The ACCME and State Medical Licensing 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. This service is available to all state medical licensing boards and accredited providers. The ACCME offers the service free of charge to medical boards, accredited providers, and licensees.
Currently, participating boards include:
Alabama Board of Medical Examiners
Medical Board of California
Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine
Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure
Maryland Board of Physicians
North Carolina Medical Board
North Dakota Board of Medicine
Oregon Medical Board
Virgin Islands Board of Medical Examiners
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.
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. Physicians whose licensing boards are not yet participating in the collaboration are still able to email a transcript of their reported CME credits directly to their boards.
Technical Resources for Reporting CME Learner Participation Data: This page contains templates and instructions for reporting CME learner credit data via batch and/or web services.
Physicians: Please contact your accredited educational provider. Contact information is available here. If your educational provider is not reporting your credit data, we recommend that you suggest they contact the ACCME at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CME providers: For questions or more information about submitting learner credit data for your physician-learners, please contact email@example.com.
State medical boards: All state medical boards are welcome to join our collaboration! If you are interested in joining, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org