AAFP Changes CME Reporting Process to Reflect New AMA PRA Category 1 Credit Rule

April 27, 2011 10:45 am News Staff

Because of a new rule governing the AMA's Physician's Recognition Award, or PRA, Category 1 Credit that will take effect on July 1, the AAFP has made changes in the way physician-learners can claim credit for some of its learning materials, including those from American Family Physician, Family Practice Management, FP Essentials and FP Audio.

The new rule applies to all accredited CME providers, including the AAFP, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to award AMA PRA Category 1 Credit in addition to AAFP Prescribed credit.

According to the rule, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit will be awarded only to participants who meet a minimum performance level for journal-based and self-study CME activities, including those presented in audio, CD-ROM, online, print, video and other formats. Each accredited provider is tasked with setting that minimum performance level.

Currently, the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development has approved a minimum performance level of 80 percent to earn AMA PRA Category 1 credit for AAFP CME activities.

As a result of the new rule, AAFP physician-learners must submit credit online for CME content published on or after July 1. Paper quiz cards, answer sheets and evaluations will no longer be available after July 1.

To help AAFP members and other physician-learners meet the new requirements, the AAFP is in the process of upgrading its online quizzes. The upgrade will enable members to complete quizzes on their iPhone or Android smartphones, iPads, or other Web-enabled mobile devices and receive instant credit.

Individuals who receive a mailed copy of American Family Physician in their own name or who have full online access will be able to take the quizzes online beginning July 1.

For materials published before July 1, quiz cards, answer sheets and evaluations will continue to be accepted until the expiration date published on these materials, which typically is either one or two years from the date of publication.

"One of the AAFP's most important priorities is to provide high-quality CME," said AAFP EVP and CEO Doug Henley, M.D., of the changes. "We understand that Academy members and others value this service, and we are committed to offering learning opportunities that improve your competence, support your performance and preparedness for certification and licensure, and increase the vitality and efficiency of your practice."

Members with questions about the changes are invited to contact the AAFP Contact Center at (800) 274-2237.