The OSMA is pleased and proud to offer the service of voluntary accreditation to providers of continuing medical education who wish to be recognized for meeting our high level of quality. Such educational opportunities provide physicians with the ongoing knowledge and skills they need to provide their patients with optimum care. The OSMA is dedicated to maintaining its high level of service to providers and physicians in Ohio. Our hope is that this overview will provide information that will enable providers to make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue accreditation.
Overview of the Accreditation Process
Accreditation is official recognition by an accrediting body that a provider’s overall program of physician CME meets established criteria for educational planning and quality. Accrediting bodies and accredited providers throughout the country are a part of what is known as the “System of Accreditation.” At the national level, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has responsibility for recognizing state medical associations as local accrediting bodies and serves as the accrediting body for providers whose programs of CME serve physician learners, more than 30% of whom are from beyond the home or bordering states of the accredited provider. State medical societies, such as the OSMA, as recognized by the ACCME, accredit CME providers whose intended audience is from within the state or bordering states of the accredited provider. The ACCME and the OSMA utilize the same criteria and processes for awarding accreditation.
Accredited Provider Policies