At the 16th annual CBI summit on independent medical education and grants, the CME Coalition's Andy Rosenberg outlined the major legislative and regulatory issues that the Coalition has been engaged in throughout 2018.
Slides: CME Coalition Presentation at the alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions industry Summit
On May 8, 2018, CME Coalition's Andy Rosenberg and Tom Sullivan gave a presentation at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions Industry Summit in Baltimore, MD. Rosenberg and Sullivan presented information on changes to the Quality Payment Program that involve CME-related activities. They also reviewed variations to state laws and bills that effect CME, as well as other national issues that effect medical education including shared-decision making, the future of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and the New Jersey gift ban.
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.
The CME Coalition has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) applauding their proposal to reward physicians for their participation in certain continuing medical education (CME) activities. Under the proposal, quality improvement continuing medical education (CME) would be recognized as a Clinical Practice Improvement Activity (CPIA) under the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) — a physician reimbursement system created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). As detailed in the proposed rule (pg. 1042), CMS recommends that “completion of an accredited performance improving medical education program” be included under the list of CPIAs under MIPS — one of the key policy changes proposed for the Quality Payment Program Year 2.