Submit Your Comments by February 16: Proposal for New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation
New Resources and Reminders for CME that Counts for ABIM MOC
Executive Summary of December 2015 ACCME Board of Directors Meeting Now Available
Michael Romano, MD, MHA, Receives 2015 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Registration Now Open for April 2016 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop
Online Registration Discount Ends February 17 for World Congress on Continuing Professional Development 2016
We’re Hiring: ACCME Announces Position Openings
Awards, Achievements, and Best Practices
Accredited CME Providers: Share Your Awards and Achievements
CME Works! Share Your Best Practices—Call for Submissions
For Your Reference
“Boston University School of Medicine Develops Curriculum to Combat Opioid Abuse,” Boston.com
“Overdose Deaths Reached a New High in 2014,” The New York Times
“Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes,” Institute of Medicine
We invite you to participate in our call for public comment about the ACCME’s proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. Comments will be accepted through February 16, 2016, at 5:00 pm Central. Please feel free to share this proposal with your colleagues and invite them to participate—we welcome ideas from all who are concerned about the future of CME and healthcare. Thank you for your participation and we look forward to our ongoing engagement.
Resources: Submit Your Comments
Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: We suggest that you review this proposal, which includes the proposed new criteria, a Message from the CEO, and explanatory information, before completing the call for comment survey.
PDF of Call for Comment Survey: We prepared this PDF of the survey to enable you and your colleagues to review the questions and prepare your answers before accessing the online survey. Please note that we will only accept responses submitted via the online survey.
Call for Comment Survey: The survey gives you the opportunity to provide your feedback about the menu structure and about each of the proposed 16 criteria. There is an additional comment section at the end of the survey for you to provide more feedback.
Here are resources and reminders to support your engagement in CME that counts for the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program:
- Archived Webinar: Submitting Participant Data in PARS for ABIM's MOC Program: View this archived webinar to review the process for submitting participant data for ABIM’s MOC program in ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Thanks to the more than 860 participants who joined the live webinar, held earlier this month.
- Timelines: As a reminder, for activities that participants completed in 2015, CME providers may submit participant data by through March 31, 2016 (the same deadline as for CME providers’ year-end reporting). For activities that participants complete in 2016, CME providers may submit participant data through March 31, 2017. We encourage CME providers to submit participant data as soon as possible after the activity is completed, so that ABIM can apply the points to physicians’ records.
- CME Community Engagement: We are encouraged by the CME community’s high level of engagement: there are more than 1,000 currently-available CME activities that have been registered for ABIM’s MOC program. View the list of these activities here. We look forward to continuing to work together to facilitate the integration of MOC and CME for the benefit of our community of physician learners.
We are providing this update only to bring it to your attention—there is no requirement for CME providers to pursue the option of registering CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program.
For more information on submitting participant data for ABIM’s MOC program, see CME that Counts for ABIM MOC.
The ACCME has released the executive summary of its Board of Directors meeting, held December 2-3, 2015, at its Chicago offices. The ACCME ratified 47 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. These included 19 providers that received Accreditation with Commendation (40%), which confers a 6-year term of accreditation. The Board also ratified decisions for providers applying for Joint Accreditation For Interprofessional Continuing Education™. With these decisions, there are currently 26 jointly accredited providers. There are 19 more jointly accredited providers in the application process with decisions expected in 2016. The Find a CME Provider webpage has been updated to reflect the December 2015 accreditation decisions.
The Board of Directors convened discussions with the leadership of CME advocacy organizations and ACCME member organization liaisons to discuss promoting the value of accredited CME and interprofessional continuing education (IPCE), the biggest issues facing the CE community, and how the ACCME can contribute to addressing those challenges. Representatives from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies CPD Component Group, the National Association of Medical Education Companies, and the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education joined the discussion.
Read more about the Board of Directors meeting in the executive summary.
The ACCME proudly presents the 2015 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award to Michael Romano, MD, MHA. The award honors Dr. Romano for his leadership in fulfilling the ACCME’s mission to promote standards for CME that contributes to improving physician performance and patient care.
Dr. Romano was recognized for his service on the ACCME Board of Directors from 2012–2015, and for his six years of service on the Committee for Review and Recognition (CRR), from 2009–2015. The CRR oversees Recognized Accreditors (state or territory medical societies that are recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of intrastate CME providers). Dr. Romano served on the CRR through the transition to Maintenance of Recognition, which increased the quality and efficiency of the recognition process and enables the ACCME and Recognized Accreditors to identify areas for improvement on an ongoing basis. The recognition system is designed to maintain a uniform, national system of CME accreditation, helping to assure physicians, state legislatures, CME providers, and the public that all CME programs within the ACCME System are held to the same high standards.
For more information, see our news release.
Upcoming Educational Activities
Registration is now 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. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
Online registration is open through February 17 for 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).
You can save $100 by registering online by Wednesday, February 17. The hotel group rate discount ends Tuesday, February 16. For more information, visit the World Congress website.
Tips and Tools
In this video interview series, Diana Durham, PhD, FACEHP, Associate Director for Accreditation at the Employee Education System, Veterans Health Administration (VHA EES) of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses how interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) helps her organization to improve patient care and meet the mandates of the Veteran’s Care Act.
- Focusing on Patient-Centered Care through Interprofessional Continuing Education
- A Case Example of Accredited CME Meeting Public Health Imperatives
Collaboration and Engagement
The 2015 ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference, Promoting Innovation in Accreditation and Continuing Medical Education,” held December 9-10 in Chicago, brought together leadership, staff, and volunteers from Recognized Accreditors from across the country. In addition, participants included guests from the ACCME Board of Directors, Committee for Review and Recognition, the American Medical Association (AMA), and the University of San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF). The conference was the culmination of a year of engagement and collaboration between the ACCME and Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of intrastate CME providers).
