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Continuing Education FAQ

Everyone has something to gain at this year’s Breakthroughs Conference. Premier nurtures a vibrant continuing education (CE) program to enhance the power of the alliance, accelerate learning and help members achieve top performance that sets the standard for the industry. Through these efforts, Premier also supports members’ individual educational needs and creates a mechanism to further the licensure status of individual members.

For the latest information on the types of credit offered and news about approvals, please visit the main continuing education page.

How much credit can I earn?

The amount and types of credit vary depending on the professional group awarding the credit. Please refer to the Breakthroughs continuing education page for details and updates on approved credit.

Remember that you are obligated by the standards of your professional organization to only claim credit commensurate with the extent of your actual participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Not every session is approved for every type of credit. Session offerings vary by type and number of credit hours. Approvals are based on the standards established by each individual accreditation organization. Members should consult the “Types of credit approved” section of the website for current approval information.

When you registered for the conference, you were asked to complete the “continuing education credit” section of your profile indicating the type(s) of professional continuing education units (CEU) you wish to earn. Once completed, this information will be used to ensure that you receive the right type of credit.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you did not complete this section, you must edit your registration profile to provide this information. The system will be unable to create your certificates without it.

You may edit your registration information or make changes to your sessions using the email address and password you created during the registration process. Access your registration using the login information created when you registered.

When you enter the system, click on “edit my registration.” Continue to the “continuing education credit” page. Identify all categories that apply to you.

In order to receive credit, you must complete online session evaluations for each session you’ve attended.

After completing session evaluations, the final screen contains a link for members to review, or print and save CEU certificates. Once you are satisfied that you have completed evaluations for every session attended throughout the week, you may permanently close the survey and the system will calculate the total number of credits earned.

You may either preview your certificate(s) to review the sessions evaluated – OR – by clicking on the “Get My CE Certificate” you may save or print your certificates. By choosing “Get My CE Certificate” you will permanently close your survey and be unable to evaluate any other sessions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will only be able to access certificates based on the information you provided in your registration profile. For example, if you selected nursing and CPHQ credit in the “continuing education credit” section of the registration profile, those are the only two types of certificates you will be able to access.

Due to differences in the requirements for ACPE credit, the pharmacy credit is managed by Jerry Frazier of Premier’s pharmacy department. You must follow the instructions provided in each of the sessions approved for ACPE credit. Contact jerry_frazier@premierinc.com for further information.

How are evaluations managed?

Premier has partnered with GuideStar Research, an independent research group, to use MeetingMetrics, an online session evaluation solution that is streamlined, user-friendly and environmentally friendly. MeetingMetrics collects evaluation data and manages CE certificates. All data is maintained securely and confidentially.

This year, both the evaluations for individual sessions and the overall post-conference evaluation will be collected online. You will receive two email different invitations from survey@guidestarco.com.

Individual session surveys

Beginning Thursday at the conference, Premier members will receive an email message containing an invitation to complete a brief online session and speaker evaluation for each of the sessions you attended. These surveys are available 24/7 for your convenience. You may also access session evaluations by using the conference mobile app using the name and e-mail address you provided at registration.

The session evaluations are linked to your continuing education certificates and must be completed for each session attended to correctly calculate the credit hours earned.

Overall post evaluation survey

On Friday afternoon, all conference attendees will receive another email containing a link to the post-conference evaluation. The overall conference evaluation is separate from the evaluations for the individual education sessions and will remain open for a period of three weeks.

This evaluation system only applies to the formal Breakthroughs Conference. Sessions include the opening general session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26; the general sessions and member education sessions on both Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29; and the closing general sessions Friday morning.

Pre-conference and ancillary events will be evaluated separately.

Yes, if you plan to earn continuing education credit. Continuing education providers are faced with increasing oversight and regulatory scrutiny and evaluations are used to foster transparency and regulatory compliance. Depending on the standards of individual accreditation agencies, evaluation results may be required to grant credit.

You should complete a session evaluation for every session for which you wish to earn credit. After completing session evaluations, the final screen contains a link for members to review, or print and save CEU certificates. Once you are satisfied that you have completed evaluations for every session attended throughout the week, you may permanently close the survey and the system will calculate the total number of credits earned.

Participant feedback from both the overall post-conference survey and the individual session ratings will be used to analyze how well your professional education needs and expectations were met. This data will also be used to plan improvements for future Premier events and provide individual speakers with feedback on their session.

Individual session data will also be forwarded to our accreditation partners as required by individual continuing education standards and existing partnership agreements.

Finally, survey responses will be sent from the online questionnaires to the MeetingMetrics secure online report center for generating both real-time reports and personalized CE certificates.

No. The system generates a personalized link for each attendee so that you are automatically recognized and there is no need to log in.

Yes. You may use the computers available on-site at the conference in the Connection Café to access your email and the evaluation surveys. Open your email and click the link in any of the reminder messages you receive to complete the evaluations.

Reminders for the individual session evaluations will be emailed over a period of three weeks to ensure that everyone has adequate opportunity to complete the evaluations and prepare the appropriate CE certificates.

Once you are satisfied that you have completed evaluations for every session attended throughout the week, you may permanently close the survey and retrieve your certificates. After accessing your certificates, select the “Remove Me” button on the end page of the session evaluation questionnaire. This will remove your address from future email reminders.

A separate email invitation will be sent to all participants to complete the overall conference evaluation.