The ACCME is pleased to present a proposal for simplifying and evolving the accreditation requirements and process. The proposal is based on our discussions with stakeholders, the Board of Directors’ reflection and strategic planning process, the ACCME’s experience evaluating CME providers under the 2006 Accreditation Criteria, and our analysis of accreditation data.
Simpler, Smarter Requirements
The purpose of the proposed changes is to streamline the accreditation process and requirements and to strengthen support for CME as a strategic asset to health care improvement initiatives. There is a growing momentum in the ACCME accreditation system and we want to foster this evolution of accredited CME.
We Appreciate Your Feedback
We have reviewed and analyzed the feedback received via our online survey about the “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.” We appreciate the responses and look forward to our continued engagement with stakeholders.
As shown in the figure here, the vast majority of respondents expressed support for the proposed changes. Respondents also offered constructive suggestions and comments.
The ACCME Board of Directors reviewed the responses during its July meeting. The member organization liasons shared positive feedback with the Board during a dialogue session held at the beginning of the meeting.
The ACCME will now further develop the Accreditation with Commendation menu concept and create a menu of potential new commendation criteria, integrating the ideas generated by the member organization liaisons, survey respondents, and other stakeholders.
The Board will continue to review and discuss the proposed changes at its upcoming meetings, most likely in December 2013 and/or March 2014. If the Board decides to take action to adopt the changes, the ACCME will issue a formal call for comment in accordance with its Rule-Making Policy, which allows stakeholders to provide input for at least 30 days. After that time, the ACCME Board can decide to continue with the changes as adopted or make modifications.
Current Requirements Still Apply
ACCME-accredited providers and intrastate providers accredited by ACCME Recognized Accreditors: Please note that the current requirements remain in place and you should continue to comply with them. Accredited providers should not make changes to their processes or programs in response to the proposal at this time. If and when we formally adopt changes, we will develop a transition plan and share that plan with you.
What Are We Proposing and Why
The following resources describe the proposed changes.
Simplification Proposal - Revisiting the ACCME Requirements & Process: A video commentary with Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, explaining the background and rationale for the proposed changes.
Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process: This PDF includes contains an introduction, cover letter, and the current full text of the ACCME accreditation requirements, with the proposed changes highlighted, so that you can see them in context, accompanied by explanations.
Watch Our Webinar
We conducted a webinar on May 23 to discuss the proposed changes and answer questions. Please click here to access the recorded webinar and the transcript or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://accme.org/education-and-support/video/tutorial/simplification-proposal-webinar.
A PDF of the transcript with slides from the webinar is available for download here.
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