Here are a few of the highlights:
- Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME; and Susan Skochelak, MD, MPH, Group Vice President, Medical Education, American Medical Association, co-facilitated a session describing the two organizations’ ongoing collaborative efforts to align the credit and accreditation systems to better support CME providers and physician learners. Participants discussed their perspectives and suggestions for how the two systems should evolve and align.
- Dr. McMahon; Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President for Education and Outreach; and Tymothi Peters, Director of the Office of CME, UCSF School of Medicine, led a workshop for promoting innovation and creativity in education, where participants explored strategies and developed action plans for driving innovation in CME in their states.
- The conference included the presentation of the 2015 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Awards. Given in two categories, this ACCME award recognizes state medical societies, their staff, and volunteers for their contributions and commitment to advancing community-based CME programs and the intrastate accreditation system. The 2015 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award for Individual Service to the Intrastate Accreditation System was given to Henry Tulgan, MD, FACP. The 2015 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award for Outstanding Collaboration between Accreditors and Providers was given to the Indiana State Medical Association. Read more about the recipients in our news release.
Throughout the year, the ACCME offers a range of educational, outreach, and support services to Recognized Accreditors, including monthly webinars and the annual conference. In 2015, ACCME staff participated in the local professional development activities at Recognized Accreditor events in 18 states.
The ACCME participated in several sessions at the ACEhp 2016 Annual Conference, held by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions in January.
- The ACCME hosted a breakfast discussion for ACCME surveyors, attended by more than 65 stakeholders, including ACCME volunteer surveyors; staff and volunteers representing Recognized Accreditors; members of the ACCME Accreditation Review Committee and Board of Directors; and volunteer surveyors for Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™. Thanks to surveyors’ contributions, the ACCME made 141 accreditation, reaccreditation, and joint accreditation decisions in 2015. Evaluations from providers and surveyors showed that more than 90% of respondents reported positive experiences with the process.
- Marcia Martin, Manager of Provider Outreach and Education, ACCME; and Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President for Education and Outreach, ACCME, presented a session on ACCME accreditation basics to introduce accreditation requirements, educational planning, and the evaluation techniques to participants new to the ACCME System.
- Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, gave a presentation, “Envisioning the Future of Continuing Medical Education.” He discussed how educators can leverage technology and innovative educational methods to increase learners’ engagement and the efficacy of education. He described how learners, regulators, health institutions, and CME providers need to evolve to ensure that CME remains relevant in the changing healthcare environment, contributes to solving healthcare problems, and serves the needs of emerging generations of healthcare practitioners.
- Dr. McMahon and Susan Skochelak, MD, MPH, Group Vice President, Medical Education, American Medical Association, co-facilitated a session “Building Value Together: ACCME and AMA Collaboration,” describing the two organizations’ ongoing collaborative efforts to align the credit and accreditation systems to better support CME providers and physician learners. Participants discussed their perspectives and suggestions for how the two systems should evolve and align.
- Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME; Kevin Weiss, MD, Senior Vice President, Institutional Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); Josephine Fowler, MD, MSc, FAAFP, Vice President of Academic Affairs/CAO, Designated Institutional Official, JPS Health Network; and Kristin Ouweneel, Manager, Continuing Professional Development Office, Aurora Health Care, co-presented “New Discoveries in the Clinical Learning Environment: Connecting GME, CME & ACEhp to Improve Patient Care and Learning.” Ms. Regnier explored the strategic value of CME to the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program, and how CME can support change and improvement in the clinical learning environment across the medical education continuum.
- Dr. McMahon, Ms. Regnier, and Veronica E. Jones, Vice President, Program Operations, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), co-facilitated a session on CME that Counts for ABIM MOC, describing how the collaboration between the two organizations offers a simpler, unified process for CME providers offering activities that count for ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
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.
- Multimedia Developer: As part of the Education and Outreach team, the Multimedia Developer manages the development and production of multimedia projects that support the ACCME’s strategic goals of improving educational resources for CME providers and promoting the value of accredited CME to multiple stakeholders. The developer oversees projects from concept to execution, collaborating closely with ACCME teams.
- 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.
- 2016 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee: We have sent invoices to ACCME-accredited providers for the 2016 ACCME annual accreditation fee, with payment due by February 2, 2016. If you have not received your invoice, please contact email@example.com. The 2016 fee is $5,400. The 2016 fee schedule is available here. The invoices were addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. Please login to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to view and, if needed, update the billing contact for your organization. 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.
- Complete Your 2015 Year-End Reporting in PARS: 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
- “Boston University School of Medicine Develops Curriculum to Combat Opioid Abuse,” Boston.com, reports that Boston University School of Medicine has expanded its curriculum on opioid addiction prevention, straining, and treatment in response to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s efforts to combat opioid addiction. Fourth-year students will complete the SCOPE of Pain program, a CME course developed by Boston University and winner of the 2014 National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Award for Outstanding Prevention Effort. For information on CME and opioid abuse prevention, see CME in Support of REMS.
- “Overdose Deaths Reached a New High in 2014,” The New York Times, reports on the uptick in fatal drug overdoses in 2014, noting that twice as many Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014 as in 2000 and that most of these overdose deaths involved the use of narcotic painkillers.
- “Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes,” a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), recommends actions that interprofessional stakeholders, funders, and policy members can take to measure the impact of IPE on collaborative practice, as well as patient, population, and health system outcomes. The report describes Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ as one of the resources that may be “especially powerful” in improving the alignment of education and healthcare delivery systems.
- The ACCME Report, December 16, 2015
- Message from the CEO: Making a Difference
- ACCME Announces Election of 2016 Chair and Vice Chair of Board of Directors