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To meet your year-end reporting responsibility, we ask that you complete the following steps by March 31, 2023

  1. Accept the terms for the ACCME annual agreement, located on the dashboard in PARS under Agreement Page. Each year, all accredited providers are asked to accept the Annual Agreement regarding data submission and compliance with ACCME policies and procedures.
  2. Enter all activities that occurred in 2022 and close any that are no longer being offered. 
  3. For any enduring materials that are continuing into 2023, update the total learner counts as of December 31, 2022. Note that you no longer need to enter enduring material activities for each year they are provided. Enduring materials should remain open until the end date. Once you have entered the enduring material once, you will only need to update learner counts each year thereafter. 
  4. Complete and submit your program summary for 2022. The link to the program summary is located on the dashboard in PARS.
  5. Review and update your contact information. You can do this by clicking Back to Accreditation Management in the top right section of the PARS dashboard. 

Please note: Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2022 year-end reporting requirements earlier and should check with their Recognized Accreditor for more information.

Revised

Yes, the accredited provider must report the full amount of commercial support received, even if the commercial support is distributed to other non-accredited joint providers. We require this because the funds are being used to support accredited education. For more information on jointly provided activities, please go to our Joint Providership webpage

We encourage you to enter your activities as you plan them and close them when they end. To meet your year-end reporting responsibility, we ask that you complete the following steps by March 31 of each year

  1. Go to the Agreement Page, read through the policies/procedures, and click Accept Terms. 
  2. Enter all of your activities that occurred in the previous calendar year and close any that are complete. 
  3. Update the total learner counts as of December 31 of the previous calendar year for any enduring material activities that are continuing into the next calendar year. 
  4. Complete and submit your program summary, including any revenue received through December 31 of the previous calendar year. 
  5. Review and update your contact information in the accreditation management section of PARS. 

Please note: Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their year-end report earlier and should check with their accreditor for more information. 

Revised

Report any in-kind (non-monetary) commercial support received for an activity by indicating "in-kind" support and listing the support source. 

A directly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider. Include co-provided activities (provided by two accredited providers) in this category if you are the accredited provider awarding the credit. In contrast, a jointly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider and a non-accredited entity.

If your organization is the accredited provider for a jointly provided activity, you are required to report the same financial data that you do for directly provided activities, even if the joint provider was the recipient of the funds. 

Related link: ACCME's Policy on Joint Providership

 

Revised

The Program Summary is a summary of financial data attributable to your entire Program for the year. It includes the following data fields that the provider is required to manually complete:

1. Total advertising and exhibit income received in support of your Program. Advertising and exhibits are promotional activities and not continuing medical education. Therefore, monies paid by commercial interests to providers for these promotional activities are not considered to be commercial support

2. Total registration fees received (includes registration, subscription or publication fees received from activity learners)

3. Total government monetary grants received (monetary grants received from federal, state, or local governmental agencies in support of your Program)

4. Total private monetary donations received (monetary donations received from the private sector, including foundations, in support of your Program)

Please note that commercial support information must be entered for individual activities. Commercial support is defined as any monetary or in-kind contributions given by an ACCME-defined commercial interest that is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity.

If your organization is the accredited provider for a jointly provided activity, you are required to report the same financial data that you do for directly provided activities, even if the joint provider was the recipient of the funds.

Revised

There are four activity statuses: draft, active, ready to close, and closed. This guide explains how activities flow in PARS and what information is required for each status. 

Published

Enduring materials that are offered over the course of multiple calendar years should be reported only once in PARS with a start and end date spanning up to 3 years. Learner counts for enduring activities should be updated in PARS through 12/31 by the 3/31 annual reporting deadline for each year they are active.

Other activity formats that span more than one calendar year should be entered once for each 12-month period and closed at the end of that period. If the activity will continue beyond a 12-month period, it should be entered again as a separate activity in PARS. For each 12-month period that the activity was provided, report the number of learners (physicians and/or other learners) who participated, as well as the income related to the activity. 

