Patient Safety/Risk Management

Are patient safety an/or risk management credits designated on my UPMC CME credit transcript?

Patient safety and/or risk management credits are self claimed. There is not a requirement for CME providers to designate patient safety and/or risk management credit. Until 2020, the UPMC CCEHS credit transcript system provided this designation. However, the designation couldnot be transferred to our new credit transcript system. For this reason, physicians will need to self claim these credits for the current relicensing period (thru December 31, 2020), . Beginning in 2021, a new feature will be implemented to provide the designation. 

How do I know if a CME activity satisfies the requirement for patient safety or risk management?

The following list of topics that will satisfy the patient safety/risk management requirement:

Improving medical records and record keeping
Reducing medical errors
Professional conduct and ethics
Improving communication among physicians and with other health care personnel
Communication between physicians and patients
Preventive medicine education
Health care quality improvement
If CME activity falls within these topics, you can count it toward the patient safety/risk management requirement. The course does not have to state, and very likely may not, that it is a patient safety or risk management course.

Does UPMC provide any online opportunities for meeting the the patient safety/risk management requirement?

Yes, the UPMC CCEHS certifies hundreds of online modules to help meet the patient safety/risk management requirement. 

  • University of Pittsburgh ISER Online Learning Courses

https://cme.hs.pitt.edu

Provides a folder specifically dedicated to patient safety/risk management content. Accredited modules for physicians and other healthcare professionals including University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine Grand Rounds and numerous modules designated for ABIM MOC Part 2 credit.

  • Other options:

http://upmcphysicianresources.com

https://cce.upmc.com

https://www.wolfflearningacademy.com/

Do the patient safety or risk management credit hours need to be in Category 1?

According to the regulations, the patient safety or risk management credit hours can be in either Category 1 or Category 2. 

If I have 12 Category 1 credit hours in patient safety or risk management topics, may I count these for both the Category 1 requirement and the patient safety/risk management requirement?

Yes, if any of the patient-safety credit hours that a physician has earned are Category 1 credit hours, they can be counted toward both the Category 1 requirement and the patient safety/risk management requirement.