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Got charisma?
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An article published in Harvard Business Review focused on the power of charisma in motivating others. "You must use powerful and reasoned rhetoric, establish personal and moral credibility, and then rouse followers’ emotions and passions. If a leader can do those three things well, he or she can then tap into the hopes and ideals of followers, give them a sense of purpose, and inspire them to achieve great things." As CCMEPs, we are leaders in our industry with the opportunity to motivate and empower others. Got charisma?

 NC-CME News

2013 ACEHP Executive Committee
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The 2013 Executive Committee and Directors include several fellow CCMEPs, including President Jack R. Kues, PhD, FACEHP, CCMEP.

ACEHP Conference "Call"
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The call for proposals for the ACEHP 2014 Annual Meeting has been posted, with submissions due by April 15, 2013.

NC-CME's CCMEP Testing Periods
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2013 – March 13-31, June 13-30, Sept. 13-30, Dec. 1-31

 CCMEP Spotlight

Jann Harrison Interview
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Jann Harrison, MSN,
Dave Clausen, CCMEP, and member of the NC-CME Marketing Committee, interviews prominent Certified CME Professionals about their career paths. This week's Spotlight shines on Jann Harrison, MSN, CCMEP, Director of Medical Education for a health system in San Antonio.

DC: Why did you choose to pursue the CCMEP credential, when you already possessed a Masters-level degree relevant to your profession?

JH: When the certification program was announced in 2008, I was President of TACME (the Texas Alliance for CME). So, as a role model for other CME professionals in Texas, and an expert in the field (at that time I had over 13 years of CME experience), I wanted to pursue the certification. My colleague Marilyn Peterson at TACME and I presented a Q&A session at the Texas CME Annual Conference in June 2008 after we had both recently taken the exam. We were in the first round of CCMEP candidates. I believe that we inspired many of our CME colleagues to pursue the certification as well.

For the full interview please click here.

 Become a CCMEP

Managing a CME program has become more complex and requires an understanding of wide ranging regulations, guidelines, and accreditation standards. Learn how to become a CCMEP to create value for yourself and your organization.

 Quote of the Week

"For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack."
–Rudyard Kipling

Send us your favorite quote to This week's quote contributed by Teresa A. Mersereau, CCMEP from Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

 Educational Opportunities

CPD in the CME Office
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Help your staff and colleagues learn the ins and outs of the ever-changing CME industry, and increase your organization's compliance with guidelines and standards. Check out the "Continuing Professional Development in the CME Office" toolkit from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions. More
Pharma Forum 2013
March 19-22, 2013
July 31-Aug. 2, 2013
Orlando, Fla.
SACME 2013 Spring Meeting
April 10-13, 2013
Madison, Wis.
6th Annual IACE Summit
Thursday - Friday, April 18-19, 2013
Westin Jersey City
Jersey City, N.J.
ACCME CME as a Bridge to Quality
Accreditation Workshop

April 24-26, 2013
July 31-Aug. 2, 2013
Chicago, Ill.
2013 AHME Institute
May 15-17, 2013
Las Vegas, Nev.
2013 Texas CME Conference
June 19-21, 2013
Dallas, Tex.

 In the CME News and Beyond

Pharma gift bans for budding doctors have long-term impact
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The gift restrictions adopted in medical schools and residency programs are linked to less prescribing of brand-name drugs, said two recently published studies that appear to be the first attempts to gauge the clinical practice impact of efforts within medicine to rein in pharma's influence. More

Many docs still clueless about Sunshine Act
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According to a recent survey, some physicians actually know less about the Sunshine Act provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act now than they did one year ago. More than half of the 1,025 physicians surveyed in January by global communications technology company MMIS Inc. and health care information services company Health Data Solutions said they didn't know that the law requires pharmaceutical and medical device companies to track any payments or "transfers of value" to physicians and teaching hospitals as of Aug. 1, 2013. More

Has mobile health monitoring hit a wall?
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The number of technical tools available to help patients live healthy lifestyles or control chronic health conditions has grown considerably during the past few years. But the percentage of patients who use some form of technology, such as mobile apps, to track health indicators has remained virtually unchanged for three years. More

Hospitals too often neglect drug safety education
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Educating pharmacists, nurses and physicians in medication safety and evaluating their knowledge and skills in that area are vital if hospitals want to avoid the errors that seriously harm patients and drive up costs. All too often, however, hospitals with other pressing needs push education and staff competency assessment to the back burner. More

US crackdown on Medicare and Medicaid fraud reaps $4.2 billion
The Courier-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The federal government recovered a record $4.2 billion last fiscal year from medical providers and others who fraudulently billed government health care programs such as Medicare, setting a new record, the Obama administration announced. More

Overcoming the pressures of health care compliance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In addition to standard, cross-industry risk and compliance issues, the health care industry has turned into an alphabet soup of regulatory standards - such as HIPAA, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), Stark III and corporate integrity agreements (CIAs). More

AMA details plan for cutting hospital readmissions
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Outpatient physician practices can play a key part in ensuring that patients have safe transitions in care and avoid preventable hospital readmissions, according to an American Medical Association report released in February. About two-thirds of U.S. hospitals will see their Medicare pay cut by up to 1 percent under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, stated an unrelated research letter published in the Jan. 23/30 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. More

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