September 23, 2021
Area(s) of Interest: Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) will again direct-bill California Medical Association (CMA)-accredited providers for the 2022 ACCME Annual Accreditation Fee. ACCME will send an invoice to each accredited provider in mid-October, with payment due to ACCME by February 1, 2022.
To ensure the billing process goes smoothly, CMA asks that all providers review their contacts in the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) as soon as possible to ensure all contact information for the “billing contact,” “primary contact” and “CEO” are complete and accurate. A copy of the invoice will be sent via email to both the “billing contact” and “primary contact.” ACCME will only contact an organization’s CEO if unable to reach the billing and primary contacts with questions related to payment.
ACCME uses a tiered fee structure based on the average activities per year and the average learner interactions per year figures. This invoice is considered a CMA administrative deadline; therefore, CMA-accredited providers are required to meet the deadline per CMA CME policy. Failure to meet CME administrative deadlines could result in (a) an immediate change of status to probation and (b) subsequent consideration by the CMA Steering Committee on CME for a change of status to nonaccreditation or nonrecognition per CMA CME Accreditation Requirements (page 16).
This annual fee allows providers to access the services provided by ACCME, such as PARS and the new ACCME Academy. If you haven’t visited Academy yet, we suggest that you take advantage of this great resource available to accredited providers. Visit accme.org/accme-academy.