Improving America's health care by advocating for the value of continuing medical education
Responsible Logo Use Guidelines
Recently, the ACCME's Board of Directors decided to defer adoption of changes to the Standards for Commercial Support to prohibit the use of commercial interest logos in the acknowledgment of commercial support. The CME Coalition applauds the Board’s decision to defer these changes, and continues to maintain that the appropriate use of corporate logos provides transparency and disclosure to learners on educational grants obtained from commercial interest in support of an educational activity.
Continuing medical education (CME) refers to a range of educational programs provided by trained professionals that helps health care providers to maintain their competence and to learn about new technologies, procedures and developing areas of their field. Content for these programs is developed, reviewed, and delivered by faculty who are experts in their individual clinical areas. Similar to the process used in academic journals, any potentially conflicting financial relationships for faculty members must be disclosed and addressed appropriately. The CME Coalition is a collection of health care providers, companies, institutions and academics committed to the pursuit of sensible policies designed to promote responsible CME.
Forest Laboratories is a pharmaceutical company with well-established franchises in multiple therapeutic areas, exploring new product opportunities that address a range of health conditions. Forest identifies, develops, and delivers pharmaceutical products that make a difference in people's lives. Forest credits their success to innovation, integrity, and a commitment to developing important products.
SECO International, LLC, is a wholly owned entity of the Southern Council of Optometrists, Inc. (SoCO), and is the business name used to identify the annual Congress hosted and organized by SoCO each year in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. SECO International is dedicated to returning to the optometry profession what so many volunteers and members have given to creating what is now an internationally renowned educational event and one of the largest optometry meetings in the world.
Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of patients worldwide. Celgene's mission is to build a major global biopharmaceutical corporation while focusing on the discovery, the development, and the commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.
CME Incite is a non-accredited medical education company, specializing in the integration of adult learning principles and clinical data. CME Incite's activities are designed to provide clinicians with clear, actionable strategies that can be implemented directly into clinical practice. Their Medical Affairs department features a team of physicians and PhDs dedicated to improving patient outcomes, with extensive experience collaborating with the leading medical experts to translate data into clinical practice.
The North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME) is committed to developing and disseminating CME activities to provide an educational forum through which healthcare practitioners may examine current medical issues, therapies, and technologies. The content of NACCME-sponsored CME activities is designed to bridge the gap between current and best healthcare practices and to improve healthcare quality by strengthening practitioner awareness of evidence-based patient care advances in a broad range of therapeutic areas.
The National Association of Medical Education Companies, Inc., (NAMEC) is a professional association dedicated to providing representation, advocacy, and education for its members. In the past, there has been no organized voice for medical education and communications companies (MECCs). In the ever-changing and complicated medical education and communications environment, NAMEC functions as a representative and advocate of the industry.
Medscape Education targets and engages members across 33 healthcare specialties, and combines proprietary technology, instructional expertise, and measureable impact to accelerate the adoption of scientific advances into practice. Medscape Education continually innovates to better address clinician needs in order to improve the care and outcomes of patients. Medscape, LLC is ACCME-, ANCC-, and ACPE-accredited, and a leading online provider of continuing professional education.
Research To Practice (RTP) is a medical education company based in Miami, Florida specializing in physician and allied health professional education focused exclusively on oncology and hematology. All of RTP’s CME activities help bridge the gap between research and patient care and assist practitioners in clinical decision-making by providing ongoing access to the opinions and perspectives of internationally recognized cancer clinical investigators.
Educational Concepts Group specializes in continuing education programs for oncology and hematology professionals. Since 2003, ECG has been one of the leading medical education providers in the United States, delivering instructive programs in a variety of formats targeted toward healthcare professionals who are charged with treating patients with solid tumors or hematologic disorders and malignancies.
CPEA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to being the forum for bringing clinical practitioners and patients together. With education, information, and collaboration networks, CPEA helps healthcare practitioners and patients build bridges in several therapeutic Communities of Care.
