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Value of Accredited CE
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The ACCME posted a news release recently titled "Accreditation Council for CME Standards for Commercial Support Recognized in CMS Physician Payment Transparency Rule." The brief included a good reminder of a number of government agencies, in addition to CMS, that have recognized the value of accredited continuing education. "Federal agencies, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, have incorporated accredited CME as a strategic partner in their public health initiatives. In July 2012, the Food and Drug Administration released its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy, or REMS, for extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics, which includes a prescriber education program that is controlled, designed, and delivered by accredited continuing health care education providers."

 NC-CME News

NC-CME Featured in ACEHP Photos
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The NC-CME made an appearance in some Alliance photos recently posted in Medical Meetings Extra. Check them out!

Responses to Sunshine
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Medical Meetings Extra's article on the Sunshine Act features a section on responses to the final act, including commentary from Jack Kues (ACEHP), Damon Marquis (Coalition for CEHP), and Jeremy Lazarus (AMA).

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

Sallie Weems Interview
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Sallie Weems, RN,
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 Sallie Weems, RN, MBA, CCMEP, Director of Graduate Medical Education and Training Services at the California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, part of the Dignity Health Network.

DC: Why is the CCMEP important to your role at Dignity Health? SW: As a CME professional, it demonstrates that my role is more than a job – it's an actual true profession. It signifies a certain amount of credibility for the individual and it also elevates the value of CME both internally and externally. Our main job is to support the ongoing education of our doctors, so I believe that I should be a role model of lifelong learning. I also feel that gaining my CCMEP demonstrates the unique knowledge, skills and expertise specific to my job as a CME administrator. People don't understand necessarily what's required for CME, but if the person representing the department takes pride in their work and can demonstrate the value of CME to the physicians, patients and the organization, others may see CME in a different light.

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 Become a CCMEP

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 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.
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

Sunshine spawns fresh questions for med ed
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Many people in CME are breathing a sigh of relief that the Sunshine Act isn't a bad thing for them, but whether it's the white knight that comes to their rescue remains to be seen, say providers. The transparency rules, set to lay bare financial ties between physicians and pharma, spare some forms of medical education but not others, and they also spawn fresh questions. More

ACOs reach half of US population
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More than half of the U.S. population lives in areas served by accountable care organizations, according to new analysis by Oliver Wyman, a consulting firm. Currently, 52 percent of U.S. patients live in primary care service areas served by ACOs. More

Ways EHRs can lead to unintended safety problems
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In spring 2012, a surgeon tried to electronically access a patient's radiology study in the operating room but the computer would show only a blue screen. The patient's time under anesthesia was extended while OR staff struggled to get the display to function properly. That is just one example of 171 health information technology-related problems reported during a nine-week period to the ECRI Institute PSO, a patient safety organization in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., that works with health systems and hospital associations in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and elsewhere to analyze and prevent adverse events. More

Just say don't: Doctors question routine tests and treatments
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Now there are 135. That's how many medical tests, treatments and other procedures - many used for decades - physicians have now identified as almost always unnecessary and often harmful, and which doctors and patients should therefore avoid or at least seriously question. The lists of procedures, released by the professional societies of 17 medical specialties ranging from neurology and ophthalmology to thoracic surgery, are part of a campaign called Choosing Wisely. Organized by the American Board of Internal Medicine's foundation, it aims to get doctors to stop performing useless procedures and spread the word to patients that some don't help and might hurt. More

Federal government to run insurance marketplaces in half the states
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It's official. The Obama administration will be running new health insurance marketplaces in half the states - including the major population centers of Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. The federal government had hoped more states would agree to form a partnership exchange - the deadline to apply was Feb. 15 - but the offer was largely rebuffed. New Jersey, Ohio and Florida, several of the biggest states that had not declared their intentions, officially said no late in the week. More

Empowered by ACA, old fraud law puts new scrutiny on doctors
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With the Affordable Care Act giving the government more power and dedicating more money to improving federal efforts against health care fraud, waste and abuse, physicians' business practices are under the microscope like never before. While only a small fraction of physicians are engaged in fraudulent activity, all doctors face the new reality of increased scrutiny over billing, referral and coding activity, legal experts said. More

Healthgrades recognizes top hospitals and cities for care
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A new report released Feb. 19 recognizes the nation's top hospitals and cities for hospital care based on in-hospital mortality rates. Among the top cities, Dayton, Ohio; Phoenix; and Milwaukee, all seeing mortality rates less than 5 percent. Also among the top cities for hospital care, when taking into account the risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates, were Cincinnati, Deltona/Daytona Beach, Fla., Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Detroit and Rochester, Minn. More

US sticks to limits on health insurance charges for older people
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The Obama administration finalized new consumer safeguards for health insurance that impose tighter restrictions on what insurers can charge older customers, despite industry warnings that the young may be forced to pay more as a result. The Department of Health and Human Services rejected an industry request to phase in a reform prohibiting insurers from charging older beneficiaries premiums more than three times higher than those available to younger adults. More

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