Life Science Compliance Update

October 05, 2016

ACCME Releases Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation


The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) recently announced a Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. Accreditation with Commendation is the ACCME’s mechanism for recognizing and celebrating organizations that excel as CME providers.

New Menu

This newly evolved criteria reflect the values, principles, and aspirations that the community of educators shared with us over the past several years. The new criteria incorporate recommendations from a diverse range of stakeholders about how to advance CME’s role in the changing health environment and leverage the power of education to improve healthcare.

The goal of the ACCME is to encourage and reward accredited CME providers for implementing best practices in pedagogy, engagement, evaluation, and change management, and for focusing on generating meaningful outcomes. The new criteria are designed to serve as a guidepost for the future of CME. ACCME aims to recognize the achievements of organizations that “advance interprofessional collaborative practice, address public health priorities, create behavioral change, show leadership, leverage educational technology, and demonstrate the impact of education on healthcare professionals and patients.”

ACCME requested feedback from the community and this this final version of the Menu is based on much of the extensive feedback received, and is designed to be both achievable and meaningful. As with the existing commendation criteria 16–22, compliance with the new commendation criteria is optional for CME providers and is not required to achieve Accreditation. To be eligible for Accreditation with Commendation, providers will have to demonstrate compliance with any seven criteria of their choice (from any category) plus one criterion from the Achieves Outcomes category – for a total of eight criteria.

Transition Phase

There will be a transition phase during with accredited CME providers that choose to aim to achieve Accreditation with Commendation will have the option of demonstrating compliance with all of the current commendation criteria (C16-22) or the new commendation criteria menu (C23-C38). This phase will apply to providers that will receive accreditation decisions between November 2017 and November 2019.

Need Help?

The ACCME is committed to doing everything they can to support the CME community’s successful adoption of the new criteria and the evolution of providers’ educational strategies to reflect best practices. More information on the menu structure, implementation timeline, and transition phase can be found here. In the coming weeks and months, the ACCME will deliver additional educational resources and training for stakeholders, including Recognized Accreditors, accredited CME providers, and volunteers.


For those interested in learning more about the ACCME’s Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation, the ACCME is hosting a webinar on October 13, 2016, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EST. During that webinar, the ACCME will share information and insights on the criteria, as well as answer questions about the logistics of the new commendation criteria.

The webinar is open to all accredited providers in the ACCME system, as well as other stakeholders who may be participating in this process.

There will be time to ask questions live during the meeting, but it is also encouraged to submit them ahead of time here.

September 30, 2016

Webinar: Open Payments Retrospect and Looking Forward


On October 13, 2016, qordata will be hosting a webinar, “Retrospect and Looking Forward: A Review of Two Full Years of Open Payments Data and Media Coverage, The Indications for the Future.”

With three years of published public data available through CMS submissions in Open Payments, the media is working hard at mining transparency data to bring health care fraud cases to the enforcement authorities’ attention. As time passes by, the government is also enhancing the ways in which it prosecutes, arrests and penalizes those engaged in fraud. With the media working hard to bring these cases to light, pharma companies need to work more efficiently in terms of documenting their spend data.

Presenting the webinar will be our very own Thomas Sullivan, along with Zafar Ahmed of qordata. The webinar will go through the 2014-2015 Open Payments data, discuss the media on Open Payments during the week of the 2015 release, evaluate prosecutions using Open Payments, deliberate the CMS questions on Open Payments, assess Congressional actions on Open Payments, and review global ag spend and media.

In this webinar, Thomas Sullivan will give a detailed review of the 2014-2015 Open Payments Data, evaluate persecutions and provide an in-depth assessment of the congressional actions on Open Payments.  He will further provide information about the ways in which Open Payments data and other tied in spend reports are being evaluated by the media in hopes of finding data anomalies.

Chief Compliance Officers, Directors of Compliance, Managers of Compliance, and any other interested parties are encouraged to attend and register here.

September 06, 2016

Medical Education Exchange Fall 2016 Regional Conferences

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Medical Education Exchange (MEDX) Regional Conferences are two-day multi-topic CME conferences designed for the community-based primary care team, including physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

MEDX Conferences feature clinically-focused, evidence-based education built on the foundation of access, quality, and cost. Attendees learn about emerging treatments, guidelines, and quality measures from top clinical experts with content delivered via interactive technology designed to enhance the learning experience.

MEDX Atlanta

The Atlanta Regional Conference will be held September 23, 2016 through September 24, 2016 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The Conference includes topics such as: Tools for Successful Migraine Management; Understanding Changes in Medicare Reimbursement Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA); Common Musculoskeletal Complaints from Head to Toe; and Geriatric Anemia is Not Normal: A Practical Guide on the Differential Diagnosis of Underlying Causes.

MEDX Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Conference will be held October 14, 2016 through October 15, 2016 at the Bethesda North Marriott. This conference covers some of the same topics as the Atlanta Conference, and includes other topics such as: Improving Outcomes in Geriatric Anemia: Guide to the Differential Diagnosis of Treatable Causes; New Thinking and Approaches in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes; and Early Identification and Diagnosis of Chronic Respiratory Diseases: The ‘Primary’ Role in Improving Patient Outcomes in Asthma, COPD, and IPF.

MEDX Detroit

The Detroit Conference will be held November 11, 2016 through November 12, 201t at the Cobo Center. This conference also covers similar topics as the Atlanta and Mid-Atlantic conferences, including: Gout Goals are Not Being Achieved!! Strengthening the Provider/Patient Alliance Featuring PEPtooks JointsAflame; Hepatitis C Update: A Growing Challenge with Evolving Management Solutions; and Cases in Type 2 Diabetes Management.

MEDX Anaheim

The Anaheim Conference will be held December 2, 2016 through December 3, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. This conference covers similar topics as the other three, including Lipid Control Today: Management within the Context of other Cardiovascular Risk Factors.

There are several sessions in the Detroit and Anaheim conferences that are not yet confirmed. If you are interested in attending either of those conferences, keep checking back to the conference website for updated session information.

Registration and participation is complimentary. If you are interested in attending any of the regional conferences, you can register here.


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