This service assists ASA State Component Societies, Subspecialty Societies and Anesthesia Group Practices to provide accredited CME programming. The ASA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to offer CME activities and is pleased to consider jointly providing your CME activity.
As your educational partner, the ASA ensures an exemplary framework for you to develop and offer CME programs.
An application must be completed and submitted to the ASA Education staff for all prospective CME activities. All joint providership applications are formally reviewed by the ASA Committee on Professional Education Oversight. Review and approval of any application is contingent upon receipt of required information. Please see below for a full description of the program and applications:
CME Program Description
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. As required by the ACCME, all activities designated by ASA for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM must comply with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, Policies, and Standards and Standards for Commercial SupportSM including activities planned and implemented through Joint Providership.
Any activity to be considered for Joint Providership must be aligned with both the mission of the ASA and the definition of continuing medical education (CME) as specified by the ACCME. All applications for Joint Providership will be assessed based on their individual merits. The ASA reserves the right to accept or deny Joint Providership of individual CME activities, at its own discretion. The Joint Provider must agree to follow all policies, procedures, and formats as set forth by the ASA.
Joint Providership for ASA Simulation Education Network Programs
In addition to services for State Component Societies, Subspecialty Societies and Anesthesia Group Practices, ASA also offers Joint Providership services customized to the needs of its ASA-Endorsed Simulation Centers. Through this program, centers can work with ASA to seamlessly provide CME credit to ABA diplomates participating in MOCA Simulation Courses. For more information, and to apply, click here.
Pricing for Joint Provided Activities
A non-refundable application processing fee of $550 per year.
||Commercial Support Received2
||MOCA Part 2 – Patient Safety reporting
||If yes, Add 25% to base fee
||If yes, Add 25% to base fee
||If yes, Add 25% to base fee
1 Sub-Specialty Organizations receive a 15% discount from the final cost.
2 Industry Commercial Support: If the activity has any industry support, the base fee will increase 25 percent. This fee helps to offset the cost of managing funds, reviewing contracts, and increased monitoring/communication to ensure the ASA complies with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. ASA must be notified of any industry grants and in-kind support, as well as industry exhibitors. Your CME accreditation may be revoked if the ASA is not notified.
3 Additional fee for applications received less than 2 months in advance of the activity.
- Designate activities for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM and collaborate with the Joint Provider to ensure that all ACCME Accreditation Criteria, Policies, and Standards for Commercial SupportTM (SCS) are met.
- Provide initial consultation information to:
- Inform on the CME planning process and timeline.
- Review Joint Provider’s responsibilities.
- Outline the ASA’s responsibilities.
- Provide Joint Providership, templates, checklists, and forms for activity design process and ACCME documentation.
- Review and approve Joint Providership Application, including planner disclosures, and provide ongoing consultation as appropriate.
- Review, approve, and sign Letters of Agreement, if applicable (commercial support, monetary or in-kind).
- Review and approve all advance marketing materials for compliance of ACCME criteria, SCS and policies PRIOR to dissemination.
- Review disclosure grid and provide guidance on acceptable mechanisms to resolve any conflicts of interest (COI).
- Review and approve all onsite program materials and/or educational content for ACCME and ASA criteria and policies.
- Provide online access to learning management system for participants.
- Provide technical support to participants claiming credit.
- Provide online form for activity evaluation.
- Provide Evaluation Reports – comprehensive at 30 days post jointly provided meeting.
- Review final documentation for ACCME compliance.
- Maintain participant roster for 6 years.
- Maintain Joint Providership application and CME activity file documentation for 6 years.
Nonaccredited Joint Provider Responsibilities
- Carefully review all Joint Providership Application materials, required documentation, and deadlines in order to comply with the requirements specified by ASA.
- Convene Planning Committee to:
- Utilize ASA provided documents to develop and submit requested ACCME required information.
- Submit planner/staff disclosures to the ASA to identify/resolve any conflicts of interest with application.
- Identify professional practice gap(s) based on internal or external data sources and provide sources if requested.
- Determine the needs of learners (e.g., knowledge, competence, performance) that underlie the professional practice gap(s).
- Analyze practice gap(s), learners’ needs, and determine desired result(s) of educational intervention (e.g., to change competence, performance, patient outcomes) to formulate educational objectives.
- Identify target audience.
- Design educational content and format(s) considering desirable physician attributes and adult learning principles.
- Determine if there are any barriers for learners to accept and integrate the desired changes.
- Identify any non-educational strategies to reinforce the educational objectives following the activity.
- Determine if the activity will benefit from collaboration and cooperation with other ASA initiatives or external stakeholders.
- Select expert faculty and identify/resolve any conflicts of interest (all disclosures must be received, and COI resolved at least one week PRIOR to activity).
- Determine funding, following the requirements of the ACCME SCS.
- Develop advance marketing materials.
- Develop activity agenda and other onsite program materials.
- Submit Joint Providership Application.
- Participate in initial information session on the CME planning process with ASA.
- Secure venue/facility/vendor for activity, as appropriate.
- Create preliminary budget.
- Secure commercial support (optional):
- Utilize ASA template for letters of agreement (LOAs).
- Obtain appropriate signatures on LOAs prior to activity.
- Collect monies or in-kind support.
- Forward signed LOAs and copies of checks to the ASA.
- Faculty management:
- Confirm faculty.
- Request Faculty/Planner Relevant Financial Disclosure Forms (disclosures should be received and reviewed as part of speaker selection process).
- Resolve COIs according to ASA and ACCME policies.
- Obtain ASA approval on all promotional materials PRIOR to printing and dissemination.
- Obtain ASA approval of program materials and acknowledgements.
- Make all disclosures (e.g., relevant financial relationships, faculty relationships with Commercial Supporter and with products or services being discussed, etc.) to learners prior to the start of the activity.
- Acknowledge commercial support to the audience prior to the beginning of the activity, if applicable.
- Conduct education activity.
- Collect activity attendance information.
- Provide attendance file to the ASA (Use ASA provided template).
- Provide an Evaluation Summary based on evaluation report from ASA and using the ASA summary template.
- Complete and submit to the ASA within 40 days following receipt of evaluation data from the activity:
- Evaluation Summary
- Final budget
- Other information required to complete the activity file.
For Action steps and timeline:
Joint Providership Process
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Questions or comments regarding ASA Joint Providership policies and procedures can be directed to email@example.com or by calling (847)825-5586.