Accreditation Success Story

Client

Members of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) provide specialized care to people who suffer from allergies and asthma—addressing the root causes of their symptoms to provide lasting relief and often a cure.

Challenge

ACAAI is an accredited provider of continuing medical education (CME). Accreditation requirements have become increasingly complex. It is critically important to members that educational programming at the ACAAI Annual Meeting be of the highest quality, free from commercial bias, encompass both clinical management and cutting edge research, and be responsive to the educational needs of the allergy/immunology community. Re-accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) is a vigorous process that is required every 2-6 years.

Action

Under EAI management, ACAAI conducts ongoing identification of practice gaps and related underlying educational needs which drive the design and development of the CME program. Based on an assessment of learners' needs, educational formats, instructional methods, activity content and measurement of changes in physician competence and performance, the educational program was designed to meet current criteria. EAI's skilled CME professionals led the ACAAI leadership through the myriad requirements necessary to obtain accreditation.

Results

ACCME recently re-accredited the ACAAI with "Accreditation with Commendation,” Level 3, which is a six-year term.  To achieve this level of accreditation providers must comply with all 22 criteria.  This distinction is awarded to only 16 percent of all organizations that undergo the ACCME accreditation process

Accreditation from ACCME indicates ACAAI develops effective continuing medical education that meets members' needs, helps to improve the care of allergy and asthma patients and advances the specialty. EAI's CME team also maintains ACCME accreditation for other medical clients.

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