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The CME office would like to congratulate Dr. Neil Bressler on his appointment as the ninth editor of JAMA Ophthalmology. The monthly publication is internationally acknowledged as an influential peer-reviewed ophthalmology and visual science periodical.
Dr Bressler is the current Chair of the Hopkins CME Advisory Board, and is an active course director for Johns Hopkins CME as well.
For more about Dr Bressler… click here.
Our CME office has just finished hosting a contingent of visiting physicians and healthcare executives from across China. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Management Training program for Chinese healthcare executive was a huge success. Almost 30 healthcare executives, the majority of which were physicians, came to Hopkins for a two-day program.
The program included presentations on: hospital and health system administration; health system performance improvement, quality and safety programs; medical insurance; and training and education. On the first morning the program started with a Welcome from Dr. Annette Donawa, the Assistant Dean of CME , Todd Dorman, MD, the Senior Associate Dean for Education Coordination and from Health System President, Mr. Ron Peterson.
The formal program then started with a presentation from Dr. Landon King, the Executive Vice Dean, on Hopkins’ rich history, the changing landscape of healthcare in America and how our history and traditions are shaping our response to the changing healthcare environment. The attendees then heard from Mr. Rich Grossi, Senior VP and CFO, on financial issues related to care at an academic medical center and the large role quality and safety is playing at helping to improve care and control cost. That afternoon they heard from Drs. Goeschel and Winters as well as from Ms. Schaab on performance improvement practices and tools, the history of quality and safety at Hopkins and the role the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality is playing here at Hopkins and globally.
The second day started with remote viewing of a live surgical procedure narrated by the surgical team led by Dr. Timothy Witham and the attendees spent time in the Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Center (MISTC) learning about robotic surgery and surgical staff training. In the afternoon they learned about developing optimal skills for residents by Drs. Howard Francis and EunMi Park followed by a presentation on medical insurance policies by Keith Vander Kolk, the present acting COO of Johns Hopkins Healthcare, LLC. Finally the attendees were divided into groups who rotated between live narrated video sessions conducted by Dr. Misop Han and tours of some of the new hospital facilities, including one of the adult ICUs.
The program across the two days also included tours of the Hopkins medical campus, the simulation center, MISTC, ICUs and the Cancer research center. Opportunities for open discussion and questions and answers were embedded through the program as well as opportunities for photos.
The program concluded with a final session where all attendees received a certificate and gifts including a framed picture of each individual with President Peterson.
The entire program was facilitated through a relationship with China International Exchange and Promotive Association for medical and healthcare (CPAM) which is a public welfare and non-profit agency governed by the Ministry of Health in China. The office of CME would like to thank CPAM and its team for helping us put on a spectacular two-day program and we hope that this will serve as the beginning of a fertile relationship.
Robert C. Lieberman, a distinguished political scientist and accomplished academic administrator at Columbia University, has been named the 14th provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at The Johns Hopkins University.
For more information about Dr. Lieberman, see the article here.
Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., acclaimed cardiologist and award-winning teacher, was named the new new vice dean for education at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Ziegelstein succeeds David Nichols, M.D., M.B.A., who was named the inaugural vice dean for education in 2000 and left Johns Hopkins in September 2012 to become president and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics.
Ziegelstein is ideally qualified to serve as vice dean for education, a position in which he will oversee undergraduate, graduate, residency, postdoctoral and continuing medical education programs, as well as the Welch Medical Library. An internationally recognized expert on the relationship between depression and cardiovascular disease, and a superb physician renowned for his sensitivity and skill at doctor-patient communication, he is devoted to educating the next generation of physicians.
The Sarah Miller Coulson and Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Professor of Medicine, Ziegelstein has spent his entire professional career at Johns Hopkins. Among many other roles, he served as director of the internal medicine residency program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for nearly a decade. He developed an innovative course, “Transition to Residency and Internship and Preparation for Life” (TRIPLE), which teaches Johns Hopkins students the attitudes and skills necessary to provide compassionate, patient-centered medical care and prepares them for residency and professional life.
