2 ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS)
3 Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) PARS is a centralized, Web-based system for the collection and management of activity and program data from accredited providers
4 My Organization TabView and edit contact informationView your current accreditation informationEdit your organization’s profile
5 Activities TabAllows providers to add, update, and view their organization’s CME activities
6 Add activities one at a time, using the web-based entry form…
7 Or batch upload activities using tab-delimited or XML upload options.
8 Program Summary TabCollects aggregated information about the income and expenses of your CME program
9 Get Help With PARSClick on “Help” to navigate to the PARS Help Page
10 Get Help With PARS Links on the PARS Help Page include Frequently-asked-questionsVideo TutorialsA “Contact Support” button to submit questions directly to your Accreditor
11 PARS FAQ’s FAQ’s provide answers to common questions about PARS FAQ’s also provide links to video tutorialsCheck it Out: “Ask ACCME”
12 Video TutorialsACCME has created a series of video tutorials for PARS including:PARS OverviewTab-delimited Batch UploadEntering Activity DataManaging Contact InformationCheck it Out: “Tutorials”
13 When do I need to enter data in PARS? PARS is available for you to enter data at any time.Providers are encouraged to submit data as activities occurBy March 31 of each year, all data for the prior reporting year must be submitted.
15 The ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System
16 What is PARS? Program & Activity Reporting System Web-based database applicationReport Activities for Accreditation ProcessSubmit information previously collected through Annual Report (no new data requirements)PARS is a new tool, but expectations & process are the same; it just replaces Excel spreadsheet.
17 Value of PARS Designed to Streamline and Support Data Collection: Replaces PC-based spreadsheets with a Web-based portalProviders decide when and how often to input informationSeveral options for entering activity data
18 Value of PARS Enhanced Data Reporting Offers the ability to download activity data for easy reference and analysisOptional data fields on activity topics, joint sponsors, and commercial supportAbility to provide a more detailed and comprehensive picture of the national CME enterpriseSupports efforts in demonstrating the value and scope of CME
19 Entering Activity Data Three Options for entry into PARS:Manually using the web formBest for providers that have a small to moderate number of activities to reportTab-delimited batch uploadBest for providers with many activities per year and/or who have their own CME tracking systemXML batch uploadBest for providers with experience in XML formatting and/or appropriate technical supportThere are three different ways that you can enter activity data into PARS:1. For organizations that only have a few activities to enter, your best option may be to enter your information manually via the web entry form – which we will look at in a few minutes.2. For organizations that have a larger amount of data to enter, you may choose to use one of two batch upload – either a tab-delimited batch upload or an XML batch upload. To do an XML batch upload you will need to both be familiar with what XML is and have appropriate technical support for the process. The tab-delimited upload can be done by using an Excel template that we provide for you.
20 Exporting Activity Data Download a file containing all of your activity data:Use the “Download All Activities” link on the Activities tab.Data will be downloaded into a .csv file which you can save as a .xls (Excel) or other spreadsheet format.
24 Slide Set III: PARS Education and Help Resources
25 Education and Help for the ACCME’s Program & Activity Reporting System (PARS)
26 PARS Education & Help Two primary resources: education & help built into the PARS applicationeducation & help available at
27 Help within PARSClick on “Help” here to be directed to a page with more information and helpful links.Links to education and help on ACCME’s websiteHover over question mark icons for definitions or links to FAQs
28 Contacting SupportOn the “Help” page within PARS, there are two links that will allow you to questions about the application to your Accreditor.