Compliance with Criterion 21 Part I: Defining a Framework for Quality Improvement

Compliance with Accreditation Criterion 21 requires providers identify the system or institutional framework for quality improvement within which their CME program participates to improve quality gaps in healthcare.


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This video blog is a two-part blog addressing ACCME’s accreditation criterion 21, which requires a provider participate within an institutional or system framework for quality improvement.

This first video will address what is meant by a framework for Quality Improvement; and the second video will address quality gaps and documentation required for compliance.

So, what is a “framework” for quality improvement?
Criteria 21 requires that ACCME accredited providers demonstrate how their continuing medical education (CME) program interacts with other components of the health care system to improve health care quality and patient care in America.

The health care system is a multifaceted system with numerous stakeholders, including physicians and their practices, patients, health care organizations, and accredited providers.

An accredited provider’s structured collaboration with other stakeholders within the health care system, or within their own institutions, to improve health care quality is the framework that Criterion 21 asks providers to detail. Providers must describe the stakeholders, organizations, and/or teams involved as part of this framework, chart their roles of responsibilities, and demonstrate how their CME program plugs into this framework.

If you have questions about Accreditation Criterion 21 or any other of the ACCME’s accreditation criteria, please contact AOE.


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