ACCME Holds Town Hall for Government and Military Accredited Providers; Three More Town Halls Scheduled for 2012

June 28, 2012
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Tamar Hosansky

The ACCME continued its fourth annual series of town hall meetings with a webinar for government and military accredited providers. Held on June 20, the town hall drew 18 participants representing 11 organizations.

Guest speaker Christine Casey, MD, Deputy Editor, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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.

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, provided an update on accreditation decision data and answered providers' questions about compliance with the Accreditation Criteria. In response to participants' questions, they discussed the joint accreditation process launched in 2009 by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and gave an overview of ongoing efforts to facilitate further alignment among accreditation and credit systems.

Dr. Kopelow 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 hall for government and military accredited providers followed the first 2012 town hall, held in May for publishing and education company accredited providers. The ACCME will hold three more town halls this year for the following accredited provider groups:

  • July 19 for medical school providers
  • July 31 for nonprofit physician membership organizations
  • August 30 for hospitals, health systems, and managed-care/insurance companies

The purpose of the town halls is to facilitate open discussion between ACCME staff and participants about issues and questions related to specific provider groups. The meetings are free of charge and we have sent invitations to all accredited providers who are eligible to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Swimm, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at

More information is available here.