Conversations With The ACCME: Needs Assessments, Collaboration And Independence

What follows is an exact replication of my questions to the ACCME about needs assessments, collaboration, and independence, and their response. Please keep in mind that this information is applicable only in the context of specific facts and circumstances provided to the ACCME.

If a commercial supporter includes in their RFP “data that [they’ve] been able to gather through a variety of methodologies and mechanisms that look at various potential learner needs and practice gaps,” would an ACCME accredited organization be considered out of compliance with SCS 1.1a if they used the given data as a part of their needs assessment for a CME-certified activity?

The ACCME would not find a provider in noncompliance for utilizing publicly available gap data.  However, the ACCME would expect that the provider independently determines what educational needs underlie those gaps for their own learners.

If a commercial supporter requested an ACCME accredited organization work with another specific organization (e.g. the provider responds to an RFP that requests they work with their QI department to develop CME-QI projects) would they be considered out of compliance with SCS 1.1d?

The ACCME would not find a provider in noncompliance if it responded to an RFP for commercial support that requested that interested providers work with their QI departments to develop CME-QI projects.  The commercial supporter would be funding activities that are CME-QI projects of the institution.

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5 responses to “Conversations With The ACCME: Needs Assessments, Collaboration And Independence

  1. Thanks for posting this and taking the initiative to ask the ACCME. I don’t understand the second question. Please explain “their QI department”–exactly who’s QI department are we talking about? And I don’t know what ACCME is saying when they state “their QI departments”. Again, exactly who’s QI departments? The ACCME’s response may suggest that they did not clearly understand the question? Needs clarification.

    • Thanks, Derek. This is probably due to a poorly worded question on my part. Having just read Sue’s article (http://bit.ly/sSaf1U) I had in my head the following example cited there:

      “An example of what these might look like is a hospital call for grant application Pfizer recently did that required the CME provider to work with their hospital’s quality assurance department—and provide proof that they were working together by citing their own institution’s data for the needs assessment and developing an institution-specific outcomes strategy.”

      That’s where the question came from. Does that help?

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  3. Andrea Gaymon, CCMEP

    Regarding…The ACCME would not find a provider in noncompliance for utilizing publicly available gap data. However, the ACCME would expect that the provider independently determines what educational needs underlie those gaps for their own learners.”

    A systems dynamic perspective would say how could a needs assessment be done independently without involving learners? How can one “expert” determine an education gap without involving the group that the gap would affect in the discussion to help actually design what the real needs assessment or gap is? Just some food for thought from someone who is learning and passionate about adult and organizational development.

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