Life Science Compliance Update

May 10, 2017

ABIM and ACCME Increase CME and QI Opportunities for Physicians

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The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) have expanded their collaboration to recognize more accredited continuing medical education (CME) for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). With this expansion, accredited providers are now able to register activities that meet ABIM’s requirements for Medical Knowledge and/or Practice Assessment MOC.

ABIM and ACCME expanded their collaboration to increase the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that earn both CME credit and MOC points in support of physicians participating in lifelong learning and quality improvement to make a meaningful difference in patient care.

While ABIM has extended its decision to not require Practice Assessment in its MOC program through December 31, 2018, MOC points are still available to physicians who complete Practice Assessment activities.

Additionally, using the online CME Finder tool, physicians can choose from over 3,000 accredited CME activities that count for ABIM MOC.

Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO of ABIM, noted, "In less than two years, ABIM’s collaboration with ACCME has resulted in over 3.3 million MOC points earned by more than 68,000 physicians for accredited CME activities they are already doing to stay current and improve the care they provide. As our collaboration expands we want to offer physicians even more choice and convenience for how they fulfill ongoing education and certification requirements. With this expansion, many new types of activities that combine lifelong learning and quality improvement will also be available for dual credit."

A Simpler, Unified Process

Accredited CME providers can now use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to register CME activities that are offered in any format, similar to what they have been doing for Medical Knowledge activities. Activities may be registered for a single type of ABIM MOC credit or for combinations of credit types, including Medical Knowledge and Practice Assessment, so long as they meet the guidelines described in the ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program Guide.

Building on Success

The expansion builds on the ongoing success of the ABIM/ACCME collaboration. Since the collaboration’s launch in 2015, the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that count for ABIM MOC has increased substantially, as has learner participation. More than 240 accredited CME providers registered over 7,000 activities that count for ABIM MOC in PARS.

Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO of ACCME, stated, "We celebrate the expansion of our collaboration with ABIM, because it will generate many more opportunities for accredited CME providers to support physician engagement in education that focuses on quality and safety improvement. Since its inception in 2015, our collaboration has succeeded in making a real and meaningful difference to physicians and educators who are working every day to improve healthcare in their communities. I look forward to building on that success and continuing to work together with ABIM, accredited CME providers, and physicians to leverage the power of education to optimize care for the patients we all serve."

April 27, 2017

ACCME Announces New Logo and Provider Marks

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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has introduced a new logo, tagline, and color palette that emphasize the lifelong journey of learning and celebrate the continued trajectory of the continuing medical education (CME) community. New marks are also available for CME providers to communicate their accreditation status.

The initiative is part of the ACCME’s efforts to build visibility for the CME community and communicate the value of accreditation and accredited CME. The new visual identity is designed to convey the transformation in accredited CME to better meet the needs of clinicians and teams where they live, work, and learn. It also reflects the ACCME’s evolving role as coach – in addition to regulator – aiming to support, inspire, and motivate the community of educators to achieve its full potential.

The shape of the logo is intended to suggest upward movement and expansion, while the clean lines reflect the precision and accuracy of accreditation, built on the ACCME’s solid foundation. The colors were chosen to show growth and a nurturing environment for education.

“Our new logo represents our aspirations for accredited CME. Working with our community of healthcare leaders, educators, clinicians, and patients, we are leveraging the power of education to advance quality in medicine and optimize care, health, and wellness—today and in the years to come,” said Todd Dorman, MD, Chair, Board of Directors, ACCME.

“Our new logo and tagline capture the role of learning in promoting wellness for all of us. As a physician and CEO of the ACCME, I’m optimistic and excited about our future, as we work together to expand the flexibility, inclusiveness, and diversity of education— with the aim of improving care for the patients and communities we all serve,” said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME.

Dr. McMahon and the ACCME staff discuss the meaning of the new logo and tagline in this video.

Marks for Accredited Providers

The new provider marks are adaptations of the ACCME logo, and serve to create a recognizable, consistent visual identity. The marks serve as a message from accredited CME providers to clinicians: continuing education is relevant to your needs, evidence-based, effective, and independent of commercial influence.

Providers directly accredited by the ACCME System and those accredited by ACCME Recognized Accreditors are welcome to use these updated marks beginning immediately. However, use of these marks is optional. More information for providers about how to use the marks is available here.

April 26, 2017

AMA and ACCME Announce Call for Comment on Proposal

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Yesterday, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) issued a call for comment on their joint proposal to simplify and align their expectations for accredited continuing medical education (CME) activities that offer the AMA PRA Category One CreditTM. The proposal for alignment attempts to encourage innovation and flexibility in accredited CME, while continuing to ensure that activities meet educational standards and are independent of commercial influence.

The proposal is aimed at allowing accredited CME providers to introduce and blend new instructional practices and learning formats that are appropriate to their learners and the setting, provided that they abide by the seven core requirements found within the proposal. Those seven core requirements are aligned with ACCME requirements and do not represent any new rules for accredited providers. Found in the proposal, the AMA simplified and reduced its learning format requirements to provide more flexibility for CME providers.

Under the proposal, CME providers may design and deliver an activity that uses blended or new approaches to driving meaningful learning and change. For these activities, the provider can designate credits on an hour-per-credit basis using their best reasonable estimate of the time required to complete the activity.

Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO of ACCME, noted,

We celebrate this collaborative effort with our AMA colleagues and the opportunity to advance the evolution of CME. This proposal reflects the values of our CME providers and supports their aspirations to engage in education that makes a meaningful difference in clinician practice and patient care. We want to do everything we can to encourage innovation and experimentation in CME, so that educators are free to respond nimbly to their learners’ changing needs while staying true to core principles for educational excellence and independence. We thank accredited CME providers for their participation in this process and look forward to their feedback on our proposal and to our continued work together to drive quality in postgraduate medical education and improve care for the patients and communities we all serve.

Susan Skochelak, MD, AMA Group Vice President for Medical Education, was also pleased with the proposal, stating,

Based on the feedback we received from the CME community during listening sessions, we recognize the need to better align the AMA and ACCME’s requirements for CME accreditation and reaccreditation. We believe that our proposal will support the evolution of CME to better meet the needs of educators, physicians, and the patients they serve. We want to hear from the CME community to make sure the proposal addresses their feedback. We encourage CME providers to submit their comments to the proposal so we can continue to evolve to a more streamlined system that meets their needs. 

Following the call for comment period, the AMA and ACCME will analyze the feedback and determine whether to make modifications to the proposal and glossary. Once finalized, the resulting new process will be integrated into the existing accreditation and reaccreditation processes.

If any of our readers wish to comment on the proposal, you may do so here. Comments will be accepted through Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 5:00 pm CST. If you are unable to meet that deadline, but wish to provide constructive comments, email info@accme.org to request an extension.

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