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To meet your year-end reporting responsibility, we ask that you complete the following steps by March 31, 2022

  1. Review and update your contact information in PARS. 
  2. Go to the "Agreement Page", read through the policies/procedures, and click "Accept Terms". 
  3. Enter all of your activities that occurred in 2021 and close any that are complete. 
  4. Update the total learner counts as of December 31, 2021, for any enduring material activities that are continuing into 2022. 
  5. Complete and submit your program summary, including any revenue received through December 31, 2021. 

Please note: Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2021 year-end report earlier and should check with their accreditor for more information. 

Revised

Enduring activities that are offered over the course of multiple reporting years should be reported only once in PARS. Learner counts for enduring activities should be updated in PARS through 12/31 by the 3/31 annual reporting deadline for each year they are active. Other activity formats that are active in more than one calendar year should be entered once for each 12-month period and closed at the end of that period. If the activity will continue beyond a 12-month period, it should be entered again in PARS. 

For each year that the activity was provided, you will report the number of learners (physicians and/or other learners) who participated, as well as the income related to the activity for that year

For example, if a provider offers an enduring internet material activity that was launched on July 1, 2021, and remains available through December 2022, and they are reporting on a calendar year, they should: 

  1. Report one activity in PARS with a start date of July 1, 2021, and an end date of 12/31/2022; 

  2. Learner counts through 12/31/2021 should be reported as a part of annual reporting for 2021 and learner counts should be updated to indicate the cumulative counts through 12/31/2022 as a part of annual reporting for 2022; 

  3. For each year, calculate and report the income received during that year only. If the activity received monetary commercial support, report the amount of support received in the year in which it was received. In subsequent years, for the question, “Commercial Support Received,” answer “yes” and type zero (“0”) in the “Total Monetary Amount Received” field.

Revised

The Internal ID (formerly called Provider Activity ID) is a unique code or identifier that your organization creates. It is used in combination with the data in the fields activity type, and activity date to uniquely identify your activity records. Providers should not use their assigned seven-digit provider ID number as an Internal ID, since this number would be the same for all activities you provide.  

The Internal ID field is optional, except in the following cases: 

  1. When your organization offers multiple activities in the same format on the same date 

  2. When entering activities via batch upload or web services 

  3. When the activity offers MOC 

Revised

If you need to delete an activity from PARS, you may do so by going to your Activity Summary screen. From there you can check the box next to each activity you want to delete and then choose the Delete Activities option at the bottom of the page. You can also delete activities individually by hovering over the activity card and selecting the Delete option. You will receive a pop-up message asking you to confirm whether you want to delete the selected activities. You can also delete activities using the batch and web service methods. 

Note that you cannot delete activities with a status of Closed, or for which you have entered individual learner completion data.

Revised

DRAFT  

  • Title  

  • Format  

  • Start date  

  • End date 

ACTIVE  

  • Delivery method (if applies)  

  • Location (if applies)  

  • City, State, Country (if in person)  

  • AMA PRA Category 1™ amount  

  • CME Finder Yes/No selection  

  • If CME Finder = Yes  

    • Fee   

    • Registration  

    • Activity URL  

  • Activity Description  

  • Providership (Direct/Joint)  

  • End date not in the past  

READY TO CLOSE  

  • Same fields as Active  

  • End date in the past

CLOSED  

  • Everything required for Ready to Close  

  • If Joint Providership, at least 1 joint provider name  

  • At least 1 Outcome Measure  

  • Commercial Support Yes/No  

  • If Commercial Support = Yes, at least 1 support source, and for each source:  

    • Monetary or In-Kind selection 

    • If Monetary, support amount  

  • Total Physician Learner count (can enter a “0” if no learners in this category)  

  • Total Other Learner count (can enter a “0” if no learners in this category)  

  • If activity was registered for MOC/CC, at least one board selected, attestation complete, and for each board:  

    • At least one practice area  

    • At least one credit type  

    • MOC credit amount  

    • Content area (if applicable)  

    • Internal ID (if applicable)  

    • Fee  

    • Registration  

    • Activity URL  

    • MOC credit claim date

Revised

The Program Summary is a summary of financial data attributable to your entire Program for the year. It includes the following data fields that the provider is required to manually complete:

1. Total advertising and exhibit income received in support of your Program. Advertising and exhibits are promotional activities and not continuing medical education. Therefore, monies paid by commercial interests to providers for these promotional activities are not considered to be commercial support

2. Total registration fees received (includes registration, subscription or publication fees received from activity learners)

3. Total government monetary grants received (monetary grants received from federal, state, or local governmental agencies in support of your Program)

4. Total private monetary donations received (monetary donations received from the private sector, including foundations, in support of your Program)

Please note that commercial support information must be entered for individual activities. Commercial support is defined as any monetary or in-kind contributions given by an ACCME-defined commercial interest that is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity.

If your organization is the accredited provider for a jointly provided activity, you are required to report the same financial data that you do for directly provided activities, even if the joint provider was the recipient of the funds.

Deleted related FAQ: "How should income associated with jointly provided activities be reported?" 

Revised

All users affiliated with your organization in PARS have the ability to edit specific organizational contact information on the Profile tab of the dashboard. The system is designed for self-management. It is a best practice to have individual users update their own information by going to Edit My Profile or via the Profile tab on their dashboard. Please contact info@accme.org if your organization needs assistance with this process. 

A directly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider. Include co-provided activities (provided by two accredited providers) in this category if you are the accredited provider awarding the credit. In contrast, a jointly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider and a non-accredited entity.

If your organization is the accredited provider for a jointly provided activity, you are required to report the same financial data that you do for directly provided activities, even if the joint provider was the recipient of the funds. 

Related link: ACCME's Policy on Joint Providership

 

Revised

You are required to complete the following fields regarding commercial support at the individual activity level.

  1. Commercial Support Received? Indicate whether commercial support was received for this activity by clicking “Yes” or “No”. You should check “Yes” for this question if support was received regardless of whether it was paid directly to your organization, as the Accredited Provider, or to a joint provider
  2. Support Source:  complete this field for each commercial supporter for your activity. Select a name from the drop-down box, or, if the commercial supporter for your activity does not appear in the drop-down, type the supporter’s name into the text field.
  3. Monetary Support Received: use this field to indicate the amount of monetary support received from each commercial supporter.
  4. In-kind Support Received: use this field to indicate the nature of any in-kind support received from each commercial supporter.