Call for Stories for 2019 Meeting; Data Report Survey; Opioid REMS CE Data Report
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Getting Started with Joint Accreditation Workshop – September 28, 2018
CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinars
For Your Reference
"Inspiring Curiosity and Restoring Humility: The Evolution of Competency-Based CME," Academic Medicine
“Learning in the 21st Century: Concepts and Tools,” Clinical Chemistry
"Translating Evidence into Practice: Lessons for CPD," Medical Teacher
“To Keep Women from Dying in Childbirth, Look to California,” Renee Montagne, NPR
“CME for MOC – What’s Not to Like?” ABIM Blog
ACGME Seeks Proposals for Institutions to Join Collaborative Focused on Quality Improvement and Health Care Disparities
In 2019, we’re continuing to evolve the ACCME Meeting to help you achieve your goals—and better serve your learners and your organizations. In your feedback from the ACCME 2018 Meeting, we heard that you are striving to create greater strategic value for your organizations and welcome the opportunity to build a community of practice focusing on educational leadership.
New this year, there are a number of ways for you to actively contribute to the meeting, beginning with the opening of our Call for Stories.
Call for Stories for ACCME 2019
We are soliciting three types of submissions from anyone planning to attend the ACCME 2019 Meeting taking place in Chicago on April 29-May 2, 2019. The deadline for submissions is midnight on October 5, 2018.
- Share Your CME Story: You have a CME story to share. How are you changing practice and healthcare through accredited CME? What challenges have you overcome? What have you learned? What inspires you and brings meaning to your work as an educator? Click here to submit your CME Story.
- Inspire and Teach: Share your expertise and experience as an educational leader. Submit your proposal for an educational session and help to improve the skills and performance of your colleagues. Click here to submit your proposal to Inspire and Teach and educational session.
- Demonstrate What Works (or Doesn’t Work!): Share your scholarship: What makes CME effective or ineffective in catalyzing learner change and healthcare improvement? Help mentor your colleagues as we pursue together critical questions about CME. Click here to submit your research study.
The Executive Summary of the ACCME Board of Directors meeting held July 19-20, 2018 is now available on the ACCME website.
The ACCME ratified 52 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. Congratulations to the providers that received Accreditation and Accreditation with Commendation!
We encourage CME providers to celebrate their success in achieving accreditation and communicate the value of their accreditation and accreditation-related accomplishments by informing their community, stakeholders, and the public. You are welcome to use this messaging.
Also in the executive summary:
- The Board adopted new mission and vision statements as part of the ACCME strategic planning process:
- ACCME's vision is a world where our community of educators supports clinicians in delivering optimal healthcare for all.
- ACCME's mission is to assure and advance quality learning for healthcare professionals that drives improvements in patient care.
- The Board heard a report from the ACCME Research Task Force, which is charged with developing an ACCME research mission statement and with recommending a process for enabling researchers to use ACCME data.
- The Board ratified 11 accreditation decisions for Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™. Welcome to the new jointly accredited providers and congratulations to those that received reaccreditation.
- The Board established a Scientific Content Advisory Committee that will facilitate implementation of the Process for Handling Complaints regarding ACCME-Accredited Providers and the evaluation of compliance with the ACCME Clinical Content Validation Policy. The committee will be charged with evaluating complaints about content validity, identifying content experts to evaluate complaints, and handling other matters related to content review.
- The Board was pleased to elect the following Directors as its 2019 officers: Hal Jenson, MD, MBA, Chair; Michael Zanolli, MD, Vice Chair; and Gary Filerman, MHA, PhD, Treasurer.
For additional information, download the July 2018 Executive Summary.
Every year, the ACCME produces a data report with information from accredited CME providers about the scope of their programs. In recent years, we’ve streamlined the report and also added data in response to requests from CME providers. Now we are requesting your feedback about how we can further improve the report to better serve your needs.
Please complete this brief survey by September 30, 2018.
The ACCME has released a data report showing the scope of continuing education (CE) activities offered by accredited providers within the ACCME Accreditation System in support of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioid Analgesics.
