Message from the CEO
Connecting CME to MOC
Education and Outreach
Dr. McMahon to Deliver Keynote at MAACME 2015 Annual Meeting
Inaugural Tri-State CME Providers Conference Features ACCME Keynote Address
Cologne Consensus Conference Focuses on Advancing CPD
PNEG Annual Conference Will Feature Interprofessional Education Pre-Conference Session
ACCME Manager, Systems Education and Outreach
2016 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee
Awards and Achievements: Sharing Best Practices
American College of Radiology Receives ASAE Power of A Gold Award
College of American Pathologists Receives Association for Talent Development Excellence in Practice Award
Accredited CME Providers: Share Your Awards and Achievements
CME Works! Share Your Best-Practices – Call for Submissions
For Your Reference
“SCOPE of Pain: An Evaluation of an Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy Continuing Education Program," Pain Medicine
“Mass. Medical Schools to Collaborate on Opioid Addiction Education,” MassLive
Message from the CEO
In our interactions with stakeholders, we’ve heard that a high priority for our community of CME providers and learners is to facilitate the alignment of continuing professional development systems and to simplify the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and CME. The collaboration between the ACCME and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is an important step toward achieving those goals. We celebrate this collaboration because it will make a real and meaningful difference to physicians and educators who are working every day to improve healthcare in their communities.
This collaboration serves to liberate MOC and CME by simplifying the process and expanding the choices for CME providers and physicians. ABIM no longer requires CME providers to submit applications for activity review and approval by ABIM. Beginning today, CME providers can register their activities for ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). As part of this registration process, CME providers attest to compliance with ABIM-specific requirements for the Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program and submit participant data. Providers will be able to submit participant data by the end of 2015.
Many more activities are now eligible for recognition in ABIM’s MOC program and we expect that this process will generate many more opportunities for accredited CME providers to serve as a strategic resource by delivering relevant, effective, independent, practice-based education that counts for points in ABIM’s MOC program. The process is inclusive; all CME providers in the ACCME System—including state-accredited providers, providers directly accredited by the ACCME, and providers that have received Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™—have the opportunity to register their activities for ABIM’s MOC program as long as the activities meet ABIM's MOC requirements.
I encourage you to review the ABIM Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program Guide and the resources on our website. Think about which of your activities would be appropriate to register for ABIM’s MOC program. You can register activities retroactively for 2014, as well as register current and future activities. We want to do everything we can to support your engagement as we build a robust, diverse portfolio of high-quality CME activities that count for ABIM’s MOC program. Toward that end, we invite you to join our webinar on October 14 from 10:00 am–11:30 am Central, to ask your questions and share strategies for advancing CME in support of MOC.
We look forward to working together with our community of accredited CME providers and our community of diplomates to leverage the power of education to drive quality in our profession and improve care for the patients we serve.
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc
President and Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
We are pleased to announce that beginning today CME providers can register their activities for American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program in the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). As part of this registration process, CME providers attest to compliance with ABIM-specific requirements for the Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program and submit participant data. Providers will be able to submit participant data by the end of 2015. ABIM no longer requires CME providers to submit applications for activity review and approval.
As we previously announced, the ACCME and ABIM formed this collaboration to expand the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that offer points in ABIM’s MOC program, and to streamline the process for registering CME activities for ABIM MOC. We developed the collaboration in response to requests from physicians and accredited CME providers.
Save the Date–CME That Counts for ABIM MOC Webinar
We will hold a webinar on October 14 from 10:00 am–11:30 am Central to answer your questions about registering CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program in PARS and to share strategies for advancing CME in support of MOC. This webinar is open to all accredited providers in the ACCME System as well as to other stakeholders who may be participating in this process. Space is limited and we suggest that you sign up in advance. Please review the educational resources on our website in preparation for the webinar. We also invite you to submit your questions in advance.
