AMA/ACCME Alignment Resources; ACCME 2018 Meeting Registration Coming Soon; CME for MOC Updates





Resources for AMA/ACCME Alignment Implementation
CME that Counts for MOC: Updates, Tips, and Participant Data Submission Deadline Reminders
ACCME Announces Election of 2018 Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer of Board of Directors
ACCME Seeks New Public Member of the Board of Directors

Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Registration Opens Soon for the ACCME 2018 Meeting
CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinar – November 15

Reminders for Accredited Providers
PARS Enhancements Now Available: More Flexibility, Functionality for CME Providers
2018 ACCME Accreditation Fee

Promoting Accredited CME
CME in Action

For Your Reference
“Independence from Industry Cannot Be Compromised,” Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, JECME
“The Role of Clinical Learning Environments in Preparing New Clinicians to Engage in Patient Safety,” NCICLE
Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (MAACME) Annual Conference

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ACCME Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation Wheel



The American Medical Association (AMA) and the ACCME have published a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and other resources to explain the alignment of the two organizations’ expectations for accredited CME activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. These resources are designed to support CME providers’ application of the simplification and the implementation of innovative approaches to education.

The following materials are now available:

  • FAQ about the AMA/ACCME alignment
  • The revised “Requirements for educational activities eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™” section of the AMA PRA booklet. It includes the AMA core requirements, format-specific requirements, requirements for designating and awarding credit, and instructions about the credit designation statement.

Key Points

  • The simplification is effective as of September 29, 2017.
  • The simplification applies to all providers in the ACCME System including state-accredited and ACCME-accredited-providers. 
  • The AMA core requirements and ACCME accreditation requirements are aligned—and do not represent any new rules for accredited CME providers. 
  • The AMA has simplified and reduced its learning format requirements to provide more flexibility for CME providers.
  • CME providers may design and deliver certified activities that use blended or new approaches to drive meaningful learning and change, as long as the provider abides by the AMA requirements.
  • CME providers may designate an activity format as “other” if it does not fall into one of the established format categories.
  • Providers will demonstrate their compliance with the AMA’s core requirements by demonstrating compliance with the ACCME’s accreditation requirements. The process for demonstrating compliance with other AMA requirements will be integrated into the existing accreditation/reaccreditation processes.

Encouraging innovation

The simplification and alignment is designed to encourage innovation and flexibility. Providers can use the designation “other” for activities that use blended or new approaches or that do not fall into one of the established AMA learning formats. Modifications to the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) are underway, so that activities can be reported as “other” in the near future. Providers will also designate these activities as “other in the AMA credit designation statement. In PARS and in the credit designation statement, providers will include a brief description of the learning format.

We are using the label “other” because we do not want to imply any restrictions on this category and to encourage providers to develop new, creative, and blended educational approaches. As providers design and describe innovative approaches to education, we expect to identify a descriptor that better represents the evolution of CME.

For more information, please visit the AMA/ACCME Alignment webpage.

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We’re happy to report that more than 340 accredited CME providers have registered over 12,000 activities that count for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) in ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Since the ACCME began collaborating with the specialty boards, beginning with ABIM in 2015, the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that count for MOC and learner participation in these activities have continued to grow, making a meaningful difference to clinicians and educators who are working to improve healthcare in their communities. Providers and diplomates can search for the more than 4,600 currently available CME activities that count for MOC by visiting CME Finder. 

Here are a few tips to help you register your activities correctly:

  • ABA: We’re often asked about MOC statements for ABA patient safety activities. The ABA does have a specific statement that should be used for patient safety activities. All other ABA MOCA activities should comply with the ABA’s Promotion Guidelines, but do not have to include a specific statement.
  • ABIM: Through our audit process, we have discovered that some providers have registered activities for Practice Assessment (Part IV) points, when they should be registered for Medical Knowledge (Part II) points. Please make sure that you check the right box in PARS. Also, please refer to the ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program Guide to make sure you are meeting the requirements for Medical Knowledge and/or Practice Assessment points.
  • ABP: Due to technical limitations on the part of ABP, the ABP is unable to accept variable, partial or repeating credit, thus learner completion data can only be reported once – after successful completion of the evaluation component – and all learners must earn the same number of points. So, for activities that are longitudinal in nature or may have variable attendance, providers may need to develop strategies about how and when the evaluation component will be completed by the learner, as well as acceptable point “thresholds” in reporting learner completion. The ABP has also updated the CME for MOC Provider Program Manual to clarify ABP MOC Part 2 requirements; this manual becomes effective November 1. ACCME can help providers develop various approaches that might work for regularly scheduled series or large annual meetings. Feel free to contact us (

Upcoming Deadlines: Participant Completion Data Submission

We encourage CME providers to submit participant completion data as soon as possible after an activity is completed so that points can be applied to physicians’ records. In addition, please note the following deadlines for submitting participate completion data. These deadlines are set so that that credit can be applied for physicians who are required to complete MOC activities by the end of the year.

  • ABA and ABIM: Participant completion data for CME that Counts for ABA and ABIM MOC should be submitted to PARS by December 31, 2017
  • ABP: Participant completion data for CME that Counts for ABP MOC should be submitted to PARS by December 1, 2017. All ABP MOC participant completion data should be submitted within 30 days of activity completion, and participant data for ABP activities conducted after December 1 should be entered immediately in order to allow ABP diplomates with cycles ending in 2017, to meet MOC requirements and re-enroll by established deadlines. 

​Please note that ACCME has not changed its annual reporting requirements. Accredited CME providers are required to submit all program and activity data for the 2017 reporting year by March 31, 2018. 

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The ACCME recently announced that William F. Rayburn, MD, MBA, was elected Chair; Hal B. Jenson, MD, MBA, was elected Vice Chair; and Gary L. Filerman, MHA, PhD, was elected Treasurer of the ACCME.

