Tips and Tools
Video Interviews with State Medical Society CME Leaders
Resources for New Providers and Initial Applicants
Compliance Examples for Criterion 7: Developing Activities Independent of Commercial Interests
Education and Outreach
Save the Date: 2014 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops
ACCME Presents at CME Provider Meetings in Georgia, Massachusetts/Rhode Island, Texas
Integrating Genomics into Accredited CME
ACCME Participates in Coalition for Physician Accountability Meeting
AAMSE Annual Conference Includes Presentations by ACCME Executive Staff
ACCME Presents at Colorado Alliance for CME Annual Conference
CPD for Doctors Conference Features ACCME Presentation
Tips and Tools
In a new video interview series, Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, talks with CME leaders at state medical societies about the strategic value CME programs bring to physicians. This series is part of the ACCME’s ongoing interaction with Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers). This interaction includes monthly webinars for Recognized Accreditors and culminates in the Annual ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference, scheduled for December 11– 12, 2013 in Chicago.
- Engaging Physicians with CME: A New Way to Lead— Melissa Carter, Vice-President, Medical Education, Florida Medical Association, reflects on how her state medical society CME program supports the educational needs of physician members though leadership training as well as engagement across the continuum of medical education.
- Addressing Physician Professional Practice in Flux— Billie Dalrymple, Director of CME, Texas Medical Association, explores the evolving role of CME as a strategic asset to services provided to physicians by a state medical society.
- Training Physician Leaders with New Approaches—Billie Dalrymple, Director of CME, Texas Medical Association, describes a scholarly approach to using CME to improve the leadership skills of physicians in practice.
- CME Leadership as a Career Opportunity for Physicians— Melvin Freeman, MD, Vice-Chair, Washington State Medical Association CME Committee, shares the value that physicians can derive from their involvement in CME leadership.
The ACCME welcomes organizations seeking to apply for accreditation and congratulates those that have achieved Provisional Accreditation. The following resources may be helpful if your organization is considering applying for accreditation or to help your organization successfully transition from Provisional Accreditation to full Accreditation. More information about eligibility, the pre-application process, and the initial application process is available here.
Video FAQ: In these brief videos, Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, answers providers’ questions about the accreditation requirements.
- How would you explain the ACCME 2006 Accreditation Criteria for accredited CME in general terms?
- How do we identify the professional practice gaps of “our own learners” and how does that relate to their "scope of practice"?
- Can you explain how Criteria 2, 3, and 11 support CME activity planning to change competence, performance, or patient outcomes?
- What are the ACCME’s expectations for “analyzing changes” achieved as a result of the CME program’s activities?
- Can you explain the ACCME 2006 Accreditation Criteria as it relates to a provider's process for continuous quality improvement?
- How can I make it easier to engage my stakeholders in the planning of accredited CME activities?
Tutorials: Each of these Web pages features a collection of resources addressing a specific area.
- Resources for Implementing the Standards for Commercial Support
- Preventing Noncompliance Pitfalls
- Tips for the Accreditation Process
We have added examples of compliance with ACCME Accreditation Criterion 7 to the Examples of Compliance and Noncompliance: Findings Based on the ACCME Accreditation Criteria. Criterion 7 states: “The provider develops activities/educational interventions independent of commercial interests,” addressing Standards for Commercial Support 1, 2, and 6.
We have enhanced the functionality of the Examples Web page. You can use the left-hand navigation menu to search by criterion, finding (compliance or noncompliance), date when the example was published, and keywords.
The Examples of Compliance and Noncompliance: Findings Based on the ACCME Accreditation Criteria enables providers and CME stakeholders to learn from each other and to understand how the ACCME determines compliance and noncompliance with its requirements. Examples of compliance and noncompliance with each of the Accreditation Criteria, drawn from the accreditation review process, are included.
Education and Outreach
The ACCME's 2014 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops are scheduled for April 9–11 and August 13–15 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.
More workshop information is available here. Registration for the April 2014 workshop will open later this fall.
The ACCME participated in the following CME events in recent months. This 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).
- Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach; and Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education and Outreach, ACCME, gave a presentation at the Medical Association of Georgia Provider Webinar held in May. They described the scope of the ACCME accreditation system, including ACCME-accredited providers and intrastate providers, and explained that all providers follow the same requirements. They discussed the role of CME providers as change agents, provided strategies for communicating the value of CME programs to institutional leadership, and pointed out opportunities for CME to serve the public. They also helped participants understand how to avoid noncompliance pitfalls when planning and implementing CME activities.
- Ms. Martin gave a presentation at the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) & Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) Directors of Medical Education Conference held in May. Ms. Martin described the ACCME’s expectations of commendable organizations and strategies for providers seeking to achieve Accreditation with Commendation.
