PolicyMed.com (07/26/18) Thomas Sullivan
A new guide on implementing accredited continuing medical education (CME) activities seeks to help clinicians address gaps in performance and health care quality as well as meet professional expectations. The step-by-step resource, from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), first helps clinicians identify which of their existing CME activities are already improvement activities, offering examples of CMS/Board expectations and approaches to look for in the activities. Next, users select from the professional requirements that apply to their clinician learners. Categories within this section include Maintenance of Certification/Continuing Certification for a number of medical specialties, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Clinical Practice Improvement Activities, Focused or Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation to meet the Medical Staff Standards of the Joint Commission and Institutional or Organizational Quality and Safety Goals. The final step involves helping clinicians report their participation through two resources: ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System and an upcoming guidance from the Quality Payment Program website.