The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) announced on April 27 two new collaborations with the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) that aim to simplify the integration of accredited continuing medical education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
The collaborations are designed to expand the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that meet the boards’ MOC requirements for lifelong learning and self-assessment (Part 2), and to streamline the MOC process for accredited CME organizations and board-certified physicians. According to an ACCME press release, they pursued this collaboration in response to the needs and requests of physicians and of accredited CME providers that support physicians’ lifelong learning and improvement.
The collaborations continue the ACCME’s commitment to supporting the goals of MOC. Last year, the ACCME and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) initiated the first collaboration between a certifying board and the ACCME to streamline the integration of accredited CME and MOC.
These latest collaborations will facilitate the ability of ABA- and ABP-certified physicians to access and participate in high-quality accredited CME that meets the MOC lifelong learning and self-assessment requirements of their certifying boards. All accredited CME providers in the ACCME system already use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to enter data about each of their CME activities. The ACCME maintains a publicly available list of accredited CME activities registered for ABIM MOC. The list will expand to include accredited anesthesiology and pediatric CME activities approved for MOC credit. CME providers that choose to participate will use PARS to attest their activities’ compliance with MOC requirements. When physicians complete activities, CME providers will report course completion through PARS to the ABA and ABP.
The ACCME, ABA, and ABP expect to have the processes open for accredited CME providers later this year or early in 2017. Read the ACCME release for more. They will release additional information as it is available.