Last year, the Committee initiated a process to clarify and simplify the requirement for CME Providers to consider enhancing cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) in planning CME activities with clinical, patient care content. In continuation of this effort, the Committee on CME proposed deleting the requirement that CLC be addressed in the CME Mission Statement. This change was approved by the CMA Board in July and by the IMQ Board at its August meeting. The new standard now reads:
The provider must be in compliance with all California State laws regarding continuing medical education, including Assembly Bill 1195, effective July 1, 2006. The following policy applies to non-exempt CME activities and addresses the essential elements for compliance with Assembly Bill 1195. This policy was updated and approved by the Boards of CMA and IMQ in July and August 2013.
Element 3.2.1 The provider must be in compliance with all California State laws regarding continuing medical education, including Assembly Bill 1195, effective July 1, 2006. Provider meets or exceeds minimum requirements of AB 1195 by the following:
a) Determine for each planned CME activity with a clinical care focus, if there are cultural or linguistic health disparities relevant to the targeted physician learners and/or their patient community. If no relevant cultural or linguistic health or health care disparities are identified, this should be documented.
b) When a relevant cultural or linguistic health disparity is identified, generate at least one educational component to address the specific need(s) related to the educational activity.
Note: In compliance with California law, relevant Cultural and Linguistic disparities need to be addressed in one or more sessions within a Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS).
The Committee continues to expect Providers planning CME activities that focus on clinical, patient care topics to demonstrate how they identified cultural and linguistic disparities, made the determination that the disparities were relevant to their target audiences and/or their patients, and if relevant, how the disparities were addressed in the activity. The CME Criteria and Policies Manual has been updated to include this change and can be found here.