Accreditation Council for CME Presents Proposal for New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation

ACCME Proposal Responds to the Evolving Healthcare Environment and Stakeholder Feedback
Chicago, IL
April 23, 2014

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is pleased to present a proposal for evolving the criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. The proposed criteria incorporate ideas gathered from the CME community and other stakeholders over the past few years, as well as feedback from the ACCME Board of Directors and member organizations.

This proposal is part of the ACCME’s ongoing process of fulfilling its strategic goal to simplify and evolve the ACCME’s accreditation requirements and process. Since 2012, the ACCME has engaged with more than 1,100 stakeholders to discuss simplification and evolution. This engagement resulted in the February 2014 simplification of the accreditation requirements and process.

“We are pleased to present the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation, which incorporates the valuable feedback we have received from the CME stakeholder community. In response to this feedback, we have created a menu of potential new commendation criteria that are designed to respond to the evolving healthcare environment and strengthen the role of CME as a strategic asset to healthcare improvement initiatives. We appreciate your participation and feedback during the past few years and we look forward to our continued engagement,” said Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME.

Responding to Stakeholder Feedback

During the engagement process, stakeholders said that the 2006 Accreditation Criteria, including the commendation criteria, have ensured that accredited CME remains relevant and responsive. They recommended that the opportunities for achieving Accreditation with Commendation should evolve to reflect changes in the environment and challenge accredited CME providers to aim for even higher achievements. Based on this feedback, the ACCME has identified a greater range of attributes as commendable practices. The new criteria are designed to reflect the valuable work CME providers may already be doing — in areas such as the integration of health data, interprofessional collaborative practice, and individualized learning activities. The proposal incorporates stakeholder requests for criteria that reward higher levels of outcomes measurement and ensure organizational competence and leadership.

A Menu of Options

In response to stakeholder ideas, the ACCME has created a menu of options that would give accredited CME providers the opportunity to choose the specific criteria that are appropriate for their organization. The purpose of the menu structure is to reflect the strength of the diverse community of CME providers, offer more flexibility, and promote innovation and creativity. The proposed menu is designed to ensure that all CME provider types would have the ability to achieve Accreditation with Commendation.

Ongoing Engagement

The ACCME will use the same feedback process for the commendation criteria proposal as it did for the simplification proposal. The ACCME will gather feedback from CME stakeholders through online and face-to-face interactions, and an online survey. These interactions will include discussion of whether stakeholders think the proposed criteria will add value, how many criteria should be required to achieve Accreditation with Commendation, and recommendations for how to measure compliance.

The ACCME will review stakeholder feedback and determine whether to make refinements to the proposal. If and when the Board of Directors decides to adopt new commendation criteria, the ACCME would then gather further responses from the stakeholder community through a call for public comment, in accordance with the ACCME Rule-Making Policy, before making any final decision to implement the proposal.

Join the Discussion

The ACCME will use a flipped classroom approach to initiating the engagement process. Please review the written and video resources described below and then join the webinar to ask your questions and discuss the proposal.

ACCME Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: A PDF including a cover letter; the proposed menu of 15 commendation criteria, grouped into four sections related to the Creation of CME, CME Activities, The Program, and Outcomes; and annotations to support the CME community’s understanding of the ACCME’s intentions.

Evolving Accreditation with Commendation: ACCME Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria— A video tutorial with Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO

Pre-Webinar Survey: After reviewing the proposal and video tutorial, please complete this online survey by May 2 to submit your questions for the webinar.

Webinar to Discuss the ACCME Proposal for a New Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation: The ACCME invites all stakeholders to join the webinar on May 13, from 10 to 11:30 AM Central Time. The purpose of the webinar is to answer your questions, support your understanding of the proposed criteria, and give you the information you need to engage in the feedback process.

Please check the Proposal for New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation Web Page for updates.

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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that is responsible for accrediting US institutions that offer continuing medical education through a voluntary, self-regulatory system. The ACCME also has a system for recognizing state medical societies as accreditors for local organizations offering CME.

The ACCME's mission is to identify, develop, and promote standards for quality continuing medical education that improves healthcare for patients and their communities. There are approximately 2,000 accredited CME providers in the United States, whose activities educate more than 24 million healthcare practitioner participants annually.

The ACCME's member organizations, which represent the profession of medicine and include physician licensing and credentialing bodies, are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc.

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