Strategies and Reminders for Ensuring Independence; Commendation Criteria Proposal: Thank You for Your Comments

Published Date: 
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Number: 
2
Volume: 
8

 

Message from the CEO
Strategies and Reminders for Ensuring Compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support

News
Proposal for New Commendation Criteria: Thank You for Your Comments

Upcoming Educational Opportunities
World Congress on Continuing Professional Development 2016
April 2016 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop
Second Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit – By the Team for the Team: Evolving Interprofessional CE for Optimal Patient Care
Save the Date — ACCME 2017 Meeting: Evolution, Innovation, and Alignment

Collaboration and Engagement
ACCME Joins 20 Other Partners in ACGME’s Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments
ABMS Visiting Scholars Program Invites Applications for the 2016-2017 Class

Career Opportunities
We’re Hiring: ACCME Open Positions — Project Manager and Communications Specialist

Reminders
Complete Your 2015 Year-End Reporting in PARS

Awards, Achievements, and Best Practices
2016 Alliance Award Recipients
Accredited CME Providers: Share Your Awards and Achievements
CME Works! Share Your Best Practices—Call for Submissions

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Executive Summary of December 2015 ACCME Board of Directors Meeting
Michael Romano, MD, MHA, Receives 2015 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award
Video Interview Series: Interprofessional Continuing Education as a Strategic Asset at the Veterans Health Administration


Message from the CEO

Strategies and Reminders for Ensuring Compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support 

Earlier this month I sent a letter to all our ACCME-accredited providers with strategies and reminders to help ensure compliance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME ActivitiesSM (the Standards). We’ve now published the letter on our website and I hope that all of you involved in CME will review this information and share it with your colleagues.

Our learners expect us to ensure that the education that is presented to them is independent and based on valid content. ACCME providers use the Standards as a mechanism to help minimize bias and provide transparency in accredited CME. Even if your CME program doesn't accept commercial support, you still need to use the Standards to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for speakers and planners.

Over the last few years, compliance rates with the Standards have improved; however, noncompliance with the Standards remains a common cause of noncompliance findings for accredited CME providers — and I’m confident that we can do better.

I know that managing independence requires careful attention and oversight — and we at ACCME want to support accredited providers in achieving and sustaining compliance. I hope that you will review the letter in the context of your CME program’s compliance with the Standards. If you find that you are not in compliance, please take steps to remediate the issues immediately. We want to support and recognize improvement. During your accreditation review, if you can demonstrate that you have corrected problems, we will take the extent and timing of those improvements into consideration when determining compliance findings.

The letter includes links to resources; in addition there is a lot more information about the Standards on our website, including many examples of compliance and noncompliance with each one. If you’re ever unsure, just email us at info@accme.org: we’re here to help.

You can also send an email to let me or us know if you have suggestions for additional resources or successful strategies you’d like to share with your colleagues.

Best wishes for a successful 2016 and thank you for the work you are doing every day to make a difference and improve the health of our nation.

Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc
President and Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
(312) 527-9200
gmcmahon@accme.org

News

Proposal for New Commendation Criteria: Thank You for Your Comments

We appreciate the CME community’s high level of participation in our call for public comment about our proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. The call for comment closed on February 16. The ACCME Board of Directors will review the comments at its March 2016 meeting and we will continue to engage in collaborative discussions during this review process. We look forward to our ongoing engagement in this process.

Visit our Proposal for New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation webpage for more information and updates.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

World Congress on Continuing Professional Development 2016

Join the World Congress on Continuing Professional Development 2016, scheduled for March 17-19, 2016, in San Diego. Designed for an interprofessional and international audience, the World Congress brings together researchers, teachers, students, and practitioners in the health professions, as well as other key stakeholders including patients. Participants will discuss best practices in pedagogical approaches with expert learners, strategies for building capacity in quality improvement work, and efforts underway to advance accreditation around the world.

The Congress is convened by the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME), Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), and the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp).

April 2016 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop

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 mlatham@accme.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 spring 2016. If you have questions please contact Melody Latham, Coordinator of Education and Outreach, at mlatham@accme.org.

NEW for the April 2016 Workshop — CME that Counts for ABIM MOCAt 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.”

Second Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit – By the Team for the Team: Evolving Interprofessional CE for Optimal Patient Care

The ACCME, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) will host the Second Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the ACCME offices in Chicago, IL. This summit, By the Team for the Team: Evolving Interprofessional Continuing Education™ for Optimal Patient Care, is a continuation of our effort to build a strong community of practice for jointly accredited providers.  We have sent invitations to jointly accredited providers; if you are a jointly accredited provider and have not received an invitation, please contact Marcia Martin at mmartin@accme.org.  

This Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit is being supported in part by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ promotes interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) activities specifically designed to improve interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) in healthcare delivery. 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.

Save the Date — ACCME 2017 Meeting: Evolution, Innovation, and Alignment

We are pleased to announce the ACCME 2017 Meeting: Evolution, Innovation, and Alignment, scheduled for April 24-27, 2017 in Chicago. 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. (We will also hold our traditional CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop in August 2017 to focus on the accreditation requirements and process.) 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.

Collaboration and Engagement

ACCME Joins 20 Other Partners in ACGME’s Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments

The ACCME has joined the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and 20 other organizations as a partner in Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments. The four-year initiative is designed to promote transformative improvement within the clinical learning environments of ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions in which resident and fellow physicians pursue their formal clinical training in a specialty or subspecialty.

The ACGME will provide funding through a competitive award process. Up to eight Sponsoring Institutions will be selected to receive awards of up to $75,000 per year over four years, with the expectation that each will provide a 1:1 match of those funds. The initiative aims to enhance and elevate graduate medical education and prepare physicians for the future of health care.

“The ACCME is proud to be a partner in the ACGME Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative. Advancing the quality of the clinical learning environment is a shared responsibility of the accreditors and leaders across the continuum, in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education,” said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME. “We share a commitment with the education community to provide high-quality, motivating learning environments that nurture healthcare practitioners throughout their careers, and we recognize the key role of faculty development in setting the culture of the environment. We anticipate that the Pursuing Excellence initiative will promote leadership in education, support interprofessional collaborative teaching and practice, and expand opportunities for innovative learning environments that improve professional practice and care for the patients we all serve.”

More information is available here.

ABMS Visiting Scholars Program Invites Applications for the 2016-2017 Class

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Visiting Scholars Program will begin accepting applications for the 2016-2017 class on March 9, 2016. Junior faculty, PhDs, residents/fellows, medical students, public health students, and graduate students in health services research and other relevant disciplines are invited to apply to participate in this exciting and dynamic, one-year, part-time program facilitating research projects designed to improve patient care. In addition to the research project, scholars are exposed to the fields of professional assessment and education, health policy and quality improvement and are offered the opportunity to develop leadership skills critical to their own professional growth and success. Scholars’ research should build on existing projects at their institution and generate data, tools, and activities that could be useful to specialty boards in the Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification/Continuing Certification process. For more information about the program and the application process, contact ABMS at VisitingScholars@abms.org.

Career Opportunities

We’re Hiring: ACCME Open Positions – Project Manager and Communications Specialist

The ACCME is continuing to enhance its services to the CME community in support of its strategic goals. Toward that end, we have several positions available for interested, dedicated individuals who would like to join our staff. Detailed position descriptions and qualification requirements for each opening as well as application information are available on our Careers webpage.

  • Communications Specialist: The Specialist supports the management of digital communication strategies designed to promote the value of accredited CME and assists with the development, implementation, and ongoing improvement of social media strategies.
  • Systems Implementation Project Manager: The Systems Implementation Project Manager will focus on the development of new systems, as well as enhancements to existing systems, designed to improve the scope and quality of services the ACCME provides to accredited organizations and other stakeholders.

Reminders

Complete Your 2015 Year-End Reporting in PARS

Accredited CME providers: To meet your year-end reporting requirements, you must enter data for your 2015 activities and your 2015 program summary in the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) by March 31, 2016. PARS is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2015 activity data now in anticipation of the year-end reporting deadline. Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2015 year-end report earlier, and should check with their accreditor for information. For information about the 2015 reporting changes and links to educational resources, please visit our About PARS webpage.

Awards, Achievements, and Best Practices

2016 Alliance Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 Alliance Awards recipients! The Alliance Awards recognize exceptional continuing education professionals and leaders who are paving the way for improving patient care through education. The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) recognizes those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning, and leading in all healthcare professions. Find out more about the awards and download a list of the recipients here.

Accredited CME Providers: Share Your Awards and Achievements

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 thosansky@accme.org.

CME Works! Share Your Best Practices—Call for Submissions

We’ve heard from our community of CME providers that it would be helpful for the ACCME to facilitate sharing of best practices. Beginning in 2016, we will post brief, best-practice videos (three to five minutes in length) produced by accredited CME providers following our guidelines. Videos will focus on sharing practical strategies and perspectives for planning and implementing effective CME. Here are a few suggested questions the videos could address—these are suggestions only; we invite you to identify which of your best practices would be most helpful to share with your colleagues.

  • How does my CME program engage large groups in active learning?
  • How does my CME program facilitate performance change?
  • What’s the best way to build an effective CME committee?
  • What approaches work best to support personalized learning?
  • What is a really effective evaluation question or tool?
  • How can social media support learning?
  • What are effective ways to recruit physician champions?
  • How did my program begin to integrate CME with Quality Improvement?

We welcome your ideas. Participation is open to all accredited providers in the ACCME System. If you are interested in participating, please email Melody Latham, Coordinator of Education and Outreach, at mlatham@accme.org with a brief description of the best practice that you will feature in your proposed video. If we accept your submission, we will contact you to discuss the next steps and provide you with video production format requirements.

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