Continuing Medical Education Annual Report
The ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is a Web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from accredited continuing medical education providers. The ACCME uses data from PARS to produce annual reports as a service to accredited CME providers and other stakeholders.
Who Uses PARS?
All accredited providers within the ACCME system are required to use PARS. Intrastate providers should check with their accreditor for details.
PARS Improvements for Reporting of 2015 Activity and Program Data
The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is now open for data entry for the 2015 reporting year and as we previously announced, you will find we have made some changes in PARS for this 2015 reporting year. The deadline for completing data entry for the 2015 reporting year is not until March 31, 2016 but we are informing you now in order to give you time to prepare and to familiarize yourself with the changes. As always, you can enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity. There are no changes involved in opening activities.
PURPOSE OF CHANGES
Since the ACCME opened PARS four years ago, we have been implementing improvements based on feedback from accredited providers and other stakeholders. For the 2015 reporting year, we are eliminating some data requirements that have been difficult to standardize and have not been shown to add value. We are adding data fields and changing some of the optional fields to required fields in order to collect information that will increase the value of PARS for accredited providers and other stakeholders. This information will support alignment with stakeholders involved in physician continuing professional development, such as the credit, licensure, and certification systems. Your data aggregated and published in our annual reports will provide a more comprehensive picture of the size, scope, and accomplishments of the national CME enterprise.
Providers are required to include the following data about each activity taking place in the 2015 reporting year. This data was previously optional.
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