Our Community’s Perspectives on Commendation Criteria Proposal

April 4, 2016
Posted by: 
Tamar Hosansky

We’re delighted with the robust response to our call for public comment about the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. More than 245 organizations, CME providers, groups, and individuals provided feedback via the online survey, submitting more than 2,600 individual comments. In addition, we received emails and letters from you.

The feedback is substantial, thoughtful, and insightful. We highly value your perspectives. The majority of respondents agreed that the criteria were clear as written, offer flexibility, and would achieve the goal of advancing quality and achieving outcomes in post-graduate medical education.   Many respondents requested additional clarification and definitions for some of the terms and expressed concern that the measures for achieving compliance were too difficult and that the criteria would not be attainable for all CME provider types.

We hear you. We share the same goals and values — we want to make sure the criteria are attainable by our diverse community of providers and we want to make sure the criteria encourage our community to aim for even higher levels of achievement.

At its March meeting, the ACCME Board of Directors held an in-depth discussion about the responses and decided that it is important to continue to reflect on the feedback. As a next step, we will consider all the feedback and formulate an evolved set of guidelines and compliance measures to present to the Board at the July 2016 meeting for continued discussion and possible adoption. As always, we will keep you informed as this process unfolds.

Please remember that, as with the existing commendation criteria, compliance with the new commendation criteria will be optional for CME providers and will not be required to achieve Accreditation.

Once the new criteria are adopted, we will implement a comprehensive education and transition plan. We received some terrific ideas from you about resources. Our goal is to work together with you, to help our community succeed in adopting the new criteria – and we will do everything we can to facilitate the changes.

Download a brief summary of the call for comment responses.

Download the responses to the call for comment.

For more information and updates, please see our commendation criteria webpage. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@accme.org.

I look forward to continuing to work together as we advance CME’s role in the changing health environment and improve care for the patients we serve.

Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc
President and Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
(312) 527-9200