ACCME and Board of Medical Examiners in Tennessee are collaborating to launch a voluntary, year-long pilot program that will enable CME providers to report physician participation in CME directly to the Board. The pilot will begin in June 2018.
The ACCME and the Board are engaging in this collaboration because they share the goal of reducing regulatory burdens on physician learners. This will simplify the process for physicians, who will not have to report their participation themselves because their continuing medical education (CME) transcripts will be conveniently and securely shared directly between the accredited educational provider and the Board.
If the pilot is successful, the ACCME's goal is to explore similar collaborations with other state boards.
Participating CME Providers
A select group of accredited CME providers have volunteered to participate in the pilot. Their feedback and experience will inform our efforts going forward.
When a physician attends an accredited CME activity from one of the participating CME providers, they may be asked to provide their name, national provider identifier (NPI) or TN license number, and the day and month of their birth. The provider will upload this data into the system they already use to report activities, ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). This information will then be shared proactively with the Board.
If they wish, physicians may choose not to use this system and to retain their own CME records, just as they do now.
Physicians should refer questions about this pilot program to their participating accredited educational provider – contact information is available here.