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Time to Spring Ahead
Contributed by this week's Guest Editor Audrie Tornow, CCMEP    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sunday marks the start of daylight savings time. Now, this is not my favorite, as we lose that proverbial hour of sleep, but we do gain the sun for a longer part of our day. There is something very energizing about pulling out of the work parking lot and not having to turn on your headlights. This milestone is also a reminder of several other upcoming events. New candidates for the NC-CME's Certified CME Professional (CCMEP™) credential will be sitting for the exam March 13-30, 2013. For ACCME-accredited providers, this is a reminder that we must complete entering 2012 activity and program data by Friday, March 29, 2013. And get your thinking caps on, as the 2014 ACEHP Conference Call for Proposals is open and the deadline for completed submission(s) is 6:00 pm ET on Monday, April 15, 2013. The clock is ticking ... make every second count!

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Contributed by this week's Guest Editor Audrie Tornow, CCMEP    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
I don't normally, but once a week I join in, even if I only lurk! Here is the reason I give it a try: there is a great discussion group that meets weekly on Twitter. Many of our industry colleagues use this time to exchange ideas and have a dialog about the things that we are doing. Follow along or join in with #CMEChat on Twitter on Mondays at 11 a.m. EST.

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

 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

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people."

–Eleanor Roosevelt

Send your favorite quote to This week's quote contributed by David M. Clausen, CCMEP from RealCME.

 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

In Maine, 'sunshine' law's fate looks dim
Portland Press Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The public's access to government information is under attack in Maine. The Legislature will take up several bills this session that would further puncture the state's open-government law, snatching from public view information that is now considered part of the public's right to know. More

Early alarms sound online when illnesses go viral
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention waited for physicians and others to send data on influenza cases, it monitored Google Flu Trends, developed to determine the level of illness based on how often people used the company's search engine to search for flu-related topics. More

Health care overhaul rolls on despite budget havoc
The Associated Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Airline schedules, food inspections, IRS taxpayer assistance and deployments of Navy ships could all be hampered by the government's automatic spending cuts. But President Barack Obama's health care law - a program Republicans have spent the last three years trying to kill - will roll out on time, the administration says. Only a small fraction of the $1.6 trillion the Affordable Care Act spends to cover the uninsured over the next decade is subject to the so-called sequester. The cuts were to go into effect Friday, after Obama and congressional Republicans failed to agree on a mix of spending cuts and tax increases to staunch government red ink. More

Budget crunch threatens vital part of physician training
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every day in America, 10,000 people celebrate their 65th birthday. Each will slide a new Medicare card into a purse or wallet where it will stay for life, ensuring access to health care. In addition, when the provisions of the new health care law are fully implemented, it's estimated that 30 million Americans of all ages previously uninsured or underinsured also will have health benefits. More

The real value of social connections for physician learning
MeetingsNet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Brian S. McGowan writes, "I have spent the better part of the past three years describing within the pages of this magazine how we should be thinking beyond social media to understand the value of connections. I have suggested that we should think about how the social graph that new technologies enable may be used to our benefit — and to the benefit of our meetings, our education, or even the care we may provide as clinicians. It is the emerging social network that is the real value proposition in social media." More

Campaign to fight unneeded tests targets "more is better" mindset
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are now 135 tests, procedures and other medical interventions that specialty societies are urging physicians to think twice about before ordering, as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's Choosing Wisely initiative. The items were chosen based on evidence showing they are ineffective or unnecessary. More

3 factors moving health care from an era of physician-driven to patient-driven care
Becker's Hospital Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wolters Kluwer recently held its annual media roundtable in Amsterdam. The event, held in conjunction with the release of the company's annual results, featured several health care leaders discussing trends in the industry and for patient care. More

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