Americas: Improving Continuing Medical Education in Hospitals
“Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource,” a new report from the American Hospital Association’s Physician Leadership Forum, explores the current role of CME in hospitals, as well as what still needs to be done to make it more effective in improving physician behavior and patient outcomes in the hospital setting. According to the report:
“The rapid changes occurring in the healthcare delivery system require physicians and hospitals to partner to transform the delivery model; CME as an existing mechanism can enhance and strengthen that partnership. However, more work is needed to increase the availability, use and ease of obtaining CME credit for those projects that foster this collaboration between physicians and hospitals.”
Where CME Brings Value
Using data from the Accreditation Council for CME’s 2013 Annual Report, the study points out that hospitals and healthcare systems accounted for more than a third of the total number of CME activities offered in 2013 by accredited providers in the U.S.