Jointly accredited CE providers discuss benefits, challenges
The ACCME and its colleague accreditors, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), hosted a focus group for jointly accredited continuing education (CE) providers in April at the ACCME’s offices in Chicago. The meeting brought together CE providers that have achieved joint accreditation to discuss the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of the joint accreditation process. Participants also offered suggestions for evolving the process and shared best practices for developing interprofessional CE in support of interprofessional collaborative practice.
The joint accreditation process was launched in 2009 by the ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC in order to streamline the process of accreditation and promote interprofessional education by and for the health care team. The ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC have been collaborating for 15 years. The joint accreditation initiative is part of the ACCME’s long-standing commitment to advancing interprofessional education and collaboration with other continuing education accreditors.
To date, nine CE providers have achieved joint accreditation:
- Cine-Med, Inc.
- Creative Educational Concepts, Inc.
- Creighton University School of Medicine
- Duke University Health System
- Federal Bureau of Prisons, Health Services Division
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement
- National Committee for Quality Assurance
- North American Center for Continuing Medical Education
- VHA Inc.
For more information about joint accreditation, please see the following resources:
- Joint Accreditation Web Page: History, Definition, Eligibility Requirements, and Overview
- News Release: Continuing Education Accreditors Award Joint Accreditation to Support Team-Based Patient Care
- News Release: Continuing Education Accreditors in Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine
- Presentation: The Positive Impact of Interprofessional Education on Outcomes, ACEHP Annual Meeting, January 2012