Joint Accreditation - Better Value, Better Education, Better Care! 10 Years, 8+ Healthcare Professions, and 100+ Accredited Organizations…and Growing!

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
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In 2010, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) created a single pathway for the accreditation of organizations that were focused on interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) designed to improve healthcare team performance and/or health outcomes. The goals of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education are aligned with this year’s theme for the Nexus Conference - as we strive to provide better value, support better interprofessional continuing education (IPCE), for the ultimate benefit of better interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) and care. Interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) is designed to address the professional practice gaps of the healthcare team using an educational planning process that reflects input from those healthcare professionals who make up the team, including as appropriate, the patient, family and caregivers. The education is designed to change the skills/strategy, performance, or patient outcomes of the healthcare team.


Joint Accreditation criteria and processes have been updated to reflect the experiences of the organizations and the accreditors, and to be more aligned with other stakeholders of IPCP. Now, in 2020, there are more than 100 jointly accredited organizations of all types, settings and sizes. In addition, Joint Accreditation has welcomed into its collaboration five additional healthcare professions’ accreditors - PAs (physician assistants), optometrists, psychologists, social workers, and dentists - thereby allowing accredited organizations to expand their portfolio of learners and address the learning needs of more members of the team. Jointly accredited organizations have demonstrated many successes and adapted to meet many challenges.


During this interactive discussion, we will explore our interprofessional journey as accreditors and learn from several jointly accredited organizations about their pathways to Joint Accreditation along with their strategies for success. We will use case-based discussion to share a retrospective of results that we’ve identified over the past 10 years of Joint Accreditation, along with our plans for the future in support of education by the team for the team. Learners will develop their own action steps to determine how best to support the team and patients through IPCE.


Intended learning objectives

1. Describe at least three key recommendations for creating and sustaining a successful IPCE program.

2. Discuss the tools and resources needed to successfully plan IPCE to improve IPCP.

3. Identify tangible, personalized next steps to foster, develop and measure the impact of team-based education in your setting.



1. Who are we? Introduction to Joint Accreditation and Interprofessional Continuing Education

2. Who are you and who are your learners? Identification of experience with IPCE

3. Why are we here with you! We have a story to share: the journey to collaboration among accreditors

4. What stories can you share? Have you engaged the team as learners, have you engaged patients, families, caregivers?

5. Case examples from your colleagues - Jointly Accredited organizations who have learned about IPCE by doing IPCE

6. Building a roadmap to foster, develop and measure the impact of team-based education in your setting!