Commendation Criteria Resources; CME that Counts for MOC Webinar; ACCME Recommends CMS Leverage Accredited CME for MACRA





New Commendation Criteria Resources: Achieves Outcomes
ACCME Letter to CMS: Accredited CME Well Positioned to Support Quality Goals
Executive Summary of the December 2016 Board of Directors Meeting Now Available
We’re Moving! ACCME Offices to Relocate in March 2017

Upcoming Educational Opportunities
CME that Counts for MOC Webinar: March 15
The ACCME 2017 Meeting: Thank You for Registering

Career Opportunity
We’re Hiring: ACCME Announces Position Openings

Reminders for Accredited Providers
Complete Your 2016 Year-End Reporting in PARS
2017 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee Due January 31

For Your Reference
National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience
Dr. McMahon’s Reflections on Healthcare Published in Leaders in Medical Education Blog
ACGME Second Symposium on Physician Well-Being
ABMS Visiting Scholars Program: Application Deadline May 1, 2017
Macy Faculty Scholars Program: Application Deadline February 15, 2017

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We are publishing a series of resources, as part of ACCME®’s efforts to provide education to support implementation of the Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation, our mechanism for recognizing and celebrating organizations that excel as CME providers. These resources include FAQs, short videos about each new commendation criterion, and examples of compliance.

There are 16 new commendation criteria, divided into 5 categories. To be eligible for commendation, providers will need to demonstrate compliance with any seven criteria of their choice, from any category—plus one criterion from the "Achieves Outcomes" category—for a total of eight criteria.

We’ll publish resources about one of the categories each month, beginning with the "Achieves Outcomes" category (Criteria 36–38), since providers will need to choose to comply with at least one of the outcomes criteria to achieve commendation.

The "Achieves Outcomes" resources are available here.

We look forward to working together to ensure our CME community’s successful implementation of the new criteria to achieve our shared goal of advancing quality and achieving outcomes in post-graduate medical education.

As a reminder, as with the existing commendation criteria 16-22, compliance with the new commendation criteria will be optional for CME providers and is not required to achieve Accreditation. For more information about the new commendation criteria overall, including a transition timeline, please see the Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation page on our website.


The ACCME submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) approaches detailed in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. The letter describes the value of accredited CME in supporting CMS goals. These comments built upon the themes reflected in ACCME’s earlier June 16, 2016 letteron the rule’s proposal.

“The accredited CME system is the national educational enterprise that supports the engagement of physicians and other health professionals in evidence-based lifelong learning and improvement,” writes Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME. “Employing the existing CME framework routinely utilized by clinicians to meet their individual educational needs will simplify their ability to meet the requirements of the Quality Payment Program and would facilitate their participation.”

Dr. McMahon explains that the ACCME is well positioned to facilitate the evolution of the Quality Payment Program (which is part of MACRA) toward the CMS goal of an innovative, outcome-focused, patient-centered, resource-effective health system by:

  • leveraging the accredited CME system to simplify clinician participation in the Quality Payment Program;
  • supporting accredited CME providers; and
  • utilizing the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) as a reporting mechanism for clinical practice improvement activities.

Many accredited CME providers are already actively engaged in performance and quality improvement activities, Dr. McMahon states, citing examples of accredited CME activities that may meet the expectations for quality and performance improvement outlined in MIPS.

“The ACCME’s educational system and technological framework can be engaged to support the implementation of MIPS and to help our clinician community maintain and advance the quality, safety, and efficiency of care for the patients we all serve,” Dr. McMahon concluded.

View the ACCME’s letter on the ACCME website.

View the ACCME’s previous (June 2016) letter on the ACCME website.

Find out more about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the Quality Payment Program.


The Executive Summary of the ACCME Board of Directors meeting held December 1-2, 2016 is now available. Here are a few highlights:

Accreditation: The ACCME ratified 51 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. This included 20 providers (39%) that received Accreditation with Commendation, which confers a 6-year term of accreditation, and 22 (43%) providers that received Accreditation. Four initial applicants received Provisional Accreditation.

Joint Accreditation™ for Interprofessional Continuing Education: Five providers received joint accreditation with a 6-year term and 3 providers received joint accreditation with a 4-year term. The decisions have also been ratified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). With these decisions, there are now 42 jointly accredited providers. There are 22 more providers in the application process.

Welcome to the new ACCME-accredited and jointly accredited providers and congratulations to all the providers receiving reaccreditation!

Substantial equivalency: The Board recognized the Qatar Council for Health Practitioners as substantially equivalent to the ACCME and reaffirmed the substantial equivalency of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Congratulations to our colleague accreditors!

CME research leadership discussions: The Board convened discussions with leaders in medical education research about the challenges and opportunities for research in CME.

