Submit Your Comments by February 21: Proposed Standards for Integrity and Independence; Coming Soon: Coronavirus Education Resources; Register Now for ACCME 2020
SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS BY FEBRUARY 21: PROPOSED STANDARDS INTEGRITY AND INDEPENDENCE IN ACCREDITED CE
We are pleased to invite stakeholders to participate in a call for comment about the proposed, revised ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. The proposed Standards are based on the feedback we received from the continuing education stakeholder community. We appreciate all of you who have participated in our dialogue so far and we look forward to your responses to our proposed Standards.
Our goal is to streamline, clarify, and modernize the Standards, and to ensure their continued relevance and effectiveness in the changing healthcare environment. The initiative supports our strategic goal to assure the quality of accreditation.
To support participation in the call for comment, we have prepared an information package including background materials, the proposed Standards, the survey questions, and the current Standards and related policies. Please review these materials before completing the online survey.
Comments will be accepted until February 21, 2020 at 5 pm Central. Read more.
ACCME ANNOUNCES NEW VP, DATA & INFORMATION SYSTEMS, JULIANNA COLE, MBA
We are pleased to announce Julianna (Julie) T. Cole, MBA, as our new Vice President of Data and Information Systems. Ms. Cole is a technology executive with more than 20 years of experience advancing the strategic use of technology in public, private, nonprofit, and startup organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“I am excited to join the ACCME and to help it realize the vision of data products that reflect the values of the continuing education community in pursuit of healthcare improvements. I look forward to making a positive impact and working with this highly collaborative team.”—Julie Cole, MBA, Vice President of Data and Information Systems, ACCME
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE DECEMBER 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
The Executive Summary of the December 2019 meeting of the ACCME Board of Directors is now available on the ACCME website.
The ACCME made 50 accreditation and 20 progress report decisions. Welcome to the new providers and congratulations to the providers that received Accreditation and Accreditation with Commendation!
We encourage CME providers to celebrate their success in achieving accreditation and communicate the value of their accreditation and accreditation-related accomplishments by informing their community, learners, stakeholders, and the public. You are welcome to use this messaging and to include the ACCME Accredited or Accreditation with Commendation mark in your accreditation statement, as well as in educational materials and other communications.
The Board made 24 accreditation decisions for Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™. Welcome to the new jointly accredited providers and congratulations to the jointly accredited providers that received reaccreditation. Jointly accredited providers are welcome to use the jointly accredited provider mark for education and identification purposes and to award interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) credit for activities that meet the guidelines.
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
WHAT’S NEW AT ACCME 2020: DRIVING CHANGE
At the ACCME Meeting 2020: Driving Change, we’ve identified how each session is connected with one or more of the pathways that are central to accelerating our success. Our goal is to help attendees create their own learning path in order to meet their professional and organizational goals for attending this meeting. Registration is now open.
Here’s an overview of breakout sessions offered at the meeting:
- Strategic Planning
- Health & Well-being
- Learning Science
- Public Health
For more information about the ACCME 2020 Meeting, visit www.accmemeeting.org.
GETTING STARTED WITH JOINT ACCREDITATION WORKSHOP
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ is hosting an introductory workshop on April 2, 2020 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm Central at the ACCME’s offices in Chicago. The workshop will explain the basics and benefits of Joint Accreditation as well as answer questions about the Joint Accreditation process. It is designed for organizations in the initial stages of the application process as well as organizations that are considering applying for Joint Accreditation.
During the workshop, you will learn about the:
- Value & benefits of Joint Accreditation
- Eligibility criteria
- Application process and timeline
- Joint Accreditation Criteria
Reminders for Accredited Providers
ACCME TIERED STRUCTURE FOR ANNUAL ACCREDITATION FEE; 2020 ACCREDITATION FEE DUE JANUARY 31
This year the ACCME implemented a tiered structure for the annual accreditation fee paid by ACCME-accredited providers. In June, we sent information to the primary contact for each ACCME-accredited provider explaining the new structure and the amounts due for the 2020 and 2021 annual accreditation fees. In October, we sent invoices to ACCME-accredited providers. Payment of the 2020 annual accreditation fee is due January 31, 2020.
Please note: Providers accredited by a state medical society should contact their accreditor.
COMPLETE YOUR 2019 YEAR-END REPORTING IN PARS
To meet your year-end reporting requirements, you must enter data for your 2019 activities and your 2019 program summary in ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). PARS is always open, and we encourage you to start entering 2019 activity data now in anticipation of the year-end reporting deadline. You are welcome to enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity is complete.
To access PARS, go to https://pars.accme.org, and enter your email and password. If you have forgotten your password or are logging in for the first time, click on, “Can’t log in or forgot your password?” on the login screen. Please note that the first time you access PARS, there is a short delay while the application is loading.
Deadline: For ACCME-accredited providers, the deadline for completing your 2019 year-end reporting requirements is March 31, 2020. Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2019 year-end report earlier and should check with their accreditor for information.
Collaboration and Engagement
REGISTER FOR THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY WEBINAR ON JANUARY 29
Please join Jim Carroll, Director of National Drug Control Policy, and Admiral Brett Giroir, the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, and prominent national education leaders for the Health Care Professions' Educational Engagement to Support Safer Prescribing and Better Care: An Interprofessional Update on Current Approaches and Future Needs on January 29 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern. Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, is one of the scheduled speakers. Register here. Space is limited.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR IMPROVING UME TO GME TRANSITION
The Coalition for Physician Accountability is seeking nominations of individuals to participate in a planning committee to establish a process to review and make recommendations to improve the undergraduate to graduate medical education transition. Find out more and submit a nomination here.
Tips & Tools
REACCREDITATION TIMELINE & MILESTONES
The reaccreditation process can take approximately thirteen months. Visit our new Reaccreditation Timeline & Milestones page to view an illustration of major provider milestones in the reaccreditation process.
COMING SOON: CORONAVIRUS EDUCATION RESOURCES
We are preparing a list of accredited continuing education resources providers can use to help prepare the clinician community about the rapidly evolving outbreak. We plan to publish the list on our website and on social media. If you would like to share resources or information about your educational activities, please email Tamar Hosansky, VP, Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with Us
COFFEE WITH GRAHAM
Continuous updates in medicine paired with self-reflection and feedback from colleagues help healthcare professionals develop a sense of competence. When competence is matched with confidence, patients receive safe and effective care. In episode 3, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, offers several tips to overcome overconfidence and address the gap between confidence and competence.
Listen to full episodes at, www.accme.org/coffee-with-graham.