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Provider Continuing Education Program

The Provider Continuing Education (PCE) Program is an accredited educational program that consists of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities for Physicians (MDs, DOs, PAs) and Continuing Education (CE) activities for NPs, RNs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs and LEPs, and other healthcare professionals. PCE Program’s ultimate goals are to share best practices to improve quality of patient care and patient outcomes, as well as partnerships and collaborations with other healthcare organizations.

Mission

It is the mission of L.A. Care Health Plan’s Provider Continuing Education (PCE) Program to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities for L.A. Care Health Plan’s directly contracted network providers and other physicians and Continuing Education (CE) activities for registered nurses (RNs), licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) and other healthcare professionals in the state of California. The main goal is to continuously improve the knowledge, competence, clinical skills and performance of our physician network and other healthcare professionals to facilitate the optimal delivery of quality healthcare services to Los Angeles County’s vulnerable population and improve the overall health of the communities that L.A. Care serve.

It is also the mission of L.A. Care’s Provider Continuing Education Program to support and increase retention of L.A. Care professional employees by providing a continuing education program as a benefit, increase their skills and knowledge to provide quality healthcare services to the population and communities we serve.

Expected Results

The expected results of LA Care’s CME and CE activities are to improve the professional practice strategies of our learners based on our educational activities, share best practices to improve patient care and patient outcomes, and develop partnerships with other healthcare organizations. Learners are encouraged to apply their knowledge, competence, and skills to improve performance and patient outcomes in their practice settings. CME and CE activities are designed to develop, maintain and increase learners’ knowledge, competence and performance in order to provide quality healthcare services for patients.

L.A. Care’s PCE Program will provide CME and CE activities with timely topics that are pertinent to our physician network and their practices. Subjects include; top HEDIS measures’ priorities and topics relevant to the practice of medicine, nursing, behavioral health and clinical social work.  Following each activity, the PCE Program obtains feedback from learners regarding the overall quality of CME/CE activities provided by L.A. Care Health Plan.  These results will be used to improve and plan for future professional development activities.

Program Component

The Provider Continuing Education (PCE) Program offers directly provided and jointly provided CME/CE learning activities for physicians and other healthcare professionals through live courses and online webinars. The program is an additional benefit that L.A. Care’s contracted network providers and healthcare communities can access free of charge. In addition to the value of education, the learners namely the physicians, nurses and licensed clinical social workers will earn CME/CE credits to maintain their medical licenses and professional privileges.

Directly provided CME/CE activities are educational activities planned, developed, implemented and evaluated by one accredited organization. Examples are CME/CE activities wherein L.A. Care Health Plan is the accredited CME/CE Provider of its own learning activities such as our Saturday Conferences, mid-week dinner events and other L.A. Care departments’ live and online courses.

Jointly provided CME/CE activities are external collaborations and educational activities planned, developed, implemented and evaluated by one accredited CME/CE Provider and a non-accredited organization. These are CME/CE activities requested by a non-accredited organization and for L.A. Care as the accredited CME and CE Provider to provide the CME/CE credits after PCE Program staff review and upon approval of application.*

CME and CE Provider Accreditations

L.A. Care Health Plan is an accredited CME and CE Provider by the listed accreditation Board/approval agency with the following target audience:

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Provider accredited with commendation by the California Medical Association (CMA) effective May 18, 2016 - May 31, 2022 for Physicians (MDs, DOs, PAs, PsyDs, PhDs)

Continuing Education (CE) Provider (CEP #13731) by the California Board of Registered Nursing effective September 30, 2020 – September 30, 2022 for Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs)

Continuing Education (CE) Provider (#133836) by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) effective January 31, 2018 – January 31, 2021 for the following:
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs)
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs)
Licensed Education Psychologists (LEPs)

*L.A. Care Health Plan as the accredited CME and CE Provider reserves the right to accept or decline joint providership applications based on review of CME/CE required documents, complexity, timeline of submission and/or availability to support a particular CME/CE activity.