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Analysis of ACCME 2022 Annual Report Data

The ACCME’s 2022 Annual Report data was released on July 13, 2023. The report highlights continued growth in the accredited CE enterprise and emphasizes how accredited providers have “weathered a storm, regrouped, and rebounded” in the post-pandemic world to continue to offer quality education to the healthcare community. Featured in the report are present and evolving challenges facing providers, including artificial intelligence and equity in healthcare. The report analyzed data from 1,620 accredited CE providers who offered, collectively, approximately 230,000 CE activities.

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Analysis of ACCME 2021 Annual Report Data

The ACCME’s 2021 Annual Report data was released on October 5, 2022. The report highlights continued growth in the accredited CE enterprise and how accredited providers navigated the pandemic to continue to offer quality education to the healthcare community. The report analyzed data from 1,668 accredited CE providers who offered, collectively, nearly 204,000 activities. Analysis shows an increase (8.58%) in participants attending CE activities. As a continued trend, non-physician participants (56%) attending CE activities surpassed physician participants (44%). Non-physician participant interactions only slightly increased by 1.47% from 2020 to 2021, a sharp contrast of 37.55% from 2019 to 2020. The number of physician learners increased by 19.13% in 2021, a significant increase from 2020, 5.37%. The overall number of accredited CE activities increased by 18.58%, while learner participation also increased by approximately 4 million learners. Three-year trend data illustrates that the number of physician participants has increased by 25.52% while the number of non-physician participants at accredited CE activities has increased by 39.57% since 2018. Overall participation in accredited CE activities has increased each year since 2010. Total annual income reported increased by 25.34% from 2020, up by approximately $568 million. Commercial support income increased by about $172 million, an increase of 23.83% from 2020. The data in the ACCME’s report confirms the accredited CE enterprise continues to “thrive together” and make available high-quality CE activities that promote interprofessional learning and improvements across clinician competence and performance.

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