Convened Groups

The Conjoint Committee on Continuing Education (CCCE)

The CCCE, convened by CMSS, is a coalition of 26* national organizations in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and physician assistants, which have joined together to address the opioid epidemic in the US through the continuing education of health professionals.

  • The CCCE’s goal is to use accredited continuing education to improve the performance of the U.S. health care system.
  • The CCCE’s strategic focus is to facilitate the education of prescribers of opioid analgesics, and their practice teams, in Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS).
  • The CCCE health professional organizations are using educational tools to impact the public health crisis of unintended deaths from prescription opioid analgesics.

Since 2011, CCCE has worked with the FDA by contributing to the FDA Blueprint for Prescriber Education for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics. CCCE has testified before the FDA, its Advisory Committees, and the FDA Opioid Policy Steering Committee. Representatives of the FDA have participated in meetings with the CCCE and have contributed to CCCE Workgroups.

CCCE has shared strategies for developing high quality modern continuing education with the REMS Program Companies (RPC), enabling the RPC to effectively administer educational grants to accredited providers of “REMS-compliant” continuing education.

CCCE Members
*CCCE member organizations as of April 16, 2019

    1. Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
    2. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
    3. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
    4. Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP)
    5. American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
    6. American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
    7. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
    8. American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
    9. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
    10. American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
    11. American Dental Association Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCEPR)
    12. American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
    13. American Hospital Association (AHA)
    14. American Medical Association (AMA)
    15. American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
    16. American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
    17. Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME)
    18. Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
    19. Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)
    20. Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)
    21. Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
    22. MedBiquitous Consortium
    23. National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
    24. National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
    25. National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
    26. Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME)

*CCCE consists only of these organizations listed; CCCE does not speak for other organizations nor for independent RPC grantees who create and deliver REMS-complaint CE/CME.

Interested parties:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA)
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
  • President’s Commission on Combating Drug Abuse and the Opioid Crisis
  • REMS Program Companies (RPC)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • U.S. Surgeon General’s Office

CCCE Convener: Norman Kahn MD

CCCE Workgroups

  • Workgroup #1 – Data Collection – Standardization, methods and analysis
  • Workgroup #2 – Outcomes Assessment (Evaluation) = How we know if we are successful
  • Workgroup #3 – Promotion & Marketing – Communication, awareness raising, advocacy, value of accredited CE, messaging and educating
  • Workgroup #4 – Educational Content & Methods – Content, adaptive learning, simulation, entire practice
  • Ad hoc Committee on Public Education – To explore whether CCCE should engage in education of the public
  • Ad hoc Committee on Training – To explore whether CCCE should promote education in appropriate pain management and safer opioid prescribing at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels of health professions education and training, in addition to our focus on continuing education

The Organization of Program Director Associations (OPDA)

OPDA is dedicated to promoting the role of the residency program director and program director societies in achieving excellence in graduate medical education. OPDA’s goals and objectives include:

  • Improve the quality of resident education.
  • Promote excellence in the art and science of resident education in all specialties.
  • Represent residency program directors at a national level and provide a political voice in appropriate arenas.
  • Promote communication and cooperation between residency programs, residency program societies, and other members of the graduate medical education community.
  • Enhance the administrative operation of residency programs and residency program societies.
  • Develop the leadership skills and expertise of program directors and program director societies.
  • Support and enhance the mission of CMSS in improving graduate medical education (GME).

OPDA objectives to achieve these goals are:

  • Identify one liaison representative from each program director society (or chair society if no separate program director society exists) for each specialty with a distinct RRC. The liaison representative should be a member of, or have a direct reporting responsibility to, the board of directors of the program director (or chair) society.
  • Meet regularly for peer interaction, information sharing and collaborative problem- solving.
  • Sponsor periodic symposia and meetings on timely GME issues.
  • Identify representatives to act as OPDA liaisons with organizations that regulate and impact GME.
  • Coordinate all OPDA activities with CMSS and its Executive Committee.

The Physicians’ Electronic Health Record Coalition (PEHRC)

The Physicians’ Electronic Health Record Coalition (PEHRC) is comprised of more than 20 medical societies representing more than 600,000 physicians, who share information to support the use of health information technology. PEHRC provides a forum for members to collaborate in their understanding of health information topics.

The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) co-sponsor the Physicians’ Electronic Health Record Coalition (PEHRC).

HIMSS is a global voice, advisor and thought leader of health transformation through health information and technology with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health, healthcare and care outcomes. HIMSS designs and leverages key data assets, predictive models and tools to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers of best practices in health information and technology, so they have the right information at the point of decision.

CMSS and HIMSS engage their respective membership to increase physician participation and improve knowledge about the value and best use of digital health technologies and analytics such as electronic health records (EHRs), help them select systems, and focus on high-quality and affordable solutions. Visit