Resources and Support
To support your participation in this process, we’ve created the following resources:
- CME that counts for ABIM MOC: Dedicated webpage for CME providers with updates, information, and links to resources
- Ask ACCME about CME and MOC
- Registering CME Activities for ABIM’s MOC Program: A step-by-step tutorial for CME providers
- ABIM’s Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program Guide: The requirements accredited CME providers must meet to have their activities recognized in ABIM’s MOC program
- CME for ABIM MOC: Dedicated webpage for physicians with information, updates, and links to resources
- List of CME+ABIM MOC Activities: A sortable list of accredited CME activities that are registered for ABIM MOC
We welcome your questions and feedback. The ACCME is responsible for support of accredited CME providers. ABIM is responsible for support of ABIM Board Certified physicians. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Feedback from Beta Testers
We thank the CME providers who participated in the beta testing of the PARS modifications related to ABIM’s MOC program. Feedback was very positive, with beta testers reporting that it was “easy” or “very easy” to use PARS to register CME activities for MOC. Testers submitted valuable questions and suggestions, which we have used to improve the process and to produce educational resources to assist providers.
- “We are happy to have the opportunity to award ABIM MOC points for educational offerings that meet the ABIM criteria and report this through PARS.” — Dorothy Lane, MD, MPH, Associate Dean, CME, SUNY School of Medicine at Stony Brook
- “Very well organized and explained. Thanks for such a thoughtful implementation so far.” — Ailene Cantelmi, Associate Director, Assessment, Accreditation and Online Learning, Endocrine Society
- “Excellent integration of the ABIM MOC [activity registration] application. I have used PARS extensively in the past, and am currently in a role that requires submitting activities for MOC approval. This is a fantastic way to streamline two very important elements of medical education.” — Shelly Ganguli, MOC Project Manager, Society of Hospital Medicine
- “The PARS system appears to be the best way to collect data on MOC and to have the data in a centralized location.” — Annette Mallory Donawa, PhD, Assistant Dean for CME, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Education and Outreach
The Mid-Atlantic Alliance for CME (MAACME) will host its Annual Meeting on November 19, 2015, in New Castle, Delaware. Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, has been invited to deliver a keynote address, focused on advancing medical education. You can view the conference brochure and register to attend here.
The inaugural 2015 Tri-State CME Providers Conference, hosted by the Indiana University School of Medicine, included a keynote address by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME. The meeting brought together CME providers from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, to explore best practices and innovative approaches to education. Dr. McMahon described the scope of accredited CME offered by the conference participants and the value of CME in supporting public health. He discussed how accredited CME reflects the changing healthcare environment and supports interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) and team-based care through Joint Accreditation For Interprofessional Continuing Education™. He emphasized the importance of meeting learners’ needs by aligning the requirements of continuing professional development systems, citing as an example the collaboration between the ACCME and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), which facilitates the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and CME. Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President for Education and Outreach, ACCME, also participated in the conference. View the conference tweets at #TSCME15.
The Cologne Consensus Conference 2015: Providers in Accredited CME/CPD, hosted by the European Cardiology Section Foundation (ECSF)—a nonprofit, charitable foundation of UEMS Cardiology Section—was held in Cologne, Germany in September. Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, gave a presentation and facilitated a discussion about advancing accreditation in support of CME/CPD. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, participated in an interactive dialogue about accreditation in North America. She shared her perspective as a US accreditor, describing the ACCME accreditation review process, requirements, and priorities. Her co-presenter, Jennifer Gordon, MEd Associate Director, CPD, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, offered the perspective of a Canadian accreditor.
The ACCME’s participation in this conference is part of our commitment to supporting collaboration in the global CME community.
The Professional Nurse Educator Group (PNEG) will hold its Annual Conference October 23-25, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year’s meeting will feature several pre-conference sessions, including one on October 22 entitled “Interprofessional Continuing Education: Skill Building for Educators and Planners.” For more information on the Annual Conference and pre-conference sessions, visit the PNEG event webpage.
