ACCME Implements New, Tiered Structure for Annual Accreditation Fee

ACCME Newsletter (06/04/19)

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) announced that starting next year, it will implement a tiered annual accreditation fee arrangement, "in response to suggestions from the accredited provider community and to better distribute the responsibility for sustaining our system more fairly among accredited programs of different sizes." This framework will help CME providers better meet learners' needs and guarantee that accredited CME maintains its value and effectiveness in the evolving healthcare environment. The new structure encompasses four tiers, with Tier 1 covering the smallest CME programs and Tier 4 comprising the largest. Program size is dictated by the average number of activities or learner interactions, whichever is greater, over the past three years. ACCME utilized data that providers entered into the Program and Activity Reporting System for the 2016–2018 reporting years to assign tiers for the 2020 and 2021 yearly accreditation fees. The council said its executive leaders and board of directors determined a tiered accreditation fee structure was needed to uphold its strategic responsibilities, based on issues raised by providers that charging the same annual accreditation fee to all organizations, no matter their CME program size, is increasingly onerous for smaller providers. "This tiered structure will be fairer and more sustainable, allowing us to keep fee increases modest for smaller providers (with no increase for the smallest providers in the next two years)," ACCME concluded.

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