JAMA Viewpoint: ACCME and AMA Promote Innovation; Registration Still Available for ACCME 2018 Meeting; Joint Accreditation Welcomes New Professions





JAMA Viewpoint: Promoting Innovation through Regulatory Alignment
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education Welcomes New Professions
Executive Summary from December Board of Directors Meeting
German Chambers of Physicians Earns Substantial Equivalency

Upcoming Educational Opportunities 
Registration Still Available for the ACCME 2018 Meeting
CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinars
Alliance Webinar: Simplifying Requirements through ACCME and AMA Alignment

Tips and Tools 
CME that Counts for MOC: Updates and Reminders

Reminders for Accredited Providers 
2018 ACCME Accreditation Fee Due January 31st
Complete Your 2017 Year-End Reporting In PARS

Career Opportunities 
ACCME Seeks Applications Analyst

For Your Reference 
NCICLE IP-CLE Symposium Summary
New ABMS Continuing Certification Directory
American Hospital Association Launches AHA Physician Alliance
ABMS Visiting Scholars Program

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Accredited CME Providers Can Now Help Clinicians Earn Performance Incentives from CMS
New Report Promotes Research in Interprofessional Continuing Education
AMA/ACCME Alignment: Providers Can Now Enter Activities as “Other” in PARS



AMA Alignment

The ACCME and the American Medical Association (AMA) are pleased to announce the publication of “Evolution of Continuing Medical Education: Promoting Innovation Through Regulatory Alignment,” in JAMA

In the Viewpoint, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME; and Susan E. Skochelak, MD, Group Vice President of Medical Education, AMA, describe how their organizations recently collaborated to create a unified set of requirements for accredited CME activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

The collaborative construct is designed to create a system that delivers effective and efficient lifelong learning for clinicians that augments their ability to deliver optimal care. “Today’s learners increasingly and appropriately expect their education to be professionally delivered, tailored to their needs and their practice environment, and support process and quality improvement… From bedside learning to learning from teachers, physicians should be able to integrate their daily activities into a CME portfolio,” McMahon and Skochelak write.  

The AMA and ACCME’s alignment helps to ensure that the education community has the permission it needs to deliver on those changing expectations. With the AMA/ACCME alignment, educators now have the freedom to customize the best approach for their learners using a variety of models and can more readily apply innovative education strategies.  

For more about the AMA/ACCME alignment, visit this webpage



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Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) and the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry’s Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (ARBO/COPE).  

Since 2009, Joint Accreditation has offered organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide continuing education for physicians, pharmacists, and nurses 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 PAs (physician assistants) and optometrists in their education programs, without needing to attain separate accreditations with AAPA and COPE. 

The accreditors collaborated to expand Joint Accreditation in response to requests from jointly accredited organizations and because of their commitment to team-based education. The goal of the expansion is to increase the benefits that jointly accredited organizations already receive from the unified accreditation process and to support their efforts to deliver high-quality, effective IPCE that improves team collaboration and patient care. 

Read more.

Accredited Provider Mark

The Executive Summary of the ACCME Board of Directors meeting held November 30-December 1, 2017 is now available on the ACCME website. 

The ACCME ratified 47 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. Welcome to the new providers and congratulations to the providers that received Accreditation and Accreditation with Commendation!  

We encourage CME providers to celebrate their success in achieving accreditation and communicate the value of their accreditation and accreditation-related accomplishments by informing their community, stakeholders, and the public. You are welcome to use this messaging. 

Also in the executive summary: 

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  • Ten new applicants successfully achieved Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ and four providers were reaccredited. 
  • The Board continued its strategic planning, and invited healthcare leaders to discuss opportunities for ACCME and accredited CME to collaborate with health leadership and advance healthcare improvement priorities. 
  • New members were elected to the Board of Directors, Accreditation Review Committee, and Committee for Review and Recognition. 
  • Volunteers who completed their terms of service received recognition and awards. Thank you to our volunteers, who enable us to achieve our mission. 

