How-to Guide: ACCME PARS

 

Overview

Most of the information required by PARS is already being tracked within the Rievent Platform. When activities are created, information related to accreditation is entered and maintained in the Rievent Platform database. Detailed participation data is also tracked and maintained as learners participate in activities. An ACCME PARS interface in the Rievent Platform allows you to add supplemental information, including financial data.

When you are ready to upload your data to PARS, access the ACCME Reports menu and select PARS Program Export to download the XML file, which is ready to upload to the ACCME’s PARS system.

There are two different areas in the platform to access ACCME PARS information:

(1) The Program tab - The Rievent Platform automatically tracks PARS information for an activity, however you can add additional PARS information to an activity to be included in the PARS XML file (activity design characteristics, activity details, financial info, etc).

 

(2) The Reports tab - This is where you go to generate and download the PARS XML file. You can choose to download the XML file for an individual activity, or for all your activities at once.

 

 

ACCME PARS

  

Adding PARS information to an Activity

1.  Select the activity from the Manage Your Program menu, then navigate to the Program tab and click the ACCME link.



If ALL PROGRAMS is selected from the Manage Your Program menu, the ACCME PARS menu will NOT be accessible from the Program tab. 


2.
 Next, complete the missing information on the PARS form. The Activity Title, Provider ID Title, Provider Activity ID, Activity Type, and Number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits fields will already be filled in for you.

 

3.  After completing all required fields, click the Save button.

For adding financial information, click here. 

 

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Adding PARS Financial Information for an Activity

1.  To add financial information to an activity, click the Financials tab.

 

2.  Next, click the Add Yearly Financials button. 

 

3.  Select the reporting year from the dropdown menu, then specify if any commercial support was received.

 

4.  If commercial support was received, complete the additional fields related to commercial support. 

 

 

5.  Next, add in any additional financials (optional).

 

6.  Finally, click the Save button when all required fields have been completed.

To add financials for additional reporting years, repeat steps 2-5.

 

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Exporting a PARS XML File for a Single Activity

1.  First, select the activity from the Manage your Program menu, then click the Reports tab.

 

2.  Next, click the ACCME Reports tab and select a reporting year from the drop-down menu.

 

3.  Specify the date range for the data in PARS export. For the ACCME, this is expected to be January 1st and December 31st of the activity reporting year.  The start year must also match the end year, as pictured below.

 

4.  After selecting the date range, click Export to open a new window and save the PARS XML file.

 

5.  To save the export, right-click on the webpage, then select Save As… to save the file to your computer. After you have saved the file, you may log into the ACCME PARS site and upload the file.

When uploading the XML file, the ACCME PARS site will automatically add to or modify existing information that may have been previously uploaded to the PARS site.  Existing information that was uploaded to the PARS site will not be duplicated, only modified as needed.

The message at the top of the above image that reads, “This XML file does not appear to have any…” is not an error. The message is displayed by the browser because the page content is shown in XML format (required by PARS) for you to download, instead of HTML.

 

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Exporting a PARS XML File for All Activities

1.  With All Programs selected from the Manage your Program menu, navigate to the Reports tab.


 

2.  Next, click the Download tab and select a reporting year from the drop-down menu. 

 

3.  Specify the date range for the data in PARS export. For the ACCME, this is expected to be January 1st and December 31st of the activity reporting year.  The start year must also match the end year, as pictured below.

 

4.  After selecting the date range, click Export to open a new window and save the PARS XML file.

 

5.  To save the export, right-click on the webpage, then select Save As… to save the file to your computer. After you have saved the file, you may log into the ACCME PARS site and upload the file.

When uploading the XML file, the ACCME PARS site will automatically add to or modify existing information that may have been previously uploaded to the PARS site.  Existing information that was uploaded to the PARS site will not be duplicated, only modified as needed.

 

The message at the top of the above image that reads, “This XML file does not appear to have any…” is not an error. The message is displayed by the browser because the page content is shown in XML format (required by PARS) for you to download, instead of HTML.

 

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