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Integration of CME Into the Larger Organization
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The 2012 Annual Harrison Survey Report was recently released by the AAMC and SACME, reviewing changes in academic CME over a five-year period. While there are many interesting aspects to the report, the way in which the integration of CME into the larger organization and community is noted is an exciting observation. The authors conclude that the CME entity has a significant role and demonstrated impact within the academic medical center, and depict this integration in a graphic image that shows the potential of CME to impact faculty and staff development, QI/PI programs, and community-based organizations. Check it out!

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Interprofessional Education
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Interprofessional education is a buzz word we've been hearing a lot of lately. The Macy Foundation recently posted a commentary on this topic.

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

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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

"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."

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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. 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

Are institutional recommendations and guidelines good for patients?
By Mike Wokasch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It depends on the level of scrutiny and expertise applied by the prescribing physician in assessing the information used to support the recommendations and guidelines. Institutional assessments are most helpful when driven by clinically meaningful patient benefits resulting from comprehensive reviews of clinical data by therapeutic area experts — assuming they are unbiased with no conflicts of interest. This is a rather idealistic perspective when you consider most clinical data are from trials designed for regulatory approval and do not necessarily performed to reflect real-world clinical practice or typical patients. More

Physicians brace for 2 percent sequester pay cut
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Physicians caring for Medicare patients said their practices will find keeping up with government mandates and the increasing demand for services more difficult once a 2 percent rate cut hits starting April 1. The consequences of Congress and the White House failing to strike a deal to prevent spending reductions throughout the federal government under the process known as sequestration have yet to be felt by physicians directly. But the American Medical Association and other organized medicine groups said the cuts will become evident soon, squeezing practices' margins and interfering with needed reforms to improve the health care system. More

In many patients, diagnostic testing isn't reassuring after all
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A lot of people find their way to the doctor with strange aches and pains that are very, very unlikely to be caused by serious illness — headaches, back pains or stomach troubles, to name a few. To be on the safe side, physicians will often order tests to rule out the scary stuff and, the thinking goes, provide reassurance. More

Medical research, FDA and mental health programs face budget bite
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Doctors serving Medicare patients. Scientists looking for a better way to treat diabetes. HIV patients who can't afford to buy their medications. These are but some of the many people who will be affected by the automatic federal spending cuts. More

Primary care time squeeze explains errors in diagnosis
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Innovative research on diagnostic mistakes suggests that most misdiagnoses that occur in primary care practice are related to basic elements of the office visit. A new study illustrates how time constraints make it harder for physicians to solve the medical mysteries that confront them. More

Most US doctors would limit patient EHR access
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Most U.S. doctors are willing to let patients update their electronic health records, but only 31 percent are willing to give patients full online access to their medical records, according to a recent Accenture survey of physicians in eight countries. Of the U.S. respondents, 65 percent said patients should have limited access to their records and 4 percent said they'd bar patients from having any online access. More

Creating a workforce for the new health care world
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Recently, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council reported that Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than people in other industrialized countries. This is the latest evidence of the urgent need for health reform, as embodied in the Affordable Care Act. The ACA's recent enactment has triggered a series of new and concerted efforts to address some of the many challenges relating to health care cost, access and quality that the U.S. faces today. One of the most important challenges involves the number and mix of health providers that will be needed to meet the demand resulting from changing demographics, more expansive availability of health insurance, and a new emphasis on wellness and preventive care. More

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