Chicago, July 24, 2012— The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) has released the 2011 Annual Report Data. The 2011 report is expanded in order to provide a more comprehensive view of the size and scope of the national continuing medical education (CME) accreditation system.
For the first time, the 2011 Annual Report Data aggregates state and national statistics, including total numbers of accredited CME providers, activities, hours of instruction, and participants. This data shows that there are more than 2,000 accredited CME providers across the country that offered more than 130,000 activities in 2011. Accredited CME providers report that their 2011 activities educated more than 23 million participants including more than 13 million physicians and more than 9 million nonphysician health care professionals.
In addition, the 2011 Annual Report Data features separate data sets about the CME delivered by ACCME-accredited providers and by state-accredited providers, offering an overview of the CME system at both the national and state levels.
The ACCME directly accredits providers that offer CME primarily to national or international audiences of physicians and other health care professionals. The ACCME also recognizes state and territory medical societies as accreditors for providers that offer CME primarily to learners from their state or contiguous states. All accredited providers within the ACCME accreditation system are held to the same high standards and are required to report information about their programs that the ACCME collects and analyzes in order to produce annual report data.
The 2011 Annual Report Data includes an overview of commercial support received by ACCME-accredited providers. The data shows commercial support distribution by numbers and types of activities, hours of instruction, and participants. The ACCME is able to publish this commercial support overview because of the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Launched in 2010, PARS is a Web-based portal designed to centralize and streamline the collection, management, and analysis of program and activity data from accredited CME providers. The structure of PARS and the CME community’s adoption of PARS enable the ACCME to produce new information.
The 2011 Annual Report Data marks the 14th year the ACCME has been collecting, analyzing, and publishing information about accredited providers, and offers more than a decade-long perspective on the evolution of the ACCME accreditation system. The annual data reports are produced as a service to accredited providers and other stakeholders.
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education 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 health care for patients and their communities. There are approximately 2,000 accredited CME providers in the United States, whose educational activities draw more than 23 million health care practitioner participants annually.
The ACCME's member organizations include 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 United States.
For more information, visit www.accme.org.