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 for Independence and Integrity in Accredited Continuing Education.
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.
Organizations planning on applying for “initial accreditation” must meet the following requirements:
Pre-applicants 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, Associate Director of Education and Accreditation. Mail the pre-application fee to:
c/o Kendra Peterson, CHCP
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, your organization will receive instructions for submitting an initial accreditation application. 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, Associate Director 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.
Please contact Kendra Peterson, Associate Director of Education and Accreditation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.956.3638.
The accreditation process consists of three portions: submission of the narrative Self-Study; submission of Performance-in-Practice (PIP) activity files; and an accreditation interview.
The self-study is intended to address two major components of accreditation:
Providers submit the self-study using an outline provided by the WSMA. The self-study outline is available in the Accreditation Materials menu.
PIP allows accredited providers and applicants to demonstrate compliance at the CME activity level. Accredited providers submit their CME activity data for their accreditation term in ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Based on the data provided, WSMA will select up to 15 activities to review. Providers are accountable for demonstrating performance-in-practice for all the activities selected using a structured abstract. The PIP structured abstract is available in the Accreditation Materials menu.
Once the WSMA has received your self-study application and PIP files they 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 accreditation interview. 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 purpose of an accreditation interview is to gather or clarify information about your CME program according to the submitted written materials. The survey team is comprised of volunteers serving on the WSMA CME accreditation committee and WSMA staff. You can expect surveyors to be professional, courteous, and familiar with your CME program.
Surveyors will use the three elements of the accreditation process 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 interview, 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.
Download and review the WSMA CME policies and accreditation requirements (updated July 2022).
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 2021–2022 annual accreditation fees.
The fees below reflect the fees for 2022 accreditation. The ACCME updates fees periodically. If your organization was newly accredited, the ACCME used data from the most current year to determine your tier; the ACCME may change the 2022 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 “2022 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 2022
Out of State Providers Fee Structure for 2022
County/Medical Society Fee Structure for 2022
* ACCME tier determination (whichever is higher)
** The ACCME may adjust newly accredited organizations’ fees for 2022 based on 2020 PARS data. The ACCME may change their fees for all providers after 2022.
*** 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.
2022 WSMA Associated CME Fees
* CME training required for initial applicants. Training fee not included.