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ACCME tables logo ban again

ACCME tables logo ban again

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After a wave of feedback, the accreditor has deferred a ban on use of corporate logos in disclosures of commercial support.

ACCME closer to revising criteria

The accreditor wants comments on its new accreditation plan, but a new commendation proposal is yet to come.

CME compliance trends up among some outfits

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Some providers of CME are getting better at complying with accreditation criteria, data show, yet many are still struggling to meet a stricter set of requirements.

CME income rises, despite steep pharma cuts

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Pharma's med-ed cut was its fifth in a row. But other income surged, filling the void as the funding picture for CME continued to even out.

Industry pushing for further clarity on Sunshine Act

Industry pushing for further clarity on Sunshine Act

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With a clear buffet exemption in-hand, the agency's position with respect to CME meals seems pretty clear. Industry is pushing for more clarity around the treatment of accrediting bodies.

Study says CME leads to million-dollar savings

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The estimated cost savings for only 10% of participants changing their practice is somewhere in the million-dollar range, according to a study.

Pharma slashed CME funding again last year: report

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The drug industry dialed back its continuing medical education (CME) grant-giving in 2011, continuing a negative trend of the last few years.

FDA opioid plan directs funding for CME

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The FDA's opioid REMS safety plan is challenged on two fronts: getting CME providers to offer courses and getting doctors to attend them. Can the agency's scheme educate enough physicians to curb an epidemic?

No CME-pocalypse, data show

No CME-pocalypse, data show

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Doctors are still getting their CME, but mostly the non-commercially supported kind.

Steep drop seen in providers of community-based CME

Steep drop seen in providers of community-based CME

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State-accredited CME providers continue to decrease, with 68 dropping out as of last year, but so far the trend has not posed a threat to physician education, one official says.

ACCME punts on proposed logo ban

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Corporate logos may still appear in CME commercial support disclosures, ACCME said, after a majority of respondents expressed disapproval of its proposal to ban them.

Doctors chip in more for CME, drugmakers less: report

Doctors chip in more for CME, drugmakers less: report

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The drug industry's backing of certified CME fell for a third straight year, as registration fees and other income surged, just-released data from ACCME show.

On fifth try, AMA ethics proposal becomes CME policy

On fifth try, AMA ethics proposal becomes CME policy

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A new report passed by AMA delegates draws ethical boundaries around the use of industry funding for medical education, stopping well short of the all-out ban seen in some previous versions.

Is ABMS proposal a threat to the CME system?

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The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) issued a white paper examining how CME can support its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirement in the future. The paper raised hackles among some who saw it as a call for new credit systems.

CME providers must correct violative info, council says

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The non-profit group that regulates CME said providers must issue corrected information if an activity is found noncompliant.

New med-ed firm says no to industry funding

New med-ed firm says no to industry funding

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A new medical education company has opened offering to produce CME that is free of commercial support.

CME sea change is also a way to cut deaths from pain drugs

CME sea change is also a way to cut deaths from pain drugs

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At a recent FDA advisory hearing on ways to increase the safety of extended-release and long-acting opioid drugs, the agency opened the door to using continuing medical education (CME) to help reach the goal.

Industry support of CME down 17%

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Total commercial support of accredited CME fell 17% to $856 million in 2009, according to ACCME's annual report—marking its second straight year of double-digit declines on a percentage basis.

ACCME: Peer review, plus other provider controls, enable industry employees to present original research in CME

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Several months' worth of dialogue, at times public and heated, between physician groups like the American Heart Association and the ACCME, has resulted in new guidance from the regulator of continuing medical education: Industry scientists, who had been barred from presenting original product-related research at for-credit talks, may now do so as long as provider controls ensure they have zero control over the content.

Number of CME providers on probation doubles from last year

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The number of providers placed on probation by the nonprofit that regulates continuing medical education has more than doubled this year, from 15 to 35.

Physician leaders push back on policy barring industry speakers from talks

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A policy barring pharmaceutical industry employees from giving continuing medical education talks at meetings has elicited strong opposition from physician leaders.

ACCME plan for limited transparency draws support

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Comments to a recent ACCME proposal formed a clear consensus: Accredited med-ed providers who break the rules should not be identified, unless changes in their accreditation status occur.

Specialty societies' code targets conflicts of interest

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Medical society journals must ban ghostwritten articles and cannot place ads for drugs next to editorial content discussing those products or their makers under a sweeping ethics code signed by several major medical societies.

ACCME ponders naming and shaming

ACCME ponders naming and shaming

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The ACCME said it will consider releasing names of providers and activities found to violate bias rules. The exact details of the disclosure, if any, and the timing are under review by the ACCME Board of Directors, which meets December 3-4.

Industry support of CME fell 14% in 2008, ACCME data show

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Total commercial support of accredited CME dropped 14% to $1 billion in 2008, according to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's annual report -- even as the number of physicians participating in CME activities jumped 22% to 10.6 million.

Medical Education Report: Course Correction

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Certified and accredited CME has undergone a sea-change in recent years, with policies now in place emphasizing quality and leaving little room for bias (not that you'd know it, for all the buzz about conflicts of interest)

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