ACCME Comment in Support of CMS Proposed Rule to Allow Data Submission for Improvement Activities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) include accredited CME as an Improvement Activity in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This offers an opportunity for providers to demonstrate the value of CME in promoting clinician engagement in efforts to improve performance, quality, and safety. In July 2022, the CMS published a proposed rule, CMS-1770-P, that would allow CME accreditation organizations to serve as third-party intermediaries to submit data on improvement activities. The ACCME strongly supports the addition of national CME accreditation organizations to serve CMS as third-party intermediaries to submit data for clinicians who complete accredited CME activities that meet the CMS expectations of Improvement Activities. As a regulator, we can provide verifiable information on clinicians who engage in accredited CME, thereby reducing reporting burdens on clinicians and allowing them to focus on improving patient care. The ACCME’s submitted comment is available to download here.  

We encourage the accredited education community to submit their comments in support of this proposed rule. The deadline for comments is Tuesday, September 6.    

Learn more about CME for MIPS here.