. This information will be submitted only in aggregate, in three specific categories, in the Program Summary, as described below.
  • Expenses. This information will no longer be collected in PARS. Please see the explanation under Program Summary, below.

Program Summary

We have added income categories in order to collect more detailed data about CME program income. The ACCME will no longer collect information about CME program expenses, in response to feedback from providers and our observations that because of the wide range of provider types and their accounting systems this information was not always reported in a standardized, consistent manner across the accreditation system. PARS will continue to aggregate the total amount of monetary commercial support from the information submitted for each CME activity.

Program Summary Changes

  • Providers will report advertising and exhibit income only in aggregate on the Program Summary.
  • The category of Income from Other Sources has been eliminated. This category is replaced with three specific income categories: registration fees, government grants, and private donations including grants from foundations. Providers will no longer be required to include allocations from their parent organization or other internal departments.
  • PARS will no longer collect data about CME program expenses.

Terminology and Definition Changes

We have made the following terminology and definition changes.

  • The term sponsorship has been changed to providership, and activities will be described as directly provided or jointly provided. This change reflects the terminology change included in the simplification of the ACCME requirements and process.
  • Nonphysicians are called other learners. This category includes activity participants other than MDs and DOs. Residents are no longer included in this category; beginning with the 2015 reporting year they are included as physician participants. The terminology change has been made in response to feedback from the CME community that other learners is a more appropriate term for describing the range of learners.
  • Residents are included in the category of physician participants. This category continues to include activity participants who are MDs or DOs.

Batch Upload Resources

PARS Tab-delimited Upload Process: A Tutorial 
Tab Delimited Upload Template for 2015
Tab Delimited Upload Instructions for 2015
XML Upload Template and Instructions for 2015

Educational Resources

We have prepared the following resources to support your implementation of the PARS changes for the 2015 reporting year.

Q&A about PARS 2015 Changes

Accreditation Requirements and Descriptions of the ACCME: The annual report glossary in this PDF has been updated to incorporate the PARS 2015 changes.

More Information

More information, including the description of the changes and links to the educational resources described above, is available on the About PARS Web page. ACCME-accredited-providers: If you have questions, please contact us at info@accme.org. Intrastate providers should contact their accreditor with questions.

Feedback Survey on Proposal for New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation Open until July 11

The ACCME is seeking your feedback about our Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. We will accept responses through July 11, 2014.

This survey is part of an ongoing engagement process. At this time, we seek to gather your opinions about the value of the proposed new criteria and your suggestions for how we can improve or clarify them. At a later time, you will have the opportunity to provide your suggestions about how many criteria should be required to achieve Accreditation with Commendation and how the ACCME should measure compliance with the criteria.

The proposed criteria incorporate ideas gathered from the CME community and other stakeholders over the past few years, as well as feedback from the ACCME Board of Directors and member organizations. In response to this feedback, we have created a menu of potential new commendation criteria that are designed to respond to the evolving healthcare environment and strengthen the role of CME as a strategic asset to healthcare improvement initiatives.

We have provided links to the proposal, the survey, and other resources below. If you have questions, please contact us at info@accme.org.

Resources

Feedback Survey

Archived May 13 Informational Webinar about the ACCME Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, answers participants’ questions about the proposal.

ACCME Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: A PDF including a cover letter; the proposed menu of 15 commendation criteria, grouped into four sections related to the Creation of CME, CME Activities, The Program, and Outcomes; and annotations to support the CME community’s understanding of the ACCME’s intentions.

Evolving Accreditation with Commendation: ACCME Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria— A video tutorial with Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO

Proposal for New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: A dedicated Web page with information, updates, and resources about the proposal and feedback process.

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EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

August 2014 Accreditation Workshop Features Flipped Classroom; Registration Now Open

Registration for ACCME's August 2014 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for August 13– 15 in Chicago for August is open now. The April accreditation workshop was filled to capacity, with a record attendance. If you are planning to attend in August, we recommend that you register as soon as possible to ensure there is space available for you.

We are pleased to announce that we are incorporating a flipped classroom approach at the August workshop. We offered this approach for the first time at the April workshop. In response to the positive feedback we received from participants, we are offering it again in August. This educational model gives participants the opportunity to gain knowledge on their own time prior to an event, enabling them during the event to focus on problem-solving, analysis, and interaction with peers and experts.

Before the Bridge to Quality workshop, participants will have the opportunity to view a series of modules consisting of existing video FAQs and new videos created specifically for the workshop. These new videos, featuring Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, describe the ACCME’s expectations for compliance with the Accreditation Criteria and the Standards for Commercial Support. This pre-work will give participants a foundation in the requirements, preparing them to engage in discussions and case vignettes during the workshop.

The flipped classroom is one of several new features and formats we are offering in 2014 in response to attendees’ feedback and to meet your individualized learning needs. 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.

Special Features for 2014

  • More interaction: We’ve reduced the number of didactic sessions and included more discussion time, vignettes, cases, and examples throughout the workshop.
  • Small group discussions: Integrated throughout the workshop, these sessions give you the opportunity to build on the information presented at the general sessions and discuss strategies for improving your CME program with your peers.
  • Learner-Centered Breakout Sessions: Choose two breakouts on topics of specific interest to your organization and explore these issues with your colleagues.

