February 2016

What's New in CME?

Archived Webinar: Submitting Participant Data in PARS for ABIM’s MOC Program
Visit ACCME’s website for an archived version of the webinar that Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) hosted on Jan. 7, 2016. You can review the process for submitting participant data for ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program in the ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). 

Check out CME that Counts for ABIM MOC for requirements, resources, and more.

Revised Virtual Survey Criteria Takes Effect January 2016
TMA uses an on-site or virtual (conference call, web conferencing, video conferencing) meeting format for the accreditation interview and activity file review. To be considered for the virtual meeting format, organizations must meet the following criteria of no probationary or provisional status in the current accreditation cycle and no more than two Criteria 1-3, 5-13 (Level 2), or policies out of compliance within the current accreditation cycle unless there is a reoccurrence of noncompliance in Criterion 7, SCS 1, SCS 2 and SCS 6 in the last two accreditation cycles.  

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In the Spotlight 

 Two Organizations Achieve Accreditation with Commendation
At its January 2016 meeting, the TMA Committee on Continuing Education awarded Children’s Health in Dallas and Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston Accreditation with Commendation, which confers a six-year term of accreditation. Congratulations to all! TMA has awarded Accreditation with Commendation to 50 percent of the providers who have been reviewed under TMA accreditation criteria. TMA accredits 58 providers. 

Award Recipient: Gayla Bruner, BSN, RN
Gayla Bruner, director of CME at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, was one of six recipients who received The Alliance Distinguished Member Award at the 2016 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) meeting in National Harbor, Md. The Distinguished Member Award is given in recognition of active member involvement in and major service contribution to the Alliance. Congratulations, Gayla! 

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Noteworthy News
Call for Comment Deadline Feb. 16: Proposal for a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation
Comments will be accepted via the online survey through Feb. 16, 2016, at 5 pm CST. Please share this proposal with your colleagues (CME Committees, etc.), and invite them to participate. 

For more information regarding the purpose, categories, menu structure, supporting information, important points, and timelines for the proposed criteria, visit ACCME’s website.

Annual Report Data and Attestation in PARS Due March 31
If you have not already done so, please access ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) on the ACCME website. About PARS includes login instructions, reminders for 2015 year-end reporting requirements, improvement for reporting 2015 activity and program data, batch upload resources for 2015–16 reporting years, a Q&A, video, and much more. 

If you need assistance with PARS, contact Casey Harrison. Do not contact ACCME, which will direct you to TMA. . 

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 Leading Change: Improving the Quality and Delivery of Medical Education

Enhance the Effectiveness of CME
Several practical, low-cost approaches can be used to enhance the effectiveness of CME. 

For Grand Rounds and other types of live learning activities, consider incorporating these ideas:  

  • Bring patients. 
  • Limit formal speaking time. 
  • Make them case-based.
  • Make time for learners to reflect on and try to solve problems during the session, allowing them the opportunity to talk with colleagues. 
  • Ensure there is plenty of time for Q&A. 
  • Follow a curriculum (and incorporate institutional quality goals in that curriculum).
  • Create buzz by using dynamic titles. 
  • Provide the opportunity for social interaction/community-building. 
  • Provide both CME and MOC credit, where appropriate.   

For CME directors and managers, meet regularly with institutional leadership to identify how the organization wants to use education strategically to meet institutional or local goals, advocate for the learners to be given time to spend in learning, and create connections with nursing, pharmacy, and other professions to create interprofessional learning environments.  

Submit your ideas, best practices, and suggestions for possible publication in the newsletter to Casey Harrison

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 Q&A
New Questions Added in 2015: AMA PRA Frequently Asked Questions for CME Providers

General Questions
Q
: We are a U.S.-based organization accredited by the ACCME and will be inviting European physicians to an upcoming conference. How can we let the European physicians know about the AMA agreement with the European Union of Medical Specialists?

A. You should include the following language in your promotional materials:

The American Medical Association has an agreement of mutual recognition of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits with the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), the accreditation body for European countries. Physicians interested in converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to UEMS-European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education CME credits (ECMECs) should contact the UEMS at mutualrecognition@uems.eu.

Learning Formats — General
Q
: We want to address an identified practice gap using multiple educational formats. Can we do that? 

A. Yes, and you can promote it to physicians as a comprehensive program that combines more than one (or several) learning formats. You must meet all format-specific requirements for each of the formats used.

You will need separate credit designation statements and to list the credit per format on the certificate, transcript, or other documentation provided to physician participants. Physicians deserve to know what they will be doing, how they will be doing it, and how credit will be awarded if they can only participate in some components and not others.

An example of promotional language that could be used:

The XYZ activity has two components: an enduring material (self-study completed on your own time) and a live activity (the conference scheduled for XX date that will take place at XX). Physicians who complete both parts can earn a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The ABC Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The ABC Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit Designation Statement
Q
: We have a web page that lists several different CME activities. Is there a way to combine things into one credit designation statement? 

A. Yes. Here are examples of approved variations:

Same format, same amount of credit:

The ABC Hospital designates each live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Same format, different amounts of credit:

The ABC Hospital designates each enduring material for the number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed below. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Different format, same or different amounts of credit (you will have to include the format by the listing for the activity):

The ABC Hospital designates each activity for the number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed below. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Activity 1 title
Live activity, 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ 

Activity 2 title
Enduring material, 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ 

If you have questions or challenges, please contact Casey Harrison in the TMA CME office. Do not contact the ACCME, which will direct you to TMA. Questions and challenges selected will not include identifiable information. 

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Upcoming Events
2016 Texas CME Conference 
June 22-24, 2016
Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
701 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Click here to learn about the hotel.

This conference is your opportunity to get CME updates, benefit from best practices, and network with your CME peers. 

Please consider submitting a 2016 Texas CME Conference Abstract proposal. More information is available on the 2016 Texas CME Conference webpage. 

For budgeting purposes:

Registration:    

  • One registration included in the annual fee for TMA-accredited providers 
  • $335 for additional registrants
  • $175 special rate for physicians attending Thursday only  

Room rates:  

  • $169 single or double*
  • $189 triple*
  • $209 quad*  

*Plus taxes, currently 15%

Parking:  

  • Self-parking:
  • Daily attendees - $4/hour (maximum of $12/day), does not include in/out privileges
  • Overnight attendees –$12/night, includes in/out privileges
  • Valet parking: 
  • Daily attendees - $17/day, does not include in/out privileges
  • Overnight attendees - $32.00/night, includes in/out privileges  

 Internet access:
Complimentary in event space and in guest rooms for all guest registered in the group block  

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New to CME  

  • Schedule a training session with TMA CME staff. Staff can train on-site at your organization or ours. Email Casey Harrison for more information.
  • Sign up to receive the ACCME Report, ACCME’s monthly enewsletter.
  • Join TACME - a nonprofit Texas corporation created to promote quality continuing medical education in the state of Texas. TACME provides opportunities for professional growth and development to all individual professionals and representatives of institutions and commercial companies involved with planning, implementing, and/or supporting CME in Texas.
  • Attend the 2016 Texas CME Conference. Conference includes newcomer sessions on  accreditation requirements, policies, processes and documentation of activities, and a mentor/mentee program. 

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