Let the WSMA help your organization become an accredited provider and ensure your physicians are receiving CME that meets our high standards of excellence.
The WSMA is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide a voluntary interstate accreditation program for organizations that provide Category 1 continuing medical education activities. CME is central to life-long learning and professional development to which physicians and the WSMA are committed. Through its accreditation program, the WSMA seeks to assure physicians and the public that CME activities presented by accredited providers meet the high standards adopted by the association and by the ACCME.
The WSMA offers CME accreditation services to numerous providers meeting our high standards of quality. Specifically our CME Accreditation Committee is charged with:
Accreditation is the set standard to assure quality continuing medical education activities are planned, implemented, and evaluated in accordance with all WSMA policies, the ACCME accreditation requirements and policies and standards of commercial support.
If you have questions about WSMA CME Accreditation Service, contact Kendra Peterson, associate director of education and accreditation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.956.3638.
Save the date! The 2021 WSMA CME Provider Conference will take place virtually from Nov. 17-18. Please check back for more details.
Organizations planning on applying for “initial accreditation” must meet the following requirements:
Pre-applicant and accredited providers are expected to:
The WSMA accredits the following organizations and institutions:
The first steps in becoming a WSMA-accredited CME provider are to complete the pre-application form for initial CME accreditation and submit the pre-application fee (see Fees section on this page). Please fill out the form and email to Kendra Peterson, manager of education and accreditation. Mail the pre-application fee to:
c/o Kendra Peterson
Associate Director, Education and Accreditation
2001 6th Ave., Ste. 2700
Seattle, WA 98121
The purpose of the pre-application is for WSMA to determine if your organization is eligible for WSMA CME accreditation by explaining the mechanisms in place to meet the WSMA policies and guidelines.
Once approved, you will be mailed the WSMA accreditation manual and application, which includes the application for accreditation. The WSMA accredits providers on a “cohort” system. Providers are divided into one of three cohorts. Your due date will be based on the next available cohort. Once accredited, all future re-applications, annual reporting and accreditation fees will be based on that cohort’s expiration dates. In order to find out which cohort your organization can apply for, please contact Kendra Peterson, manager of education and accreditation, at email@example.com or 206.956.3638.
If your organization is currently accredited by WSMA and you are seeking re-accreditation, you will receive a notice of re-accreditation approximately 12 months from your current term expiration date.
* The notification date is one year prior to the expiration date.
WSMA staff will send the most current version of WSMA accreditation manual & application, including all application documents.
Please contact Kendra Peterson, manager of education and accreditation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.956.3638 for more information.
Once the WSMA has received your self-study application and related documents it will be reviewed by WSMA staff. Staff will notify you should any items be missing from the application.
The next step in the accreditation process is an on-site survey. You will be required to submit at least five dates in the range dictated by your cohort. WSMA staff will work to find surveyors from the WSMA CME Accreditation Committee to volunteer to review your CME program. You will be notified when a date has been chosen.
The on-site survey consists of three parts: a review of Performance in Practice (activity) files, a review, or clarification, of the self-study application, and an interview. Surveyors will use the three elements to gain a comprehensive view of the program in its entirety. Surveyors are only fact-gatherers, they do not give an accreditation decision at the time of the survey. After the site survey, surveyors will report their findings to the WSMA CME Accreditation Committee, which meets three times a year. The committee will make an accreditation decision and you will then be notified of your new accreditation status.
Accreditation status decisions are based on compliance with all applicable accreditation criteria. These criteria have been established as a model for CME programs. The accreditation criteria are divided into three levels. Compliance with a set minimum of criteria is required to pursue each level of accreditation.
Download and review the WSMA CME policies and accreditation requirements.
Additionally, WSMA accredited providers are responsible for abiding by AMA requirements to award AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ .
The Washington State Medical Association Accreditation Statement is as follows:
The [name of accredited provider] is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Washington State Medical Association through the joint providership of [insert name of accredited provider] and [name of non-accredited provider]. The [name of accredited provider] is accredited by the WSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement
The phrase AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is a trademark of the American Medical Association. Accredited CME providers must always use the complete italicized trademarked phrase. The AMA Credit Designation Statement must be written without paraphrasing and must be listed separately from other statements. The following must be included in relevant announcements and activity materials:
The [name of accredited provider] designates this [type of educational activity*] activity for a maximum of ____ AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
*Types of educational activities:
The types of educational activities are designated by the AMA, and include:
Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission
Washington State providers must include this additional statement for the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission:
This activity meets the criteria for up to ___ hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.
The [name of accredited provider] certifies that [name of non-physician participant] has participated in the [learning format] titled [title of activity] [at location, when applicable] on [date]. This activity was designated for [number of credits] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
For policy or accreditation requirement questions, please contact Kendra Peterson, associate director of education and accreditation, at email@example.com or 206.956.3638.
Starting in 2020, the ACCME implemented a four-tier fee structure. It ranges from Tier 1, comprising the smallest CME programs, to Tier 4, comprising the largest CME programs (see table below). Program size is based on the average number of activities or learner interactions, whichever is greater, over the past three years. The ACCME used data that CME providers entered into the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for the 2016–2018 reporting years to assign tiers for the 2020–2021 annual accreditation fees.
The fees will be in place for two years (2020–2021). The ACCME may change the fees after that time. If your organization was newly accredited, the ACCME used data from the most current year to determine your tier; the ACCME may change the 2021 fee for those organizations based on 2019 data reported in PARS.
The WSMA annual fee is a combination of the WSMA’s flat fee plus the ACCME’s tiered fee. The WSMA will continue to charge a flat annual fee to providers. Looking ahead, we anticipate that the WSMA’s flat fee will increase by a rate of 3% each year starting in 2022.
WSMA Flat Fee + ACCME Tiered Fee = Total Fee Charged to Accredited Providers
There are additional fees for other items such as progress reports, extensions, and late fees. Please see the table “2021 WSMA Associated CME Fees” for details.
Please contact Kendra Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.956.3638 if you have any questions.
Washington Providers Fee Structure for 2021
Out of State Providers Fee Structure for 2021
County/Medical Society Fee Structure for 2021
* ACCME tier determination (whichever is higher)
** The ACCME may adjust newly accredited organizations’ fees for 2021 based on 2019 PARS data. The ACCME may change their fees for all providers after 2021.
*** Based on 3% inflation per year since 2015, when the WSMA’s fees were last revised.
**** For comparison purposes only. Demonstrates that the WSMA makes CME accreditation as affordable as possible by consistently charging lower fees than the ACCME.
2021 WSMA Associated CME Fees
* CME training required for initial applicants. Training fee not included.