February 18, 2004
After four years of tracking planner behavior, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education last week revised its standards regarding "Accreditation with Commendation," which now allows exemplary CME providers to maintain their certification for six years, as opposed to the usual four. To achieve this special status, planners of medical meetings must show "exemplary compliance" in at least two of four areas of the rating system that ACCME has deemed most important. "While we have always had a set of rules and guiding principles for what the ACCME believed was exemplary practice," said Dennis R. Lott, D.Ed., manager of accreditation development for ACCME, "we had not until now gathered evidence to back up our beliefs."