Joint Accreditation Leaders Co-Author Editorial in the Journal of Interprofessional Care

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (02/26/18) Jovic, Megan Peters

The co-founders of the Joint Accreditation have created a unique program and credit system to incentivize development of and participation in interprofessional continuing education (IPCE). The program, "Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education," gives 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. In a guest editorial for the Journal of Interprofessional Care, Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, Senior Vice President of Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, and Institute for Credentialing Research, American Nurses Credentialing Center; Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education; and Dimitra Travlos, PharmD, Assistant Executive Director & Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education Provider Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education describe lessons learned from the journey to create Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education and identify opportunities for other stakeholders to join together. "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 authors write. They offer several suggestions to further advance IPCE that can be employed by individual health care professionals, faculty, CE and CPD providers/organizations, and other entities. The authors conclude, "By applying the tenets of IPCP [interprofessional collaborative practice] beyond individual health care teams to collaborations among systems, regulatory bodies, accreditors, and institutions, we can create sustainable frameworks for transforming all health care into collaborative care."

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