Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I count the 25%?
A: At least 25% of all educational actvities developed by the organization during the past 18 months are categorized as "interprofessional", and can demonstrate an integrated planning process that includes a healthcare team of two or more professions who are reflective of the interprofessional target audience the activity is designed to address. The formula is as follows: Count the number of activties planned within the past 18 months that are classified as interprofessional using the definition provided within the Joint Accreditation framework. Divide by the total number of activities planned within the past 18 months. Multiply by 100.

Q: What if my organization has no accreditation statuses and would like to apply for Joint Accreditation?
A: A non-accredited organization is still eligible to apply. If the organization is awarded Joint Accreditation, the maximum term that could be awarded is a two (2) year term.

Q: If there is an event where only one profession is represented, what criteria should we follow?
A: Jointly accredited providers use the Joint Accreditation criteria regardless of whether they are planning educational activities for a single profession or planning an interprofessional education activity. If your organization is awarded Joint Accreditation, jointly accredited providers are certainly able to offer single profession CE activities; the thirteen Joint Accreditation set of criteria would still be followed to plan those single professional activities, but they do not need to be planned by the interprofessional healthcare team.

Q: Are there any examples from other successful Joint Accreditation providers we could look at for reference?
A: The Joint Accreditation program does not post examples of interprofessional education activities or responses to Joint Accreditation criteria, however you may contact a current jointly accredited provider directly to see if they are willing to share best practices. A list of current jointly accredited providers is listed on our website at: http://www.jointaccreditation.org/accredited-providers

Q: What are the term lengths awarded for Joint Accreditation?
A: New Applications: An organization seeking accreditation as a provider of continuing education for the healthcare team that does NOT currently hold at least one accreditation from at least one (1) of the national accrediting bodies (ACCME, ACPE, or ANCC) or one (1) state accredited body (ACCME Recognized Accreditor or ANCC Accredited Approver) may be awarded a term of up to two (2) years.

Currently Accredited by ACCME (or ACCME Recognized Accreditor), ACPE, ANCC (or ANCC Accredited Approver): An organization that is already accredited in good standing by at least one of the national accrediting bodies (ACCME, ACPE and/or ANCC) or one state accrediting body (ACCME Recognized Accreditor or ANCC Accredited Approver) may be awarded a term of six (6) years if the provider is determined to be in compliance with all Joint Accreditation criteria. If a provider is in non-compliance with any one (1) or more criteria, and is awarded Joint Accreditation, the provider will receive an accreditation term of four (4) years with a progress report due in one year.

Reaccreditation for jointly accredited providers: An organization that is already a jointly accredited provider may be awarded a term of six (6) years if the provider is determined to be in compliance with all Joint Accreditation criteria. If the provider is in non-compliance with any one (1) or more criteria, and is awarded Joint Accreditation, the provider will receive an accreditation term of four (4) years with a progress report due in one year.

Q: Once we are jointly accredited, how do we issue the appropriate credit? And, do we need to submit activity-related data to all three accreditors?
A: Once you are jointly accredited,  you are able to designate your activity for medicine, nursing and/or pharmacy credit depending on your target audience. You must follow any applicable credit-related requirements in addition to the joint Accreditation Criteria. Currently, jointly accredited providers must submit activity-related data to each of the three accreditors, but development is underway on a single Joint Accreditation activity reporting system. Once launched, the data reporting will be streamlined.

Q: How should our interprofessional committee be structured?
A: There is no prescribed requirement or structure for your interprofessional CE planning committee. Joint Accreditation expects that activities will be planned by a team that is representative of the target audience. So, for example, if your activity was targeted at physicians and nurses, planning must include individuals from both professions.

Q: If a jointly accredited provider is working with a non-accredited provider, do we still follow the 13 criteria for Joint Accreditation?
A: Yes, the same criteria still apply.

Q: Definition of an interprofessional activity
A: An interprofessional actvity is a CE activity that incorporates the educational needs that underlie the practice gaps of the healthcare team and their members. Interprofessional activities must be designed to change the skills/strategy, or performance, of the healthcare team or patient outcomes as described in an organizaton's mission statement. Interprofessional activities also reflect the healthcare team's current or potential scope of practice. For an offical definition, please view our website: http://www.jointaccreditation.org/ce-planning-implementation. The planning process for education activities classified as "interprofessional" must demonstrate:
•  An integrated planning process that includes health care professionals from two or more professions.
•  An integrated planning process that includes health care professionsl who are reflective of the target audience members the activity is designed to address.
•  The intent to achieve outcome(s) that reflect a change in skills, strategy, or performance of the health care team and/or patient outcomes.
•  Reflection of one or more of the interprofessional competencies to incude: values/ethics, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and/or teams/teamwork.

Q: How should I determine the cycle to apply in? Is there such a thing as a "good time"?
A: Organizations are strongly encouraged to contact staff at info@jointaccreditation.org to evaluate readiness to apply. Staff will help organizations evaluate readiness and determine an appropriate application cycle. Organizations currectly accredited by ACCME, ACPE, and/or ANCC should be prepared to provide current accreditation terms so staff can help assess the need for extensions if necessary.

Q: What are the fees?
A: The Joint Accreditation fees are structured to correspond with certain milestones throughout the application process. If an application is accepted at a specific milestone, the corresponding fee will apply and the application moves forward. The fees associated with Joint Accreditation are detailed here: http://www.jointaccreditation.org/fees