Pre-Workshop Optional Sessions

  • Self-Study for Accreditation: This session will be offered by invitation only for providers that are seeking initial accreditation or expecting their next reaccreditation decision in July 2015, November 2015, and March 2016. We sent information to eligible participants in February 2014. If you have not received this information, please contact Saifra Khan, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at skhan@accme.org.
  • Newcomers Introduction to Accredited CME: Designed for participants involved in CME for one year or less, this session will introduce you to CME basics, enabling you to get the most out of the workshop.

For more information or to register, click here.

Questions? Please contact Saifra Khan, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at skhan@accme.org.

Comments from Participants at the April 2014 Workshop

  • “The flipped classroom style is perfect for learning the material. The breakouts gave us an opportunity to learn great ideas from experienced professionals in the field.”
  • “The breakout sessions were highly informative and very helpful. The new workshop format made it much easier to resolve questions.”
  • “Being so new to CME that we aren't yet accredited, being immersed in CME for two days was my greatest benefit.”
  • “The breakout sessions proved to be greatly informative. As a new professional in CME… it was very helpful to hear from other professionals in the room about how and what is done in their respective organizations.”
  • “Thanks also for the great public health panel. The workshop took on an academic tone when you brought people on the cutting edge of some of the hot topics in medical and interprofessional education. I felt that this was one of the most helpful and exciting parts of the workshop.”

ACCME Participates in June 2014 Member Organization Events

The ACCME participated in the following meetings this month as part of its 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.

ACCME Joins CLER Meeting on Faculty and Leadership Development

Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, participated in a meeting of the Professional Development and Education Workgroup for Advancing Training in the Clinical Learning Environment, held in June in Cambridge, MA. The meeting was convened by the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and was hosted by the Institute for Health Care Improvement. The event brought together stakeholders to discuss faculty and leadership development within the context of the CLER program and to identify ways to align initiatives and resources across the medical education continuum. Dr. Kopelow discussed how CME can contribute strategic support to the CLER program. He participated in the meeting as part of the ACCME’s ongoing collaboration with colleague accreditors across the continuum and in support of a more aligned system of physician accountability.

For more about the strategic value accredited CME contributes to graduate medical education, see this video series.

International Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education Includes Presentation on Joint Accreditation

A presentation on the Joint Accreditation™ program was included in All Together Better Health VII:  The 7th International Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education. The conference, held in June, was cohosted by the University of Pittsburgh and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, ACCME; Peter H. Vlasses, PharmD, Executive Director, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE); and Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, Director, Accreditation Program, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), discussed how Joint Accreditation supports interprofessional education and collaborative practice. The presenters described how they applied the principles of interprofessional collaborative practice to develop Joint Accreditation and explained the benefits of the program for CE providers. They presented case examples demonstrating how jointly accredited providers have achieved measurable improvements in team performance and patient care.

Launched in 2009, Joint Accreditation is a collaboration of the ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC. Joint Accreditation offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide medicine, pharmacy, and nursing continuing education activities through a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards. Joint Accreditation is the first and only program in the world offering this benefit to providers committed to interprofessional continuing education. For more information, visit www.jointaccreditation.org.

ACCME Gives Keynote Presentation at Illinois Alliance for CME Spring Meeting

Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, ACCME, gave the keynote presentation at the Illinois Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (IACME) Spring Meeting held in June. He provided an update on the ACCME’s simplification of the accreditation requirements and process, and the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. Dr. Singer also discussed the opportunities for accredited CME to take a leadership role in public health initiatives.

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REMINDER

Summer Newsletter Publication Schedule

As we have done in previous years, we will publish a combined/July August issue in August. Best wishes for an enjoyable summer.

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FOR YOUR REFERENCE

CME Public Health Partnerships Address Prescription Drug Abuse

Several recent news items have described how accredited CME programs are collaborating with communities, law enforcement, and government to address the prescription drug abuse crisis.

  • “Given a community need to address abuse and overdoses of prescription opioids, experts from Brown University and community partners will provide a morning of continuing medical education for prescribers and pharmacists at the Alpert Medical School June 7. The group decided that Brown’s continuing medical education program provides a natural means of helping the state’s healthcare professionals better understand the role they can play, said Maria Sullivan, Brown’s CME director.”—Excerpted from “Health Professionals Can Help Stem Drug Abuse,” Health News from HealthCanal.com, May 28, 2014
  • “A half-day educational program addressing the needs of prescribing clinicians who treat patients with chronic pain will feature practical information on assessing misuse risk associated with extended release and long-acting opioid (ER/LA) analgesics. The program, Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education, or SCOPE, brings together opioid prescribing experts from UMass Medical School, Boston University, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Brandeis University’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence. State Rep. James O’Day will give the keynote address.”—Excerpted from “Opioid Prescribing Education Program Offered for Physicians, Providers,” UMassMedNow, June 5, 2014

More information on the role of accredited CME in supporting public health initiatives is available here.

ABMS Call for Patient Safety Activities

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is inviting all health organizations and stakeholders to participate in the ABMS Call for Patient Safety Activities in support of Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) Part IV: Improvement in Medical Practice. Applications will be accepted through July 18, 2014.

2013 AAMC/SACME Harrison Survey

Academic CME in the United States and Canada: The 2013 AAMC/SACME Harrison Survey reports on CME trends in academic medical centers and medical schools in the US and Canada.

FSMB U.S. Medical Regulatory Trends and Actions Report

U.S. Medical Regulatory Trends and Actions Report, compiled by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), provides information about the nation’s state medical boards, data on physician licensure and discipline, and physician demographic trends.

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