- Ms. Martin gave the Mark Gregg Memorial Distinguished Lecture at the 2013 Texas CME Conference, held by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the Texas Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (TACME) in June. She discussed how CME can be a strategic asset in support of better practice and better health. Ms. Martin explained how providers can demonstrate responsive leadership within their institutions and use the Accreditation Criteria as a tool for engaging their institutional leadership. She also provided strategies for simplifying the processes for planning and implementing CME activities, and gave an overview of the “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.”
The ACCME is continuing its ongoing support of the initiative led by the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, to improve the integration of genomics into health professionals’ practice. In January, the ACCME participated in the Genomic Medicine IV: Physician Education in Genomics conference. As an outcome of the conference, the NHGRI formed the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC) to “improve the genomics literacy of physicians and other practitioners and to enhance the practice of genomic medicine through the sharing of educational approaches and the joint identification of educational needs.” The ACCME is a member of the ISCC.
The ACCME convened a conference call with accredited providers in May to discuss opportunities for accredited CME to support the initiative. The ACCME participated in a meeting of the ISCC held in June by webinar. Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education and Outreach, ACCME, discussed how the ACCME can support efforts to integrate genomics into accredited CME and help to raise awareness about genomics-related CME initiatives. Leslie Howell, Director, Educational Services, Pennsylvania Medical Society, also participated on behalf of the ACCME.
Members of the ACCME Board of Directors and executive staff participated in a meeting of the Coalition for Physician Accountability held in August. James F. Burke, MD, Chair, and Carlyle Chan, MD, Vice-Chair, ACCME Board of Directors; Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, and Kate Regnier MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, participated in the meeting, which was hosted by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
The mission of the Coalition is to advance health care and promote professional accountability by improving the quality, efficiency, and continuity of the education, training, and assessment of physicians. The Coalition's members are the national organizations responsible for the oversight, education, and assessment of medical students and physicians throughout their medical careers. The ACCME is a charter member.
ACCME executive staff gave several presentations at the 2013 American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) Annual Conference, held in July in St. Louis. Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME; and Kate Regnier MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, presented an overview of the “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process” and the 2012 Annual Report.
They discussed the role of accredited CME as a change agent supporting public health imperatives on a local and national level. They described the discussions the ACCME has held with healthcare leadership organizations regarding the role of accredited CME in improving the health of the public and explained opportunities for CME to act as a strategic asset to government agencies’ health improvement initiatives.
Continuing professional development is a scholarly pursuit, with CME as the academy supporting that pursuit, explained Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier. CME providers can facilitate this process by creating an educational home for their learners.
Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier described the opportunities for CME to advance interprofessional collaborative practice and education through the joint accreditation process, a collaboration of the ACCME, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The benefits of the process, according to jointly accredited providers, are increased interaction and collaboration between professionals to address complex problems; recognition of the contributions of different healthcare professionals and reduction of professional hierarchies; and increased efficiency and leveraging of internal expertise.
Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier also participated in a meeting of the AAMSE Working Group for CME.
Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, gave a presentation via webinar at the 2013 Colorado Alliance for CME Annual Conference held in August. He discussed the emerging opportunities for accredited CME, to contribute to public health improvement; for example, he described how federal agencies are incorporating CME as a strategic partner in their health improvement imperatives. He explained the opportunities for CME to advance interprofessional collaborative practice and education through the joint accreditation process, a collaboration of the ACCME, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He encouraged CME providers to “lean in” and demonstrate leadership by participating in stakeholders’ initiatives to advance professional practice and better, safer care.
Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, gave a presentation at CPD for Doctors 2013– 2023, a joint conference held by BMJ and the Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) in London in June. Dr. Kopelow presented an overview of the scope and structure of the ACCME accreditation system and described how accredited CME supports continuing professional development and addresses public health imperatives in the US. He explained how the Accreditation Criteria facilitate physician learning and change and cited studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of CME in assisting physician performance improvement. He discussed how the Standards for Commercial SupportSM: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities support the free flow of scientific exchange while safeguarding accredited CME from commercial influence. Dr. Kopelow also participated in a panel discussion about the future of CPD delivery in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Kopelow participated in the meeting as part of the ACCME’s commitment to supporting collaboration within the global CME community.
ACCME-Accredited Providers: We will send invoices for the 2014 ACCME annual accreditation fee in November, with payment due by January 31, 2014. In 2014, this fee will be $5,300, representing a fee structure change that we previously announced here. The invoices will be addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. To view your organization’s contact information (including the billing contact), please login to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). If you need to change the billing contact for this accreditation fee invoice, please do so by October 13, 2013.
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.
- The ACCME Report August 27, 2013
- Executive Summary of July 2013 ACCME Board of Directors Meeting
- Compliance Reminder: Commercial Interest Definition