CME in the News and on the Blogs December 18th, 2009

December 18, 2009 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

NOTE: More on the NEJM article calling for a pooled fund to support CME. There are some models in practice doing something like this but not a potential onerous as a “superfund”. I wonder if the people calling for this approach have even examined these models. I doubt it. As for me, I hope the “Superfund” idea crashes and burns.

HHS Inspector General Renews Call for Independent CME
GoozNews, December 17, 2009

“Following up on his testimony before the Senate Committee on Aging last July, Health and Human Services Inspector General Lewis Morris and colleague Julie Taitsman renewed their call for severing all ties between industry and continuing medical education. In an article in the current New England Journal of Medicine (subscription required), they also outlined an industry pooling arrangement as a halfway agenda for limiting industry influence over CME.

A “pooled-funding mechanism, using safeguards to ensure that CME programs serve an educational need and that industry donors cannot influence CME content, offers a promising compromise solution that may allow the medical profession to enjoy subsidized CME,” Lewis Morris, chief counsel to the OIG, and Julie K. Taitsman wrote………”

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NJ AG’s Office Has Recommendations on Doctor/Industry Conflict of Interest
Astrid Fiano, DOTmed News Writer, December 17, 2009

“New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram has released a report from the Division of Consumer Affairs that recommends new regulations to avoid conflicts of interest between doctors and pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers……”

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The New Jersey Attorney General’s press release with the report can be accessed here.

NOTE: Here is something those of us looking for resources to answer FAQ’s about CME might find useful. It is from the University of Utah Office of CME.
The University of Utah Continuing Medical Education (UUCME) FAQs
Office of Continuing Medical Education

You’ll find the resource here:

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

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