ACCME Increase Continuing Education and Quality Improvement
Opportunities for Physicians
Aims to Benefit Physicians, Educators, and Patients by
Expanding the Diversity of Lifelong Learning Activities that
Improve Healthcare Quality and Safety
April 18, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA and Chicago,
Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) have
expanded their collaboration
to recognize more accredited continuing medical education
(CME) for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). With this
expansion, accredited providers are now able to register
activities that meet ABIM’s
requirements for Medical Knowledge and/or Practice
Assessment MOC. This includes, but is not limited to, formal
performance improvement CME (PI-CME) activities.
ABIM and ACCME
expanded their collaboration to increase the number and
diversity of accredited CME activities that earn both CME
credit and MOC points in support of physicians participating
in lifelong learning and quality improvement to make a
meaningful difference in patient care.
has extended the decision not to require Practice Assessment
in its MOC program through December 31, 2018, physicians can
still earn MOC points for completing Practice Assessment
Using CME Finder, physicians can
choose from more than 3,000 currently available accredited
CME activities that count for ABIM MOC.
than two years, ABIM’s collaboration with ACCME has resulted
in over 3.3 million MOC points earned by more than 68,000
physicians for accredited CME activities they are already
doing to stay current and improve the care they
provide," said Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO
of ABIM. "As our collaboration expands we want to offer
physicians even more choice and convenience for how they
fulfill ongoing education and certification requirements.
With this expansion, many new types of activities that
combine lifelong learning and quality improvement will also
be available for dual credit."
Simpler, Unified Process
CME providers can now use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System
(PARS) to register CME activities that are offered
in any format, just as they have been doing for Medical
Knowledge activities. Activities may be registered for a
single type of ABIM MOC credit or for combinations of credit
types, including Medical Knowledge and Practice Assessment,
as long as they meet the guidelines described in the ABIM MOC Assessment Recognition Program
The expansion builds on
the ongoing success of the ABIM/ACCME collaboration. Since
the collaboration’s launch in 2015, the number and diversity
of accredited CME activities that count for ABIM MOC has
increased substantially, as has learner participation. More
than 240 accredited CME providers registered over 7,000
activities that count for ABIM MOC in PARS.
for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) recognized ABIM and the ACCME with
the 2017 Award for Outstanding Educational Collaboration. The
award is given to exceptional continuing education
professionals and leaders "who are paving the way to
improve patient care through education."
celebrate the expansion of our collaboration with ABIM,
because it will generate many more opportunities for
accredited CME providers to support physician engagement in
education that focuses on quality and safety
improvement," said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President
and CEO, ACCME. "Since its inception in 2015, our
collaboration has succeeded in making a real and meaningful
difference to physicians and educators who are working every
day to improve healthcare in their communities. I look
forward to building on that success and continuing to work
together with ABIM, accredited CME providers, and physicians
to leverage the power of education to optimize care for the
patients we all serve."
- CME Finder: Web-based
tool, enabling physicians to search for CME activities
that count for ABIM MOC.
- CME that Earns MOC: FAQ
about earning MOC points for accredited CME activities.
Board Certified Doctors Make a Difference
and subspecialists who earn and maintain board certification
from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
differentiate themselves every day through their specialized
knowledge and commitment to continual learning in service of
their patients. Established as an independent nonprofit more
than 80 years ago, ABIM continues to be driven by doctors who
want to achieve higher standards for better care in a rapidly
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ABIM is a member of the American Board of
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
(ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago,
responsible for accrediting institutions that offer continuing
medical education (CME) and for recognizing state medical
societies as accreditors of local CME programs.
sets standards for CME that reflect the values of the
educator community and aim to accelerate learning, inspire
change, and champion improvement in healthcare. These
standards ensure that accredited CME is designed to be
relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for
its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.
Through participation in accredited CME, clinicians and teams
drive improvement in their practice and optimize the care,
health, and wellness of their patients.
CME facilitates engagement with physicians and healthcare
teams where they live, learn, and work. There are nearly
1,900 accredited CME providers within the ACCME System,
across the country and internationally, representing a range
of organizations including medical schools, hospitals/health
systems, government/military agencies, specialty societies,
and insurance/managed-care companies. Accredited providers
offer more than 148,000 activities each year, comprising more
than one million hours of instruction and including more than
26 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare