The ACCME and State Medical Boards Collaboration enables CME providers to report physician participation in accredited CME to participating boards via ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), with the goal of reducing burdens on physicians and simplifying the audit process for boards. The ACCME offers the service free of charge to medical boards, accredited providers, and licensees.

Currently, participating boards include:  

  • Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine 

  • Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure 

  • North Carolina Medical Board 

  • Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners 

  • Coming soon: Medical Board of California 

  • Coming soon: Oregon Medical Board 

  • Coming soon: Maryland Board of Physicians 

This service will be available to all state medical boards with the launch of the new PARS in late 2021. 

Download the collaborations program guide here.

Background and Purpose

The collaboration decreases the administrative burden of CME reporting for physicians, enabling them to spend less time tracking and uploading CME credits and dedicate more of their time to high-quality learning — and most important, to patient care. 

The collaboration began in 2018 as a pilot project with a limited group of CME providers. Based on the success of the pilot, the ACCME has extended the collaboration to include any state medical boards and any CME providers that choose to participate.

Participating CME Providers

A select group of accredited CME providers volunteered to participate in the pilot. Their feedback and experience informed our efforts going forward. These providers include:

American Medical Association
The Center for Research and Education
Central Maine Medical Center
Cherry Hospital
Clinical Tools, Inc.
Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control
Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education & Professional Development
East Tennessee Children's Hospital
Federation of State Medical Boards
Maine Medical Education Trust
MaineHealth - Maine Medical Center
MaineHealth - Penobscot Bay Medical Center
Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina
Medscape, LLC
Meharry Medical College
Mercy Hospital
Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University
Riverview Psychiatric Center
Saint Thomas Health
The Society for Translational Oncology
Southern Medical Association
Southern Regional AHEC
Tennessee Medical Association
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
UpToDate, Inc.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Process

When a physician attends an accredited CME activity from one of the participating CME providers, they may be asked to provide their name, state license number or national provider identifier (NPI) and the day and month of their birth. The provider will upload this data into the system they already use to report activities, ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). This information will then be shared proactively with the Board. 

If they wish, physicians may choose not to use this system and to retain their own CME records, just as they do now.

Resources

Tab-Delimited Submission Learner Template for Pilot: This excel template contains the data fields necessary for providers to upload learner data for the licensing pilot program into PARS.

Tab-Delimited Submission Learner Template Instructions for Pilot: This document contains instructions to providers on how to upload learner data for the licensing pilot program into PARS.

XML Learner Submission Technical Files for Pilot: A zip file containing sample XML files to be used for submitting learner completion data for the licensing pilot.

Licensing Pilot Learner XML Specifications: A document describing the XML file format to be used for submitting learner completion data for the licensing pilot.

Learner License Number Look Up Sites: The following board-provided tools can be used to look up a learner’s license ID.

Questions

Physicians should refer questions about this pilot program to their participating accredited educational provider. Contact information is available here.