2015 ACCME Annual Report and Analysis

The 2015 ACCME Annual Report data released in July 2016 shows growth in both physician and non-physician participants at activities, while total CME income dropped by approximately 7% from 2014 numbers (due to ACCME changes in reporting, noted below). Three-year trend data shows that the number of physician participants has increased by 3% while the number of non-physician participants at CME activities increased by 6% since 2013.

Beginning in 2015, the category of Income from Other Sources was eliminated and replaced with three specific categories: Registration Fees, Government Grants, and Private Donations. Allocations from parent organizations or other internal departments are no longer included in income reporting. Providers are also no longer required to submit information regarding CME program expenses.

2015 ACCME Annual Report Stats

  • Total physician and non-physician learner interaction at CME activities increased by 3% from 2014 numbers.
  • Total commercial support contributions rose by 2.6% to an estimated $693 million.
  • Income from advertising and exhibits rose from $354 million in 2014 to $389 million in 2015, a 9% increase.
  • Commercially supported activities averaged 294 learners per activity in 2015, while non-commercially supported activities averaged 160 learners.
  • Of the total attendance at CME activities, 55% of attendees were physicians and 45% were non-physicians.
  • Publishing/Education companies secured approximately 51% of the total commercial support income earned by ACCME accredited providers in 2015.

2015 Commercial Support Data

Commercial Support percentage by Org Type(2)1

2015 Activity Participants

Participants per Activity

3-Year Trend Data: Commercial Support and Advertising Income

ACCME Annual Report commercial support

3-Year Trend Data: Total Activity Participants

Total Activity Participants - 3 year_

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