3-5 pm Concurrent Sessions ABCs in CME – What CME Newcomers Ought to Know Paige Green, MEd, CME Program Manager, Texas Medical Association, Austin Casey Harrison, MBA, Director of Continuing Medical Education, Texas Medical Association, Austin
Pre-work: To prepare for this session, bring a sample of the mechanism(s) you use or plan to use for documenting the following criteria:
Criterion 1 – your CME mission statement
Criterion 2 – how you identify the professional practice gaps of your learners and the educational needs that underlie the identified professional practice gap(s)
Criterion 3 – how your activities are designed to change competence, performance or patient outcomes of your learners
Criterion 5 – how your activities are designed to ensure that the educational format is appropriate for the setting, objectives and desired results of the activity
Criterion 6 – how your activities are developed in the context of desirable physician attributes
Criterion 7 –
how you identify conflicts of interest
how you resolve conflicts of interest
how you disclose to learners the presence or absence of relevant financial relationships; and
if applicable, how you disclose to learners the source of commercial support
Criterion 8 – if you accept commercial support, how you address/document the following for your organization:
honorarium and reimbursement of expenses policies and procedures
makes all decisions regarding commercial support (SCS 3.1)
does not accept advice or services of a commercial interests as a condition of receiving support (SCS 3.2)
commercial support is given with full knowledge and approval of provider (SCS 3.3)
written agreements outline the terms, conditions and purposes of commercial support (SCS 3.4)
written agreements specify the source of commercial support (SCS 3.5)
written agreements are signed by both the provider and commercial supporter (SCS 3.6)
no other payment is paid to anyone involved with the supported activity (SCS 3.9)
commercial support is not used to pay for expenses for non-teacher or non-author participants of a CME activity (SCS 3.12)
Criterion 9 SCS 4 — if you organize exhibits or advertising, how you address/document the following:
arrangements for commercial exhibits or advertisements to influence planning or interfere with the presentation of CME activities (SCS 4.1)
arrangements for commercial exhibits or advertisements to be a condition of commercial support (SCS 4.1)
product-promotion or product-specific advertisement to occur during CME activities (SCS 4.2)
educational materials to contain advertising, trade name or product-group messages (SCS 4.2)
Criterion 11 – how you measure change in learners (competence, performance, and/or patient outcomes) for your activities
By participating in an interactive session, newcomers to CME should be able to (1) describe the accreditation requirements and policies of TMA and ACCME accreditation systems; (2) discuss the environment of CME; and (3) formulate strategies and gain insights to create or improve your CME program.
CHCP Camp — Taking You to the Next Level Jessica Stewart, CHCP, Continuing Professional Education Coordinator, Cook Children’s, Fort Worth Chris Ralls, MBA, PMP, CHCP, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Houston Methodist Leticia Bresnahan, MBA, CHCP, Director Office of Continuing Medical Education, UT Health San Antonio
Participants should be able to use the information provided in the key topics: The Why — Benefits of Achieving the CHCP; Prep Before You Prep — Eligibility Requirements and the 411 on Getting Scheduled for Testing Day; Components of the Exam — including New Exam Content; Study Strategies for the Road to CHCP Success; and first-hand experience from two CHCP designation holders, to assess if they are ready to take the next step of pursuing a certification of healthcare continuing professional development professional (CHCP).
5:15-5:45 pm Meet Your Mentor
Thursday, June 14
7:30–8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30–9 am Welcome and Announcements
9-10:15 am Mark Gregg Memorial Distinguished Lecture – CME Leadership for Healthcare Transformation Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President of Education and Outreach, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Chicago
The opening presentation will harmonize well with several topics addressed at this year’s conference. Participants will explore through an interactive discussion and case examples how to use CME to support healthcare transformation and simultaneously increase education value in their organization; by identifying opportunities available and small changes that can be adopted by accredited providers.
10:15–10:45 am Break and Visit Exhibits
10:45–11:45 am CME for MOC: Addressing the Most Requested MOC “How-to” Topics Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President of Education and Outreach, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Chicago Casey Harrison, MBA, Director of Continuing Medical Education, Texas Medical Association, Austin
Pre-work: To prepare for this session, review the requirements for the ABMS member board(s) you offer or are interested in offering MOC credits/points for in your CME Program. Below are links to the requirements:
Participants should be able to (1) identify which CME activities they are already doing that would quality for MOC; (2) administer a comprehensive evaluation component; (3) implement MOC in different activity types; and (4) incorporate in planning of CME activities. Noon–1 pm Networking Lunch/Exhibits
1–2 pm New Commendation Criteria Café This interactive educational format will provide the opportunity for participants to share and gain new examples and ideas for meeting the new commendation criteria.
2–3 pm CME for MIPS: How Can CME Support MIPS? Matt Fleming, Vice President, Antidote Education Company, Dallas
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is throwing physicians for quite the loop and is in the process of changing up how physicians are being paid. This year, PI-QI activities may be used as part of the Quality Payment Program. Wait, QI and PI – yes, you have heard of these. In this plenary session we will review what in the world MACRA and MIPS are, discuss how they impact the physician learners you support, and how you can be part of the solution.
