State Medical Society Conference Features Visioning for CME's Future

Published Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2009
Number: 
3
Volume: 
1

News
State Medical Society Conference Features Visioning/Scenario-Building for CME’s Future
ACCME Deputy Chief Executive Kate Regnier Describes ACCME Activity Database at SACME Meeting

Surveyor Spotlight
Jack Dolcourt, MD, on Why He Volunteers As an ACCME Surveyor

Tips and Tools
Achieving Accreditation with Commendation
Transcripts of Video FAQs Now Available
ACCME Web Site Search Tips

Education and Outreach
CME as a Bridge to Quality: Accreditation Workshop

Reminders for Accredited Providers
Annual Fee Deadline
ACCME Annual Report Deadline

In Case You Missed It
The ACCME Report, October 27, 2009
The Accreditation Council for CME Considers More Steps to Increase Transparency
The Accreditation Council for CME Releases Specifications for Online Program & Activity Reporting System

News

State Medical Society Conference Features Visioning/Scenario-Building for CME’s Future
The ACCME's Annual State/Territory Medical Society Conference, held November 12 – 13, in Chicago, brought together more than 50 CME accreditation professionals representing state medical societies from coast to coast, and from as far away as Hawaii and Alaska. (Through its Recognition process, the ACCME designates state and territory medical societies as accreditors for organizations offering CME locally.) During the first day, participants; members of the ACCME‘s Committee for Review and Recognition, including the two co-chairs who also serve on the ACCME Board of Directors; and ACCME staff engaged in a high-level discussion about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the accredited CME system. Attendees identified many opportunities to position accredited CME as a strategic asset to patient health and safety initiatives. They noted that the 2006 Accreditation Criteria support relevant CME designed to improve patient care. Moving forward, they said that accredited CME providers need to partner with quality improvement projects and communicate the value of accredited CME within their organizations and to physicians.

During the second day, participants analyzed case examples illustrating Compliance and Non-compliance with the 2006 Accreditation Criteria, and shared best practices for helping state-accredited providers meet accreditation requirements.  "We value and enjoy the opportunity to engage in dialogue with state accreditors," said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "The SMS staff and volunteers who participated in the conference raised many important issues and ideas, which we will bring to our December roundtable meeting." On December 3, the ACCME Board of Directors is convening a roundtable meeting, where a spectrum of CME stakeholders will discuss the future of CME. Watch for a report on the roundtable in an upcoming newsletter.

ACCME Deputy Chief Executive Kate Regnier Describes ACCME Activity Database at SACME Meeting
Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, participated in a Hot Topics presentation during the Society for Academic CME's Fall Conference, held November 6 – 8, 2009, in Boston. Regnier described the ACCME's Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS), a web-based system designed to collect activity-level and program data from accredited providers to be used for both the reaccreditation and annual report processes. The web-based portal will replace the PC-based spreadsheets currently used for activity data collection and the separate, aggregated annual data submission. The ACCME anticipates that the Program & Activity Reporting System will be available for all accredited providers in an ―exhibition‖ mode toward the end of 2009 or early 2010, with actual data collection phased in during 2010. As we've reported, PARS is currently undergoing pilot testing. For more information, visit the What's New section of our Web site.

Regnier also informed attendees that the ACCME Board of Directors will discuss options for monitoring accredited CME activities in the future, and will seek input from accredited providers and other stakeholders in the accredited CME system.
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Surveyor Spotlight

Jack Dolcourt, MD, on Why He Volunteers As an ACCME Surveyor
If you're looking for a professional development opportunity, consider volunteering as an ACCME accreditation surveyor. Here's what Jack Dolcourt, MD, MEd, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, Medical Graphics & Photography; and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, says about why he is an ACCME surveyor.

"We all have to prioritize those discretionary demands upon our time. Like most of us, I‘m already overextended, so why then would I choose to commit several days each year to be an ACCME surveyor? For sure, it‘s not for the pay, because ACCME surveyors are unpaid volunteers. The three major reasons I decided to become an ACCME surveyor were personal learning and growth, improving the practice of medicine and giving back to society. Personal learning and growth: The greater in-depth knowledge resulting from ACCME surveyor training allowed me to see CME accreditation as a more consistent rationale of what to do, rather than as a set of ‗don‘ts.‘ For me, that was quite liberating. Improving the practice of medicine: I want to be part of a system whose goal is to improve the health of individuals, and now that vision has been translated into a concrete pathway via the 2006 Accreditation Criteria. As a surveyor, I can help support and mold that process. Giving back to society: As a physician, society has been pretty good to me, which is why I‘d like to give something back. Sure, there are lots of ways to do that, one of which is my being a volunteer ACCME surveyor. Oh…did I mention that it‘s a lot of fun meeting fellow CME professionals?"

To learn more about becoming a surveyor, contact Erica Hubbard, ACCME's Survey Services Coordinator, and visit the Volunteer Opportunities page on our Web site.
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Tips and Tools

Are you aiming to achieve Accreditation with Commendation? In this series of seven video FAQs, ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, explains the ACCME‘s expectations for compliance with Criteria 16 – 22.
Accreditation with Commendation — Criteria Overview
Collaboration to Improve Health Care
Addressing Barriers to Change in Your Learners
Identifying Other Factors That Impact Patient Outcomes
Promoting Change Beyond CME
Engaging Quality Improvement
Improving Professional Practice

Transcripts of Video FAQs, interviews with ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, are now available on the multimedia Education and Training section of our Web site. We've produced transcripts in support of those who are hearing impaired as well as those who prefer to learn by reading instead of, or in addition to, listening.

Search Tip: When you use the search function on the ACCME homepage, it will now search our entire site, including our new Education and Training section. When searching for info on a specific accreditation criterion, use criterion as your keyword rather than abbreviating. For example, search for Criterion 1, rather than C.1.
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Education and Outreach

The CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop will be held December 9 – 11, 2009, at the Westin Chicago River North. Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, this intensive workshop offers participants the opportunity to work closely with ACCME staff, national CME leaders and colleagues to learn practical strategies for complying with accreditation requirements. Download the brochure and registration information.
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Reminders for Accredited Providers

We are sending out invoices in late November and early December for your annual fee, which is due January 31, 2010. The fee is $2500 for 2010. For more information, see ACCME Accreditation Fees. Please send in your ACCME Annual Report by March 31, 2010. This report is required in order to maintain your accreditation status. Please note that the data will be collected through the usual means — we will not be using the new Program & Activity Reporting System for the 2009 annual report. We will send your login information and instructions by January 8, 2010. Your annual report data enables the ACCME to compile comprehensive information about the size and scope of CME in the United States. The aggregate data is published annually on our Web site as a service to accredited providers, other CME stakeholders and the public. For more information, see Annual Reporting Requirements.
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In Case You Missed It

The ACCME Report, October 27, 2009 Accreditation Council for CME Considers More Steps to Increase Transparency

Accreditation Council for CME Releases Specifications for Online Program & Activity Reporting System

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