ACCME Vision and Mission; NC Joins State Medical Board Pilot; Call for Stories for 2019 Meeting

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10

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8

News
ACCME Vision and Mission
North Carolina Medical Board Joins the State Medical Board Pilot
Call for Stories for 2019 Meeting: October 5th Deadline
Reminder: ACCME Data Report Survey

CME for MOC Updates
How to Help Your ABIM Certified Physicians Meet Their 5 Year MOC Point Requirements

Reminders for Accredited Providers
2019 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee

Tips and Tools
Common Compliance Issues 

Collaboration and Engagement
Bryan Health: Collaborating to Address Postpartum Hemorrhage

Upcoming Educational Opportunities
CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinars 

Career Opportunities
Technical Business Analyst

For Your Reference
ACGME Releases CLER National Report of Findings 2018
Gaps in Clinicians’ Knowledge of MACRA, the Quality Payment Program, and the Role of CME
Implementing Optimal Team-Based Care to Reduce Clinician Burnout, NAM Perspectives
Leadership Survey: High-Performing Organizations, NEJM Catalyst

In Case You Missed It
New Opioid REMS CE Data Report
ACCME and American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Collaborate to Promote Physicians’ Lifelong Learning and High-Quality Patient Care


News

ACCME Vision and Mission

ACCME recently adopted new vision and mission statements. The statements reflect our strategic plan, ACCME Strategic Plan 2018–2021: Transforming Education to Improve Health, by emphasizing our role as a facilitator and highlighting the role of accredited CME providers in supporting their clinician community. Our new vision and mission statements also emphasize our aim to drive change in the learning environment, support the continuing medical education (CME) community, and simplify and align regulatory systems.

ACCME's vision is a world where our community of educators supports clinicians in delivering optimal healthcare for all.

ACCME's mission is to assure and advance quality learning for healthcare professionals that drives improvements in patient care.

For more information on ACCME’s mission, vision, and responsibilities, please visit www.accme.org/mission-and-responsibilities.

North Carolina Medical Board Joins the State Medical Board Pilot

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our state medical board pilot program to now include the North Carolina Medical Board, which will be joining the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for the voluntary, year-long program. We would like to thank the participating providers from Tennessee for helping make the pilot a success thus far.

This two-state pilot program enables CME providers to report physician participation in accredited CME to the Boards via ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). The ACCME and the Boards are engaging in this collaboration because they share the goal of reducing regulatory burdens on physician learners. 

Learn more at www.accme.org/state-medical-board-pilot.

Call for Stories for 2019 Meeting: October 5th Deadline Approaching

Become a part of the ACCME 2019 Meeting, taking place in Chicago on April 29-May 2, 2019, by submitting your “CME Story,” a proposed session, or research project. Download this Information Sheet with the rules and details for submission. The October 5, 2018 deadline for submissions is coming up soon!

① Share Your CME Story 

How are you changing practice and healthcare through accredited CME? What challenges have you overcome? What have you learned? What inspires you and brings meaning to your work as an educator? Click here to submit your CME Story.

Selected submissions will be shared in the meeting app for review and feedback by other ACCME 2019 participants and may be posted on ACCME’s website. Stories will be ranked through ACCME 2019 Meeting Steering Committee review and participant engagement at the meeting. The highest-ranking stories will receive special recognition at the meeting. 

② Inspire and Teach!

Share your expertise and experience as an educational leader by proposing a 1-hour educational session you would like to lead. Click here to submit your proposal to Inspire and Teach an educational session. 

Selected presentation proposals will be featured as breakout sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon of the ACCME 2019 Meeting. Additionally, all selected presenters (up to two per session) will receive a 30% discount on meeting registration. 

③ Demonstrate What Works (or Doesn’t Work!)

Submit a CME research study and share your scholarship. What makes CME effective or ineffective in catalyzing learner change and healthcare improvement? Help mentor your colleagues as we pursue together critical questions about CME. Click here to submit your research study. 

Selected research submissions will be presented during a special research session that will take place on Wednesday afternoon of the ACCME 2019 Meeting. The primary author for each selected poster will receive a 20% discount on registration for the ACCME 2019 Meeting and be invited to participate in the Research Mentorship Track. 

Learn More

Annual Report PagesReminder: ACCME Data Report Survey

ACCME produces an annual data report with information from accredited CME providers about the scope of their programs. In recent years, we’ve streamlined the report and also added data in response to requests from CME providers. Now we are requesting your feedback about how we can further improve the report to better serve your needs.

You can access the most recent data report here, in both PDF and Excel versions.

The deadline to complete the survey is September 30, 2018.


CME for MOC Updates

How to Help Your ABIM Certified Physicians Meet Their 5 Year MOC Point Requirements

 

ABIM MOC

ABIM Board Certified physicians need to earn 100 MOC points every five years to remain certified. The end of 2018 marks the first five-year deadline since the implementation of ABIM’s continuous MOC program. Many of your learners will need to earn 100 MOC points by December 31, 2018 to avoid a change in certification status.  

