The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) has released the 2013 Annual Report. The report shows a robust, stable system with 1,950 accredited continuing medical education (CME) providers. Accredited providers offered more than 138,000 educational activities in 2013, comprising more than one million hours of instruction. These CME activities educated more than 24 million learners, including physicians and other healthcare professionals.
To offer a long-range view of the accreditation system, the 2013 Annual Report includes a year-by-year data analysis, showing trends in CME revenue and expenses, and the numbers of educational activities, hours of instruction, and participants from 2005 through 2013.
“During the past few years, we have expanded our data analysis in order to provide more information about our accreditation system. We are committed to sharing CME data as a service to accredited providers and other stakeholders,” said Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME. Listen to an audio commentary by Dr. Kopelow here.
The 2013 Annual Report includes analysis exploring participation by activity type. Accredited CME providers offer a diverse range of activities to meet learners’ needs, from national conferences to online education to individualized learning projects. The data demonstrates the growth of participation in individualized, self-directed CME such as Internet searching and learning.
The ACCME 2013 Annual Report demonstrates that accredited CME providers are successfully achieving the ACCME’s expectations as described in the Accreditation Criteria. For the second year in a row, the report includes the percentages of CME designed and analyzed for changes in competence (teaching healthcare professionals strategies for translating new knowledge into action), performance (changing and improving what healthcare professionals actually do in practice) and changes in patient outcomes.
In 2013, the majority of CME activities (83%) produced by ACCME-accredited providers did not receive commercial support, accounting for approximately 80% of participants. Seventeen percent of CME activities did receive commercial support, interacting with approximately 20% of participants. The percentage of activities receiving commercial support has decreased 3% percent since 2010, the first year the ACCME presented data about commercial support at the activity level.
The 2013 Annual Report marks the 16th year the ACCME has been collecting, analyzing, and publishing information about accredited CME providers. The ACCME has published a revised version of the 2012 Annual Report to reflect modifications to provider-reported data. To review Annual Reports for the years 1998-2012, please visit the Annual Report Web Page.
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that is responsible for accrediting 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 1,950 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.
For more information, visit www.accme.org.