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February 23, 2018
In an editorial in the Journal of Interprofessional Care, Joint Accreditation cofounders describe lessons learned from the journey to create Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education and identify opportunities for other stakeholders to join together. The editorial, “Leading by Example: The Role of Accreditors in Promoting Interprofessional Collaborative Practice,” by Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, Senior Vice President of Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, and Institute for Credentialing Research, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC); Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME); and Dimitra Travlos, PharmD, Assistant Executive Director & Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education Provider Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), was published online on February 7, 2018.
Representing over five million physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who engage in continuing professional development (CPD), the Joint Accreditation cofounders have created a unique program and credit system to incentivize development of and participation in interprofessional continuing education (IPCE). Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education offers continuing education providers a unified, streamlined accreditation process and set of standards. This collaboration has led to a significant increase in the number of organizations developing team-based education, and an increase in the ability to measure team performance and patient outcomes.
“Our interprofessional collaboration can be operationalized by other stakeholders, and collectively, we can continue to positively impact health care practice and patient outcomes globally,” the co-authors write.
They provide several suggestions to further advance IPCE that can be employed by individual healthcare professionals, faculty, CE and CPD providers/organizations, professional membership associations and specialty societies, employers of healthcare professionals, accrediting and certifying organizations, and regulatory bodies.
In conclusion, the co-authors state, “By applying the tenets of IPCP beyond individual healthcare teams to collaborations among systems, regulatory bodies, accreditors, and institutions, we can create sustainable frameworks for transforming all healthcare into collaborative care.”
Megan Peters Jovic
Joint Accreditation executive leaders are available for speaking engagements to discuss the opportunities for continuing education to advance interprofessional education and collaborative practice through the Joint Accreditation program. For more information, please contact: [email protected].
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education establishes the standards for organizations to deliver continuing education planned by the healthcare team for the healthcare team. This innovation promotes interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) that leads to improved healthcare delivery and better patient outcomes.
Joint Accreditation enables organizations to achieve distinction from the leading healthcare continuing education accreditors in the professions of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and optometry. Joint Accreditation helps organizations increase operational efficiency, saving time, money, and resources; provide continuing education for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, PAs, and optometrists separately or together; and improve collaboration and reduce hierarchies among healthcare professions. Jointly accredited providers are entitled to award Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits.
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education was founded in 2009 by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). For more information, visit www.jointaccreditation.org.
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