Welcome to the ACCME Report, ACCME's New e-Newsletter

Published Date: 
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Number: 
1
Volume: 
1

News
ACCME Implements Testing Phase of Program & Activity Reporting System; ACCME Submits Additional Testimony to the Senate Special Committee on Aging
People
2009 Hero Award Recipients Announced; Kelly Roberts Joins ACCME
Tips and Tools
Collaboration to Improve Health Care; Implementing Big Change in a Small Community Hospital
Education and Training
CME as a Bridge to Quality: Accreditation Workshop; ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference; Ongoing Surveyor Training
For Your Reference
Cochrane Collaboration CME Review; CHEST Study on CME
In Case You Missed It
ACCME July Board of Directors Meeting; Updated Accredited Provider List; Multimedia Education Resources
 

Welcome!
Welcome to the first issue of The ACCME Report, which will be delivered to your inbox in the third week of each month. We’ll bring you accreditation updates, ACCME news, and tools and resources to help you develop CME That Matters to Patient Care. We want The ACCME Report to be as useful and informative as possible - so please send us your feedback and suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.
 

Tamar Hosansky (thosansky@accme.org), ACCME Director of Communications
 

News
ACCME Implements Testing Phase of Program & Activity Reporting System

The Program & Activity Reporting System, a web-based portal for the collection and analysis of up-to-date, comprehensive data from CME providers, has moved into the testing phase. With the deployment of the system, the ACCME aims to improve the CME enterprise’s transparency,
efficiency and accountability, as well as save time and streamline requirements for accredited CME providers. Currently, the ACCME plans to have the database operational by January 2010.

Find out more details and view screenshots of the ACCME Program & Activity Reporting System.

ACCME Submits Additional Testimony to the Senate Special Committee on Aging
In August, the ACCME submitted supplemental testimony to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, as a follow-up to the testimony presented during the July 29 hearing on conflict of interest in continuing medical education. The additional testimony provides more perspectives and information regarding commercial support, and includes the June 2008 ACCME statement to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education and Practice. Download the supplemental testimony.

For more information on the Senate hearing and links to the testimony presented by Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, read our July 30, 2009, release "Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Chief Executive Testifies at Senate Hearing."

People

The ACCME proudly presents the 2009 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award to the following volunteers in recognition of their extraordinary commitment: George Mejicano, MD, MS; Ronald Murray, EdD; J. Brian O'Toole, PhD; and David Swee, MD. Read more about the award.

Welcome to Kelly Roberts, who has joined the ACCME as Manager of Systems Education and Outreach. Kelly will provide education, support and resources for volunteers, staff and leadership involved in the national and state accreditation system. She's worked in the health care field since 2001, most recently as Manager, Continuing Education, for Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa., a CME provider accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
 

Tips and Tools

How should accredited providers demonstrate compliance with Criterion 20, collaboration and cooperation with other stakeholders? Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, explains the ACCME's expectations in this video, “Collaboration to Improve Health Care.” When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services identified the need for health care professionals to improve glycemic control for diabetic patients, Michael Romano, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa, designed a CME activity to address the issue. In this video interview, "Implementing Big Change in a Small Community Hospital," Romano discusses how CME supports the hospital’s quality improvement efforts to overcome physician resistance and improve care for diabetic patients.

Education and Training

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.

The ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference will be held November 12-13, 2009, at the Swissôtel in Chicago. Designed for Recognized State Medical Society Accreditors, this conference provides updates on equivalency initiatives and strategies for improving their accreditation programs. Registration information will be distributed soon to Recognized Accreditors.

The ACCME will hold a surveyor training luncheon on January 27, 2010, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, in conjunction with the Alliance for CME Annual Conference. For more information, contact Kelly Roberts (kroberts@accme.org). If you'd like to volunteer as a surveyor, contact Erica Hubbard, ACCME’s Survey Services Coordinator (ehubbard@accme.org).

For Your Reference

The Cochrane Collaboration has published a review, "Continuing Education Meetings and Workshops: Effects on Professional Practice and Health Care Outcomes," (The Cochrane Library, 2009, Issue 3) which concludes that CME meetings "alone or combined with other interventions can improve professional practice and the achievement of treatment goals by patients."

"Continuing Medical Education Effect on Physician Knowledge," an article published in the March 2009 supplement of CHEST, reports on a study that shows CME is effective in improving physician knowledge. The authors recommend that CME activities are offered as multiple sessions, rather than as single events, and that they employ multimedia formats and multiple instructional techniques.

In Case You Missed It

Accreditation Council for CME Releases Summary of July Board of Directors Meeting

ACCME Increases Transparency with Updated Accredited Provider List and Compliance Data

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Adds Multimedia Education Resources to Its Web Site