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"Simplifying CME Requirements Verification: ACCME’s State Medical Boards Pilot"

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Contact: Marcie Bonilla, Director of Data Services, ACCME, mbonilla@accme.org.

Poster Author
Marcie Bonilla

Summary
The ACCME, Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine, Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure, North Carolina Medical Board, and Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners collaborated on a voluntary, year-long pilot program that enabled Continuing Medical Education (CME) providers to report physician participation in accredited CME to the participating boards via ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).

The program gave the boards access to detailed CME participation data on their physician licensees without having to do any IT development or pay a fee to participate. The pilot was a proof-of-concept that demonstrated that CME providers can effectively report individual CME participation data using PARS, which is the system they are already using to report information about their accredited CME activities. The system proved to be easy and straightforward to use by licensing board staff.

Starting in 2021, ACCME will be opening up the State Medical Board Program to any licensing board under the Federation of State Medical Boards. The goals of the program are to provide a unified system for all medical licensing boards to use for verifying the CME participation for their licensees. This system will simplify the boards’ review of licensees for having met periodic re-licensing requirements, as well as assure boards that the CME credits reported for physicians are primary-source verified. The program also aims to reduce the reporting burden for physicians, so that they no longer have to maintain paper or electronic records of their CME participation for the purpose of re-licensure verification.

Supplementary information
  • Visit the ACCME's website for more information about this program.
  • View a PDF showing what the Program and Activity Reporting System search portal looks like.
  • ACCME telephone for more information:  312-527-9200

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