Submit your Feedback on CE Independence by March 8, CME that Counts for MIPS Webinar, Interprofessional Continuing Education Report, Clinician Spotlight
Reminders for Accredited Providers
Complete Your 2018 Year-End Reporting in PARS
CME for MOC: Learner Data Reporting Deadline; ABP Update
Tools and Tips
Commercial Support Videos
Our Story of the Month
Ohio State Medical Association: Addressing Opioid Abuse in Ohio
Data Systems Analyst
Thanks to all of you who have responded to our call for feedback to review the rules that protect the independence and integrity of accredited continuing education (CE) for healthcare professionals. If you have not yet responded, we encourage you to participate by March 8, 2019. We are asking you for recommendations about potential revisions to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠ (the Standards) that will ensure their continued relevance and effectiveness.
We welcome all perspectives and look forward to engaging with you. For more information, visit, www.accme.org/my-SCS-feedback.
A new report, IPCE Works! Identifying Measures of Success and Evaluating Our Impact, explores key recommendations for evaluating the effectiveness of interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) in improving healthcare team performance and patient care.
To learn more, visit the Joint Accreditation website, www.jointaccreditation.org.
Reminders for Accredited Providers
To meet your year-end reporting requirements, you must enter data for your 2018 activities and your 2018 program summary in the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).
Deadline: For ACCME-accredited and jointly accredited providers, the deadline for completing your 2018 year-end reporting requirements is April 1, 2019. Providers accredited by a state or territory medical society may be required to complete their 2018 year-end report earlier and should check with their accreditor for information.
If you have any 2018 learner data that you still have not reported for CME that counts for Maintenance of Certification (MOC), we will continue to accept that data in PARS through April 1, 2019.
The American Board of Pediatrics now allows credit to be submitted more than once a day for journal-based CME only. For more information, please see these FAQ:
- Can I report partial credit for participants that have not earned the maximum amount of credit available for the ABP MOC activity?
- What type of validation does ABP perform on the participant completion data submitted by providers?
Learn more about CME in Support of MOC at www.accme.org/MOC.
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Join the ACCME and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in a webinar on March 6 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm CT. Learn how you can support your learners’ participation in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and facilitate clinician engagement in institutional and community initiatives to improve performance, quality, and safety. Register now.
- Advanced CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinar - March 26
- Beginner CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinar - May 21
Join us at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on April 30 – May 2 to collaborate with your peers and expert faculty with the goal of advancing your own professional development. Take time to build your skills and make plans for evolving learning and improvement for the practitioners and communities you serve. Registration is still open.
We're pleased to invite ACCME 2019 Meeting attendees to join us for a new post-conference workshop, “Successes from the Field: Collaborating to Enhance Care and Services for Adolescent Health,” on May 2 from 2:00 - 4:30 pm CT. This workshop will focus on hands-on approaches to bring collaboration and community engagement to CME that advances the health of adolescents. This session is being conducted in partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health – Region 5, with support from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health.
Tools and Tips
We produced these videos to support your compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠:
- What Creates a Conflict of Interest?
- How Can I Best Identify Relevant Financial Relationships?
- Who is in Control of CME Content?
- What are Relevant Financial Relationships?
To see the full list of our video resources, visit the Video Resources page.
Connect with Us
As part of our ongoing efforts to promote the value of accredited CME, we are highlighting the role of clinicians as planners, teachers, learners, or CME committee members.
On February 13 – 14, we hosted the Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) meeting in our Chicago office. We want to thank our ARC members (below, left) for their commitment and time to helping assure a high-quality, self-regulated CME system that advances healthcare professional performance and patient care.
Brooke J. Taylor, MPH, CCMEP, received an award of appreciation for completing her term of volunteer service with the ARC from Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, ACCME President and CEO (below, right).
Our Story of the Month
This month's Our Stories: Exemplary Practices features the Ohio State Medical Association. Mary Whitacre, Director, Educational Development & Services, shares her organization's efforts to address the opioid crisis.
"Our SmartRx online educational activity keeps prescribers up to date as Ohio continues to address the prescription drug abuse epidemic. To supplement our SmartRx activity, we provide additional resources for physicians and other prescribers to inform them about appropriate prescribing and clinical treatment. Our BeSmart online resources help raise awareness about Ohio’s prescription opioid misuse and addiction problem, providing links to prescribers and distributing preventative information to patients as well as information about addiction and recovery."
Read the full article and more stories about how accredited CME providers are making a difference in healthcare at www.accme.org/resources/our-stories.
Collaborations and Engagement
Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Executive VP, speaks to ecancertv at the European CME Forum about the growing flexibility and innovation in CME, the increasing focus on education by and for teams, and the importance of recognizing learning in the workplace. Watch the full interview.
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) hosted a one-hour webinar on February 13 to introduce the Action Collaborative on Countering the US Opioid Epidemic. Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME VP, Education & Outreach, and member of the NAM Steering Committee, presented the Health Professional Education and Training portion of the webinar. The ACCME is one of 50 participating groups in the initiative. Watch the full webinar.
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME presented an overview on “The Future of Continuing Education,” in collaboration with the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). Watch the full webinar.
- A Crisis in Health Care: A Call to Action on Physician Burnout, a report published by Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Global Health Institute. For ideas about how CME can promote clinician wellness, watch this ACCME video commentary.
- The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Back to Bedside Initiative
- The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Visiting Scholars Program
- The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE) produced two guidance documents: The Role of the Clinical Learning Environment in Preparing New Clinicians to Engage in Quality Improvement Efforts to Eliminate Healthcare Disparities and Achieving the Optimal Interprofessional Clinical Learning Environment
The Data Systems Analyst is responsible for providing support to accredited CME providers, collaboration partners, staff, and volunteers in their use and understanding of ACCME’s proprietary data collection systems, including the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). This person will support providers in inputting data correctly and analyze ACCME’s data for quality and reporting purposes.
Please see the ACCME Careers page for more information about this position.
For Your Reference
- Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission Final Report
- MedEd Publish Journal: The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) MedEd Publish Journal is accepting submissions through March 1, 2019.