The ACCME collaborates with other regulatory bodies in the health care field in order to identify opportunities for accredited CME to support public health initiatives, to strengthen the effectiveness and independence of continuing health care education, and to support education providers by streamlining the accreditation processes.
At the invitation of the ACCME, Paul M. Schyve, MD, Senior Vice President, The Joint Commission, met with the Board during its July 2010 meeting to discuss how CME can support The Joint Commission in fulfilling its mission and the missions of the hospitals and health systems it accredits. Dr. Schyve explained The Joint Commission’s quality and safety improvement initiatives and the role CME can play in achieving those goals. To extend this dialogue to providers, health care institution executives, and other stakeholders, Dr. Schyve recorded a two-part interview for the Education and Training section of the ACCME’s Web site.
In July 2010, the ACCME Board of Directors accepted an invitation from the American Osteopathic Association for the ACCME to join its House of Delegates. This participation will expand the already cooperative relationship between the ACCME and the AOA.
In 2009, the ACCME collaborated with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center to develop a joint accreditation process. Joint accreditation rewards organizations for offering team-focused education that improves patient care. The process decreases the administrative burdens for continuing education providers, as they can take advantage of one unified, streamlined process rather than needing to obtain three different accreditations.
The Standards for Commercial Support are considered a model by other regulatory bodies in the continuing health care education field. The Standards have been adopted by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and have been accepted by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American Osteopathic Association, and the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry Committee on Optometric Practitioner Education. To address the challenges presented by the evolving health care environment, the ACCME participates in Standards for Commercial Support Users Group meetings, which bring together leadership organizations to discuss strategies for ensuring the independence of continuing education in health care and related fields.