Back in July, I wrote a post on Speaking the Same Language as a guide to help you understand some of the lingo that is specific to the field of healthcare continuing professional development (CPD). As of last week, that guide is now out of date. Last week, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) released their new Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education to replace the old Standards for Commercial Support, and with these new standards, some of our language has changed. Providers have about a year to implement the new standards. Here at i3 Health, we're in the process of updating our forms and policies, and we plan to have the new standards implemented by January.
While it is best to read the full standards, the following is a summary of what you should know.Key Points
While we're able to adopt the new standards pretty quickly, not every organization is as small and streamlined as i3 Health, so if you work with other accreditors, it may be a few months before you start seeing these changes elsewhere. We'll do our best to start using the new language of ineligible companies instead of commercial entities. Changing our disclosure form is easy. Remembering to use the new language when writing emails or discussing new activities will take a bit of practice.References
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