How to Assist Your Learners in Meeting their MOC Point Requirement:  

  • Let your learners know that your CME+ABIM MOC activities count toward meeting their MOC requirements. Promote these opportunities clearly and frequently through your communication channels, such as your website, social media, newsletters, etc.  
  • Communicate to learners that the process is simple and easy. Explain how they can earn ABIM MOC points at your activities.  
    • Clarify that you, as the CME provider, will take care of collecting and submitting their completion information so that ABIM may award their MOC points. 
  • Remind learners to claim MOC points for eligible activities they have recently completed. 

Updates & Important Deadlines:  

  • It is now easier for CME providers and learners to search for ABIM IDs by the learner’s name or NPI number. Find a physician’s ABIM ID.    
  • You now have the option to register your CME activities for ABIM Practice Assessment MOC points or as a blended activity that earns both Medical Knowledge and Practice Assessment MOC points. Please report your 2018 CME that counts for ABIM MOC completion information in PARS by December 31.  
  • We encourage you to submit learner completion information as soon as possible after the activity is completed, so that ABIM may award their MOC points. This will help manage your learners’ expectations for reporting points, especially for activities that take place late in the year.  

For more information, please visit CME that counts for ABIM MOC and CME in Support of MOC.


Reminders for Accredited Providers

2019 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee

ACCME-Accredited Providers: We will send invoices for the 2019 ACCME annual accreditation fee later this year, with payment due by January 31, 2019. 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 your organization’s information to ensure all contact data is current and make any necessary updates.

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.


Tips and Tools

Common Compliance Issues

In response to feedback from accredited providers, we have added a new resources page to our website. The Common Compliance Issues webpage, includes a list of compliance issues that we have noted in recent accreditation reviews.

You can access the webpage through the Resources drop-down list in the menu navigation or by going to www.accme.org/resources/common-compliance-issues. Check back regularly as new compliance issues will be added periodically.

For an extensive list of examples of compliance and noncompliance by criterion, please see the Compliance Library


Collaboration and Engagement

Bryan Health: Collaborating to Address Postpartum Hemorrhage
Bryan Health Photo

We’ve added a new story to our webpage, Our Stories: Exemplary Practices, featuring Bryan Health, an accredited CME provider in Nebraska. Bryan Health’s CME Coordinator, Anita Prockish, RN, states, “In the US, hemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal death, yet many of these deaths are preventable. The need for real-life training is especially great in rural areas, where the maternal death rate is up to 64 percent higher than in urban areas.”

To address that need, accredited CME provider, Bryan Health, formed a collaboration with Heartland Health Alliance, Bryan College of Health Sciences, Bryan Medical Center, and Benjamin Byers, DO, Center for Maternal & Fetal Care, to present an interdisciplinary OB Simulation for Postpartum Hemorrhage onsite at 12 rural communities across Nebraska. The activity utilized assigned prework reading on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) clinical guidelines, didactic lecture, hands on simulation with a fully functioning OB mannequin, and a physician roundtable debrief.

Following the activity, physicians across the communities reported plans to develop and implement healthcare quality improvement measures. Jared Kramer, MD, Howard County Medical Center, stated, “A week after our OB team completed the simulation training program, we put our training to work in a postpartum hemorrhage requiring a massive transfusion protocol. The simulation was invaluable.”

Read more.


Upcoming Educational Opportunities

CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinars 
MOC Webinar Updated 2

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 November 13. 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 will be held in January 2019.

Registration information is available on the events section of our website. 


Career Opportunities

Join Our Team
Technical Business Analyst

The Technical Business Analyst performs a critical role in the analysis and improvement of the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) database to ensure quality of service provided to accredited organizations and other stakeholders in the CME community.

Please see the ACCME Careers page for more information about this position. 


For Your Reference

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Releases CLER National Report of Findings 2018: This is the second report of findings from visits to the clinical learning environments (CLEs) of nearly 300 larger institutions sponsoring ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs. The Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program has been designed and implemented as a formative learning process for each Sponsoring Institution, the graduate medical education community, the ACGME, and the public. Its aim is to provide a continual flow of information about the nation's CLEs.

Gaps in Clinicians’ Knowledge of MACRA, the Quality Payment Program, and the Role of CME, Clinical Care Options: This new report from Clinical Care Options, a jointly accredited provider, illuminates gaps in clinicians’ knowledge of MACRA and how CME can help overall performance scores.

"Implementing Optimal Team-Based Care to Reduce Clinician Burnout," NAM Perspectives: This discussion paper from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) explores optimal team-based care and its role in reducing clinician burnout and achieving better patient outcomes. Authors describe key features of successful health care teams, review existing evidence that links high-functioning teams to increased well-being, and recommend strategies to overcome barriers to optimal team-based care.

"Leadership Survey: High-Performing Organizations," NEJM Catalyst: The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) surveyed members of the NEJM Insights Council — comprised of health care executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians — about high-performing organizations in the health care industry. This article showcases the survey results, summary findings, expert analysis, and commentary from Stephen Swensen, MD, Medical Director for Professionalism and Peer Support at Intermountain Healthcare, and Namita S. Mohta, MD, NEJM Catalyst.


In Case You Missed It

New Opioid REMS CE Data Report

ACCME and American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Collaborate to Promote Physicians’ Lifelong Learning and High-Quality Patient Care