CME in the news and on the Blogs, March 12, 2010

March 13, 2010 at 1:01 am Leave a comment

Here are some things CME providers need to consider as we design learning activities for health professionals. There is no simple solution to these problems but as CME providers we need to be helping with these issues.

Experts say US doctors overtesting, overtreating
Washington Post
The Associated Press
March 12, 2010; 9:48 AM

“…..Is it doctors practicing defensive medicine? Or are patients so accustomed to a culture of medical technology that they insist on extensive tests and treatments?
A combination of both is at work, but now new evidence and guidelines are recommending a step back and more thorough doctor-patient conversations about risks and benefits. ….”

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Heart Test May Be Overused
Wall Street Journal Business, March 11, 2010

“A widely used test to detect blockages in the heart’s arteries often turns up little or no evidence of disease, a new study found, suggesting that patients are frequently exposed unnecessarily to the risks and costs of the invasive examination…………”

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Ready for this? The article appeared in the Winter issue of JCHEP if you didn’t read it.

Half of continuing medical education will be online by 2016
Fierce Healthcare, March 11, 2010

“More and more physicians andhealthcare managers are discovering that online continuing medical education is cheaper, more convenient, and often of superior quality to CME seminars physicians typically attend. Thus, a new study, published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, predicts that by the year 2016, physicians will receive 50 percent of their CME online………….”

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Nothing new here. But if you follow this issue here is another installment.

Industry support of CME under scrutiny

Federal officials proposed having physicians pay their own way as one solution to eliminate bias. The ACCME said it will continue to monitor the debate. March 10.

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

CME in the News and on the Blogs, March 8, 2010 Vicki Street, NCQA and PI CME focused on Pediatric ADHD

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