What does CME stand for?
CME means Continuing Medical Education. These are educational credits primarily geared to physicians. CEU means Continuing Education Units, which are educational credits geared toward non-physicians (Non-Physician Providers, and other staff -- in our case, specifically Allied Health Professionals.)
CME for Physicians (ACCME)
How many CMEs do our courses carry?
The HCCS Professional Compliance and HIPAA Compliance courses are accredited through HealthStream’s ACCME accreditation. AMA-PR credit is available for nurses and other healthcare professionals. Each course in the Professional Compliance library and HIPAA Compliance library carries approximately 30-45 minutes of CME.
By default, HCCS does NOT turn on the CME application feature for accounts.
How does the user apply for credits?
If the CME/CEU feature is turned on, then the following will occur:
When the learner logs in to the course, they will see a screen that will ask them if they intend to apply for CME. The learner must select “YES” at the start of the course in order to be eligible for CME at the end of the course. The learner must complete a pre-assessment, the course content, a post-test and an evaluation in order to receive CME credit.
CE for Compliance Officers (HCCA/CCB)
Many of our courses are also accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) for Continuing Education Units in Compliance Training and Education and Auditing and Monitoring for Compliance. The courseware will allow learners holding the title “Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)” to apply for CCB CE credits upon successful courseware completion. The Professional Compliance, Corporate Compliance and HIPAA Compliance courses carry 3.6 CE credits.
These credits can be applied toward your CHC certification and other HCCA/CCB certifications including CHPC (“Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance”).
CE for Coders (AHIMA)
The following courses are accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for Continuing Education credits for certified health information management professionals:
HCCS Fraud Awareness - Professional Compliance: 3.0 hours
HCCS Fraud Awareness - Corporate Compliance: 3.0 hours
HCCS HIPAA Compliance: 3.0 hours
HCCS Documentation for Quality Care: 1.0 hours
Upon successful courseware completion of any of these courses, an AHIMA CE certificate will be offered to certified health information management professionals.
CE for Nurses and Non-Physician Providers
Currently, HCCS-authored compliance courses are not directly accredited for clinical or nursing Continuation Credit (CE). However, AMA-PR credit is available for nurses and other healthcare professionals for the HIPAA Compliance library courses, as well as the Professional Compliance library courses.
If you would like us to investigate accrediting a course by any other accrediting body, please send us any information you have on the accrediting body -- contact information, web site, information on applying for CME accreditation, etc. and we would be happy to investigate the issue further.
Ethics Credits from Texas Medical Board
The HCCS "Professional Compliance" course is accredited for 2.0 hours of Texas Medical Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility Credits for courseware completion from 12/22/2015 through 12/22/2018. Upon completion of the course, please print and retain your completion certificate. Texas licensees may be chosen by the Texas Medical Board at random for a CE audit, whereupon they would be required to produce all of the certificates that were received for formal credits. More information can be found here. A search of the website for the term "HCCS" will list the 2.0 hours of credit in a downloadable spreadsheet of accredited courses.