- What credit types does ACEP offer?
ACEP offers two credit types:
- AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ which is owned by the American Medical Association (AMA) and accredited by the Accreditation for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to meet physician continuing medical education requirements
- ACEP Category I Credit which is owned by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and utilized by ACEP members to meet internal membership requirements. This credit is available to any entity hosting an activity that has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ by an ACCME accredited provider or that are jointly sponsored by ACEP. Activity content is reviewed to ensure that it is directly related to the practice of emergency medicine based on the “Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine”.
- What types of activities does ACEP accredit?
ACEP accredits live courses and enduring materials.
- What are the submission timelines?
The CME application process has a few deadlines. To learn more check out the Enduring Material and Live Activity Requirements documents.
- How do I know what "Activity Type" to choose?
Activities are either a live course where the learner participates in person or an enduring material. The American Medical Association (AMA) has identified 11 enduring material types, 9 of which may be accredited by ACEP. A complete list, including definitions, can be found at LINK.
- How do I know which document uploads are required for my activity type?
ACEP has provided document checklists for each application type. LINK
- Why am I required to have an ACEP web account?
Your web credentials are tied to your organization. This allows us to provide the correct organizational options.
- Where can I find information on CME pricing?
Pricing information is available through the HighMarksCE system. To access the pricing lists:
- Login to the system.
- Click on the 'My Applications' link from the right-hand navigation pane.
- Select your account (you may see more than one if you submit for multiple groups).
- Click on the 'Pricing Schedule' link.
- What is the difference between "Acceptance" and "Approval" of an application?
Acceptance means that the application and payment have been successfully received and that, based on the information provided, meets the initial eligibility criteria for consideration of accreditation by ACEP.
- What is the difference between a save-the-date and a promotional piece?
A save-the-date is a limited space document that only shows the event title, date, location, and the abbreviated AMA statement. It cannot include information about objectives, event schedule, or faculty. Please refer to this LINK to see examples. Remember, all materials MUST be approved by CME staff before distribution.
- Why are my changes not being saved when I move from page to page or tab to tab within the system?
When moving through the system, you MUST click the blue “Save” button prior to clicking on another tab, page, or link. Otherwise, any unsaved data will be lost.
- Why am I unable to submit my application?
If one or more required steps have not been completed, you will receive a message when you click on the “Finalize” tab. The error will tell you what must be completed before you can proceed with payment and submission.
- Can I choose to pay a Rush Fee for a submission within the deadlines?
Yes, for an additional fee, you may request your application fee be rusehd. Once a rush application is submitted, it moves your application to the front of all non-rush applications. All rush applications will be handled in the order in which they have been received.
- What do I do if the system indicates “Missing All Required Responses” related to the annual Financial Disclosure Form requirement for an individual I have assigned a role to?
If you assign a role to an individual and receive a “Missing All Required Responses” message next to the Financial Disclosure form requirement, it means that they have either not completed an annual Financial Disclosure form in ACEP’s Master Disclosure System to date and/or not updated it for the current calendar year. Please click on the “Contact Now” link to send them an e-mail requesting that they log-in to ACEP’s Master Disclosure System at https://cmeapproval.acep.org to complete and/or update their form. You may use this email template LINK.
- What do I do if I upload a document using the incorrect document classification?
If you upload a document and choose an incorrect document classification from the drop down menu, all you need to do is locate your document based on its description under the “Edit Documents” section and then choose the correct document name from the “Document Tag” drop down menu.
- Can I upload multiple documents using the same “Document Classification” name?
Yes, you may upload multiple documents using the same Document Classification name, however, we suggest that you utilize different document names so that you will be able to easily distinguish between the various documents.
- What is an occurrence?
An occurrence is an offering of a live activity (course) that is held multiple times for multiple audiences within a 1 year time period. The activity content must be the same as that which was initially submitted and approved in order to qualify as an occurrence. Each occurrence is required to be reported separately on the ACCME annual PARS report.
Enduring Materials also have occurrences as they may be approved for a 3-year time period. Dependent upon the launch date, an enduring material may have 3 or 4 annual occurrences that are reportable on the ACCME annual PARS report.
- When is “occurrence” information entered?
You should enter information for all live activity occurrences you are aware of at the time of application submission. If you need to add additional occurrences post-submission, you will need to contact ACEP CME Staff, so that they may enter the information via the admin portal.
- How many Gap Analysis forms are required for an activity?
ACEP recommends a single, overall Gap Analysis for the entire event if it is purely didactic. If you have hands-on skills labs and measuring a change in performance - an additional gaps analysis is required. You may also choose to submit for the track or day level, but this is not required.
- When is it required to report a Third Party?
You must report all entities you are collaborating with on planning, development, and/or implementation of an activity.
- Why must the Education Planning Representative be an ACEP member in good standing?
In order to accredit activities for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, ACEP must be able to demonstrate active involvement in the planning, development, and implementation of all accredited activities.