The ACCME is looking for an experienced accreditation or CME professional to fill the full-time position of ACCME Manager, Systems Education and Outreach in our Chicago office. As part of the ACCME Education and Outreach team, the Manager is responsible for designing and implementing the ACCME’s educational interventions for the volunteers, staff, and leadership involved in the accreditation of CME providers at the national and state levels. The Manager assists with the development and implementation of initiatives to support collaboration and engagement with ACCME Recognized Accreditors (state or territory medical societies that are recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of intrastate CME providers), as well as with accreditors across the continuum of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education in the health professions.
Candidates should have a minimum of five years of experience in accredited CME. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Candidates must have a commitment to providing high-level service to accreditation volunteers and staff including physicians and other healthcare system stakeholders. They must have excellent communication and presentation skills, be self-directed, dedicated to continuous improvement, and value a highly demanding, team-focused environment.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs, references, and salary requirements to The Synergy Companies, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCME-Accredited Providers: We will send invoices for the 2016 ACCME annual accreditation fee in November, with payment due by February 1, 2016. Consistent with last year, in 2016 this fee will again be $5,300. The invoices will be addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. Please log in to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to view and, if needed, update the billing contact for your organization. If you need to change the billing contact for this accreditation fee invoice, please do so by October 16, 2015.
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.
Awards and Achievements: Sharing Best Practices
The American College of Radiology (ACR), an ACCME-accredited provider, is proud to announce that it was recently awarded the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 2015 Power of A Gold Award. The ACR created the activity, “Lung Cancer Screening Education: From Science to Practice,” in light of the decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to approve screening of smokers to enhance early detection of lung cancer. The Power of A Awards recognize and celebrate the contributions associations make to society.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP), an ACCME-accredited provider, was recognized by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, with an Excellence in Practice Award in the Organizational Learning and Development category for its Laboratory Medical Director (LMD) Advanced Practical Pathology Program (AP3). ATD Excellence in Practice Awards are presented to organizations with proven practices that have delivered measurable results in achieving organizational goals; the Learning and Development category recognizes practices that focus on learning and development in the organization and the design and delivery of training.
If your CME program has received an award or recognition for your achievements, we want to help to spread the word. To further our goal of advocating for CME and supporting your efforts to communicate the value of your work, we will publicize your achievements on our website and in our newsletter. Send the information to Tamar Hosansky at email@example.com.
Accredited CME providers are making a difference in a myriad of ways, and the ACCME wants to help share your stories. Beginning in 2016, the ACCME will share brief, best-practice videos (3-5 minutes in length) submitted by accredited CME providers on the ACCME website. Video topics should be focused on sharing novel perspectives on how your organization does CME effectively. Examples might include, How do you engage large groups in active learning? How do you facilitate performance change? What’s the best way to build an effective CME Committee? What approaches are best to support personalized learning? What is a really effective evaluation question or tool? How do you use social media to support learning? How do you recruit physician champions? To integrate CME with Quality Improvement, where do I start?
Accredited providers interested in participating should send an email to Melody Latham (firstname.lastname@example.org) that includes the name of the ACCME accredited, state medical society accredited, or Jointly Accredited CME provider and an outline for your proposed video. Accepted submissions will receive format requirements for video production and next steps.
Help us tell our learners, their patients, and our other stakeholders that CME Works!
- “SCOPE of Pain: An Evaluation of an Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy Continuing Education Program,” Pain Medicine, describes how REMS-compliant CME offered by the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has improved knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and self-reported clinical practice in safe opioid prescribing. Read the BUSM news release here. BUSM is an ACCME-accredited provider. For more information on CME that addresses the Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics REMS, visit CME in Support of REMS.
- “Mass. Medical Schools to Collaborate on Opioid Addiction Education,” MassLive, describes a meeting of the Massachusetts governor, Public Health Commissioner, Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), and Massachusetts medical schools to discuss strategies for educating medical students about safe opioid prescribing practices. Dennis Dimitri, President, MMS, comments in the article that MMS is providing education on opioids and pain management as part of its CME program and that 2,500 health professionals have taken its free online course since May. MMS is an ACCME-accredited provider and an ACCME Recognized Accreditor. For more information on CME that addresses safe opioid prescribing practices, visit CME in Support of REMS.