Registration Now Open for the ACCME 2019 Meeting; Joint Accreditation Expands to Include Psychology and Social Work; Clinician Spotlight Request

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ACCME 2019 Meeting: Registration Now Open
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education Expands to Include Accreditors in Psychology and Social Work
Requesting Nominations for Our Clinician Spotlight
North Carolina Joins the ACCME & State Medical Boards Pilot
Election of 2019 Officers 

CME for MOC Updates
Updates and Deadlines for CME that Counts for MOC 

Reminders for Accredited Providers
2019 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee
Complete Your 2018 Year-End Reporting in PARS

Our Story of the Month
American Association for Physician Leadership: Promoting Patient Safety

Connect with Us
CME in Action

Upcoming Educational Opportunities
CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinars 

Collaborations and Engagement
Vision Commission Publishes Draft Report: Call for Comments Now Open
Pursuing Excellence Pathway Leaders Announcement
ABMS Visiting Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications

Career Opportunities
Communications Assistant
Technical Business Analyst

For Your Reference
“Examining the Effects of an Obstetrics Interprofessional Programme on Reductions to Reportable Events and their Related Costs,” Journal of Interprofessional Care
Physician Burnout: The Root of the Problem and the Path to Solutions
Results of the 2018 AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey

In Case You Missed It
Research Opportunities
The Role and Value of Public Members in Health Care Regulatory Governance,” Academic Medicine


News

ACCME 2019 Meeting: Registration Now Openmeeting logo

This spring, join ACCME as we advance accredited continuing medical education (CME) as a partner in healthcare transformation. Collaborate over four days with educational leaders, clinicians, healthcare executives, and patients to evolve your organization’s CME Story.

Click here to watch highlights from last year’s meeting.

Don’t delay! Early Bird registration ends on January 18th. Learn more and register at www.accme2019.org.

Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education Expands to Include Accreditors in Psychology and Social WorkJA Logo

Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Founded in 2009, Joint Accreditation offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide continuing education for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, PAs (physician assistants), and optometrists through a unified accreditation process and set of accreditation standards. The new collaboration expands Joint Accreditation, giving jointly accredited interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) organizations the option to include psychologists and social workers in their education programs, without needing to attain separate accreditations with APA and ASWB.

Read more.

Requesting Nominations for Our Clinician Spotlight

Is there a clinician who makes valuable contributions to your CME program? As part of our ongoing efforts to promote the value of accredited CME, we are highlighting the role of clinicians as planners, teachers, learners, or CME committee members. Clinician Spotlights will be posted on social media and on our website.

If you have a clinician you would like to nominate, please complete this form and email it to Megan Peters Jovic at mpeters@accme.org.

North Carolina Joins the ACCME & State Medical Boards Pilotnc

ACCME is collaborating with several state medical boards on a pilot program that will enable CME providers to report physician participation in accredited CME to the State Medical Boards via PARS. Reporting has been available for the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners and is now available for the North Carolina Medical Board. 

Learn more at http://www.accme.org/state-medical-board-pilot

Election of 2019 Officers

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is pleased to announce the election of 2019 officers. Hal B. Jenson, MD, MBA, was elected Chair; Michael Zanolli, MD, was elected Vice Chair; and Gary L. Filerman, MHA, PhD, was re-elected Treasurer of the ACCME at a meeting of its Board of Directors, held July 19 and 20 in Chicago. 

Read more.


CME for MOC Updates

Updates and Deadlines for CME that Counts for MOC

American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA): Learner completion data for CME that Counts for ABA MOCA should be submitted to PARS by December 31, 2018. Additionally, accredited providers may now choose “other” as the activity type for activities registered for American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) MOCA. “Other” can be chosen for activities that involve blended, new, or other approaches that do not fall into one of the established format categories.

American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM): Learner completion data for CME that Counts for ABIM MOC should be submitted to PARS by December 31, 2018. Furthermore, ABIM Board Certified physicians need to earn 100 MOC points every five years to remain certified. The end of 2018 marks the first five-year deadline since the implementation of ABIM’s continuous MOC program. Many of your learners will need to earn 100 MOC points by December 31, 2018 to avoid a change in certification status. Click here to learn how you can help ABIM Board Certified physicians meet their five-year MOC point requirements.

American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO): We are pleased to announce a new collaboration with the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) to expand opportunities for ABO-Certified ophthalmologists to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for participating in accredited continuing medical education (CME) activities that meet ABO MOC requirements. Accredited providers can now register their activities for ABO’s MOC program. Read more.

American Board of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS): We’re pleased to let you know that the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is now open for the submission of ABOHNS learner completion data. Learner data submission methods include using the web form, batch upload, and web services. Accredited providers are required to submit learner completion data via PARS for each activity registered as meeting ABOHNS requirements. Learner completion data will need to be submitted by December 31, 2018 for activities completed this year.

American Board of Pathology (ABPath): Learner completion data for CME that Counts for ABPath Continuing Certification should be submitted to PARS by December 31, 2018.   

American Board of Pediatrics (ABP): American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) published an updated version of the ABP Program Guide. “Other” is now included as an activity type for activities registered for the ABP MOC Part 2 program. “Other” can be chosen for activities that involve blended, new, or other approaches that do not fall into one of the established format categories. Additionally, beginning in 2019, ABP MOC Part 2 points may be earned in differing amounts by the learners and may be reported in quarter hour increments, if appropriate for 2019 activities.


Reminders for Accredited Providers

2019 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee

ACCME-Accredited Providers: The invoices for the 2019 annual accreditation fee have been mailed with a due date of January 31, 2019. The invoices have been addressed to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. Please log in to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to view your organization’s information to ensure all contact data is current and make any necessary updates.

