After a rigorous two-year process, Practicing Excellence has officially received joint accreditation from the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education – a collaboration between three major continuing medical education councils: Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Joint Accreditation enables organizations to provide continuing education activities to healthcare professionals across multiple disciplines without individually becoming accredited through each organization. Now, through our microlearning training programs, Practicing Excellence can provide continuing education credit for all clinicians.
But let’s go back to basics. What exactly is joint accreditation?
According to the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education’s official website, it is “a voluntary process in which an institution, organization, or agency submits an in-depth analysis to determine its capacity to provide quality continuing education for the health care team.” Many careers in health care require professionals to meet continuing education requirements to keep their license. To meet these requirements, clinicians are expected to enroll in healthcare education programs relevant to their chosen profession.
Joint Accreditation sets the standard for these educational courses, requiring organizations that provide continuing education for health care professionals to meet specific prerequisites.
At Practicing Excellence, one of our core missions is to help organizations meet the needs of their teams and their patients. In pursuit of our mission, we submitted our comprehensive library of video-based, on-demand coaching tools for review. By being approved, our partners can be assured that our programs are designed to be independent, free from commercial bias, based on proven content, and effective in improving the quality and safety of care delivered by care teams.
What is the importance of continuing education for healthcare providers?
In the context of health care, continuing education plays a pivotal role throughout a health professional’s career. It allows learners to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in providing care. After all, becoming a health care professional requires years of continuous learning.
However, learning can become burdensome at times.
It’s no secret that a clinician’s day is already busy; each day comes with various duties and requirements, all needing a prompt, effective, and thoughtful response. Adding more to their plates would only spread them thinner.
The purpose of our work is to meet clinicians where they are. By providing a scalable solution that only requires five minutes of microlearning per week, we ensure that our tool is something that can be seamlessly integrated into their day-to-day lives. Through our joint accreditation, we provide the following benefits to our partners:
- Earn continuing education credits to maintain licensure and certification
- Enjoy opportunities to learn from peers with different expertise and skills, such as our faculty, thus improving their own abilities
- Enhance knowledge, skills, and ability to perform and collaborate on healthcare teams
- Gain confidence in their education because Practicing Excellence is an approved choice of continuing education and has proven our commitment to delivering relevant, effective, and independent continuing education for healthcare teams
At Practicing Excellence, we always look for new ways to support and advocate for clinicians everywhere. We are excited to utilize our accreditation to benefit more physicians, nurses, and APPs across the United States. How important is continuing education to you? Let us know in the comments below, or reach out to us on LinkedIn and Twitter!
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Ryan Kenney is our Marketing Analyst, managing our knowledge center and running our new show, Conversations over Coffee. An aspiring physician, Ryan looks forward to working every day as there is so much to learn and understand about the current status of health care in the US.