New AAFP Resource Improves Reporting of CME, Procedures

November 11, 2016 02:16 pm News Staff

AAFP members consistently rank CME reporting as one of the best executed and most important member benefits the Academy provides. Now upgrades and new tools that members requested offer even better control over professional requirements and development.

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The new members-only Primary+ CME tool and professional portfolio is designed to make it easier for members to find and record CME, log clinical procedures and manage professional requirements. It allows physicians to access their records and other features on mobile devices as well as computers.

Primary+ builds on the popular CME Reporter by adding a more powerful and flexible search function. The biggest change to this part of the resource allows members to find accredited CME activities by searching for titles, providers, locations and even synonyms rather than depending on having the CME certificate right in front of them.

Another new element of Primary+ sprang from requests made by members to assist family physicians in tracking credentials and procedures. In 2014 the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and National Congress of Student Members both adopted resolutions calling for better ways to track this data. They were echoed the following year with a resolution at the National Conference of Constituency Leaders that asked the AAFP to explore creation of a voluntary physician database on credentials, privileges and procedures.

The answer to those calls is a component of Primary+ called Procedure Tracker, which allows members to log clinical procedures they perform, along with dates, locations and relevant notes. The tool includes the ability to print summaries of procedure logs for institution privileging or credentialing. It should be especially useful to members who are new to practice or changing jobs.

The third component of the new system, Requirements Planner, helps members track the requirements of other organizations, such as hospitals or state licensing boards. Members enter the state in which they are licensed or topical requirements they need to meet, and the tool will search their CME Reporter transcript for completed activities that might satisfy the requirements and automatically highlight them on the transcript. Requirements Planner will also provide suggestions of CME that may help satisfy the selected topical requirements.

Together, the components are intended to make Primary+ a one-stop solution where members can manage and track their professional requirements and how they fulfilled them for easy reporting to other organizations.

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