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EXPLORE THE 2022 JOINT ACCREDITATION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT REPORT 

Explore our new report, Climbing Higher with IPCE, which captures highlights from the 2022 Joint Accreditation Leadership Summit. The Summit brought together more than 240 interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) professionals, representing 93 jointly accredited organizations, to explore the evolution of IPCE and new innovative education approaches for the future.

We thank the speakers and participants for contributing their expertise, best practices, and lessons learned to the Summit. Please feel free to download and share this report with your colleagues, leadership, and stakeholders. Previous reports can be found on our website here.

NEXT PROVIDER UPDATE WEBINAR ON DECEMBER 14

Our next Joint Accreditation Provider Update Webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 14, from 1:00-2:30 pm CT. This semi-annual provider webinar is a great opportunity to share Joint Accreditation updates, review important information about accreditation expectations, and build our IPCE community of practice. All jointly accredited providers will receive connection information and the webinar agenda via email one week before the meeting. Please note that this event is open to jointly accredited providers only. If you have any questions about the December Provider Update Webinar, please email us at info@jointaccreditation.org.

WASHINGTON MEDICAL COMMISSION JOINS GROWING STATE MEDICAL LICENSING BOARDS COLLABORATION

We’re pleased to share that the Washington Medical Commission has joined the ACCME and State Medical Licensing Boards Collaborationa collaboration that also includes the boards in Alabama, California, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, and the Virgin Islands. Jointly accredited providers whose learners include physicians have the opportunity to report CME-completion data in JA-PARS about physicians licensed in Washington, as well as any other state. This initiative aims to reduce reporting burdens for physicians and simplify the auditing process for licensing boards. Learn more about the Washington Medical Commission collaboration here and JA-PARS here.

UPDATES TO PHARMACY TOPIC DESIGNATORS IN JA-PARS

Jointly accredited providers who offer pharmacy credit for their CE activities will notice some updates to the available Topic Designators in JA-PARS on December 1:

  • The previous "04-General Pharmacy" topic designator will now be called “04-Pharmacy Administration." Please update your systems to use the new language as soon as you can. In the meantime, JA-PARS will convert any submissions using the old language to the new language.
  • A new topic designator called "99-Additional Topic Areas" will be available for selection if the topic of your activity is not covered by one of the other available topic designators.

IPCE Education and Resources

DEBUNKING CE PLANNING MYTHS: TIPS FOR SIMPLIFICATION

Whether you’ve worked in accredited education for many years, or are just starting out, there is always an opportunity to pause and reflect on ways to streamline your processes and reduce workloads for your team, faculty, and learners. To support our accredited providers and encourage more efficient planning strategies, we asked leaders in CME/CE to share some common myths they have encountered about educational planning and the Standards for Integrity and Independence, and to set the record straight. Read more here, including tips from one of our jointly accredited providers.

Questions? We’re happy to help. Email us at info@jointaccreditation.org.

RESOURCES FOR ENTERING PHARMACIST AND PHYSICIAN CREDIT DATA IN JA-PARS

When awarding continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit, jointly accredited providers must enter activity and learner data via CPE Monitor™. Read more here.

We understand that reporting physicians' credit data in JA-PARS may be a new process for you, and we're here to help! Explore our resources below to learn more about the value of reporting physician-credit data and how to implement this process in JA-PARS.

  • Reporting Physician Credit Data – this webpage shares information and resources on how to enter physician credit data in JA-PARS. Please note that although this page focuses on PARS, you’ll see the same functionality and features in JA-PARS.
  • JA-PARS Information and Resources – this webpage includes frequently asked questions, how-to videos, and key features of JA-PARS.

Questions? We’re happy to help. Email info@jointaccreditation.org for more information.

JOURNAL ARTICLE ON THE VALUE AND EXPANSION OF JOINT ACCREDITATION

In an article published in the Journal of European CME, “Leading Change Together: Supporting Collaborative Practice through Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education,” authors Kate Regnier (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education), Dimitra Travlos (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education), Daniel Pace (American Academy of Physician Associates), Sierra Powell (Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry/Council on Optometric Practitioner Education), and Allison Hunt (Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer), address the expansion of the jointly accredited community and share the value of becoming jointly accredited for healthcare professionals and teams. Read the full article here.

APPLY REFLECTIVE LEARNING IN YOUR CE PROGRAMMING

Reflective learning is an educational intervention that plays an influential role in promoting practice change. This intervention encourages physicians to engage in mindful reflection of their clinical environment, which is a critical step in providing quality patient care. Reflective learning is a process rather than a single-time event. To do this well, facilitators should act as guides to learners, supporting them through the process of reflection. Learn more about applying reflective learning in your program on page 121 of the CE Educator's Toolkit, an educational design resource developed by the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) through an ACCME research grant.

Reminders for Jointly Accredited Providers

2023 ANNUAL ACCREDITATION FEES

Thank you to those of you who have already submitted payment for your 2023 annual accreditation fees. Earlier this month, we sent invoices to jointly accredited providers for the annual fee, including any additional professions you selected. Payment is due by January 31, 2023. The fee schedule is posted here.

Please contact info@jointaccreditation.org with any questions.

RETIREMENT OF TAB-DELIMITED BATCH UPLOAD TEMPLATES IN JA-PARS ON DECEMBER 16

As a reminder, the tab-delimited batch upload templates in JA-PARS will be retired as of December 16, 2022We recommend uploading your 2022 activities using the Excel template, which allows for more seamless batch uploads for both activity and learner credit data.

To help you get started with Excel templates and answer any questions you may have, join us for a webinar on Tuesday, December 13 from 1-2 pm CT to learn more about the Excel activity and learner credit data templates, including a demonstration of how to use them.