We’re excited to give you a preview of our new, improved Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). See below for key features and screenshots. We’ll update this webpage regularly — so check back for the latest. Reflecting feedback from providers and other stakeholders, the new version of PARS will feature a modernized, user-friendly, streamlined interface for activity and learner reporting.
We expect to launch the new version of PARS this summer. In the meantime, please continue to enter your activity and learner data as you usually do. Your data will be migrated into the new PARS—you will not need to reenter any data.
We’re making these changes based on recommendations from the CME community as well as other stakeholders. We appreciate the input we’ve received, and we’ll continue to offer opportunities for CME providers to give us feedback as we move forward.
These fields will be removed:
- Reporting Year: When entering multiyear activities, you will only need to enter them once rather than for each reporting year.
- Competencies: You’ll no longer need to select competencies for your activities.
- Hours of instruction: You’ll no longer need to enter hours of instruction.
- In-kind commercial support: You’ll no longer need to identify the type of in-kind commercial support you received.
- Simplified data-entry for repeated activities: If you offer activities with the same content more than once, you will no longer need to enter the same data multiple times. You can enter the activity once, specifying date and location for each instance, and PARS will automatically create individual activity entries. See screenshot.
The new PARS will offer:
- Help when you need it: Pop-up descriptions and embedded FAQ provide guidance and clarifications, without taking you away from the PARS site.
- A dashboard for your CME Program, enabling you to receive notifications about your program and activities, and see high level statistics on your program.
- Expanded capability for searching and filtering within PARS and exporting the results.
- The option to display any of your activities in CME Finder, not only those that are registered for MOC, MIPS, and REMS.
- The option to enter physician-learner data for all your activities, not only those registered for MOC. We’ll provide a more streamlined process for entering learner data using the webform and improved learner matching.
- The ability to tag activities by commendation criteria, supporting your efforts to achieve Accreditation with Commendation. See screenshot.
We’ve modified the evaluation questions to offer more options. In the current PARS, providers are asked to identify whether activities were designed and analyzed for changes in competence, performance, or patient outcomes. In the new PARS, you’ll be asked which of the following outcomes will be measured:
- Learner Competence
- Learner Performance
- Patient Health
- Community/Population Health
- Learner Knowledge
You’ll be able to select all that apply. In addition, you’ll have the option to choose what type of measurement was used:
- Objective, such as observation or tests
- Subjective, such as self-reported change
We’re making these modifications to better align with outcomes models that are used in research. The modified questions continue to align with our Core Accreditation Criteria, as well as our criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. Please note that although measuring changes in knowledge alone is not sufficient for compliance with our accreditation requirements, we have included knowledge measurement as an option to align with outcomes models and support research. Our goal is to improve the value of the data for providers, researchers, and other stakeholders.
The data you enter now or have entered previously to answer the evaluation questions in PARS will be mapped to the modified questions in the new PARS — you will not need to reenter your data. The system will also map the current questions to the new questions if you continue to use the existing batch templates or web service. If you want to change how the system maps the data, you will be able to edit that information in PARS.
- When registering an activity that counts for Continuing Certification /Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for multiple certifying boards, you’ll only need to complete one attestation.
- You’ll be able to register activities for MOC using an Excel template.
- You’ll be able to enter the last day a learner can claim MOC credit, which is often different than the end date of the activity. This will give you more flexibility and reduce rejections of learner records.
- A more robust version of CME Finder will enable physicians to more easily search for accredited CME activities that address their needs.
- Physicians will be able to quickly search by activity format, date, types of credit offered, and topic.
- To improve the value of CME Finder, we’ll expect you to enter a brief description of each of your activities, such as the abstract or objectives. With this information, physicians will be able to search for activities by topic.
We’ll share updates and instructions in the coming months to support your use of the new version of PARS. We encourage you to begin thinking now about how you might take advantage of the new features after the launch.
- Activity data: With the new PARS, you’ll have the option to promote any of your current or future activities in CME Finder. Consider how to modify your process and schedule so that you can enter your activities prospectively in PARS. Consider what information you will enter into the activity description field, such as the abstract, content outline, or learning objectives.
- Learner data: The new PARS will have expanded functionality, giving you the option to enter physician-learner data for any of your activities. We plan to expand our collaborations with certifying and licensing boards to meet their needs and to reduce burdens on physicians. By entering your learner data, you can participate in these collaborations, adding value to your CME program and physician learners. What modifications will you need to make in your own data systems or processes to take advantage of this new opportunity?
Questions? We’re happy to help. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.