Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Demand rises for CME linked to physician quality improvement

Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education allows doctors to meet increasing quality reporting requirements from multiple agencies in one fell swoop.

Carolyne Krupa, December 31, 2012

As physicians face increasing pressure to demonstrate performance improvement, more are utilizing a model of continuing medical education that gives them tools to assess the care they provide patients, and make measurable enhancements.

The concept of Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education was introduced in the early 2000s, and the model has expanded significantly since then. In 2011, 44,275 physicians and 7,492 nonphysician health professionals participated in 502 PI CME activities offered in the U.S., according to the Accrediting Council for Continuing Medical Education. That’s a steep increase from the 744 physicians and 175 nonphysician health professionals who participated in 22 PI CME activities offered just six years earlier.

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