Participants should be able to (1) describe MIPS and MACRA; and how it relates to CME; (2) list the benefits of MIPS and MACRA; (3) identify strategies for implementing CME activities that count for improvement activities in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CME) Quality Payment Program; and (4) list the resources available to physicians.
3–3:30 pm Break and Exhibits
3:30–4:30 pm Concurrent Professional Development Workshops T1 Novice: Test your Knowledge: Compliance vs. Noncompliance Paige Green, MEd, CME Program Manager, Texas Medical Association, Austin Casey Harrison, MBA, Director of Continuing Medical Education, Texas Medical Association, Austin
Participants should be able to (1) identify common areas of noncompliance; (2) analyze cases for compliance or non-compliance with accreditation criteria and policies; and (3) cite resources for further information related to the ACCME/TMA accreditation requirements and policies.
T2 Intermediate/Advanced: Success Through Synergy – Addressing the Challenges of CME Facilitator: Adela Valdez, MD, MBA, Member of TMA’s Subcommittee on Accreditation
Through an interactive session, participants should be able to identify challenges and hear about experiences and different perspectives from colleagues and potentially generate solutions or strategies to address the said challenges.
T3 Intermediate/Advanced: CME for MIPS: Taking a Deeper Dive Matt Fleming, Vice President, Antidote Education Company, Dallas
OK, you have an idea of what MACRA and MIPS are. There are a number of ways you can help your physician learners with this oh-so-simple program. In this session we will take a deeper dive into MIPS and try to tackle some of nuances of the program and more of the QI-PI elements. Specifically, we will look at the evolution of MACRA, PI aspects of MIPS, the impact on physicians, and how it impacts physicians employed versus not employed by hospitals.
Participants should be able to (1) discuss physician concerns with MACRA and MIPS; (2) understand the requirements for PI-QI under the QPP; and (3) develop questions to determine what your organization is doing related to MIPS. 4:30-5:30 pm TACME General Membership Meeting
5:30-7 pm Reception
Friday, June 15
7:15–8 am Breakfast
8–8:30 am Announcements
8:30–9:45 am Abstract Presentation — Aligning your CME Provider Unit with Organizational Priorities Mary Ann Whicker, DNP, RN-BC, Education Manager, CNE, CME & MOC, Ascension Texas, Austin
Through a lecture and interactive workshop, participants should be able to: (1) discuss methodologies of integrating CME activities into organizational priorities.
9:45–10 am Break
10– 11 am Concurrent Professional Development Workshops F1 Novice: A Complete Guide to the CME Survey Process Paige Green, MEd, CME Program Manager, Texas Medical Association, Austin Casey Harrison, MBA, Director of Continuing Medical Education, Texas Medical Association, Austin
Newcomers should be able to (1) define the components of the process for seeking CME accreditation including completion of the pre-application for accreditation, writing the self-study report, compiling file documentation, and preparing for the survey interview; (2) interpret the final decision report; (3) identify tools and resources used in the accreditation process; and (4) explain the purpose and requirement for reporting activity and program data in PARS.
F2 Intermediate/Advanced: Accreditation with Commendation — Winning Ideas Facilitator: Jonathon Bailey, MBA, MSGEL, Manager, Continuing Medical Education Texas Health Resources University, Arlington Panelists: Andrew Crim, FACEHP, CHCP, Executive Director, Professional & Continuing Education (PACE), UNT Health Science Center, Fort Worth Cynthia Juarez, Senior Director, Office of Continuing Medical Education, Texas Tech University, Health Sciences Center El Paso Wendy Macias, Manager, Continuing Medical Education, Methodist Healthcare, San Antonio Chris Ralls, MBA, PMP, CHCP, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Houston Methodist Wanda Helgesen, MSN, RN, Executive Director, BorderRAC, El Paso
Participants should be able to (1) review criteria 16-22; (2) describe several examples of how organizations have applied C16-22 to improve patient care and achieve accreditation with commendation; and (3) identify possible strategies that can be incorporated into your CME program.
F3 CME for MIPS: Put It Into Practice Matt Fleming, Vice President, Antidote Education Company, Dallas
This session is for those interested in doing something in their organization for MIPS. This is will be an interactive session with cases and open discussion about your organizations. Be prepared to speak up and contribute; note there is a “five dollar fine for whining.” Participants should be able to: (1) create a plan of who to contact in your organization to understand what is currently being done for your physician learners regarding MACRA and MIPS; and (2) develop a roadmap for a MIPS QI-PI activity in your organization.
11–11:45 am Year in Review Casey D. Harrison, MBA, Director of CME, Texas Medical Association, Austin Jonathon Bailey, MBA, MSGEL, Manager, Continuing Medical Education Texas Health Resources University, Arlington
Participants should be able to (1) reflect on national and statewide CME issues; (2) review changes in CME or accreditation related requirements; (3) identify new resources and tools created to support accredited providers in the past year; and (4) identify potential opportunities or elements to modify or improve in their CME Program.