Register for ACCME 2021 Meeting; Leverage COVID-19 Clinician Resources at LearnToVaccinate.org
LEARN TO VACCINATE: SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF ACCREDITED CE ON COVID-19 VACCINES
Our updated COVID-19 Clinician Resources webpage, LearnToVaccinate.org, now features a searchable database of more than 50 accredited CE activities, with more posted weekly. Clinicians can search by topic, organization, type of credit, and format. Topics include addressing vaccine hesitancy in healthcare professionals; communicating with patients, vaccine administration, and more. Thanks to the CE community for submitting activities and disseminating urgently needed education to clinicians and teams!
We’re encouraging accredited CE providers to:
- Promote your activities: Submit information about your activities for health professionals and teams, which will be shared at LearnToVaccinate.org. We will not host the education — the site will drive clinicians to your sites and activities. Use this submission form.
- Spread the word: Distribute the LearnToVaccinate.org link to your leadership, staff, volunteers, clinician-learners, and other stakeholders. Promote LearnToVaccinate.org through your communications and social media channels.
- Share your success stories: if you’ve developed effective approaches for designing and delivering education about the vaccines, we’ll feature your success through the ACCME and CMMS communication channels. Share your story here.
- Review educator resources: Visit COVID-19—Learn to Vaccinate: Educator Resources for materials from the CDC, vaccine manufacturers, and medical journals to help you produce vaccine-related education.
REGISTER FOR ACCME 2021 MEETING
Registration is now open for the ACCME 2021 Meeting: Embracing Change. Join us online April 27-29 as we share what we have achieved together, teach, and challenge each other to learn new approaches, and reflect on how our work brings meaning to our lives.
For more information about the ACCME 2021 Meeting, visit www.accmemeeting.org.
NEW STANDARDS RESOURCES
CE providers are expected to implement the new Standards for Integrity and Independence by January 1, 2022—and we encourage you to start planning now. Be sure to check out the following resources:
- Getting Started Info Package: This package includes an overview and full text of the new Standards, transition timeline, and links to resources.
- Archived Webinar: Implementing the new Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education Webinar: This webinar provides an overview of the new Standards and addresses pre-submitted questions from the audience.
- Toolkit for the Standards for Integrity and Independence: This toolkit includes templates, sample forms, and checklists in fillable PDF format for you to adapt and use as you choose.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Questions? We’re happy to help. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminders for Accredited Providers
ANNUAL ACCREDITATION FEES DUE FEBRUARY 1, 2021
Thank you to all of the providers that have already submitted their 2021 Annual Accreditation Fees. As a reminder, Annual Accreditation Fees for ACCME-accredited providers, as well as those accredited by CMA, MMS, and MSMA, are due February 1, 2021. If you have questions about the Annual Accreditation Fee, please contact email@example.com. If your organization is accredited by a state medical society not listed above, please contact your accreditor.
COMPLETE YOUR 2020 YEAR-END REPORTING IN PARS
To meet your year-end reporting requirements, you must enter data for your 2020 activities and your 2020 program summary in ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).
Deadline: For ACCME-accredited and jointly accredited providers, the deadline for completing your year-end reporting requirements is March 31, 2021, but you are encouraged to complete data entry as soon as possible. Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2020 year-end report earlier and should check with their accreditor for information.
Collaboration and Engagement
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
The ACCME is only successful in its mission because of its dedicated volunteers. We sincerely thank all the volunteers for their commitment to sustaining a high-quality, self-regulated CME system that advances clinician performance and patient care. Each year, the Board of Directors has the privilege of honoring ACCME volunteers and paying special tribute to those who have demonstrated exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME.
REGISTER FOR SACME ANNUAL MEETING—FEBRUARY 24-26
The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) is hosting its 2021 Annual Meeting next month which will be presented in a virtual live format. The theme for this year’s event Art and Science of CPD: New Technology, New Knowledge, New Learning. Register here.
Tips and Tools
TRANSPARENCY IN MARKETING INCENTIVES FOR ACCREDITED CME
The ACCME is aware that a small number of accredited providers may offer high-value incentives to physicians as part of the purchase of their CME activities. These high-value incentives may include a gift card or an item that has tangible monetary value, such as a tablet. To maintain confidence in the integrity of the accredited CME system, the ACCME suggests that accredited providers that offer high-value incentives with the purchase of their CME activities consider the following actions:
- Ensure the receipt separates and discloses the nature and value of the incentives of tangible monetary value (such as a device or a gift card) from the cost of the learning activity itself.
- Ensure that purchasers are aware of potential implications of the incentives on their tax reporting obligations.
CME for MOC Updates
ACCME AND AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY COLLABORATION LAUNCHING SOON
We're pleased to announce that our collaboration with the American Board of Surgery (ABS) will launch in late February. Watch for more details in the coming weeks.
After the collaboration launches, all accredited CME providers in the ACCME System will be welcome to register activities that meet ABS Continuous Certification requirements and to submit learner completion data in PARS. Learn more about the collaboration here.
AMERICAN BOARD OF ANESTHESIOLOGY UPDATES MOCA CONTENT OUTLINE
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) has released a new version of the MOCA Content Outline. While much of the outline remains the same, some terms have changed, and any CME activities with a start date on or after January 1, 2021, that are registered for ABA MOCA must be associated with terms from the new content outline. You will continue to enter your ABA MOCA activities the same way you have done with your past activities. To access the changes in an Excel document, view the ABA Updated MOCA Excel Content Outline.
AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE SIMPLIFIES REQUIREMENTS
The ACCME is pleased to announce an important step towards further alignment and simplification of the CME for MOC process. As of December 21, 2020, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) will no longer require a peer-review step for CME activities to be registered for their MOC program. ABIM also no longer requires a test item writing committee to have at least three members to be registered for MOC. Any CME activities that are in the planning phase or that will be offered in the future will not need to meet these requirements.
Connect with Us
COFFEE WITH GRAHAM
- In Episode 12, Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, UPMC, joins Graham to discuss telehealth and the role of CME in supporting virtual care.
- In Episode 13, Adi Haramati, PhD, Georgetown University, joins Graham to share six goals for managing anxiety and optimizing your wellness.
- In Episode 14, Graham addresses vaccine hesitancy in healthcare professionals and shares why it's crucial to advocate for the value of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Catch up on the latest episodes of Coffee with Graham here.
LIVING OUR VALUES—ADDRESSING VACCINE HESITANCY IN HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
Despite the undeniable scientific evidence to support the current COVID-19 vaccines, there are still troubling numbers of healthcare professionals who are reluctant to get vaccinated. In a LinkedIn article, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, ACCME President and CEO, discusses vaccine hesitancy in healthcare professionals and offers guidance for productive dialogue if you encounter a hesitant colleague. Read more here.
The ACCME has two, new open positions:
- PROGRAM SUPPORT ANALYST: We are seeking a Program Support Analyst to support accredited providers, collaboration partners, staff, and volunteers in their use and understanding of the ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).
- COORDINATOR, ACCME ACADEMY: We are seeking a Coordinator to support the implementation of ACCME Academy, our online learning portal for accredited continuing education professionals and stakeholders.