ACCME Launches New Website; CME for MIPS Educational Material; Resources on Social Media
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Upcoming Educational Opportunities
August Accreditation Workshop
CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinars — July 17 and September 18
ABMS Conference 2018
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We’re excited to let you know that the new ACCME website is live. Based on input from the CME community, our aim was to produce a more user-friendly and streamlined website. You'll find the information you are used to accessing, but we improved the navigation and made the site mobile-friendly, so you can easily find the information you need and access the site from any device.
Click here to watch a video commentary about the new website from Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, ACCME President and CEO.
Enter Our Contest: To help encourage you to explore the new website, we’ve hidden three ACCME stars on three different pages of the website. Find all three stars hidden throughout the website and email the URLs for each of the pages to Megan Peters Jovic at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 2nd to be entered into a drawing. Ten randomly selected winners will get an ACCME water bottle and notebook!
Tips and Tools
Since the introduction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP) in 2017 many accredited providers and their physician stakeholders have been actively pursuing approaches to meet new expectations for payment reform. As we are in the midst of 2018 Performance Year (PY2018) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), we wanted to provide accredited providers with a few action items to consider that may help you support learners and organizational stakeholders as they navigate payment reform.
Use CME improvement activities to help clinicians meet MIPS expectations that deliver financial incentives for engaging in quality. This year, MIPS-eligible clinicians can report participation in CME activities that address performance and/or quality improvement to fulfill MIPS Clinical Practice Improvement Activities. These improvement activities are included in the current (PY2018) Clinical Practice Improvement Activities and are listed as Completion of An Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement Program (Activity ID IA_PSPA_28) under the Patient Safety and Practice Assessment category on the QPP website. We have posted a step-by-step guide to assist you and your learners with this opportunity.
Support organizational change with CME. A recent KPMG/AMA survey highlights significant gaps in knowledge for physicians seeking to understand and plan for meeting the expectations of the QPP. These educational needs may highlight an opportunity for you to convene a conversation with your leadership about how your CME program can support organizational learning that engages physicians, healthcare teams, and administrators around these changes. This interprofessional education can support organization-wide professional development to build leadership and communication skills essential for implementing change.
Connect with Us
Each week, we post a tip or a short video clip on our social media accounts. The ACCME Quick Tip provides concise information on improving your accredited CME program. In our explainer videos, Dr. Graham McMahon, ACCME President and CEO, discusses important topics in the CME community. Stay up to date with everything happening at ACCME and in the CME community by following our social media accounts. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Registration is filling up quickly–reserve your spot now! This year’s workshop will be held on August 2-3, with a pre-conference session for newcomers on August 1. Each year, we offer an Accreditation Workshop to support the professional development of CME providers and system stakeholders. These workshops are designed to help CME professionals of all skill levels develop strategies to ensure their compliance with ACCME requirements.
In 2018, our workshop will feature a variety of interactive sessions to meet your individual learning needs. The agenda will include large group discussions exploring vignettes, cases, and examples as well as small group breakouts to discuss the application of the ACCME requirements in practice.
We are continuing to offer our series of bimonthly beginner and advanced webinars to discuss strategies for planning CME that Counts for MOC and to answer your questions. For providers who have more experience, our next "Advanced CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar is on July 17. For providers who have not yet offered CME for MOC or have just offered a couple of activities, our next "Beginner CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar is on September 18.
Registration information is available on the events section of our website.
Registration is now open for ABMS Conference 2018, Achieving Improvement Through Assessment and Learning. Together., will be held September 24-26 in Las Vegas. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to accelerate the transformation of Board Certification and delivery of quality patient care, and will feature more than 60 sessions on such topics as continuous learning and physician assessment; initial and continuing Board Certification; quality and practice improvement, patient safety, and related research; public policy; and operations communications. For more information, visit www.abmsconference.com.
We are currently seeking an Operations Coordinator and a Senior Project Manager of Systems Implementation and Integration.
The Operations Coordinator is responsible for maintaining a professional work environment and ensuring that staff have the resources necessary to support productivity. This person will work closely with the ACCME's vendors, outside support services, and ACCME staff. The person in this position will also oversee the planning and preparation for in-house meetings.
The Senior Project Manager, Systems Implementation and Integration, performs a critical role in the implementation of systems designed to expand and improve the scope and quality of services the ACCME provides to accredited organizations and other stakeholders. This person will be responsible for projects that focus on the development of new systems as well as enhancements to existing systems; this work will facilitate data collection and analysis in support of the accreditation process and the processes for registering activities and reporting participants for CME that counts for Maintenance of Certification, state medical licensure, and the FDA’s Risk and Evaluation Mitigation Strategies.
Please see the ACCME Careers page for more information about each position.
For Your Reference
- "Transparency in Continuing Medical Education,” Lancet: Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, responds to inaccuracies about joint providership conveyed in an earlier Lancet article, “The same rules for transparency and independence from industry apply to all accredited CME: accredited organizations working with joint providers are accountable for upholding all accreditation requirements,” Dr. McMahon writes.
- “A Glossary in Support of Physicians’ Continuing Professional Development Across the World,” Journal of Medical Regulation: As the physician learning environment becomes more global, the importance of a common language for CME/CPD is becoming increasingly important. The International Academy for CPD Accreditation (IACPDA) developed a glossary of commonly used terms and consensus-based definitions of those terms to facilitate greater understanding and potential for harmonization of standards. This article was authored by Amy Smith, MBA, American Academy of Family Physicians; Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education; Mindi McKenna, PhD, MBA, American Academy of Family Physicians; Mark Staz, MA, Federation of State Medical Boards; and Mya A. Warken, formerly at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; currently at Engineers Canada.