For additional information, see the December 2017 Executive Summary on the ACCME website. 


We are pleased to announce that we have recognized the substantial equivalency of the continuing medical education (CME) accreditation system of the Federation of the German Chambers of Physicians. 

Substantial equivalency is a relationship between CME accreditors based on shared principles and values, while recognizing and accepting differences. The purpose of substantial equivalency is to foster international collaboration among CME accreditors, facilitate continuous improvement in accreditation, expand opportunities for physicians and teams to participate in high-quality CME around the world, and promote education that contributes to healthcare improvement for patients and their communities. 

The recognition builds on the ongoing collaborative relationship between the German Chambers of Physicians and the ACCME. Last year, the German Medical Association recognized the equivalency of CME providers in the ACCME System following an assessment of the ACCME by the German Medical Association. This recognition applies to live, in-person CME activities.  


Upcoming Educational Opportunities

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Join us April 16-19, 2018 in Chicago as we seek—together—to elevate the impact of accredited CME to transform practice and care. Using collaboration, interactive sessions, and multi-format discussions, the ACCME 2018 Meeting will provide numerous opportunities to engage with ACCME staff, expert faculty, and colleagues as you develop strategies to propel your CME Program forward. 

Day 1 

New This Year — Leadership Track: During the first day of the meeting, healthcare leaders will share their perspectives about how CME can advance their organizations’ missions and strategic goals. Take advantage of this opportunity to bring your executive leadership to hear from other leaders about the strategic value of CME and to work with them to identify how your CME program can benefit your institution and community. One day rates are available to executive leaders. Find out more

Day 1 Keynote: Tait Shanafelt, national thought leader on physician well-being and burnout, will explore how CME can be part of the solution for addressing clinician burnout, providing strategies for healthcare leaders and educators. 

Day 2 

The first half of Day 2 will help you build critical skills to improve your approaches to assessment, behavior change, educational technology, and efficiency in educational delivery. Learning scientist Bror Saxberg will challenge you to consider new educational strategies to meat clinicians’ learning needs and drive clinician change. 

In the second half of Day 2, your colleague providers will share their experiences implementing the ACCME Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. These case studies will provide you with a range of approaches that you can adapt as you develop your own educational strategy for achieving commendation.  

Day 3 

Day 3 will provide in-depth training on Achieving Outcomes through accredited CME. You will learn about fundamental approaches to performance improvement, quality improvement, and addressing population health and patient outcomes

The third day of the meeting also features our Public Health Summit, a special, first-of-its-kind opportunity for accredited CME providers working to address the opioid epidemic through their CME program. This interprofessional, hands-on summit will help attendees collaborate with each other to share best-practices and overcome obstacles while working one-on-one with a range of expert stakeholders from wide-ranging disciplines that include public health, government, law enforcement, judicial, community health workers, and more. Register soon: attendance is limited to maximize the opportunity for collaborative problem solving.

For more information and to register, visit www.accme2018.org

MOC Webinars

We are continuing to offer our series of bimonthly webinars to discuss strategies for planning CME that Counts for MOC and to answer provider questions. In response to provider requests, we are now offering beginner and advanced webinars. For providers that 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 is on May 22. For providers that have more experience, our next "Advanced CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar is on March 20. 

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


Join us for the upcoming Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions webinar on February 6, 2018 at 1pm CT. The webinar will focus on our collaboration with the AMA to align and simplify accreditation and credit requirements for accredited CME providers. We will be describing the core requirements for certifying activities and discussing the simplified learning formats, including the new “Other activity” format. 

Click here to register. 

Tips and Tools


New IBIM IDs: ABIM has launched their new physician verification tool, making it easier for CME providers and physician learners to search for ABIM IDs by the learner’s name or NPI number. To find a physician’s ABIM ID, go to http://www.abim.org/verify-physician.aspx. Providers should update any language within their existing activities, websites, and promotional materials to point learners to this tool. The old “Find Your ABIM ID” tool that you have been using will remain live for several months and will redirect users to the new tool. 


