ACCME Presents at ACEHP Annual Conference

January 23, 2012
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Tamar Hosansky

ACCME staff members presented at five sessions and hosted an event during the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP) Annual Meeting , held in January in Orlando.

Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, served as a panelist for a session about the joint accreditation process launched in 2009 by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Ms. Regnier was joined by panelists from the ACPE and ANCC, who explained the joint accreditation background and process. In addition, panelists representing two organizations that have received joint accreditation, Creighton University and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, discussed the value of interprofessional teams in supporting quality improvement and CME projects within their institutions.

Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME's Chief Executive participated in a hot topics panel about the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioids. Dr. Kopelow discussed how accredited continuing education is a strategic asset to the REMS and how providers can develop CE about REMS in compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support. He was joined by panelists from AstraZeneca  and the Food and Drug Administration.

Dion Richetti, DC, ACCME’s Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services presented at two sessions. In one presentation, he focused on assisting providers that are required to submit a progress report or have received Probation. He discussed common areas of noncompliance, methods to improve practices, and effective documentation processes to demonstrate improvement. In another session, Mr. Richetti explained strategies for achieving Accreditation with Commendation, describing examples of compliance with the engagement criteria.

Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director, Education and Outreach; participated in a panel discussion during the joint meeting of the ACEHP sections for State Medical Societies and Hospitals and Health Systems. Dr. Singer and the other panelists discussed how ongoing collaboration and communication between accreditors and accredited providers strengthens the CME process and facilitates compliance with ACCME requirements. Dr. Singer talked about how the ACCME seeks engagement with accredited providers through education, outreach, and leadership.

Ms. Regnier, Mr. Richetti, and Kelly Roberts, ACCME Manager, Systems Education and Outreach, also hosted a luncheon and 

discussion for ACCME accreditation surveyors. They discussed surveyor accomplishments in 2011 and the resources available for surveyors. If you'd like to learn more about becoming a surveyor, visit the Volunteers Web page.

Download the presentations
The Positive Impact of Interprofessional Education on Outcomes
Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies:  Developing REMS (CE) in Alignment with the Standards for Commercial Support

Related Information
Joint Accreditation
CME and the Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS)
FDA Blueprint for Prescriber Continuing Education Program
Continuing Education Accreditors in Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine Award Joint Accreditation to Support Team-based Patient Care
Continuing Education Accreditors Award Joint Accreditation to Support Team-Based Patient Care
Accreditation Council for CME Plans to Assist Accredited Providers That Choose to Address Prescription Drug Abuse Through Accredited CME and FDA-defined REMS
ACCME Response to FDA REMS Draft Blueprint

Provider Examples of Compliance and Noncompliance
Preventing Noncompliance Pitfalls
Positioning Your CME Program for Organizational Impact

Top: (at podium) Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME; (seated, from left) Sally O'Neill,  PhD, Associate Vice President, Health Sciences Continuing Education, Creighton University School of Medicine; Karen Boudreau, MD, Senior Vice President and Medical Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Continuum Portfolio; Kathy Chappell, MSN, RN, Director, Accreditation Program, American Nurses Credentialing Center; Dimitra Travlos, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Executive Director & Director, Continuing Pharmacy Education, American Council for Pharmacy Education

Center: (from left) Theresa Toigo, RPh MBA, Associate Director for Drug Safety Operations, Office of the Center Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,
FDA; Murray Kopelow, MD, Chief Executive, ACCME; Pamela Mason, BS, CCMEP, FACME, Director, Medical Education Grants Office, AstraZeneca

Bottom: Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, with ACCME accreditation surveyors