AMA/ACCME Call for Comment Reminder; August 2017 Accreditation Workshop Registration Open





Reminder: Submit Your Comments by May 25 on the AMA/ACCME Simplification Proposal
Thank You for a Successful ACCME 2017 Meeting!

Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Registration Now Open for the August 2017 Accreditation Workshop
Save the Date for the “CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions” Webinar: July 11

Tips and Tools
ACCME Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation Wheel
CME that Counts for ABIM MOC Resources

Promoting Accredited CME
CME in Action: Share Your Photos

Collaboration and Engagement
ACCME Joins IAMRA as Partner Member

Career Opportunities
We’re Hiring: ACCME Position Opening

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ACCME Letter to Sen. McCaskill Describes Independence and Value of CME
2017 Report on ER/LA Opioid REMS CME Activities in PARS
American Board of Medical Specialties Conference 2017 Early Bird Registration

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Reminder: New Marks Available for Accredited Providers



Comments will be accepted through May 25, 2017, at 5 pm CDT on the proposal by the American Medical Association (AMA) and ACCME® to simplify and align their expectations for accredited CME activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 

Thank you to those of you who have submitted feedback. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to respond to the call for comment here

Reflective of the AMA and ACCME’s shared values, the proposal for alignment is designed to encourage innovation and flexibility in accredited CME while continuing to ensure that activities meet educational standards and are independent of commercial influence. 

Key points

  • The proposal includes core requirements, which are aligned with current AMA and ACCME requirements—and do not represent any new rules for accredited providers.
  • The AMA Council on Medical Education is proposing simplified and reduced format requirements to provide more flexibility for CME providers.
  • Accredited CME providers can introduce and blend new instructional practices and formats appropriate to their learners and setting, as long as they abide by the core requirements.
  • CME providers may designate an activity format as “other” if it does not fall into one of the established format categories, without asking permission from the AMA.

More information

  • View the full announcement for additional details on the call for comment and proposed simplification of requirements.
  • In addition to collaborating on the proposal, the AMA and ACCME produced this shared glossary of terms and definitions to help clarify terminology for accredited CME providers and learners. You’ll also have the opportunity to provide feedback on the glossary in the call for comment.
  • CME providers: please contact with any questions.  


Thank you to all of the ACCME 2017 Meeting attendees, steering committee members, faculty, volunteers, and other guests for making the inaugural ACCME meeting a success! We appreciate your engagement throughout the conference, and hope you headed home inspired and armed with tools to elevate your CME program.

Missed the meeting, or want a recap of the highlights? Check out our Facebook photo album or this summary of Twitter posts by attendees. This is just a quick overview of the engagement at the ACCME 2017 meeting; our meeting hashtag (#ACCME2017) was used more than 500 times, with posts appearing on screens throughout the meeting space.

The meeting would not have been possible without the hard work of the following ACCME 2017 Steering Committee and State Medical Society Planning Committee members:

ACCME 2017 Steering Committee:

  • Mildred Carraway, RN, BSN, Brody School of Medicine (East Carolina University)
  • Rebecca Daniel, MD, FACP, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital - Ann Arbor
  • Jodi Escareno, CHCP, Washington State Medical Association
  • Anne Grupe, MSEd, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Ginny Jacobs, MEd, University of Minnesota
  • Steve Kawczak, PhD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education
  • Jeff Mallin, MD, Kaiser Permanente/Bellflower Medical Center
  • Kathleen Moreo, RN-BC, BSN, BHSA, CCM, Cm, CDMS, PRIME® Education, LLC

2017 State Medical Society Planning Committee:

  • Frank Berry, CCMEP (MD)
  • Sandy Deeba (OK)
  • Miriam Hardin, PhD (NY)
  • Casey Harrison, MBA (TX)
  • Leslie Howell, CCMEP (PA)
  • Kim Mathis (MS)
  • Miranda Mosley (KY)
  • Jena Resner, MD (CA)
  • Jessica Vautour (MA)
  • JoAnne Wojak, BSBA (CO)

Interested in attending the meeting next year? Save the date for the ACCME 2018 Meeting – April 16-19, 2018 in Chicago!

Jacobs, Johnson, Mimm

Ginny Jacobs, MEd, Minnesota Medical Association (foreground), with (background, left to right) Lisa Johnson, MHS, MT(ASCP)SC, American Society of Clinical Oncology; Jonathan Mimm, American Board of Internal Medicine; and Natalie Trahey, American Board of Internal Medicine, during the “Aligning Performance and Quality Improvement: CME and ABIM Part IV/Practice Assessment MOC” session.


Balmer, Gage-White, Dorman

Left to right: Jann Balmer, RN, PhD, University of Virginia School of Medicine; Linda Gage-White, MD, PhD, MBA, Louisiana State University School of Medicine; and ACCME Board Chair Todd Dorman, MD, FCCM, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.


Cook, McMahon

David Cook, MD, MHPE, Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (on stage) and Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME discuss quality in medical education research methods and assessment during the final keynote address of the meeting.

Upcoming Educational Activities


Registration is now open for the ACCME’s 2017 Accreditation Workshop, scheduled for August 3-4 in Chicago.