New ABA Content Outline: The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) recently developed a new version of their MOCA content outline. While much of the outline remains the same, some terms have changed and any CME activities registered for ABA MOCA with a start date on or after January 1, 2018 must be associated with terms from the new content outline.  

Please click here to access the content outline.  

If you have any questions regarding the new codes, please email the ABA team at cme@theaba.org. If you have any questions about submitting this data to PARS, please email info@accme.org.  

Reminders for Accredited Providers


ACCME-Accredited Providers: On December 4, we sent invoices for the 2018 ACCME Accredited Provider 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 info@accme.org. The 2018 fee is $5,700, and payment is due January 31, 2018. 

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. 

End of Year Reporting

To meet your year-end reporting requirements, you must enter data for your 2017 activities and your 2017 program summary in the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). For more information about year-end reporting requirements, please see this tutorial on our website.

As a reminder, due to recent PARS enhancements, When you log in for the first time, you'll need to reset your password by clicking on "Can't log in or forgot your password?" on the login screen. The system will prompt you to enter your email address. A reset password email will be forwarded to the address you provide. Once you've reset your password, you'll be able to log in and access the Program and Activity Data button which will take you to where you can complete your year-end reporting. Please verify your access to the new system prior to the attestation deadline.

For more detail, ACCME providers can reference ACCME Providers Quick Start Guide. SMS Providers can reference SMS Providers Quick Start Guide.

Deadline: For ACCME-accredited providers, the deadline for completing your 2017 year-end reporting requirements is April 2, 2018. Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2017 year-end report earlier, and should check with their accreditor for information. 

Career Opportunities 

Join Our Team

The ACCME is looking for an experienced Applications Analyst. The person in this position will perform a critical role in the continuous improvement of ACCME’s Accreditation Management System (AMS), and the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). He or she will work closely with ACCME’s information technology, accreditation, and education teams to ensure that ACCME’s web applications deliver high quality services that meet the needs of accredited organizations and other stakeholders in the ACCME system. 

Please see the ACCME Careers page for more information. 

For Your Reference

  • NCICLE IP-CLE Symposium Summary: The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE) released initial findings of its symposium on the interprofessional clinical learning environment (IP-CLE). The symposium was designed to facilitate a national conversation on how to ensure that clinical learners embrace interprofessional collaboration and learning throughout their careers. In the next step of this initiative, NCICLE, participants of the symposium, and other national organizations will be developing additional materials to advance these initial findings. The findings, as well as photographs from the event, are available on www.ncicle.org. The ACCME is pleased to be a member of NCICLE, and ACCME staff participated on the steering committee and planning group. Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education is proud to be one of the NCICLE collaborating organizations.  
  • American Board of Medical Specialties Launches New ABMS Continuing Certification Directory: The new Directory provides continuing certification resources for diplomates and CME stakeholders, offering a more intuitive user experience and improved search functionality through enhanced search criteria, and ability to filter by provider. In addition, the Directory includes various resources to better support ABMS Board Certified physicians seeking practice-relevant, accredited CME activities that help meet their Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment MOC requirements.  
  • American Hospital Association Launches AHA Physician Alliance: The American Hospital Association (AHA) launched the AHA Physician Alliance (Alliance), a new initiative that brings together physicians and their hospitals and health systems in transforming care and advancing health in America. The initiative includes resources to address clinician resilience.  
  • ABMS Visiting Scholars Program: The ABMS Research and Education Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 class. The one-year, part-time program facilitates professional development and scholarship. Early career physicians, junior faculty, fellows, residents, and individuals holding a Master’s or Doctorate degree in public health, health services research, and public health policy and administration, or other related disciplines are invited to apply. 

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