In November 2017, CMS released regulations that include accredited continuing medical education (CME) as an Improvement Activity under MIPS. As detailed in the final rule, CMS determines that “completion of an accredited performance improving medical education program” be included under the list of Improvement Activities under MIPS — one of the key policy changes proposed for the Quality Payment Program Year 2. CME should be included in the Improvement Activity measurement category, as these courses are among the most important ways in which doctors seek to improve their understanding of new treatments and therapies, improve beneficiary outcomes, and ultimately, improve their practice as a whole.
The CME Coalition has submitted comments to the State of New Jersey in response to its proposed rule to prohibit the provision of meals in excess of $15 of value during the course of live CME activities and to significantly limit the ability of commercial supporters to provide assistance for fellowships. More information on this issue is available here from Policy and Medicine. Stakeholders have until the end of November to submit their own comments, and we encourage members of the CME Coalition with a New Jersey presence to do so.
On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, a free webinar was held to examine 'Risks and Opportunities in Today's Challenging World of CME.' The webinar featured representatives from the CME Coalition, including Senior Advisor Andrew Rosenber and Thomas Sullivan, President of Rockpointe Corp., as well as representatives from the American Academy of Family Physicians and ABTS Convention Services. Key topics of discussion included MACRA and the new physician Quality Payment Program (QPP), AAFP's Blended Learning Format Option, and more.
A total of 160 comments have been submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in support of their proposal to reward physicians for their participation in certain continuing medical education (CME) activities. Of the roughly 1,300 comments submitted on the proposed rule, 160 individuals and organizations sent comments that included support for the inclusion of quality improvement/practice improvement (QI-PI) CME in the final rule.