AAPA Moves to New Accreditation Management System

Application Includes Easier Log-in and Updated Fee Structure

April 15, 2020

AAPA has moved to a new accreditation management system that provides an improved user experience to better meet AAPA CME provider needs. Improvements to the application process include easier log-in to cmeapproval.aapa.org with the same AAPA username and password that you would use for other AAPA products, including the LMS. (Credentials from the previous system are no longer valid and can no longer be used in the current system.) A single application can include more than one learning format. For example, if you are planning an activity that has both live and self-assessment components, you will be able to submit them via the same application.

The management process has been updated for disclosures and conflicts of interest. Providers with existing accreditation can take advantage of expedited, discounted applications. Providers already designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAFP Prescribed Credit, or AOA Category 1-A Credit will be able to pay simple fees and use a shortened, expedited application.

AAPA has also updated the application fee structure. The updated fee structure simplifies how fees are determined and more appropriately aligns the fees for more complex applications with the resources required to review them.

AAPA’s CME Criteria now require that CME providers issue learners a certificate that reflects the precise number of credits earned by that specific participant. This change was made in order to align more closely with CME industry norms and to increase precision in reporting. All accredited activities from before March 12 will continue to conform to the previous criteria, per the signed accreditation agreement.

PA programs are now eligible to apply for up to a 2-year accreditation period. This change reduces administrative burden and accommodates programs whose clinical year is longer than 12 months. AAPA Category 1 PI-CME credit now qualifies as MIPS Improvement Activity, reflecting a 2019 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) change to the Quality Payment Program MIPS.

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