Message from the CEO
Executive Summary of March 2016 ACCME Board of Directors Meeting Now Available
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ Announces New Logo, Provider Mark, Leadership Videos, Presentations at International CPD Conferences
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
“ACCME Proposes New Commendation Criteria and Announces New Collaborations,” by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, Published in Intercom
“Dr. Graham McMahon (Class of 1997, MD 2005),” Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Alumni Magazine
“Safer Prescribing — A Trial of Education, Informatics, and Financial Incentives,” New England Journal of Medicine
Note to Subscribers
Our Community’s Perspectives on Commendation Criteria Proposal
We’re delighted with the robust response to our call for public comment about the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. More than 245 organizations, CME providers, groups, and individuals provided feedback via the online survey, submitting more than 2,600 individual comments. In addition, we received emails and letters from you.
The feedback is substantial, thoughtful, and insightful. We highly value your perspectives. The majority of respondents agreed that the criteria were clear as written, offer flexibility, and would achieve the goal of advancing quality and achieving outcomes in post-graduate medical education. Many respondents requested additional clarification and definitions for some of the terms and expressed concern that the measures for achieving compliance were too difficult and that the criteria would not be attainable for all CME provider types.
We hear you. We share the same goals and values — we want to make sure the criteria are attainable by our diverse community of providers and we want to make sure the criteria encourage our community to aim for even higher levels of achievement.
At its March meeting, the ACCME Board of Directors held an in-depth discussion about the responses and decided that it is important to continue to reflect on the feedback. As a next step, we will consider all the feedback and formulate an evolved set of guidelines and compliance measures to present to the Board at the July 2016 meeting for continued discussion and possible adoption. As always, we will keep you informed as this process unfolds.
Please remember that, as with the existing commendation criteria, compliance with the new commendation criteria will be optional for CME providers and will not be required to achieve Accreditation.
Once the new criteria are adopted, we will implement a comprehensive education and transition plan. We received some terrific ideas from you about resources. Our goal is to work together with you, to help our community succeed in adopting the new criteria – and we will do everything we can to facilitate the changes.
Download a brief summary of the call for comment responses.
Download the responses to the call for comment.
I look forward to continuing to work together as we advance CME’s role in the changing health environment and improve care for the patients we serve.
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc
President and Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
The executive summary of the ACCME Board of Directors meeting, held March 10–11, is now available. The ACCME ratified 46 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. This included 15 providers that received Accreditation with Commendation (33%), which confers a 6-year term of accreditation. Six initial applicants received Provisional Accreditation. Welcome to the new accredited providers and congratulations to all the providers receiving reaccreditation!
Response to commendation criteria call for comment: The Board of Directors held an in-depth discussion about the robust response to our call for public comment about the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. More than 245 organizations, CME providers, groups, and individuals provided feedback via the online survey, submitting more than 2,600 individual comments. Read more in the Message from the CEO.
Guest discussions about CME and MOC: The Board of Directors convened discussions with leadership from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), an ACCME member organization, as well as several individual certifying boards, to discuss the challenges faced by diplomates, how the boards are evolving their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs, and how accredited CME and the ACCME can support the efforts of MOC and diplomates. Member organization liaisons joined the discussions.
Participants included representatives from the ABMS, the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The Board appreciates the high-level, thoughtful discussions, and looks forward to its ongoing engagement with the ABMS and the certifying boards to support MOC and diplomates.
Download the executive summary.
We are excited to announce a new logo for Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™. A mark is also now available to identify interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) providers that have been awarded Joint Accreditation.
Created with input from jointly accredited providers and the continuing education accreditors, both marks are designed to convey the collaboration, leadership, and forward thinking of Joint Accreditation. The logo and mark will serve to promote the value of IPCE to the community of healthcare professionals and other stakeholders.
“This milestone represents the ongoing growth and success of Joint Accreditation and the commitment of jointly accredited providers to delivering effective, relevant healthcare education by the team, for the team. We thank our jointly accredited providers for their dedication to high-quality IPCE and the work they do every day to make a difference,” said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME.
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education is a collaboration of the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The first and only collaboration of its kind, 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.
Read more in the news release.
New Videos: In this series of six new video interviews, the collaborating accreditors discuss the evolution of the Joint Accreditation program, how Joint Accreditation supports interprofessional education and collaborative care, and how their experience creating the Joint Accreditation program can serve as a model for interprofessional collaborative practice and continuing education.
