ACCME Concludes 2012 Town Hall Series

September 27, 2012
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Tamar Hosansky

The ACCME concluded its fourth annual series of town hall meetings for different provider groups. Held during the spring and summer, the five town halls drew more than 1,000 participants representing 276 organizations. The purpose of the town halls, which are free of charge, is to facilitate open discussion between ACCME staff and participants about issues and questions related to specific provider groups.

During the meetings, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, answered accredited providers' questions about compliance with the Accreditation Criteria and the accreditation system.

Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier also engaged participants in a discussion about the ACCME's strategic imperatives. Participants offered their viewpoints on the value of the accreditation requirements, process, and system; and their suggestions for improvements.

The town halls featured guest speakers. Mark Levine, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Denver, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), addressed the town halls for publishing and education company providers; medical schools; nonprofit membership organizations; and hospitals, health systems, and insurance companies. Dr. Levine discussed the CMS’ strategic goals: Better Care, Better Health, Lower Costs, and explored opportunities for accredited CME to address national health care priorities. CMS is an ACCME-accredited provider.

Christine Casey, MD, Deputy Editor, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), addressed the town hall for government and military providers. She discussed the opportunities for collaboration between journals and CME providers to advance education on public health issues and described a successful model of a public-private CME partnership. CDC is an ACCME-accredited provider.

Here are a few comments from participants:

  • “These webinars stimulate thought and discussion post-webinar that brings change and creativity that would not happen without them.”
  • “Hearing about future philosophies and how we can all have an impact on the future of CME is always beneficial, and I appreciate the willingness of ACCME to listen to what the troops in the field are experiencing, and what we would find beneficial.”
  • “I thought hearing others' questions, explanations, and thoughts for the future were helpful and insightful.”