Firewalls Proposal or Other Important Issues?

April 7, 2008 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Perhaps Ms. Beales and her colleagues at Lowell General Hospital might want to consider more important issues than railing against ACCME, MECCS, pharma, and suggesting the intervention of the federal government in vetting speakers for CME activities. (Medical Meetings/March April.2008 p 32ff.) A recent report indicates that medicine mix-up, accidental overdoses and bad drug reactions harm roughly one out of 15 hospitalized children. 7.3 percent of hospitalized children or about 540,000 kids each year are affected. (Glenn S. Takata, MD, et. al. PEDIATRICS Vol. 121 No. 4 April 2008, p. e927-e935 (doi:10.1542/peds.2007-1779). Add this to the other published estimates about errors in hospitals and ask yourself if firewalls related to support for CME or changes in the ACCME will solve these problems? I suggest hospital CME departments establish strong relationships with their QI department and initiate effective performance improvement CME activities that have the real potential to make a difference in the care provided in their settings. The other concerns pale in comparison to this important work.


Entry filed under: CME, CME Issues, Continuing Medical Education, Physician Continuing Education.

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