October 11, 2019 03:31 pm News Staff – The Academy recently completed a series of upgrades to its CME Search and CME Reporter resources. The overall goal of the upgrades is to make it easier for members to find CME products and activities that meet their specific needs.
The updated CME Search function expands the menu of AAFP-certified CME available and allows members to easily fine-tune their searches. Members can start their search by entering a single element, such as a topic or location, or they can search using a combination of elements, such as topic and activity format.
Moreover, initial search results can be narrowed by activity format (i.e., live activity, self-study, blended learning, medical journal, performance improvement and point-of-care); CME provider type (i.e., AAFP, constituent chapter and non-AAFP provider); number of CME credits available; location (i.e., state or livestream); and, for live activities, calendar date range.
In addition, CME Search now includes an option that allows members to specifically search for and choose activities that meet ABFM self-assessment (formerly known as part II) activity or performance improvement (formerly known as part IV) activity requirements, as well as activities that comply with the "FDA's Opioid Analgesic REMS Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers Involved in the Treatment and Monitoring of Patients With Pain."
"The AAFP made these updates to help members identify CME that is acceptable for ABFM self-assessment and performance improvement activities and REMS," said Membership Division Director Elaine Conrad, C.A.E., referring to the FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy program, through which the agency stipulates specific educational and/or other requirements for drugs with serious safety concerns to help ensure their benefits outweigh their risks. "The member can use this information to make sure they are meeting these requirements in addition to their AAFP CME requirements."
CME Reporter, meanwhile, has been updated so that if activities are deemed to meet the ABFM self-assessment or performance improvement activity requirements or the Opioid Analgesic REMS Education Blueprint, they will be labeled as such in the reporting system and on the member's transcript.
"AAFP is continuously working to make it easier for our members to find and report the CME that they have completed," added Stacy Wymer, manager of the Academy's Department of Member Relations and Development. "This new functionality will support additional reporting requirements/needs that members may have with organizations outside the AAFP, reinforcing the benefit of utilizing AAFP as a one-stop shop for reporting and tracking CME, state licensure and professional requirements."
Members who have questions about the upgrades are encouraged to contact the Member Resource Center for more information.
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