Designed for all levels, from CME novices to masters, the Accreditation Workshop offers you: 

  • strategies for meeting ACCME accreditation requirements
  • engagement with CME colleagues and ACCME staff about the CME environment
  • resources to support your own professional development and the training of your colleagues and faculty
  • skills to contribute to the national CME system as an informed professional
  • tools to position your CME program as a strategic asset

The workshop will feature a variety of interactive sessions to meet individual learning needs. The agenda includes large group discussions to explore vignettes, cases, and examples as well as small group breakouts to discuss the application of the ACCME criteria in practice.

Newcomers’ Session

A Newcomers' Introduction to Accredited CME pre-conference session will also be offered on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. We recommend this session for those who have been involved in CME for one year or less. You can add this pre-conference session to your registration; a separate registration fee will apply.

If you have questions please contact Melody Latham, Assistant Manager of Education and Outreach, at


The ACCME is offering a series of bimonthly webinars to discuss strategies for planning CME that Counts for MOC, and to answer provider questions. Join us for the next "CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar on Tuesday, July 11, from 2:00-3:00 pm Central; sign up here.

As part of our CME that Counts for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) efforts, accredited CME providers can use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to register activities for the MOC programs of the American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). This collaboration enables you to benefit your community of physicians by offering more options for high-quality education that best meets their needs and helps them fulfill professional requirements.

When you register your CME activities that count for MOC in PARS, they will appear in our online search tool The earlier you enter an activity in PARS, the sooner it will appear in, allowing physicians to find and register for your activities. 

For more information about CME that Counts for MOC, view our recording of the March 15 “CME that Counts for MOC” webinar, or visit our webpage.

Tips and Tools


We’re happy to share a downloadable version of the ACCME commendation criteria wheel -- a graphic representation of the categories and criteria that are part of the Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation.

Many of our providers requested a copy of the graphic after seeing it used during the ACCME 2017 meeting, and during other presentations by ACCME staff, and now it is available to you on our website!

As a reminder – to be eligible for Accreditation with Commendation, CME providers need to demonstrate compliance with any seven criteria of their choice, from any category—plus one criterion from the Achieves Outcomes category—for a total of eight criteria from the Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. Compliance with the commendation criteria is optional for CME providers and is not required to achieve Accreditation. Providers will continue to achieve and retain Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with Accreditation Criteria 1-13.

For more information on ACCME’s Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation, visit


  • The new ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program Guide was published on April 11 and includes the following updates:
    • The evaluation requirement (ABIM8) and evaluation examples (Appendix A) have been revised to clarify ABIM’s expectations for evaluation of physician learners.
    • New requirements (ABIM 9-15) were added to allow providers to offer Practice Assessment (i.e., “Part 4”) MOC points for CME activities that are designed to change performance and outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to, formal PI-CME. 
    • The ABIM MOC Recognition Statement has been updated to allow providers to indicate the MOC credit types (e.g., Medical Knowledge and/or Practice Assessment) for activities that offer MOC points.
  • The CME\ABIM MOC badge has been updated with a new color palette. You may download the updated badge from the ACCME website. As a reminder, along with the ABIM MOC Recognition Statement, accredited providers within the ACCME System are welcome to use the CME\MOC badge to identify and promote CME activities that are registered for ABIM MOC points. Use of the badge is optional and may appear on any activity materials, brochures, and announcements that promote CME activities that also earn MOC points. More detail and several versions of the badge are available here.
  • Finally, some providers have reported that they face barriers in collecting learners’ ABIM IDs. We encourage providers to advise your learners to contact ABIM ( or 1-800-441-2246) to obtain their ID if they do not know it.

Promoting Accredited CME


We’re looking for photos of “CME in action!” Help us spread the word that CME is much more than lectures. We’d like to showcase a variety of real-world CME in our communications materials by highlighting your activities. If you’d like to contribute, please email and you may see your photographs on the ACCME website, on social media, or in future ACCME publications!

We’ll share some of these images on social media with the hashtag #CMEinAction, and we invite you to join us by posting images using that hashtag, as well. By doing so, we can demonstrate to our stakeholders the diversity, flexibility, and quality of CME.

Collaboration and Engagement


We’re pleased to announce that the ACCME is now a partner member of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Agencies (IAMRA). IAMRA is a membership organization whose purpose is to encourage best practice among medical regulatory authorities worldwide in the achievement of their mandate - to protect, promote, and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards for the profession of medicine. IAMRA's vision is that everyone around the world is treated and cared for by safe and competent doctors.

IAMRA currently has 109 members from 47 countries, now including ACCME!

Career Opportunities


The ACCME is continuing to enhance its services to the CME community in support of its strategic goals. Toward that end, we have a position available for an interested, dedicated individual who would like to join our staff. 

The Technical Business Analyst will perform a critical role in the analysis and improvement of 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. Applicants with experience in data analysis; a strong understanding of relational databases; and knowledge of SQL Server Analysis Services, SSIS, Microsoft Power BI, and/or Tableau are encouraged to apply.

A detailed position description, qualification requirements, and application information can be found on the ACCME Careers webpage.

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