For example, if a provider offers an enduring material that was launched on July 1, 2021, and remains available through December 2022 they should: 

  1. Report one activity in PARS with a start date of 07/01/2021 and an end date of 12/31/2022.
  2. Report the number of learners through 12/31/2021 as a part of annual reporting for 2021 and then update those learner counts to indicate the cumulative number of learners through 12/31/2022 as a part of annual reporting for 2022.
  3. If the activity received monetary commercial support, report the amount of support received in the year in which it was received. 
Revised

The Internal ID (formerly called Provider Activity ID) is a unique code or identifier that your organization creates. It is used in combination with the data in the fields activity type, and activity date to uniquely identify your activity records. Providers should not use their assigned seven-digit provider ID number as an Internal ID, since this number would be the same for all activities you provide.  

The Internal ID field is optional, except in the following cases: 

  1. When your organization offers multiple activities in the same format on the same date 

  2. When entering activities via batch upload or web services 

  3. When the activity offers MOC 

Revised

If you need to delete an activity from PARS, you may do so by going to your Activity Summary screen. From there you can check the box next to each activity you want to delete and then choose the Delete Activities option at the bottom of the page. You can also delete activities individually by hovering over the activity card and selecting the Delete option. You will receive a pop-up message asking you to confirm whether you want to delete the selected activities. You can also delete activities using the batch and web service methods. 

Note that you cannot delete activities with a status of Closed, or for which you have entered individual learner completion data.

Revised

DRAFT  

  • Title  

  • Format  

  • Start date  

  • End date 

ACTIVE  

  • Delivery method (if applies)  

  • Location (if applies)  

  • City, State, Country (if in person)  

  • AMA PRA Category 1™ amount  

  • CME Finder Yes/No selection  

  • If CME Finder = Yes  

    • Fee   

    • Registration  

    • Activity URL  

  • Activity Description  

  • Providership (Direct/Joint)  

  • End date not in the past  

READY TO CLOSE  

  • Same fields as Active  

  • End date in the past

CLOSED  

  • Everything required for Ready to Close  

  • If Joint Providership, at least 1 joint provider name  

  • At least 1 Outcome Measure  

  • Commercial Support Yes/No  

  • If Commercial Support = Yes, at least 1 support source, and for each source:  

    • Monetary or In-Kind selection 

    • If Monetary, support amount  

  • Total Physician Learner count (can enter a “0” if no learners in this category)  

  • Total Other Learner count (can enter a “0” if no learners in this category)  

  • If activity was registered for MOC/CC, at least one board selected, attestation complete, and for each board:  

    • At least one practice area  

    • At least one credit type  

    • MOC credit amount  

    • Content area (if applicable)  

    • Internal ID (if applicable)  

    • Fee  

    • Registration  

    • Activity URL  

    • MOC credit claim date

Revised

All users affiliated with your organization in PARS have the ability to edit specific organizational contact information on the Profile tab of the dashboard. The system is designed for self-management. It is a best practice to have individual users update their own information by going to Edit My Profile or via the Profile tab on their dashboard. Please contact info@accme.org if your organization needs assistance with this process. 

You are required to complete the following fields regarding commercial support at the individual activity level.

  1. Commercial Support Received? Indicate whether commercial support was received for this activity by clicking “Yes” or “No”. You should check “Yes” for this question if support was received regardless of whether it was paid directly to your organization, as the Accredited Provider, or to a joint provider
  2. Support Source:  complete this field for each commercial supporter for your activity. Select a name from the drop-down box, or, if the commercial supporter for your activity does not appear in the drop-down, type the supporter’s name into the text field.
  3. Monetary Support Received: use this field to indicate the amount of monetary support received from each commercial supporter.
  4. In-kind Support Received: use this field to indicate the nature of any in-kind support received from each commercial supporter.