Using the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS)

Last Revised:
June 25, 2014
Published on:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nonphysicians are called “other learners.” This category includes activity participants other than MDs and DOs. Beginning with the 2015 reporting year, residents are no longer included in this category and are instead counted as...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Monday, January 30, 2012

You are required to complete the following fields regarding commercial support at the individual CME activity level.

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Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Learning from teaching is a descriptive label for a type of CME activity. (The identification of activity types by the ACCME serves to allow the ACCME to report data and information on the range of...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An internet live course is an online course available at a certain time on a certain date and is only available in real-time, just as if it were a course held in...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

An important concept in PARS is that of “open” and “closed” activities.  Open activities are those that have a minimum set of data entered for them:  specifically, activity name, activity type, activity date, and, if applicable,...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

Report any in-kind (non-monetary) commercial support received for an activity by indicating the nature of the in-kind support. You should not estimate the dollar value of in...

Last Revised:
March 22, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

A directly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider.  Include co-provided activities (provided by two accredited providers) in this category if you are the...

Last Revised:
November 7, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

The tab-delimited batch upload enables providers to export multiple activity records at one time into PARS.  The tab-delimited batch upload process originates with the use of an MS Excel template which closely mirrors the CME...

Last Revised:
June 26, 2014
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

Physician participants are activity participants who are MDs or DOs. Through the 2014 reporting year, residents are not included in this category, but are included under nonphysician participants. Effective with the 2015 reporting...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A course is identified as a regularly scheduled series (RSS) when it is planned to have

  1. a series with multiple sessions that 
  2. ...
Last Revised:
March 29, 2016

If your organization is the accredited provider for a jointly provided activity, ACCME requires you to report the same financial data that you do for directly provided activities, even if the joint...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

“Description of Content” is an optional field for a description of the information and topics that were discussed during the CME activity.  There is no specified...

Committee learning is a CME activity that involves a physician learner’s participation in a committee process where the subject of which, if taught/learned in another format would be considered...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No longer than three years. The ACCME policy on enduring materials requires both an original release date and an expiration date. In addition, the ACCME policy requires that you review each enduring material at least once every...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When you report Internet Searching and Learning CME in PARS, aggregate and report all your data for Internet Searching and Learning CME for all learners into one activity. For hours of instruction, specify the...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Yes.  PARS replaces the Excel spreadsheets ACCME used to collect activity data during the reaccreditation process, as well as the online Annual Reporting System that ACCME accredited providers used to submit their ACCME Annual...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

PARS data will not be accessible to the public.  Accredited providers will have secure logins and their information will only be shared in accordance with ACCME's...

Last Revised:
February 1, 2012

Each year, the ACCME collects, summarizes, and publishes information about the CME enterprise on its website as a service to accredited providers, other members of the CME community, and the public via the ACCME’s Program and...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016

An internet enduring material activity is available when the physician participant chooses to complete it...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Annually, ACCME aggregates the activity data that is reported by providers and publishes an Annual Report that provides information to the CME community about the size and scope of the CME enterprise.  The “Reporting Year” tells...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Yes. The ACCME has put together several tools for you to use related to uploading your activity data in batches using the Tab-Delimited Batch Upload feature in PARS. If you have not already...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Providers have two options for entering their activity data in batches: 

  1. Tab-Delimited File Upload
  2. XML File Export

For more information about...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When you report Journal-Based CME in PARS, report each article as one activity. For hours of instruction, specify the amount of time required to complete the activity. The number of participants should equal the total number of...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

There is only one level of access in PARS.  All users associated with your organizational records will have the ability to add, edit and delete information.

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Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Hours of instruction equals the total hours of educational instruction provided.  For example, if a one-day course lasts eight (8) hours (not including breaks or meals), then total hours of instruction reported for that...

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