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) delivers effective continuing medical education activities that are designed to contribute to the professional development of physicians, as well as other healthcare professionals, support their lifelong learning process and positively impact the delivery of care. PIM fulfills this mission by forming successful alliances and working in collaboration with carefully vetted education partners to deliver learning experiences that address the educational needs underlying the identified professional practice gaps of their learners.
Clinical Care Options (CCO) creates innovative, interactive continuing medical education programs that anticipate and meet the needs of healthcare professionals. CCO's expertise in CME, technology solutions, and clinical knowledge allows it to rapidly deliver the highest quality content simultaneously online, in print, and at live meetings, in the service of improving patient care.
Rockpointe is a science-based medical communications company whose clinical specialists, educators, and producers collaborate with national thought leaders to create integrated educational initiatives that are innovative, engaging, and clinically relevant.
Vindico Medical Education is solely dedicated to delivering the highest quality and immediately relevant educational programs. These activities provide health care professionals with information on clinical advances they need to better treat their patients. Vindico delivers the highest quality and relevant educational programs and activities to physicians and other health care providers, with the ultimate goal of improving patient health.
AstraZeneca is a global innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of prescription medicines that make a meaningful difference in healthcare. AstraZeneca focuses primarily on cancer, cardiovascular / metabolic disease and respiratory / inflammation / autoimmunity. Alongside this, they remain active in infection and neuroscience with targeted investments in opportunities and collaborations.
The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of 2,500 health professionals, lay members of the community, corporate members, and institutional members. The ABC is dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to cardiovascular disease in all people of color. The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
Since 2003, Global has tapped the power of partnership. Our strategic alliances with more than 20 academic centers, professional societies, and others ensure independence, performance, and continuous improvement for learners. Our staff includes experts in accreditation and regulatory guidelines, adult learning and outcomes, medicine, meeting planning, and project management.
The mission of Creative Educational Concepts, Inc. (CEC) is to enhance healthcare through the provision of safe, high quality, comprehensive, life-long learning opportunities presented by and for the healthcare team of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals. CEC offers practicing clinicians an opportunity to maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills; moreover, their professional practice, competence, and performance.
Horizon Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company, provides Medical Education Grants in support of specific educational activities for health care professionals and consumers to provide for better management of chronic conditions and patient safety. Horizon Pharma supports innovative, high-quality, educational activities, sponsorships, etc, for health care professionals and consumers that target unmet needs, foster clinical excellence and impact areas of concern for consumers and health care professionals.
Sanofi, a diversified global healthcare leader, discovers, develops, and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone. Sanofi works to prevent and treat the diseases that we know of today, as well as those we may face tomorrow. With nearly 100,000 dedicated professionals in more than 100 countries, Sanofi is devoted to advancing healthcare around the world.
HealthmattersCME is a minority-owned and operated, full-service medical education/communications company. They provide unique and customized CME/CE-certified programming for health care professionals supported by unrestricted educational grants from the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Teva is the world's largest generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,300 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries.
Sunshine Act Resources Center
On Friday, February 1, CMS announced the final regulations to implement the Sunshine Act. Considering the challenge that many stakeholders face in complying with the final rule, the CME Coalition published a comprehensive Sunshine Act Compliance Guide (and supplemental FAQs) to provide commercial supporters, CME providers, and CME event participants with clear rules for ensuring compliance with the Sunshine Act.
On, July 2, CMS pubished new guidance in the form of a frequently asked questions document, which provides clarity to several issues in the Sunshine Act raised by the CME Coalition in meetings with the agency.
Last week saw the Senate debate an omnibus veterans measure (S. 1982) while the House focused on a series of bills to moderate federal regulations. On Friday, the Senate rejected the veterans bill in 56-41 vote, falling short of the 60 votes needed to advance. Earlier in the week, Senators confirmed a series of judicial nominations. In the House, members voted 234-176 to approve a bill (H.R. 899) aimed at stopping unfunded mandates. On Thursday, lawmakers voted 232-182 to restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (H.R. 3193) and 226-179 to make federal rules more transparent (H.R. 2804). On Wednesday, the House voted 243-176 to freeze a pending IRS regulation on tax-exempt groups (H.R. 3865).