Performance Improvement CME

ACCME Definition of Performance Improvement CME

An activity structured as a three-stage process by which a physician or group of physicians learn about specific performance measures, assess their practice using the selected performance measures, implement interventions to improve performance related to these measures over a useful interval of time, and then reassess their practice using the same performance measures.

Are you planning PI CME and seeking guidance? You are at the right place. CPL appreciates your commitment to improving medical practice and patient outcomes through the planning, execution, and evaluation of a performance improvement project. The forms and resources on this web page guide you through applying with an activity plan and then meeting the three-stage requirements of PI CME.

You will begin by submitting a simple application form about your project and the participants.  Three additional forms are submitted at milestone achievement points in your project:

Stage A – Determining the current state and improvement need

Stage B – Designing and implementing an intervention

Stage C – Evaluating the impact of your intervention

You will begin by submitting a simple application form about your project and the participants. Three additional forms are submitted at milestone achievement points in your project:

Stage A – Determining the current state and improvement need

Stage B – Designing and implementing an intervention

Stage C – Evaluating the impact of your intervention

You (alone or with project colleagues) will submit each form separately as each stage is completed. There is no required timeline for completion and CME credits are provided after each stage.

1. Activity Planning: Providing basic information about your project

When completing this form (below) you provide names and contact information for project participants, the project title, competencies addressed in your project, disclosures of conflicts of interest, and other general information.

2. Stage A: Learning from current practice performance assessment (5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM upon completion)

Stage A requires learning from current practice performance assessment and recognition of practice-based need. Needs are determined from an assessment of current practice, using selected performance measures, such as chart review, patient safety reports, or other appropriate mechanism. Learning occurs through the process of assembling relevant data and assessing needs. Participants are actively involved in the data collection/analysis process and report this evidence in the Stage A form (below).

3. Stage B: Learning from the application of PI to patient care (5 additional AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM upon completion)

In Stage B, the participants identify and implement an intervention(s) that that is indicated by the Stage A analysis. Learning occurs through the process of designing the intervention. In the Stage B form (below) you will provides a detailed description of the intervention along with the rationale for the intervention design.

4. Stage C: Learning from the evaluation of the PI CME effort (10 additional AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM upon completion)

After completion of the intervention, you will learn from a pre/post-intervention analysis that compares results to the Stage A assessment. In the Stage C form (below) you reassess and reflect on performance in practice measured after the implementation of the intervention(s), by comparing to the original assessment and using the same performance measures. Summarize all practice, process and/or outcome changes that resulted from conducting the PI activity.