Continuing Medical Education Activity Accreditation for Local Chapters of the NKF Professional Councils
The National Kidney Foundation is an accredited provider through several organizations to provide certified continuing medical education to health professionals. These include:
- Physicians*: Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
- Nurses and Dialysis Technicians: New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), which is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC)
- Dietitians: Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
- Social Workers: Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB)
*Advance Practitioners (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) can receive a certificate of attendance applicable to them if accredited through ACCME.
NKF’s Professional Council Local Chapters fall directly under the jurisdiction of the National Headquarters (HQ). To that end, as the accredited provider, it is critical that National HQ is kept abreast of all aspects of a CME/CE activity that is implemented by the Council Chapter, from planning to delivery. There is advanced scrutiny of the CME/CE enterprise as it relates to funding, faculty selection, and content. In order for NKF to maintain its strict regulatory compliance and our accreditation status, it is imperative that these guidelines be followed. To assist in integrating the approval of the Professional Councils Local Chapter educational activities, National HQ has put a process in place that will streamline the efforts and workflow. This will also ensure consistent messaging and enhanced visibility of the Foundation. National HQ will provide the required forms, instructions, service and support to guide and assist you throughout this process.
As mandated by NKF's Conflict of Interest Policy, all individuals who participate in an NKF activity must complete required Disclosure documentation. This policy serves to strengthen "transparency" whether in connection with developing the Spring Clinical Meetings program, KLS, Professional Council Local Chapter or NKF Division CME/CE activity, authoring a publication on behalf of NKF, serving on a committee or working on the development of KDOQI clinical practice guidelines. This information is kept confidential and on file at the National Headquarters.
Local Chapters will be required to:
- Adhere to NKF’s CME/CE process for all educational activities
- Contact the designated staff at National HQ if funding is being sought through a commercial interest to ensure appropriate submission and completion of grant application documentation
- Submit a preliminary planning form to the appropriate CME/CE Coordinator at NKF (KLS or Scientific Activities) as notification of an upcoming educational activity. This form will contain preliminary information such as planned date of activity, title or subject, faculty with their affiliation if known, etc. Each activity will be assigned a project number that must be used as a reference when submitting the supporting documentation for review.
- Submit documentation at least 60 days prior to the event.
- Submit disclosure and other related forms of any individual (faculty and planning committee member) in control of CME/CE content. Refer to statement on Conflict of Interest Policy noted above.
- Provide draft content to include activity outline with related content and slide presentation to facilitate peer review by NKF’s CME/CE Review Board. This ensures each CME/CE activity meets the standards identified by the regulatory bodies, the content is unbiased, the objectives of the activity are met and is relevant to the identified target audience.
- Provide copies of promotional materials for the CME/CE activity to ensure compliance with accrediting body.
- Provide post-activity documents (sign-in sheets, evaluations, evaluation summary, etc.) to National HQ to maintain appropriate files
Once all required documentation is received, approximate time period for review and approval is 4-6 weeks. CME/CE Activities will be approved by the following providers through National HQ:
- Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP): ACCME
- Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW): ASWB
- Council of Nurses and Nephrology Technicians (CNNT): NYSNA
- Council on Renal Nutrition (CRN): CDR
The NKF Division or Affiliate will be made aware of the educational activity being offered in their area to increase collaboration among the groups. Consistent communication will be maintained between the National Professional Council Executive Committee, relevant KLS and Scientific Activities Staff to ensure an efficient process.
Top ten things to keep in mind:
- Ensure you have a strong planning committee who can serve as the peer liaison between you and your faculty
- Adhere to the CME/CE process timeline provided
- Provide the required documentation (disclosures, outlines, draft content, etc.) to National HQ in a timely manner. Note: National HQ will not accredit the activity if required documentation is not received.
- Content should be unbiased, placement of product or company logos and speaker bureau presentations are prohibited
- Faculty should be selected based on expertise in topic/content
- If funding is being sought from a commercial interest, the proposal should be reviewed by National HQ and a Letter of Agreement should be signed
- Promotional materials in print or web must be submitted to National for review before finalization
- Maintain appropriate receipts for reconciliation of funds and documentation of all content related correspondence between your planning committee and faculty
- Submit all relevant pre and post-activity documentation to National HQ
- Maintain constant communication with your faculty, planning committee and National HQ CME/CE staff throughout the process