Firewall deadline has finally arrived

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The ACCME's August deadline for accredited providers to get right with the new definition of a “commercial interest” has passed.

In July 2007, the accrediting body's board of directors decreed that providers owned by companies involved in marketing, producing, reselling or distributing healthcare goods or services had to spin itself off completely in order to be compliant.

That meant many med ed agencies owned by big advertising holding companies had to separate from their parent companies. ACCME gave providers until August to transition to a new structure or withdraw from accreditation.

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