September 2020 

News

UPCOMING: JA-PARS MODIFICATIONS ENABLE REPORTING OF ACTIVITIES FOR DENTISTS

We are pleased to announce upcoming changes to the Joint Accreditation Program and Activity Reporting System (JA-PARS) in support of our collaboration with the American Dental Association (ADA). These changes will be released September 10th and will allow jointly accredited providers to:  

  • Indicate activities with a target audience of dentists or allied dental staff
  • Indicate the credits/contact hours offered to these professions
  • Report participation numbers for dentists and allied dental staff
  • Download updated reports that include these new fields

These changes are available in the JA-PARS Sandbox (testing) environment now. As of September 10th, these changes will be live in JA-PARS. Updated versions of the tab-delimited and XML activity submission templates are available here. Learn more here.

COMMISSION ON DIETETIC REGISTRATION JOINS JOINT ACCREDITATION 

We are delighted to offer a new opportunity: jointly accredited providers now have the option of offering accredited continuing education activities and profession-specific credit for Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered. 

We’ve collaborated with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to expand Joint Accreditation, enabling you to award single profession or interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) credit to Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered, without needing to attain separate program or activity accreditation through CDR. 

If you are jointly accredited and your target audience includes Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered, or you are interested in expanding your target audience to include those professions, we invite you to consider this new option. You can choose to add the ability to award CDR Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEU) for $1,500 per year. 

Please note: There is no change to the accreditation or reaccreditation process. This new collaboration offers you more options, but there is no requirement to participate. Learn more here

JOINT ACCREDITATION DECISIONS

Joint Accreditation made 18 accreditation decisions. Congratulations to the providers that received Joint Accreditation and welcome to our new jointly accredited providers! 

We encourage jointly accredited providers to celebrate their success in achieving accreditation and communicate the value of their accreditation and accreditation-related accomplishments by informing their community, learners, stakeholders, and the public. In addition to including the Joint Accreditation Mark in your accreditation statement, you are welcome to include it in educational materials and other communications, such as announcements related to your organization's attainment of Joint Accreditation.

NORTH CAROLINA MEDICAL BOARD RECOGNIZES JOINT ACCREDITATION AND IPCE CREDIT

We are pleased to share that the North Carolina Medical Board has recognized jointly accredited providers and IPCE credit as approved categories of CME. IPCE credit has also been recognized by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy. Research has shown that IPCE makes a substantial difference to healthcare teams and the patients they serve, and we are proud of the growing recognition of Joint Accreditation since its inception in 2010.

JOINT ACCREDITATION REPORT: GROWTH AND DIVERSITY OF ACCREDITED CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR HEALTHCARE TEAMS–2019  

Last month, we released the Joint Accreditation Report: Growth and Diversity of Accredited Continuing Education for Healthcare Teams-2019. to provide a comprehensive picture of the scope of the accredited IPCE community, including the range of jointly accredited organizations, educational activities, and learners. Jointly accredited providers can use this report to benchmark themselves against their colleagues and to demonstrate the value of their work to leadership and stakeholders. We welcome your questions or feedback about this report. Please contact us at info@jointaccreditation.org.

Tips and Tools

PLANNING FORM FOR EXPEDITED ACCREDITED ACTIVITIES RELATED TO COVID-19 AVAILABLE THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020

This spring, we released the Planning Form for Expedited Accredited Activites Related to COVID-19 to help jointly accredited continuing education (CE) providers meet the urgent need for education. Since there were no approved tests or treatment options for COVID-19 available, it was unlikely that planners and faculty would have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. Therefore, we decided to remove the requirements for disclosure of relevant financial relationships and resolution of personal conflicts of interest for activities related to COVID-19 only, as part of our efforts to support the delivery of crucial education to clinicians and teams on the front lines of the pandemic.

We’ve heard from many of you that the form has been a helpful and widely utilized resource. We’ve also heard that as testing and treatments become available, some planners or faculty may now have relevant financial relationships. In response to the fast-changing environment, we have modified the form to clarify that it is available for use for activities offered by December 31, 2020, but not beyond. Please continue to use the form through the end of the year when appropriate. If you are concerned about planners or faculty who might have relevant financial relationships, always defer to the disclosure and resolution requirements to best serve your learners. Learn more here

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2020 JOINT ACCREDITATION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT–OCTOBER 1-2  

Joint Accreditation is hosting our 6th Annual Leadership Summit—The Transformative Value of IPCE— virtually on October 1–2, 2020. Implementation of the new menu for Joint Accreditation with Commendation. 

Even though we are unable to meet in Chicago in person due to travel and gathering restrictions, we are moving forward with hosting this year's Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit online so that we can continue to support and strengthen the community of practice for jointly accredited providers. The goal of the meeting is to bring together accredited providers, as leaders of interprofessional education, to explore the transformative value of interprofessional continuing education (IPCE). Our conversations will center around the topics of wellness and burnout in IPCE, innovative strategies for overcoming COVID-19 challenges, health equity in IPCE, and achieving Joint Accreditation with Commendation. Click here to view a PDF agenda for the meeting.

Participation in the 2020 Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit is open only to organizations that are currently jointly accredited. There is no fee to attend the 2020 Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit, but registration is required. Please register here by Thursday, September 10.  

We are looking forward to welcoming at least one representative from each of our jointly accredited providers but would encourage you to take advantage of the virtual format to involve your whole interprofessional team! 

If you have questions about the Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit, please email Marcia Martin at mmartin@accme.org

ANCC VIRTUAL SUMMIT–October 7-8

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has created the first-ever ANCC Virtual Summit, a unique learning experience for nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an opportunity to gain valuable education from comprehensive programming across seven tracks, including a track dedicated to Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education. Don’t miss this event on October 7-8! Find more details about programming and registration here

WINTER PROVIDER UPDATE WEBINAR–DECEMBER 1

Save the date for our Winter Provider Update Webinar on December 1! Registration for jointly accredited providers will be available soon—look out for an email blast from us with the details.

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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF JOINT ACCREDITATION

This year, we are proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary and we invite you to join us in observing our shared growth and success. Your work has built Joint Accreditation and to recognize your accomplishments, we plan to publish your stories on this webpage and share them in our upcoming events and publications. Use the Joint Accreditation 10th Anniversary Submission form to send us your stories, photos, memories, and more.

IPCE in the News 

  • Social Work Responds, a newsletter developed by The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers, highlighted the value of our collaboration in its July publication, available here.  
  • Our Joint Accreditation leaders were recently featured in Stanford's CME Live Virtual Conference and the Nexus 2020 Virtual Summit, promoting the importance of interprofessional education.

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