Category 1 CME for Performance Improvement (PI)

Definition: PI-CME activities engage learners to reflect upon their role in team-based care and how they might improve patient outcomes by altering their own approach or methods. PI-CME activities provide a structure in which to define and measure one aspect of their current practice, modify their approach or methods, and then evaluate the impact of those changes.

Coming in March 2020: PI-CME activities approved for AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credit satisfy the 2019 Improvement Activities Requirements for MIPS.

Accreditation Period: One year

Type of Credit Issued: AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credit

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The activity must comply with
    AAPA CME Criteria, which include the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support (PDF).
  2. Activities must include the three stages below:
    • Stage A – Performance Measurement
      Perform a self-assessment by comparing learner’s current practice in a specific clinical area with national benchmarks, performance guidelines and data submitted by other healthcare providers.
    • Stage B – Intervention/Improvement Plan
      Develop educational activities to improve learner’s practice based on assessment.
    • Stage C – Re-Measurement
      Perform a reassessment of learner’s practice to measure the effects of improvement plan.

Tips for a Successful Application

  • Approval of a PI-CME activity by a physician organization does not automatically ensure AAPA approval of the same activity.
  • Include any additional material that you think will assist in the review. To do so, enter a descriptive name for the document in the blank box on the Supporting Documents page, choose the file and click Upload.
  • Understand that NCCPA weighting of PI-CME activities occurs only after a PA logs the credit with NCCPA. Although the NCCPA is now doubling the first 20 AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credits that a PA logs in every two-year cycle for certification maintenance purposes, the NCCPA itself applies the weighting after a PA logs the credit. Therefore, determine how many credits to apply for as before. When you distribute CME certificates, these should display the number of credits that AAPA approved. Advise PAs to log the number of credits shown on their certificate with the NCCPA. The NCCPA will then apply the additional weighting for that activity within the PA’s record (unless the PA has already logged 20 PI-CME credits in that cycle).

Supporting Documents − Attachments to Your Application-


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