The report shows that 109 accredited providers in the ACCME System reported 892 REMS-compliant activities educating nearly 400,000 learners across the country. The report includes information about the geographic distribution of activities, the activity types, the provider types, and the percentages of activities designed and analyzed for changes in competence, performance, or patient outcomes. In addition, this new report includes a list of the participating CE providers.
The data report is made possible by the voluntary submission of ER/LA Opioid REMS data by accredited providers into ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). As a service to the CME community and to the FDA, the ACCME modified PARS in 2013 to enable accredited providers to submit information specific to the REMS continuing medical education activities they provide.
The goal of the RPC Request for Continuing Education Grant Applications is to support high-quality REMS-compliant accredited CE designed to reduce serious adverse outcomes resulting from inappropriate prescribing, misuse, and abuse of opioid analgesics while maintaining patient access to pain medications. The deadline for applications is September 10, 2018.
January 2018 Blueprint
The January 2018 Opioid Analgesic REMS Education Blueprint includes immediate release opioids and also states that clinicians need to consider “all options for pain management including nonpharmacologic and non-opioid pharmacologic options, and to reserve opioids for when non-opioid options are inadequate and when the benefits of the opioids are expected to outweigh the risks.” The blueprint says that education must be offered not only for prescribers, but also for other healthcare professionals who participate in the treatment and monitoring of pain.”
CME for MOC Updates
We’re pleased to let you know that in response to provider requests, we’ve improved the learner reporting process for CME for that counts for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Improvements include:
- Enhanced search for CME for MOC activities
- Report learners for multiple boards in one step
- Expanded learner search and export features
- NPI option when submitting learner data
- ABPath Learner Reporting
Register Your Activities for CME that Counts for American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery MOC
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) are pleased to announce a new collaboration to expand opportunities for ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians to receive Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits by participating in accredited continuing medical education (CME).
All accredited CME providers in the ACCME System are now welcome to register their activities in the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for ABOHNS MOC. Activities with a start date of on or after January 1, 2018 are eligible. The requirement to receive previous approval from ABOHNS has been eliminated.
ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians can earn MOC credits for Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Part II) and Patient Safety by participating in accredited CME that meets the ABOHNS MOC requirements.
CME activities registered for ABOHNS MOC will display in CME Finder, a publicly available, online CME search tool that offers a one-stop resource for physicians seeking to earn Maintenance of Certification credits by participating in accredited CME.
For More Information:
- News release
- CME that Counts for ABOHNS MOC webpage
- Accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) that Counts for ABOHNS Maintenance of Certification (MOC): Requirements for Accredited Providers
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ is hosting an introductory workshop on September 28, 2018 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm CT at the ACCME’s offices in Chicago. The workshop will explain the basics and benefits of Joint Accreditation as well as answer questions about the Joint Accreditation process. It is designed for organizations in the initial stages of the application process as well as organizations that are considering applying for Joint Accreditation. Organizations that are already jointly accredited are also welcome to attend and may benefit from a review of the process and interaction with their colleagues.
Click here to learn more and to register.
We are continuing to offer our series of bimonthly beginner and advanced webinars to discuss strategies for planning CME that Counts for MOC and to answer your questions. For providers who have not yet offered CME for MOC or have just offered a couple of activities, our next "Beginner CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar is on September 18. For providers who have more experience, our next "Advanced CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar is on November 13.
Registration information is available on the events section of our website.
Collaboration and Engagement
Since the opioid epidemic was declared a national public health emergency in October 2017, progress has been slow in reversing rates of opioid misuse and overdose. To improve coordination and accelerate the pace of change, the National Academy of Medicine and more than 30 other organizations, including the ACCME, formed an Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. This public-private partnership comprises government, communities, health systems, provider groups, payers, industry, nonprofits, academia, and more. Future activities of the Collaborative will span public meetings, expert publications, and the development of an information hub, among other efforts. Visit nam.edu/OpioidCollaborative for more information and to join the project listserv.
Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Testimony Summary and Stakeholder Survey Results
A summary of the testimony shared at the two public meetings of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission (Commission) has been released and posted on the Vision Initiative website this month. The summaries capture the commentary shared by a range of stakeholders regarding their perspectives and experiences with continuing certification as well as exploration of opportunities for the program in the future.
The Commission has also released the results of the open stakeholder survey, which garnered responses from more than 36,000 participants.
The Operations Coordinator is responsible for maintaining a professional work environment and ensuring that staff have the resources necessary to support productivity. This person will work closely with the ACCME's vendors, outside support services, and ACCME staff. The person in this position will also oversee the planning and preparation for in-house meetings.
The Senior Project Manager, Systems Implementation and Integration, performs a critical role in the implementation of systems designed to expand and improve the scope and quality of services the ACCME provides to accredited organizations and other stakeholders. This person will be responsible for projects that focus on the development of new systems as well as enhancements to existing systems; this work will facilitate data collection and analysis in support of the accreditation process and the processes for registering activities and reporting participants for CME that counts for Maintenance of Certification, state medical licensure, and the FDA’s Risk and Evaluation Mitigation Strategies.
Please see the ACCME Careers page for more information about each position.
For Your Reference
- "Inspiring Curiosity and Restoring Humility: The Evolution of Competency-Based CME," Academic Medicine: In this commentary, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, argues that the critical questions the profession faces are whether physicians have the humility to routinely submit themselves to the judgment of their peers, whether they will accept responsibility for managing their professional competence and that of their colleagues, and whether they are willing to create a process for identifying and remediating underperforming clinicians. Dr. McMahon states, “By assuming responsibility for their own continuing competency and that of their colleagues, physicians can manifest their commitment to their patients and their profession.”
- “Learning in the 21st Century: Concepts and Tools,” Clinical Chemistry: Nader Rifai, Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Director of Clinical Chemistry, Boston Children’s Hospital, interviews four experts to explore new educational concepts and tools and address the larger societal and professional issues related to learning. Experts include Todd Rose, Cofounder and president of Populace and faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME; Bror Saxberg, Vice President, Learning Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; and Ulrik Juul Christensen, Executive Chairman and Founding Partner of Area9 Group.
- "Translating Evidence into Practice: Lessons for CPD," Medical Teacher: In this article, David Davis, MD, Professor, Medical Education and Senior Director, Center for Outcomes & Research in Education, Mohamed Bin Rashid University, and Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, assert that safe and effective clinical care is highly dependent on continuing professional development and outline a series of recommendations to help organizations achieve their mission of better care, better health, and lower costs by leveraging the science of learning and human resource management as key strategic priorities.
- “To Keep Women From Dying In Childbirth, Look To California,” Renee Montagne, NPR: This article highlights how an initiative of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative improved outcomes for women who hemorrhage during or after giving birth. The initiative included toolkits and CME; ACCME-accredited provider, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, is a member of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found hospitals that signed up to implement the toolkits lowered the rate of severe maternal morbidity due to hemorrhage by nearly 21 percent. In hospitals not participating, that rate dropped by just over 1 percent. Overall, from 2006 to 2013, the maternal death rate in California fell 55 percent.
- “CME for MOC – What’s Not to Like?” ABIM Blog: In this ABIM blog post, Dominick Tammaro, MD, Internal Medicine Residency Director at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, answers questions about the importance of offering MOC points for CME activities at his institution. Dr. Tammaro explains, “It’s rare in our profession to have activities ‘count twice’ but in truth, the spirit of CME and MOC is identical, so why not count them for both credentials?”
- ACGME Seeks Proposals for Institutions to Join Collaborative Focused on Quality Improvement and Health Care Disparities: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced a request for proposals from institutions to form a Quality Improvement: Health Care Disparities Collaborative. The second in a series of Collaboratives for the Pursuing Excellence Pathway Leaders, participating teams will develop and test new models that equip residents and fellows with the skills they need to better engage in systems-based approaches to delivering safe, high-quality care throughout their careers. The deadline to submit applications is October 3, 2018.