ACCME Holds Town Hall for Publishing and Education Company Accredited Providers; Four More Town Halls Scheduled for 2012

May 31, 2012
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Tamar Hosansky

The ACCME has begun its fourth annual series of town hall meetings with a webinar for publishing and education company providers. Held on May 10, the town hall drew approximately 140 participants representing about 53 organizations.

Guest speaker Mark Levine, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Denver, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), discussed the CMS’ strategic goals: Better Care, Better Health, Lower Costs, and explored opportunities for accredited CME to address national health care priorities.

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, answered providers' questions about compliance with the Accreditation Criteria and explained strategies for achieving Accreditation with Commendation.

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 ACCME will hold four more town halls this year for the following accredited provider groups:

  • June 20 for government and military providers
  • 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 kswimm@accme.org.

More information is available here.