Service awards: The Board had the privilege of honoring ACCME volunteers and paying special tribute to those who have demonstrated exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME. During this meeting the Board recognized volunteers who had completed their terms of service, and recognized those who had reached milestones in the number of surveys they have completed. Thank you, volunteers!

For more information, download the Executive Summary.

Reus Service Award

Victor Reus, MD (center) was recognized during the December Board of Directors meeting for his service to the ACCME as 2016 Board Chair. Dr. Reus is photographed with Todd Dorman, MD, 2017 Board Chair (left), and Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME (right).


Lopez Service Award

Carolyn Lopez, MD (center) was recognized during the December Board of Directors meeting for completing her service on the Board of Directors. Dr. Lopez is photographed with Victor Reus, MD, 2016 Board Chair (left), and Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME (right).


We’re moving our offices in early March 2017. We have a long-standing relationship with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), our colleague accreditor, and we had the opportunity to continue to co-locate when ACGME moved its offices. The new space will facilitate our continued collaboration with ACGME, sustain ACCME’s growth, and provide a more secure, cost-effective work environment.

Please note that our mailing and physical address will change in March to 401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1850, Chicago, IL 60611. ACCME’s main phone number – (312) 527-9200 – and direct numbers to staff will remain the same.

Upcoming Educational Activities


Join ACCME for a webinar with the American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA®), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) on Wednesday, March 15 from 2:00-3:00 pm Central to learn more about registering activities for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit. We’ll share the successes of the past year’s collaborations and insights from CME providers that have already been registering activities for MOC, discuss the new developments and opportunities that are expected in the coming year, and answer your questions.

Register for the webinar here.

Additional resources for CME that Counts for MOC

  • CME that Counts for ABA MOCA 2.0 and ABP MOC: This archived webinar, from November 2016, includes an overview of ACCME’s collaborations with the ABA and ABP, a description of how to register CME activities and submit participant data for MOC programs in PARS, and a Q&A with ACCME staff.
  • CME in Support of MOC: Webpage with information and links to resources.
  • CME Finder™: An online tool for searching for accredited CME activities that count for MOC.

We are looking forward to the ACCME 2017 Meeting on April 24-27, and are excited that many of you are too! Thank you to those of you who have registered to attend this inaugural educational event. We’ve had an overwhelming response, and are hard at work planning. For complete meeting details, please visit Also, keep an eye out for #ACCME2017 on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn for posts leading up to, and during, the meeting.

Career Opportunities


The ACCME is continuing to enhance its services to the CME community in support of its strategic goals. Toward that end, we have several positions available for interested, dedicated individuals who would like to join our staff. Detailed position descriptions and qualification requirements for each opening as well as application information are available on our Careers webpage.

  • Coordinator of Accreditation and Recognition: As part of the ACCME Accreditation and Recognition team, the Coordinator provides support for approximately 1,900 accredited CME providers and 40 state medical societies recognized as accreditors by the ACCME.
  • Technical Systems Support Analyst: The Technical Systems Support Analyst, in close collaboration with the project teams at the ACCME, will provide support for the implementation and continuous improvement of ACCME’s Accreditation Management System and Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). This position will also be responsible for providing support and training to system users.

Reminders for Accredited Providers


To meet your year-end reporting requirements, providers must enter data for your 2016 activities and your 2016 program summary in the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). PARS is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2016 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.

Deadline: For ACCME-accredited providers, the deadline for completing the 2016 year-end report is March 31, 2017. Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2016 year-end report earlier, and should check with their accreditor for information.

For more information and links to educational resources, please visit our About PARS webpage.


ACCME-Accredited Providers: On December 5, we sent invoices for the 2017 ACCME annual accreditation fee to the person designated by your organization as the billing contact. You can confirm the billing contact by logging into PARS. If you have not yet received your invoice, please contact us at The 2017 fee is $5,500, and payment is due January 31, 2017.

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.

For Your Reference

  • The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a collaborative of multiple organizations, including ACCME, aims to promote clinician well-being and resilience. Resources are available on the website.
  • “Leaders in Medical Education – Dr. Graham McMahon, President of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME),” Osmosis,features Dr. McMahon’s medical and educational experience, and reflections on the importance of CME.
  • The ACGME Second Symposium on Physician Well-Being (November 29-December 1, 2016) included discussions focused on improving the environments for physician practice and resident training to promote resilience and reduce burnout, depression, and suicide. The symposium brochure, reading materials, abstracts, PowerPoint presentations, and videos of the talks have been posted to the symposium website.
  • The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 class. The one-year, part-time program facilitates professional development and scholarship. Early career physicians, junior faculty, fellows, residents, and individuals holding advanced degrees in public health, health services research, and other relevant disciplines are invited to apply.
  • The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is accepting applications for 2017, with a deadline of February 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Eastern. The program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. It supports faculty scholars in leading new educational innovations at their home institutions and provides opportunities for further career development through participation in Macy activities. The program is offered by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

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