Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource

American Hospital Association (05/01/19)

The American Hospital Association's (AHA) Physician Leadership Forum views continuing medical education (CME) as a valuable strategic resource for physician-hospital alignment. The forum believes this value can be expanded by having hospital associations share best practices to increase adoption and explore partnerships with medical societies and others to boost CME awareness. Hospitals and health systems are also urged to increase communication between CME professionals and physician and organization leaders to enhance CME offerings. Other suggestions include having the accreditation community review standards for improvement and simplification. Revising education to reflect changes in healthcare delivery, including greater use of performance-based CME and increasing diversity in accredited programs, also is recommended. Many supporters of CME as a strategic resource say it has value in addressing care coordination, deploying changes, enhancing teamwork, cultivating future leaders, fueling behavior change, fulfilling system-based performance improvement, reaching community physicians, and reducing medical liability premiums. AHA members offer several areas in which AHA and state, metropolitan, and regional hospital associations can boost strategic use of CME, including sharing successful practices and finding partnership opportunities. Members suggest CME's strategic value could be improved by harmonizing it with maintenance of certification and Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation processes.

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