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Health Information Technology Training

CONTINUING EDUCATION HELP

Program Accreditation

In addition to the (Normandale) institutional accreditation described below, the ACT Health IT

program has been approved for specialized accreditation in the following areas specifically

applicable to healthcare professionals.


ACCREDITATION STATEMENT 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Normandale Community College.  The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 58.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


OTHER CREDITS 

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. from organizations accredited by the ACCME. 

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 58.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit(s) for completing this program.


MOC STATEMENT

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, 

enables the participant to earn up to 58.75 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) 

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


Which courses fall under the above "Program Accreditation"?

All of the courses under the ACT Health IT Program; Transforming Healthcare: Value, Populations, and Data activity, received this accreditation and are eligible for up to 58.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Click Here for Full CME/MOC Accreditation Details



Normandale Accreditation

Normandale Community College holds additional accreditation in a variety of programs, as well as institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. Accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission allows the Continuing Education and Customized Training division the ability to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for courses delivered by the division. 


What is the difference between a continuing education credit, contact hour, or continuing education unit?

Health care providers who have been in practice for many years are sometimes confused by the terms continuing education unit, contact hour, CE hour, CE credits or CEU. The confusion is understandable as many providers, some states and marketing materials tend to use the terms interchangeably. There is in fact a difference between these terms.

First, all of the above terms apply to the measurement of continuing professional education activities both for live programs, such as conferences, seminars or hands-on courses. The terms also apply to self-study courses or journal articles, which are used for independent study by reading, viewing instructional materials, such as DVDs, listening to audio seminars or participating in distance learning activities, such as Web-based instruction.

The marketing materials for a continuing professional education activity that you are considering should clearly state the number of hours which you can earn by completing the course and the course requirements. For longer conferences or seminars, the contact hours can be broken down by the sessions you wish to attend and may not require you to attend the entire conference or seminar.

  • Contact hour–the amount of “seat time” or “learning time” that has been approved for a specific educational program.   Nursing contact hours are usually reported as CNE–Continuing Nursing Education
  • Credit hour–the amount of “seat time” or “learning time” that has been approved for a specific educational program.   Physician credit hours are usually reported as CME–Continuing Medical Education
  • Continuing education unit (CEU)–This terms is perhaps the most confusing and misused term in continuing education.  The term is primarily used in academic settings at the college and university level. It is a designation of course time/instruction where one hour is equal to 0.10 CEUs. This division by 10 means that 10 hours of instruction (or participation) is equal to one CEU. If you see the term CEU used, it should always contain the decimal point to show the fraction of hours.  The term is a generic reference to any and all continuing education activities. Be sure to read the program content and ask questions if you are not sure. 


How do I know if the program credits will be accepted for my licensure/certification?

Because regulations and guidelines do change, it is a good idea to check for updates from your state, county or city on a regular basis and always before registering for a specific course to make sure it will be acceptable for your license/certification renewal.


How do I know what I need for my licensure/certification?

Most states and professional organizations have a minimum number of hours that are eligible for professional education credit. States that require continuing professional education will provide the number of hours and requirements on their web sites in the licensing section. There is generally a link to a "Continuing Education" or "Renewal" section, which will provide a definition of what is accepted, the specific types of activities that are allowed and what the unit of measurement is for your state.


If you are nationally certified or a member of a national organization that requires continuing professional education to maintain your membership or certification, you should become familiar with the organization’s requirements. In some cases, a specific course may meet all the requirements for a national organization, but it may not be acceptable to the guidelines of the state.


What is a Continuing Education Unit?

Through the Continuing Education Unit System, you receive formal recognition for improving your knowledge and skills by completing courses.


Under the CEU system, one unit is awarded for completion of 10 hours of participation in our courses.


What does the CEU mean to me and my career?

You receive immediate recognition for your career development efforts. A CEU certificate suitable from framing will be sent to you upon satisfactory completion of the course you have completed.


The CEU system:

  • Allows you to build a permanent record of achievement as you take part in education or training to further your career. 
  • Provides a means for showing supervisors, personnel officers and others an official document that shows you have completed a seminar as part of your preparation for wider responsibilities and higher-level positions.
  • Offers a means for giving official confirmation of your completion of continuing professional education to certification bodies, licensing boards and professional societies.


COURSE

Contact Hour

CNEs, MOC, etc.

Credit Hour

CME, MOC, etc.

Continuing Education

Unit (CEU)

HDA1.UHDA

Understanding Healthcare Data Analytics

8 hours8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™0.8 CEUs

HDA2.CDA

Clinical Data Analytics and the Learning Health System

9 hours9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™0.9 CEUs

VBC1.BVBC

Business of Value-Based Care

8 hours8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™0.8 CEUs

VBC2.AVBC

Applications of Value-Based Care

7 hours6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™0.7 CEUs

VBC3.CVBC

Contracts for Value-Based Care

2 hours2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™0.2 CEUs

PH1.PHP

Population Health Policy

6 hours6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

PH2.PHDA

Population Health Data Analytics

7.5 hours7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

PH3.PHI

Population Health Interventions

9 hours9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Population Health Prerequisite

This is the first unit of all Population Health courses,

which is only completed once.

2 hours1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™



How do I obtain the above credit(s)?

CME/MOC Credit Hours At the end of your successful completion of the assessment in each course, you will provided with a link to claim credit through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education. After completing the training evaluation, you are directed to a page with specific instructions. Step 1: Click on the link to "register" for the Transforming Healthcare: Value, Populations and Data activity. Step 2: Click on the second link to claim your credits for the course you just completed. Technical assistance on the Johns Hopkins web site can be obtained through emailing: cmetechsupport@jhmi.edu 


Contact Hours At the end of the cohort in which you complete your course, Normandale Community College Continuing Education and Customized Training division will process your paperwork and email you a certificate of completion within 2-3 weeks. This certificate of completion will include the applicable Contact Hours and Continuing Education Units noted above.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) At the end of the cohort in which you complete your course, Normandale Community College Continuing Education and Customized Training division will process your paperwork and email you a certificate of completion within 2-3 weeks. This certificate of completion will include the applicable Contact Hours and Continuing Education Units noted above. *Note: Population Health course certificates of completion will not include CEUs (see the defining characteristics of CEUs, CMEs and CNEs under the section above entitled: What is the difference between a continuing education credit, contact hour, or continuing education unit?)


Attribution: Some of these definitions were adapted from JCR

ONC Training

Update!


The CME fee has been temporarily waived through 6/20/17. This is limited to the first 450 trainees who register, complete a course, and apply for CMEs by 6/20/2017. 

ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATES