All CME Must Be Improvement Focused

March 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

The ACCME requires that all CME be improvement focused. That doesn’t mean all CME providers have to offer education designed to meet the AMA format of PI-CME. But as accredited providers we are required to demonstrate that our approved CME activities improve our physician learners’ competence, or performance and/or patient outcomes. That is pretty straight forward.

To be effective in this “improvement environment” CME professionals must:

  • Learn improvement “science” including the ability to measure or understand measures of competence, performance or patient health status.
  • Understand the tools used in improvement initiatives perhaps starting with the seven basic tools of quality.
  • Develop systematic, sustainable, and repeatable approaches to improvement that are evidence based requiring data to make improvement decisions.
  • Find partners to work with in the health care quality improvement business.
  • Create cultures of improvement in our own CME operations that lead to an overall CME program that is improvement focused.

Along the way CME professionals must have an understanding of how to foster learning for healthcare professionals in workplace settings, the uniqueness of healthcare professionals as learners, and a working knowledge of the complex systems in which physicians work and healthcare is funded.

As a CME professional it is my personal responsibility to recognize these challenges and responsibilities and to assure my physician constituents that I am competent to provide leadership to their CME enterprise. We need to the right people on the bus if we are going to meet these responsibilities.

Are we ready?


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