AMA Announces Changes to the AMA PRA Credit SystemEffective July 2011

Published by the American Medical Association

September 9, 2010

The American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Medical Education has approved revisions to the AMA PRA credit system that will become effective July 1, 2011. All ACCME and state medical society accredited CME providers that certify activities for “AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™” will need to implement these changes by that date. A PDF of the 2010 revision of “The Physician’s Recognition Award and credit system: Information for accredited providers and physicians” which describes the modifications can be found here. Please download and review this material so that you can make the necessary adjustments in your program by next July.

In brief, these modifications include:

  • Enduring materials – must include an assessment of the learner’s performance; credit may only be awarded to participants that meet a minimum performance level (pg. 5)
  • Journal-based CME activities – must include an assessment of the learner’s performance; credit may only be awarded to participants that meet a minimum performance level (pg. 5)
  • Manuscript review activities – credit may only be awarded to physicians that submit a review deemed to be acceptable by the editor (pg. 6)
  • Performance Improvement CME (PI CME) – a physician must begin a PI CME activity with Stage A (pg. 6)
  • AMA Credit Designation Statement – has been modified to indicate the learning format for the activity (pg. 7)

AMA Division of Continuing Physician Professional Development (CPPD) staff will be available to help accredited CME providers understand and apply these changes when certifying activities for “AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.” The Winter issue of the CPPD Report, which will be distributed early 2011, will include an article about these changes.

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