[What is the difference between Open and Closed activities?]
Once you’ve either entered or uploaded activity data to PARS, you’ll notice that your activities are displayed here under the “open” or “closed” tabs. Let’s explore what this means.
In PARS, the record for a CME activity can be in one of two states: Open or Closed. ACCME requires that a minimum set of data be entered for a CME activity in order for that activity to be saved to the PARS database. These fields are marked with an asterisk and include: activity type, activity title, activity date, and reporting year. For some activity types, additional required fields may appear. For example, let's select “course” – an additional required field appears – “activity location”. [Open activity = Data has been entered into all required fields (marked with an asterisk*)] You must enter or upload data into these required fields in order for the activity to be considered “open” and, therefore, able to be saved to the PARS database.
[Closed activities = All data fields, except those that are optional. Including fields marked with an asterisk (*) and any field not labeled as optional.] Closed activities are those in which all the data fields, except those that are optional, are completed. So, information required to close an activity includes all of the fields marked with an asterisk, and any fields that are not labeled as “Optional”. Therefore, PARS will consider an activity “Closed” when the provider has entered data about: sponsorship, hours of instruction, whether the activity was designed and evaluated for changes in competence, performance or patient outcomes, the number of physician and non-physician participants, whether commercial support was received, and if it was, the amount of support received and from how many commercial supporters.
You should know that it is possible for activities to be considered “Closed” prior to the date they actually occur, if all of the asterisked and non-optional fields for such an activity have been completed. Regardless, you can view, update or delete both “Open” and “Closed” activities.
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