New Commendation Criteria Archived Webinar Available
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2016 Data Shows Scope of ER/LA Opioid REMS CE Activities
“Evolving Alignment in International CPD,” by Dr. McMahon and Colleagues, Published in JCEHP
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Registration Open for the ACCME 2017 Meeting!
We’re Hiring: Technical Systems Support Analyst
Reminders for Accredited Providers
2017 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee
CME that Counts for ABIM MOC: Submit Participant Data by December 31
For Your Reference
CMS Issues Final MACRA Rule
In Case You Missed It
Register Activities in PARS to be Included in CME Finder
ACCME Letter to HHS Describes Accredited CME’s Contributions to Reducing Opioid Abuse
Updated Program Guide for CME Providers Offering ABIM MOC Credit
Resources are available to help CME providers implement the Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. A recording of ACCME’s recent webinar that provides an overview of the new commendation criteria and answers provider questions is now available on the ACCME website, along with the accompanying presentation slides.
The Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation was announced in September. The ACCME’s goal with these criteria is to encourage and reward accredited CME providers for implementing best practices in pedagogy, engagement, evaluation, and change management, and for focusing on generating meaningful outcomes.
In addition to the webinar recording, other resources available include a video commentary with Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, Ask ACCME about the Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation FAQs, a webpage with updated information, and a PDF that includes the new criteria and other explanatory information.
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The ACCME has released a data report showing the scope of continuing education (CE) activities offered by accredited providers within the ACCME System in support of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioid Analgesics.
The report shows that 100 accredited CME providers reported 693 REMS-compliant activities educating nearly 175,000 learners since ACCME began collecting this data in 2013. The report includes information about the geographic distribution of activities, the activity types, and the percentages of activities designed and analyzed for changes in competence, performance, or patient outcomes.
The data report is made possible by the voluntary submission of ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS data by accredited providers into ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). As a service to the CME community and to the FDA, the ACCME modified PARS in 2013 to enable accredited providers to submit information specific to the REMS CE activities they provide.
The FDA REMS for ER/LA Opioid Analgesics is the first REMS to incorporate accredited CE about the risks of opioid medications as well as safe prescribing and safe use practices. The education is controlled, designed, and delivered by accredited continuing healthcare education providers.
The ACCME appreciates that the FDA recognizes the value of accredited education and chose to leverage the CE system to carry out this important public health initiative.
Download the PARS data about ER/LA Opioid REMS CE Activities.
For more information, visit CME in Support of REMS.
“Evolving Alignment in International Continuing Professional Development Accreditation,” co-authored by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, and colleagues from the US, Canada, and Qatar, was published in the Summer 2016 Supplement of the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP). The article describes the principles and values shared by accreditation systems, proposes a set of core principles that form the basis of substantive equivalency between continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation systems, and discusses the role of accreditation standards in enabling educators to meet the diverse and changing needs of their learners across the world. (Subscription or payment required to access the article.)
In addition to Dr. McMahon, the article co-authors are Samar Aboulsoud, MD, MSc, MEd, CEO, Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners; Jennifer Gordon, MEd, Assistant Director, CPD, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; Mindi McKenna, PhD, MBA, Director, CME Division, American Academy of Family Physicians; James Meuser, MD, Executive Director, Professional Development and Practice Support Director General, College of Family Physicians of Canada; Mark Staz, MA, Director, CPD, Federation of State Medical Boards; and Craig Campbell, MD, Director, CPD, Office of Specialty Education, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Upcoming Educational Activities
Join ACCME April 24-27, 2017 for our inaugural expanded educational event—the ACCME 2017 Meeting! Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate our community’s achievements and gain inspiration as we work together to shape the future of accredited CME.
Built on collaboration, interactive sessions, and multi-format discussions, the ACCME 2017 Meeting will offer numerous opportunities to engage with ACCME staff, expert faculty, and colleagues to give you tools and tactics for positioning your CME program as a strategic partner in healthcare improvement initiatives. Join in-depth sessions on the Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation, CME for MOC, addressing public health imperatives, improving CME effectiveness, and much more.
For complete conference details, please visit www.ACCME2017.org.
Collaboration and Engagement
A recording of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Physician Leadership Program webinar, "Improvement from Within: the C-Suite's Nimble New Partner is CME," featuring Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, and Josephine Fowler, MD, former Chief Academic Officer at JPS Health, is now available. During this 60-minute webinar Drs. McMahon and Fowler explored how healthcare leaders can collaborate with CME professionals to leverage the power of education to achieve their institution’s strategic mission.
The ACCME is continuing to enhance its services to the CME community in support of its strategic goals. Toward that end, a new position is available for a dedicated individual who would like to join our staff.
The Technical Systems Support Analyst, in close collaboration with the project teams at the ACCME, will provide support for the implementation and continuous improvement of ACCME’s Accreditation Management System and Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). This position will also be responsible for providing support and training to system users.
A detailed position description, qualification requirements, and application information are available on the ACCME Careers webpage.
Reminders for Accredited Providers
ACCME-Accredited Providers: We will send invoices for the 2017 ACCME annual accreditation fee later this year, with payment due by January 31, 2017. 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 and, if needed, update the billing contact for your organization.
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.
Participant completion data for CME that Counts for ABIM MOC should be submitted in PARS no later than December 31, 2016. ABIM Board Certified physicians need to complete their MOC activities by December 31 in order for the MOC points to count toward any MOC requirements that are due by the end of the year. To that end, providers should report participant completion data by December 31 to ensure that the MOC points count towards this year’s requirements. ABIM will continue to accept participant completion data reported by CME providers through March 31, 2017 (ACCME’s annual reporting deadline) and any ABIM Board Certified physician who experienced a negative status change as a direct result of insufficient MOC points will have their status adjusted once the required number of points have been earned. We encourage CME providers to submit participant completion data as soon as possible after an activity is completed so that points can be applied to physicians’ records.
Please note that ACCME has not changed its annual reporting requirements. Accredited CME providers are required to submit all program and activity data for the 2016 reporting year by March 31, 2017. This includes reporting of participant completion data for ABIM MOC.
For Your Reference
- CMS Issues Final MACRA Rule (PDF): The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule implementing the provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). In the rule, CMS noted that it received many comments suggesting that CME count for clinical practice improvement activity within the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System; however, it decided that for the transition year it did not have sufficient data to identify which CME could be included. CMS also said that it would “consider these recommendations for additional activities in future years as part of the nomination process” (see page 668). The CMS news release, including links to resources is available here. You can read ACCME’s letter to CMS describing the value of CME in supporting MIPS here.
In Case You Missed It
- Register Activities in PARS to be Included in CME Finder
- ACCME Letter to HHS Describes Accredited CME’s Contributions to Reducing Opioid Abuse
- Updated Program Guide for CME Providers Offering ABIM MOC Credit