CERP Provider Newsletter 2021—Edition Two
Message from the Chair
As my term on the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCEPR) comes to a close, I have been reflecting on the important work in which we are all engaged. I am extremely grateful to have been involved with professionals dedicated to advancing the health of the public through continuing professional education. Your organization, and over 500 other providers that have chosen to participate in ADA CERP, shows your commitment to standards-based education that helps improve professional practice. The Commission believes this work is essential, and wishes to support providers in the effort to deliver quality CE.
In the next 12 months, the Commission will be revising and simplifying the ADA CERP Recognition Standards to focus on the elements of effective continuing education (see the following article). The Commission is also developing an online application platform which should help simplify the application process in the future. As you prepare for continued recognition, we also encourage you to take advantage of the resources available to you through the Commission’s website and staff.
CCEPR’s mission is to develop standards that promote excellence in continuing dental education and to support you in your goal of improving professional competence and patient care. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to these efforts.
Monica H. Cipes, DMD, MSD, 2020-2021 Chair
Revising the ADA CERP Standards
The Commission has established a committee to resume the process of revising the ADA CERP Recognition Standards. The committee’s objective is to simplify the Standards by emphasizing the principles and practices that contribute to effective CE. Towards that end, the Commission has approved a working list of Standards which reflect the CE planning process:
- Purpose and Mission
- CE Planning
- CE Delivery
- Commercial Conflicts of Interest
- Evaluation (combining learning assessment and overall program evaluation)
In taking this approach, the Commission seeks to highlight the essential functions and practices of continuing education providers for developing impactful CE: education that addresses public and professional needs, is based on the best available evidence and is free from commercial bias.
In the coming months the Commission will reach out to the communities of interest for perspectives on revising the CERP Recognition Standards.
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Implementing the Revised CERP Eligibility Criteria
The revised ADA CERP Eligibility Criteria approved in 2019 will take effect on July 1, 2023. At that time, commercial interests will no longer be eligible to be ADA CERP recognized providers of CE. In addition, they will no longer be able to serve as joint providers with CERP recognized providers.
All CERP recognized providers were asked to complete a “Commercial Interest Questionnaire” in 2021. Based on its review of the information supplied by providers, the Commission identified the providers that meet the ADA CERP definition of a commercial interest. These providers were notified of the Commission’s findings this August, and advised that they will be able to maintain their recognition through June 23, 2023 but no later. Providers the Commission determined are not commercial interests were also notified that they will be eligible to maintain their ADA CERP recognition status by continuing to meet program requirements.
As explained in the May 2019 announcement regarding the revised Eligibility Criteria, the intent of this change is to reduce the potential conflicts of interest that arise when entities that produce, market, distribute or re-sell healthcare goods or services used on patients also control the content of continuing education activities.
After June 30, 2023, commercial interests, as defined by ADA CERP, will be able to provide financial and in-kind support for CE activities developed by ADA CERP recognized providers, as long as the commercial interests have no role in selecting the content or instructors.
For more information, contact Mary Borysewicz, CCEPR director, at email@example.com.
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Compliance with Applicable Laws
When planning and delivering continuing dental education courses, it is important that CERP recognized providers comply with applicable federal, state and local laws. This includes, but is not limited to, complying with applicable disabilities laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act; for example, by providing effective communications to individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in CE activities, and providing reasonable accommodations and modifications as appropriate.
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Preparing for Continued Recognition
Periodic assessment of providers is an integral component of the ADA CERP recognition process, and helps to support continuous quality improvement in CE. As you start preparing an application for continued recognition, it may be helpful to review the ADA CERP Recognition Standards and assess the policies and procedures your organization has in place that will demonstrate that it meets the Standards. You might also find it helpful to view a video overview of the Standards and the application process
Be sure to also review your last ADA CERP Decision Report, which will indicate Standards where your last submission may not have demonstrated that your program fully meets CERP criteria. In your next application you will be asked to describe and document any improvements you have made in these areas.
Before beginning the application, read the application instructions for useful lists of the documents you will need to assemble. These will include some organizational policies and procedures, as well as documentation from several CE activities you have offered in the last year. The application form itself includes checklists to help you verify that all required elements are included on some of the course documents. Using the checklists, and labeling the required elements on your course publicity, evaluation and verification of participation documents you include in the application, will help ensure that those documents are complete, and demonstrate that you meet those criteria.
The Commission’s website features a description of the application process, a glossary, and other resources such as examples of documents related to managing commercial conflicts of interest, and a summary of ADA CERP criteria for online CE. Commission staff are also available to answer any questions you might have about the Standards or the application process.
CERP Provider Annual Fees to Increase in 2022
CERP provider annual fees are scheduled to increase in 2022. Most providers will see an increase of approximately 8% over 2021 annual fees. The largest providers, those in the U.S. with 15,000 or more participants in their CE activities in the previous year, and international providers with 3,000 or more participants, will see a larger increase. The fee schedules for 2021 and 2022 are published on the Commission’s website. ADA CERP provider fees offset program costs and support services.
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List Your Courses on ADA.org/cerpcourselistings
CERP recognized providers are encouraged to post information about their courses on the CCEPR web site. Dental professionals anywhere in the world can access the CERP Course Listing and search for courses by date, location, provider, or category. The course listing is advertised periodically in ADA publications. For information on how to login and post course information, contact Kelli Cousins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition
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Commission staff are available to assist you.