ACCME Announces Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process

May 21, 2013
Posted by: 
Tamar Hosansky

 

ACCME seeks feedback on proposal to streamline accreditation requirements

The ACCME is pleased to announce a “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.” The purpose of the proposed changes is to streamline the accreditation process and requirements and to strengthen support for continuing medical education (CME) as a strategic asset to health care improvement initiatives.

The proposal is based on the ACCME Board of Directors’ strategic planning, the ACCME’s experience evaluating providers under the 2006 Accreditation Criteria and analysis of accreditation data, and feedback from stakeholders.

The ACCME is asking stakeholders to review the proposal and submit their feedback through our online survey. The proposal, supporting materials, and a survey have been posted on the Simplification and Evolution Web Page.

Simpler, Smarter Requirements

“This proposal demonstrates the commitment of the ACCME and its stakeholders to continuous improvement. Since its founding in 1981, the ACCME has focused on setting and maintaining accreditation requirements that are relevant to health professionals’ lifelong learning needs and responsive to changes in the health care environment. The proposed changes build upon this strong foundation and continue the evolution of the ACCME accreditation system,” said James F. Burke, MD, Chair, Board of Directors, ACCME.

“The ACCME and its stakeholders believe that it is important to simplify the accreditation requirements and process while maintaining high standards and continuing to respond to the evolving health care environment. There is a growing momentum in the ACCME accreditation system and we want to foster this evolution of accredited CME. We look forward to stakeholders’ responses and our continued dialogue about shaping the future of our CME system,” said Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME.

“The proposed simplification of the requirements and process will make a real and positive difference to accredited providers. The changes will facilitate the development of CME that matters to patient care,” said Billie Dalrymple, Director, CME Department, Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA is an ACCME Recognized Accreditor.

For More Information

A dedicated Simplification and Evolution Web page including links to our survey and resources

Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process: In this archived webinar, held on May 23, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, discusses the proposed changes and answers participants' questions

Simplification Proposal - Revisiting the ACCME Requirements & Process: A video commentary with Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, explaining the background and rationale for the proposed changes

Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process: A printable PDF document that includes the current full text of the ACCME accreditation requirements, with the proposed changes highlighted, accompanied by explanations

News Release: Accreditation Council for CME Announces Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process