Information for CME Accredited Presentations

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Thank you for your interest in having TAPM assist with your activity’s CME accreditation. You are receiving this message because we have completed the initial processing of the accreditation application, and have forwarded the application to AAFP for full accreditation.

The Texas Academy of Palliative Medicine (TAPM) is the sponsoring organization for this presentation’s CME accreditation and is considered the Provider.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is the accrediting organization for this presentation’s CME accreditation.

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ACCME requirements

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) is the governing body responsible for supervising all CME accreditation in the United States. Compliance with AACME Standards for Commercial Support is mandatory for any accredited CME programs. The full standards are available for review online at: Highlights that are most applicable to TAPM sponsored activities include:

  1. Disclosure of all commercial interests with a written agreement between such supporters and the Provider;
  2. Disclosure of relevant financial relationships by planners and presenters;
  3. Commercial supporters are not allowed to choose presenters or what will be presented;
  4. Flyers, brochures, or other materials advertising the activity must be submitted to TAPM for approval prior to distribution, to ensure compliance with these rules;
  5. Presentation materials, such as handouts and/or PowerPoint slides, may include the presenter’s organizational name/logo on only one (1) page or slide for disclosure purposes only, but cannot contain any promotional and advertising materials;
  6. Promotional materials cannot be displayed or distributed in the educational space immediately before, during, or after a CME activity;
  7. Representatives of commercial interests are not allowed to engage in sales or promotional activities while in the space or place of the CME activity; and
  8. Commercial interests may provide promotional displays or materials outside the activity room, and participants not associated with the commercial interest may bring these into the room.

TAPM will monitor for violations of these rules. Violations may result in the removal of CME accreditation for the activity in question and may result in the presenter or commercial supporter being unable to participate in future activities with TAPM sponsorship.

TAPM Responsibilities

TAPM is responsible for:

  1. Submitting and retaining copies of all records regarding the CME accreditation application;
  2. Ensuring that only approved statements are used regarding CME accreditation (see below);
  3. Ensuring compliance with ACCME requirements for the presenter(s) and any commercial supporter(s);
  4. Creating templates for Physician Certificates of Attendance;
  5. Obtaining and compiling post-presentation evaluations; and
  6. Maintaining records verifying physician attendance.

TAPM is not responsible for:

  1. Creating or reproducing any of the presentation materials or handouts for the activity;
  2. Distribution of completed Physician Certificates of Attendance; or
  3. Providing/facilitating the accreditation of educational activities for non-physicians.

Presenter Responsibilities

The Presenter(s) must:

  1. Ensure the evaluation forms are completed and turned in for each physician participant wishing to claim CME credit.
  2. Ensure that completed evaluation forms are returned to TAPM. Originals are preferred, but not required. These should be mailed, faxed, or scanned/emailed as soon as practical after the presentation. Summary sheets of the evaluations are not acceptable.
  3. Comply with the referenced ACCME rules.

Commercial Support Responsibilities

Each and every Commercial Interest providing support to the Activity must:

  1. Complete and return a written agreement (Funding Agreement) to TAPM.
  2. Comply with the reference ACCME rules.

Other Useful Information

When AAFP completes its review and notifies TAPM of CME accreditation, TAPM will notify you by email, unless you specify otherwise.

The CME credit provided through TAPM is only for physicians. While some non-physician licensing organizations will accept physician CME credit, TAPM makes no guarantee of such.

Until formal notification is given, the following is the only statement that may be given regarding pending CME accreditation:

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

After receiving notification that CME credit has been granted, the following statements may be used:

This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to x.x Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed credit, not as category 1.

Notification of Changes with the Activity

If the presentation is cancelled or rescheduled, or if the times of the presentations significantly vary from the submitted schedule, please notify TAPM as soon as possible. There will be an additional fee to process any changes other than cancellation. Once the application is submitted to AAFP, no fees can be refunded.

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

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