Please note: This information applies only to ACCME-accredited providers, not to providers accredited by a state or territorial medical society. Intrastate providers should check with their accreditor for information regarding accreditation fees.

Complete Your 2018 Year-End Reporting in PARS

reportTo meet your year-end reporting requirements, you must enter data for your 2018 activities and your 2018 program summary in ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). PARS is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2018 activity data now in anticipation of the year-end reporting deadline. You are welcome to enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity.

To access PARS, go to https://pars.accme.org, and enter your email and password. If you have forgotten your password or are logging in for the first time, click on, “Can’t log in or forgot your password?” on the login screen. Please note that the first time you access PARS, there is a short delay while the application is loading.

Deadline: For ACCME-accredited providers, the deadline for completing your 2018 year-end reporting requirements is April 1, 2019. Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2018 year-end report earlier and should check with their accreditor for information.

For more information and links to educational resources, please visit our Data Reporting Requirements and PARS Resources pages.


Our Story of the Month

American Association for Physician Leadership: Promoting Patient Safety

This month’s story on our webpage Our Stories: Exemplary Practices features the American Association for Physician Leadership. Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM, President and CEO, describes how they used an educational video to promote patient safety to physician leaders:

“We worked with the National Patient Safety Foundation to produce “Championing Patient Safety,” a video about how leadership is the key to patient safety. The video highlights five key themes: education, care integration, patient engagement, workforce safety, and transparency. By doing so, this video reinforces the need for physician leaders to ensure these topics are considered in their daily work.”

Read more stories about how accredited CME providers are making a difference to healthcare at www.accme.org/resources/our-stories.


Connect with Us

CME in Action

Earlier this week, we shared a new CME in Action photo from the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). This photo shows physicians, sonographers, and allied health clinicians at the HSS Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course learned how to assess a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and implement an array of procedures and interventions using ultrasound guidance during a hands-on, interactive experience.

cme in action

View more CME in Action photos at http://accme.org/cme-in-action. And if you have a CME in Action photo to share, please email Megan Peters Jovic at mpeters@accme.org with your photo(s), organization name, and a brief description of the CME activity.

Stay in the know with ACCME on social media by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.


Upcoming Educational Opportunitieswebinar

CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinars January 29 and March 26

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 will be held on January 29. For providers who have more experience, our next Advanced CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions webinar is on March 26.

Registration information is available on the events section of our website. 


Collaborations and Engagement

Vision Commission Publishes Draft Report: Call for Comments Now Open

The Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission has released its draft report for public comment. In creating the draft report, the Commission considered the input received from key stakeholders reflected in the more than 21 hours of testimony and results of the open stakeholder survey posted this past summer on its website. The report outlines the Commission’s findings and a set of recommendations for future continuing certification programs.

To review and/or comment on the draft report, please visit the Vision Initiative website. The comment period runs from Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – Tuesday, January 15, 2019 until 11:00 p.m. CST. 

Pursuing Excellence Pathway Leaders Announcement

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced the selection of nine Pathway Leaders, institutions that will form a Quality Improvement in Health Care Disparities Collaborative as part of the ACGME’s Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative.

The Quality Improvement in Health Care Disparities Collaborative is the third in a series of shared learning forums that focus on optimizing the engagement of residents and fellows in learning that enhances their ability to provide high-quality health care.

Congratulations to the Sponsoring Institutions (including some accredited CME providers) chosen for the Quality Improvement in Health Care Disparities’ Collaborative:

  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Citrus Health Network, Inc. (Hialeah, FL)
  • HealthPartners Institute (Bloomington, MN)
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, NY)
  • Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA)
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (Newark, NJ)
  • Ohio State University Hospital (Columbus, OH)
  • University of Michigan Health System (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan, PR)

Read the full press release.

ABMS Visiting Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications

The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 class. The one-year, part-time program facilitates professional development and scholarship. Early career physicians, junior faculty, fellows, residents, and individuals holding an advanced degree in public health, health services research, and public health policy and administration, or other related disciplines are invited to apply by May 1.


Career Opportunitieshiring

Communications Assistant

The Communications Assistant supports the implementation of communication strategies designed to promote the value of accredited CME and to build visibility and engagement with the accredited CME community, clinicians, healthcare leaders, and other stakeholders. The Assistant is responsible for supporting and coordinating communications via articles, reports, enewsletters, social media, website, and other channels. Other key responsibilities include contributing to strategic discussions about communications plans and messaging, assisting in media relations, coordinating communications for collaborative projects, and supporting communication needs across departments.

Technical Business Analyst 

The Technical Business Analyst performs a critical role in the analysis and improvement of the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) database to ensure quality of service provided to accredited organizations and other stakeholders in the CME community.

Please see the ACCME Careers page for more information about these positions. 


For Your Reference

  • Examining the Effects of an Obstetrics Interprofessional Programme on Reductions to Reportable Events and their Related Costs”: In this article, published in the Journal of Interprofessional Care, authors Michael P. Geary, James A. Ruiter, and Abdool S. Yasseen III, describe their study, which provides evidence that the Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently (MOREOB) program lowers the frequency and cost of reportable events in maternity units. The program was created in 2001 by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada to improve healthcare culture and patient outcomes in obstetrics by leveraging front-line ownership.
  • Physician Burnout: The Root of the Problem and the Path to Solutions: This free collection, from NEJM Catalyst, includes original articles, conversations, and data about the issue of physician burnout. Featured in it are some of the nation’s leading experts on physician burnout, as well as frontline clinicians, leaders, and residents, and members of the Insights Council.
  • Results of the 2018 AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey: This report provides a snapshot of the current structure and function of CME/CPD units and medical schools in the US and Canada.

In Case You Missed It

Research Opportunities

The Role and Value of Public Members in Health Care Regulatory Governance,” Academic Medicine