AAFP Credit System News
Stay up to date on the ever-changing environment of CME!
Learn how the AAFP Credit System is involved in making the jobs of CME providers easier so they can continue providing quality education for family physicians and other members of the health care team.
Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affecting Your CME Activities?
If your CME activity has been affected by COVID-19, please contact the AAFP Credit System at (800) 274-2237 or by emailing us at email@example.com. Examples of these effects can include, but are not limited to, your CME activity having to be canceled, change in session topics, or switching from a live conference to an online platform for the education. For more information on COVID-19 please see the AAFP’s website.
New Credit Application Coming in 2020
CME providers have been asking for a streamlined credit application, a more easily navigated dashboard, and other system enhancements through surveys and focus groups. The AAFP Credit System took that feedback to heart as it created a new and improved credit application. The new credit application will feature:
- A simple pathway, an advanced pathway, and an ALSO/BLSO pathway. (Gone are the days of sorting through six plus activity and sub-activity types to try to figure out which application to complete.)
- The CME Provider Dashboard will have a similar layout but has been revamped to include a highly requested search box that will more easily allow providers to locate their applications.
- The Activity Summary page has been upgraded as well and now features an estimated review by date, allows providers to more easily locate invoices, and edit certain fields, such as session location and marketing information, at any time.
On January 22, 2019, The Accreditation Council for CME (ACCME) released a call for feedback on the Standards for Commercial Support (the Standards). The Standards are designed to ensure independence in CME activities and have been adopted by the AAFP Credit System as part of its eligibility requirements.
This letter to the ACCME(3 page PDF) includes recommendations from the AAFP on proposed changes to the Standards. These recommendations are based on feedback from chapters, CME provider organizations, and members, as well as staff experience reviewing and auditing thousands of AAFP accredited educational sessions against the standards.
We will continue to keep CME providers informed of progress and next steps.