We’re excited to give you a preview of our new, improved Joint Accreditation Program and Activity Reporting System (JA-PARS). Reflecting feedback from providers and other stakeholders, the new version of JA-PARS will feature a modernized, user-friendly, streamlined interface for activity and learner reporting. See below for key features and screenshots. We’ll update this webpage regularly—so check back for the latest. 

We expect to launch the new version of JA-PARS later this summer. In the meantime, please continue to enter your activity and learner data as you usually do. Your data will be migrated into the new JA-PARS—you will not need to reenter any data.

We appreciate the input we’ve received from the CE community, and we’ll continue to offer opportunities for CE providers to give us feedback as we move forward.   

Streamlined Data Entry

These fields will be removed:

  • Reporting Year: When entering multiyear activities, you will only need to enter them once rather than for each reporting year.
  • Hours of instruction: You’ll no longer need to enter hours of instruction.
  • In-kind commercial support: You’ll no longer need to identify the type of in-kind commercial support you received.
  • Simplified data-entry for repeated activities: If you offer activities with the same content more than once, you will no longer need to enter the same data multiple times. You can enter the activity once, specifying date and location for each instance, and JA-PARS will automatically create individual activity entries. See screenshot.

New Features: Dashboard, Tagging, IPCE Activities, and More

The new JA-PARS will offer:

  • Help when you need it: Pop-up descriptions and embedded FAQ provide guidance and clarifications, without taking you away from the JA-PARS site.
  • Functionality enabling you to search for an activity that includes pharmacist-learners using the Universal Activity Number (UAN), and to identify if the activity is a part of a pharmacy certificate program; if so, you will receive a link to continue the process outside of JA-PARS after you save the activity. 
  • A dashboard for your CE Program, enabling you to receive notifications about your program and activities, and see high level statistics on your program.
  • Expanded capability for searching and filtering within JA-PARS and exporting the results.
  • Enhanced functionality for generating reports. 
  • Greater flexibility for sorting and downloading your activity data. 
  • The option to display any of your activities offering AMA PRA Category 1™ or IPCE credit in CME Finder, not only those that are registered for MOC, MIPS, and REMS.
  • The ability to tag activities by commendation criteria, supporting your efforts to achieve Joint Accreditation with Commendation.
  • To improve the value of the data, we’ll expect you to enter a brief description of each of your activities, such as the abstract or objectives.
  • The ability to identify interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) activities, as well as any of the credit types included in Joint Accreditation. See screenshot

CME for MOC

  • When registering an activity that counts for Continuing Certification/Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for multiple certifying boards, you’ll only need to complete one attestation.
  • You’ll be able to register activities for MOC using an Excel template.
  • You’ll be able to enter the last day a learner can claim MOC credit, which is often different than the end date of the activity. This will give you more flexibility and reduce rejections of learner records.

Reporting Physician-Learner Data 

For those of you reporting physician-learner data, the new JA-PARS will offer these improvements:

  • You’ll have the option to enter, track, and manage physician-learner data for all your activities, not only those registered for Maintenance of Certification (MOC)/Continuing Certification.  
  • We'll provide a more streamlined process for entering physician-learner data by implementing improved learner matching, the ability to report CME and MOC/Continuing Certification participation in the same record, and reduced data entry in the web form. 
  • Data entry via the web form: For most physician-learners, you’ll only need to enter their first name, last name, month and day of birth (not year), and state of licensure to make a match.  
  • Access to a physician-learner matching application programming interface (API) will allow you to pre-validate learner-identification data prior to entering information about participation in CME and MOC/Continuing Certification. This process will reduce rejections by allowing you to correct the information prior to sending the completion to JA-PARS. 
  • We’ll provide a standard data-sharing permission statement as an option for you to use when seeking permission from your physician-learners to collect and report their data.

Improved Search Engine for Your Physician Learners

  • A more robust version of CME Finder will enable physicians to more easily search for accredited CME activities that address their needs. 
  • Physicians will be able to quickly search by activity format, date, types of credit offered, and topic.

Getting Ready for the New, Improved JA-PARS

We’ll share updates and instructions in the coming weeks to support your use of the new version of JA-PARS. We encourage you to begin thinking now about how you might take advantage of the new features after the launch. 

  • Content description: Consider what information you will enter into the activity description field, such as the abstract, content outline, or learning objectives. 
  • Activity data: With the new JA-PARS, you’ll have the option to promote any of your current or future activities that offer AMA PRA Category 1™ or IPCE credit in CME Finder. Consider how to modify your process and schedule so that you can enter your activities prospectively in JA-PARS. 
  • Learner data: The new JA-PARS will have expanded functionality, giving you the option to enter physician-learner data for any of your activities. We plan to expand our collaborations with certifying and licensing boards to meet their needs and to reduce burdens on physicians. By entering your learner data, you can participate in these collaborations, adding value to your CE program and physician learners. What modifications will you need to make in your own data systems or processes to take advantage of this new opportunity? 

Questions? We’re happy to help. Please reach out to info@accme.org