Presentations at International CPD Conferences: The collaborating accreditors gave interactive presentations at the World Congress on Continuing Professional Development 2016, held in March in San Diego, and the Ottawa Conference 2016, held in March in Perth, Australia. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME; Dimitra Travlos, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Executive Director, and Director, Continuing Pharmacy Education Provider Accreditation, ACPE; and Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, Vice President, Accreditation Program and Institute for Credentialing Research, ANCC, facilitated tabletop discussions with participants to identify strategies for delivering effective IPCE. They explored the skills, staff structures, barriers, and benefits involved in creating IPCE. Using case examples, they illustrated how jointly accredited providers have improved outcomes for organizations, teams, and patients.
In photo (from left): Dimitra Travlos, PharmD, ACPE; Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, ANCC; Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Registration is open for the ACCME's 2016 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for April 14–15 in Chicago. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. Information has been sent to providers. If you have not received it, please contact Melody Latham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
More information on the April workshop is available here. Another workshop will be held August 4–5, 2016; information on the August workshop is available here. Registration for the August 2016 workshop will open in April 2016. If you have questions please contact Melody Latham, Coordinator of Education and Outreach, at email@example.com.
NEW for the April 2016 Workshop — CME that Counts for ABIM MOC: At this two-hour session, staff from the ACCME and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) will discuss the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and accredited CME, explore strategies for advancing CME in support of MOC, explain how to register CME activities and submit participant data for ABIM’s MOC program in PARS, and answer your questions about the ABIM’s Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program requirements. For more information about the ACCME and ABIM collaboration, visit CME that Counts for ABIM MOC.
Feedback from August 2015 Workshop Participants
- “Dr. McMahon's presentations changed my perspective on the impact my job has toward the end result of better patient care. I will view my CME tasks as being world-changing.”
- “The very first session for new CME learners was most helpful to me. It provided a comprehensive overview that made me feel ready to dive in.”
- “It was helpful to talk with my peers at other organizations about challenges and best practices. I came away with a lot of really good ideas and strategies that will help me going forward.”
We are pleased to announce the ACCME 2017 Meeting: Evolution, Innovation, and Alignment, scheduled for April 24-27, 2017 in Chicago. Incorporating — and expanding – on our traditional April Accreditation Workshop, the ACCME 2017 Meeting will explore how the accreditation requirements support evolution, innovation, and alignment in continuing professional development. In response to feedback from previous events, we’ll include dedicated sessions for experienced CME professionals, as well as hands-on sessions for newcomers. The ACCME 2017 Meeting will bring together participants from across the CME and healthcare communities to share best practices in education, create action plans to drive innovation, explore opportunities for alignment among CPD systems, and develop strategies to advance CME’s contributions to healthcare improvement. Join us to celebrate our community’s achievements and to gain inspiration as we work together to shape the future of CME. More information will be available soon. (We will also hold our standard CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop in August 2017 to focus on the accreditation requirements and process.)
Collaboration and Engagement
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has opened the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments, a four-year initiative designed to promote transformative improvement within the clinical learning environments of ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions and their residency and fellowship programs. The ACCME has joined the ACGME and 20 other organizations as a partner in this initiative.
The RFP seeks Sponsoring Institutions willing to embark on a four-year journey of innovation within the clinical learning environment. Selected applicants will form the foundation of Pursuing Excellence as part of the Pathway Innovators. All ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions are eligible to apply. Up to eight Sponsoring Institutions will be selected to receive funding from the ACGME of up to $75,000 per year over four years, with the expectation that each will provide a 1:1 match of those funds.
Responses to the RFP are due May 4, 2016, at 5:00 pm CT.
- Recording of the March 10, 2016 informational webinar
- Registration for the informational webinar on April 25, 2016 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central
- Additional information, including the link to complete the RFP
- For questions, email PEI@acgme.org
- “ACCME Proposes New Commendation Criteria and Announces New Collaborations,” by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, published in the February 2016 issue of Intercom, the newsletter of the Society for Academic CME (SACME), describes the call for public comment about the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation, CME that Counts for ABIM MOC, and the ACCME’s collaborative efforts to facilitate alignment among CPD systems.
- "Dr. Graham McMahon (Class of 1997, MD 2005),” RCSI Matters, the magazine for Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland alumni, describes Dr. McMahon’s position as president and CEO of the ACCME, including his work overseeing US CME accreditation, Joint Accreditation For Interprofessional Continuing Education™
- “Safer Prescribing — A Trial of Education, Informatics, and Financial Incentives,” New England Journal of Medicine, March 17, 2016, describes how a complex intervention combining professional Education, informatics, and financial incentives reduced the rate of high-risk prescribing of antiplatelet medications and NSAIDS and may have improved clinical outcomes, during a trial conducted in Scotland. (Subscription or purchase required.)
- Letter from the CEO: Strategies and Reminders for Ensuring Compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support
- The ACCME Report, February 25, 2016
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