Just-in-time CME now easier to utilize
The format had been hampered by an inability for physicians to easily gain and claim credit online. The paperwork burden of processing half-credit units had posed the “biggest stumbling block” for providers thinking about offering it, said Laird Kelly, president of RSi Communications Group.
A free system Kelly has worked on for the last two years comes wrapped in a browser add-on slated for release next month. It lets physicians enter a query, scour a broad library of resources for answers and claim credit. Subscription-based services, such as UpToDate and Wiley’s InfoPOEMs/InfoRetriever, have added automated processing of credits online. The American College of Physicians told MM&M it is developing a tool to enable for-credit PoC searches with its PIER decision-support tool. Medscape expects to offer a version this year, as well.
Another hurdle had been a lack of credible sources, said Sondra Moylan, founder and president, AACME. Moylan, a joint sponsor of RSi’s search tool, helped assemble a medical advisory board to cull peer-reviewed, evidence-based resources. Other PoC providers employ physicians to write original content.
The AMA and AAFP award PoC credit for a three-step learning cycle: documenting the clinical question, sources consulted and the application to practice.
While industry surveys show a high level of physician interest in PoC, funding for non-subscription services remains an issue.