CME Providers: Adopt an Improvement Program In Your CME Operation

October 31, 2009 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

The ACCME requires that all CME be directly involved in improvement. Accredited CME providers are required to measure change (improvement) in physician competence, performance or patient outcomes. That doesn’t mean all CME providers have to offer learners education designed to meet the AMA format of PI-CME. But accredited providers are required to show a report of the evaluation data and information about changes in physician learners’ competence, performance and/or patient outcomes. What does this mean? It means CME providers are expected to be integrally involved in health care quality improvement. I think the best way to learn how to be effective in this improvement environment is to adopt a “culture of improvement” in our own CME operations. We should:

  • adopt a systematic, sustainable, repeatable approach to improvement;
  • use the tools employed in improvement initiatives to improve our own CME operations;
  • expect that every person in our own CME operation is engaged in targeted improvement efforts;
  • transform our overall CME programs into improvement focused operations.

We must learn these skills. We must integrate a systematic, sustainable, repeatable approach to improvement in our CME operation. As a result of our own improvement efforts the CME operation will be well positioned to become an effective strategic asset in many efforts designed to improve health care delivery.

If you are interested in learning an approach you can use to establish an improvement program in your CME operation contact me at ctlassoc@mindspring.com.

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