As part of the Coalition’s ongoing monitoring and analysis of legislative opportunities related to CME, the Coalition has reviewed all relevant legislation that has been introduced in the 115th Congress and generated a new document outlining specific bills that prioritize the essential role of CME in improving health outcomes
On December 22, 2017 New Jersey’s Attorney General, Christopher S. Porrino, finalized new rules that would place limitations on accepted compensation from pharmaceutical manufacturers or their agents by prescribers. The new rule, entitled “Proposed New Rule N.J.A.C. 13:45J, Limitations On and Obligations Associated with Acceptance of Compensation from Pharmaceutical Manufacturers by Prescribers”, is intended to curtail most transfers of value from industry to prescribers including physicians, podiatrists, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, dentists, and optometrists. The rule amends regulations to limit these gifts in an attempt to prevent any “conflicts of interest” between pharmaceutical manufactures and providers authorized to prescribe in the state of New Jersey. It took effect January 15, 2018.
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.