Life Science Compliance Update

December 12, 2017

Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions Annual Conference


January 20, 2018 through January 23, 2018, the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (the Alliance) will hold their 2018 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida at the Grande Lakes hotel.

The Annual Conference boasts four days of education and networking events, starting off on Saturday, January 20, 2018, with several early morning workshops followed by afternoon member section meetings. Closing out the first day are the Opening Night Awards Dinner and the President’s Dessert Reception.

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, attendees will hear the Annual State of the Alliance, followed by a keynote speech on understanding the new era of empowered, engaged e-patients. The day then breaks out into groups where topics like “Physician and Patient Beliefs About Patient Satisfaction: Aligned or Discordant,” “FAQs (and Answers!) Regarding the New CHCP Exam,” “Nurturing Effective Teams: Creating an Educational Home Where Together is Better,” and “Applying Facebook and Other Social Network Approaches into Interprofessional Continuing Education,” among many others, will be discussed. Closing out Sunday’s events is the Alliance Got Talent competition, where your peers will be performing a variety of acts.

The third day, Monday, January 22, 2018, begins with a keynote speech entitled, “Will You Be the Disruptor or the Disrupted? The Battlegrounds Over Health Care for the Next 10 Years,” before breaking off into various breakout groups throughout the day.

Our editor, Thomas Sullivan, will be part of the breakout panel discussion, “Understanding MACRA’s New QI-CME Improvement Activity: What You Need to Know to Maximize this Opportunity for Your Organization.” The program is an informal panel with three participants discussing MACRA’s physician incentives for quality care under Medicare, the Quality Payment Program and CE Opportunities. Ways to design an QI CME activity to meet the CMS MACRA definition will also be discussed.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the morning begins with breakout sessions discussing topics such as: integrating the patient perspective into the PM&R education process; ensuring patient voices are heard through video narratives; and how to break the silo mentality to address real world needs. The conference closes with a plenary session around noon.

If you are interested in attending this conference, you can register here.

December 07, 2017

HCEA To Host Webinar on New International Ethics Rules


On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA) will present a webinar entitled: “Preparing for the 2018 Ethical MeDTECH, APACMed and China Codes Impact on International Attendee Participation at US Meetings.”

As we have previously written about, beginning January 1, 2018, medical device companies in various regions of the world will no longer be able to directly sponsor participant’s travel to educational meetings. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and other organizations have applauded this effort, as it furthers the independence of education and helps to align international codes with current United States standards.

However, because of financial constraints in many markets around the world, healthcare providers depend on outside support to attend US-based meetings. Therefore, it is possible that your annual meeting may see some changes in 2018 and beyond. This webinar will review the codes and explore some of the concerns expressed by medical meeting planners.

The webinar will be moderated by Policy & Medicine’s editor, Thomas Sullivan, and includes panelists: Aline Lautenberg, General Counsel and Director of Legal and Compliance at Eucomed, EDMA, and MedTech Europe; Matthew E. Wetzel, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at AdvaMed; and Christine Wooster, Chief Revenue Officer at the Heart Rhythm Society.

Registration for the webinar is free for HCEA members and $50 for non-HCEA members. For additional information, contact Kristen Leikwold at or call (703) 935-1961.

To register for the webinar, click here.

November 28, 2017

The Summit on Controlled Substances – Regulation, Litigation, and Enforcement


The American Conference Institute is proud to host the inaugural Summit on Controlled Substances - Regulation, Litigation, and Enforcement, on January 29-31, 2018 in Washington, DC. This event offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gather with stakeholders from every link in the supply chain to discuss the most pressing issues surroundings the controlled substances industry, most prominently the opioid overdose crisis. 

Federal and state authorities continue to go after opioid manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, pharmacists, physicians, nurses— anyone and everyone who has a hand in the chain of custody for these controlled substances.

In response to this most difficult and challenging landscape, this conference provides a forum for stakeholders to discuss current challenges, benchmark strategies, and join together to best prepare for the future of this critical and fast-paced industry. Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Reassessing your Responsibilities in Light of the Changing Scope of Suspicious Order Monitoring Requirements
  • Evolution of Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Drug Products
  • Understanding and Comparing State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
  • Diving into the State, County, and City Opioid-Related Investigations

Attendees will hear from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), State Attorney Generals, U.S. Attorneys, over a dozen manufacturers, distributors, top law firm leaders, and more.

The program faculty includes representatives from Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Eisai, Inc., Independent Pharmacy Cooperative, Miami Luken, Purdue Pharma L.P., Stericycle Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals, and more.

Additional information on the forum can be found at 


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