The ACCME is collaborating with several state medical boards on a voluntary, year-long pilot program that will enable CME providers to report physician participation in accredited CME to the Boards via ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Reporting is currently available for the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners and the North Carolina Medical Board.

Download the pilot program guide here.

Purpose

The ACCME and the Boards are engaging in this collaboration because they share the goal of reducing regulatory burdens on physician learners.

If the pilot is successful, the ACCME's goal is to explore similar collaborations with other state boards.

Participating CME Providers

A select group of accredited CME providers have volunteered to participate in the pilot. Their feedback and experience will inform our efforts going forward. These providers include:

American Medical Association
The Center for Research and Education
Cherry Hospital
Clinical Tools, Inc.
Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control
Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education & Professional Development
East Tennessee Children's Hospital
Federation of State Medical Boards
Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina
Medscape, LLC
Meharry Medical College
Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University
Saint Thomas Health
The Society for Translational Oncology
Southern Medical Association
Southern Regional AHEC
Tennessee Medical Association
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Process

When a physician attends an accredited CME activity from one of the participating CME providers, they may be asked to provide their name, state license number or national provider identifier (NPI) and the day and month of their birth. The provider will upload this data into the system they already use to report activities, ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). This information will then be shared proactively with the Board. 

If they wish, physicians may choose not to use this system and to retain their own CME records, just as they do now.

Technical Resources

Tab-Delimited Submission Learner Template for Pilot: This excel template contains the data fields necessary for providers to upload learner data for the licensing pilot program into PARS.

Tab-Delimited Submission Learner Template Instructions for Pilot: This document contains instructions to providers on how to upload learner data for the licensing pilot program into PARS.

XML Learner Submission Technical Files for Pilot: A zip file containing sample XML files to be used for submitting learner completion data for the licensing pilot.

Licensing Pilot Learner XML Specifications: A document describing the XML file format to be used for submitting learner completion data for the licensing pilot.

Questions

Physicians should refer questions about this pilot program to their participating accredited educational provider. Contact information is available here.