Dr. Rayburn is a Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, and Emeritus Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico. 

Dr. Jenson is Founding Dean of Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine.

Dr. Filerman has been involved in global efforts to improve the performance of health services through professionalism in management. His efforts have included leading the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and founding the Journal of Health Administration Education, the Accrediting Commission on Health Administration Education, and the Health Administration Press.

Read more about the Board leadership in our news release.


The ACCME is seeking nominees interested in serving as one of two public directors on its 20-member Board of Directors. 

Directors representing the public have the same rights and responsibilities as all directors. They are full voting members of the Board of ACCME.

Nominations must be received by the ACCME no later than May 25, 2018. For additional information, including eligibility, time commitment details, and nomination information, see our announcement.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities


This April, we will be “Building an Educational Home Together” at the ACCME 2018 Meeting. Join your colleagues—educators and healthcare leaders—as we collaborate and develop plans for building an educational home for the year ahead to create an environment where learners can thrive. 

Registration opens soon – keep an eye on your inbox for details and follow us on social media for updates. You can also find more on


The ACCME is offering a series of bimonthly webinars to discuss strategies for planning CME that Counts for MOC, and to answer provider questions. Join us for the next "CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar on Wednesday, November 15, from 2:00-3:00 pm Central; sign up here.

For more information about CME that Counts for MOC, view our recording of the March 15 “CME that Counts for MOC” webinar, or visit our webpage.

Reminders for Accredited Providers


We are pleased to announce that we’ve made enhancements to the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). We’ve implemented these enhancements in response to requests from accredited providers, Recognized Accreditors, and the volunteers who support the accreditation process. All providers in the ACCME System were sent an email yesterday describing what the enhancements mean for you. If you did not receive our email, please contact

Here is a quick overview: 

  • Reset your password: You can go to as usual, where you will be taken to a new login screen. When you login for the first time, you’ll need to reset your password by clicking on “Can’t login or forgot your password?” in the login screen. Please note that the first time you access PARS, there is a short delay while the application is loading. After the first time, it loads much more quickly.
  • Simpler, single login: Once you have your new password, the login process will be simpler as you no longer need to enter your organization ID. In addition, if you are a contact for more than one CME provider, you will be able to access information about each provider through a single login. 
  • Same functionality: The interface may look different, but PARS has the same features as before. You can edit your contact information, and enter and upload your program and activity files and data, just as you have been doing. There are no changes to the web-fill forms or batch upload processes, or to the processes for submitting information about CME that Counts for MOC or REMS-compliant CE activities. You do not need to resubmit or re-upload any information. 
  • ACCME-accredited providers: Your accreditation process is now online! Beginning with those ACCME-accredited providers receiving accreditation decisions in November 2018, you will no longer need to submit materials via email, flash drives, or hard copies. You’ll also be able to see your accreditation history in PARS. We will provide detailed instructions to providers as part of their reaccreditation instructions. 
  • State-accredited providers: You will continue to use PARS as you have been and will not use PARS to engage in the online accreditation process.
  • Jointly accredited providers: The enhancements to PARS include an interface for you. You can now report activities through one system, Joint Accreditation PARS (JA-PARS). Beginning with activities for the 2018 reporting year, you can use JA-PARS to report information about all your activities, including activities for teams, physicians, nurses, and/or pharmacists.


The following resources provide tips and information to support your use of the PARS enhancements. Please review the resources that are relevant for you: 

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ACCME-accredited providers: We will send invoices for the 2018 ACCME annual accreditation fee later this year, with payment due by January 31, 2018. The fee for 2018 is $5,700 per provider.

The invoices will be 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 the billing contact for your organization.

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

Promoting Accredited CME


At ACCME, we know that CME can be much more than lectures, and we are inspired each time we hear about the many innovative ways our accredited providers are approaching clinician and team learning. Recently we asked you to submit photos of “CME in Action” to help us showcase real-world CME, and now we are sharing some of those responses. Thank you to all of you who have already participated! We hope to feature additional photos in the future, in this newsletter, on social media, or in other communications materials, so we can demonstrate to our stakeholders the diversity, flexibility, and quality of accredited CME. If you’d like to contribute, please email!



Faculty and physicians at UC Irvine Medical Center, community pathologists, and professional and technical staff at UC Irvine Health Pathology Laboratories play a game of “CME Jeopardy” as part of a series established to provide continuing updates on various disciplines of pathology.


Learners at the Musculoskeletal Management in Pediatrics Conference examined a variety of musculoskeletal conditions that primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, orthotists, and prosthetists might encounter.

Clay CME in Action


In this photo, submitted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, learners use clay modeling as part of a CME activity.

For Your Reference

  • "Independence from Industry Cannot Be Compromised," Journal of European Continuing Medical Education, by ACCME President and CEO Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, points out that recommendations (which appeared in a previous journal article) for facilitating industry engagement in clinician education in Europe, if implemented, would cause serious, negative consequences for the quality and integrity of clinician education. Dr. McMahon describes the importance of maintaining standards for independence, writing “In order for the professional education community to maintain its credibility and its accountability to the profession and the public, it is critical to maintain a clear, unbridgeable separation between accredited education and industry education, promotion, and marketing."
  • “The Role of Clinical Learning Environments In Preparing New Clinicians to Engage in Patient Safety,” a new report from the National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment, provides guidance to healthcare leaders on taking a systems-level approach to engaging new clinicians in patient safety practices.
  • The Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (MAACME) Annual Conference will be held in Hunt Valley, MD on November 16, with a pre-conference and reception November 15. ACCME will be participating in the conference with a presentation, “Update from the ACCME: Strategic Opportunities.”

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