The ACCME and State Medical Boards Collaboration enables CME providers to report physician participation in accredited CME to participating boards via ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), with the goal of reducing burdens on physicians and simplifying the audit process for boards. The ACCME offers the service free of charge to medical boards, accredited providers, and licensees.

Currently, participating boards include:  

  • Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine 

  • Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure 

  • North Carolina Medical Board 

  • Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners 

  • Medical Board of California 

  • Oregon Medical Board 

  • Maryland Board of Physicians 

This service will be available to all state medical boards and all accredited CME providers with the launch of the new PARS on November 16, 2021. 

Download the collaborations program guide here.

Background and Purpose

The collaboration decreases the administrative burden of CME reporting for physicians, enabling them to spend less time tracking and uploading CME credits and dedicate more of their time to high-quality learning — and most important, to patient care. 

The collaboration began in 2018 as a pilot project with a limited group of CME providers. Based on the success of the pilot, the ACCME has extended the collaboration to include any state medical boards and any CME providers that choose to participate.

Process

When a physician attends an accredited CME activity held by one of the participating CME providers, they may be asked to provide their name, state license number or national provider identifier (NPI) and the day and month of their birth. The provider will upload this data into the system they already use to report activities, ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). This information will then be shared proactively with the Board. 

If they wish, physicians may choose not to use this system and to retain their own CME records, just as they do now.

Resources

Technical Resources for Reporting CME Learner Participation Data: This page contains templates and instructions for reporting CME learner completion data via batch and/or web services.

Manually submitting CME Learner Completion Data: This tutorial shows how to enter CME-completion data for CME.

Questions

Physicians: Please contact your accredited educational provider. Contact information is available here. If your educational provider is not reporting your CME-completion data, we recommend that you suggest they contact the ACCME at info@accme.org

CME providers: For questions or more information about submitting CME-completion data for your physician-learners, please contact info@accme.org

State medical boards: All state medical boards are welcome to join our collaboration! If you are interested in joining, please contact info@accme.org