ACCME Data Available for Research; Upcoming MOC Deadlines; New Story of the Month
Reminders for Accredited Providers
2019 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee
Our Story of the Month
Providence St. Joseph Health–Alaska: Offering MOC
Connect with Us
Social Media Highlights
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
ACCME 2019 Meeting: Spring Forward!
CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinars
CMSS Summit on The Future of Physician Learning & Improvement
We are excited to offer the CME community the opportunity to access anonymized ACCME data for appropriate research. We are making this data available to support research that assesses the effectiveness of CME, identifies best practices in CME, and is in service to the overall CME enterprise.
ACCME Data: Each year, we produce a data report, based on aggregate data from all the accredited providers in our system. In response to requests from the CME community, we are now making available the data for research purposes. This data will be anonymized and confidential.
Our Vision: We’ve created this opportunity to help realize our vision of leveraging education’s power to improve the quality of care for the patients and communities we serve. We have identified Advocating for CME Scholarship as one of six goals in our 2018-2021 strategic plan and have included it as a component of our Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation.
Getting Started: Researchers interested in utilizing anonymized ACCME data should complete and submit this fillable PDF form. This application process is open to anyone.
Learn more about this opportunity on our website, at www.accme.org/research-opportunities.
CME for MOC Updates
We encourage CME providers to submit learner completion data as soon as possible after an activity is completed so that MOC credits/points can be applied to physicians’ records. In addition, please note the following deadlines for submitting learner 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.
ABP: Learner completion data for CME that Counts for ABP MOC should be submitted to PARS by December 1, 2018. All ABP MOC learner completion data should be submitted within 30 days of activity completion, and learner data for ABP activities conducted after December 1 should be entered immediately in order to allow ABP diplomates with cycles ending in 2018 to meet MOC requirements and re-enroll by established deadlines.
ABA, ABIM, and ABPath: Learner completion data for CME that Counts for ABA, ABIM, and ABPath MOC and Continuing Certification should be submitted to PARS by December 31, 2018.
Learn more about CME in Support of MOC at www.accme.org/MOC.
ABIM Board Certified physicians need to earn 100 MOC points every five years to remain certified. The end of 2018 marks the first five-year deadline since the implementation of ABIM’s continuous MOC program. Many of your learners will need to earn 100 MOC points by December 31, 2018 to avoid a change in certification status.
How to Assist Your Learners in Meeting their MOC Point Requirement:
- Let your learners know that your CME+ABIM MOC activities count toward meeting their MOC requirements. Promote these opportunities clearly and frequently through your communication channels, such as your website, social media, newsletters, etc.
- Use the ABIM CME+MOC badge to identify your activities. Download the badge.
- Communicate to learners that the process is simple and easy. Explain how they can earn ABIM MOC points at your activities.
- Clarify that you, as the CME provider, will take care of collecting and submitting their completion information so that ABIM may award their MOC points.
- Remind learners to claim MOC points for eligible activities they have recently completed.
Reminders for Accredited Providers
ACCME-Accredited Providers: We will send invoices for the 2019 ACCME annual accreditation fee later this year, with payment due by January 31, 2019. 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 your organization’s information to ensure all contact data is current and make any necessary updates.
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.
Our Story of the Month
We’ve added another new story to our webpage, Our Stories: Exemplary Practices, featuring Providence St. Joseph Health, an accredited CME provider in Alaska. Helen Schlemper, Education Specialist, describes their experience offering MOC:
“We saw offering Maintenance of Certification points as a great opportunity to give something to our physicians without burdening them with extra work. It’s important for us to engage our physicians with relevant education, and they were very excited to take advantage of the opportunity to receive CME and MOC at the same time. We were able to offer MOC for a wide variety of topics including pediatric trauma, digestive health, emergency and critical care ultrasounds, and longitudinal progression of complex trauma and addiction. Plus, offering MOC was relatively easy for us, as an organization, too. We were already providing CME activities, so all we had to do was ensure the education meets the boards’ requirements, register the activities in the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for MOC, and ask the learner for his or her birthday (month and day) and learner ID. Then, following the activity, we reported the learner data in PARS.”
For more stories, visit www.accme.org/resources/our-stories.
Connect with Us
This month, we shared a photo on social media of Ginny Jacobs-Halsey, MEd, MLS, receiving an award from Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, ACCME President & CEO, in appreciation for completing her term of volunteer service as a member of the ACCME’s Accreditation Review Committee (ARC). Thank you, Ginny, for your service! And thank you to everyone who shared their congratulatory messages on our social media posts!
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
We would like to thank everyone who completed a submission for the ACCME 2019 Call for Stories! Your stories, sessions, and research studies will be valuable additions to the meeting on April 30 – May 2.
Coming soon: We will be opening registration and launching the official ACCME 2019 website in early November. Keep an eye on your inbox for details. You can also find more on www.accme2019.org.
Stay updated: If you would like to be added to our email list to receive the latest news and alerts about the meeting, please complete the online registration form.
We are continuing to offer our series of bimonthly beginner and advanced webinars to discuss strategies for planning CME that Counts for MOC and to answer your questions. For providers who have more experience, our next Advanced CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions webinar is on November 13. For providers who 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 will be held in January 2019.
Registration information is available on the events section of our website.
The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) is having a one-day Summit on the Future of Physician Learning and Improvement in the Washington DC area on November 15 to support ongoing physician learning and improvement along the continuum from training into practice. Physicians need practice-based learning and improvement that incorporates performance data, effective feedback strategies, and implementation approaches that can meaningfully drive improvement. The Summit will focus on effective strategies in a learning health system to provide feedback and use clinical registry data to drive learning and improvement. The Summit will also consider new models of Continuous Professional Development that incorporate technology, data, feedback and patient outcomes.
Click here for more information and to register.
The Communications Assistant supports the implementation of communication strategies designed to promote the value of accredited CME and to build visibility and engagement with the accredited CME community, clinicians, healthcare leaders, and other stakeholders. The Assistant is responsible for supporting and coordinating communications via articles, reports, enewsletters, social media, website, and other channels. Other key responsibilities include contributing to strategic discussions about communications plans and messaging, assisting in media relations, coordinating communications for collaborative projects, and supporting communication needs across departments.
The Technical Business Analyst performs a critical role in the analysis and improvement of the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) database to ensure quality of service provided to accredited organizations and other stakeholders in the CME community.
Please see the ACCME Careers page for more information about these positions.
For Your Reference
- In the Academic Medicine article, “The Role and Value of Public Members in Health Care Regulatory Governance,” authors David Johnson, MA; Katie Arnhart, PhD; Humayun Chaudhry, DO, MS; David Johnson, MD; and Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, examine the role and value of public members in health care regulatory governance. The authors assert that public members serving on health care regulatory boards involved with the accreditation, assessment, certification, education, and licensing of physicians provide formal opportunities for voicing public interests. The authors also offer several considerations for improved public member integration into health care regulatory organization including evaluating whether or not previous health care experience either contributes or hinders their role within the organization; greater visibility of opportunities for the public to serve on these boards; and potentially a more intensive orientation for public members.
- Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. The Spotlight also provides the latest data on prevalence of substance misuse, opioid misuse, opioid use disorder and overdoses.