Co-director of the Aliki Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bayview, Ziegelstein helped create and works with residents and students in this novel program that teaches the importance of knowing patients as individuals in order to provide optimal patient care. He has served as senior associate dean for faculty development in the medical school, as well as executive vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical campus, where he also has been deputy director for education.
Dr. Ziegelstein has been involved with continuing medical education as both an activity director and speaker. Most recently, he has presented lectures at The Edmund G. Beacham 40th Annual Current Topics in Geriatrics and The Nicholas Fortuin Cardiovascular Topics at Johns Hopkins. He also serves as activity director for the JHBMC Medical Grand Rounds.
In 2004, Ziegelstein was recognized for his work on doctor-patient communication by being named the inaugural Miller Family Scholar. In addition, from 2004 through 2010, he served as director of the cardiovascular disease group in the NIH-funded Johns Hopkins Center for Mind-Body Research.
Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Nathans and Dr. Peter Pronovost on their appointments as JHU’s newest Gilman Scholars, a distinction recognizing the very best of the best at The Johns Hopkins University.
The designation of Gilman Scholar honors colleagues who exemplify the highest ideals of The Johns Hopkins University, as demonstrated through distinguished research and scholarship, artistic and creative activity, teaching, mentoring, and/or service. The title is open to faculty members in the academic divisions and to professional staff at the Applied Physics Laboratory.
Among JHU’s Gilman Scholars are Nobel laureates, award-winning teachers, and world-renowned researchers and scholars.
More details on this honor and brief summaries of the new scholars’ accomplishments are available today at http://hub.jhu.edu/2013/03/28/gilman-scholars-nathans-pronovost
Recently CMS published the final version of what has been called the Sunshine Act. The regulation is not actually called the Sunshine Act, but the National Physician Payment Transparency Program, although I suspect that it may frequently still be referred to as the Sunshine Act. The new regulations apply to a vast array of circumstances including research. In this blog I will only address the issues relevant to CME and I will only touch on the high points.
It has commonly been stated that the final version provided a waiver for CME. This is not really true. However, before I review that aspect it should be clear to the reader that the reporting requirements embedded in this regulation apply to industry and not to the CME provider. It is true that industry may require, as a component of a grant that certain aspects of required material be provided to them so that they may accurately report to CMS. Once industry reports to CMS the physician will need to review that draft report. If they disagree with it they must contact industry to negotiate a change if desired. If the two parties agree to a change then industry must update that information by no later than 60 days after the report was due. If the two parties continue to disagree then the industry information will stand and it will be duly noted that the physician disagrees with the data.
So now let’s get back to the important issue of whether or not CME has a waiver in this process and thus is free and clear from the regulation. The regulation does offer a “safe harbor”, meaning that a report is not required, for accredited CME if three conditions are met, and yes all three must be met. The first is that the activity for which payment was received, either directly or indirectly, must be an accredited/certified activity. The second requirement is that industry must have no say in the content development and especially in choosing the speakers/facilitators/writers of the material/activity. This should not be a hard requirement to fill as it is already a component of the standards of commercial support (SCS 1.1) originally set forth by the ACCME and now adopted by most accrediting bodies and thus for the activity to be accredited this criteria must be met. The final requirement is that no direct payment can be made to the physician. This also will not be too hard to meet as providers typically already have this as an established practice in order to meet the standards for commercial support (SCS 3.8/3.9). If all three conditions are met then funding for accredited CME indeed will not be reported.
If an accredited provider also provides educational activities that are not accredited and those activities receive funding then again, industry will be required to report and the provider will likely be required to provide a dataset to industry. In such a circumstance there are at least twelve components requested in the report. These include but are not limited to name, address, NPI (National Provider Identifier), date, nature of payment, and related covered product if applicable.
Reporting will start this fall and the first cycle will contain less than a years worth of data. Subsequent cycles will encompass entire years.
If you would like to review the full set of standards of commercial support click here: http://accme.org/requirements/accreditation-requirements-cme-providers/standards-for-commercial-support
We’ve made some changes that will make our system more secure, and also enables single-sign on for the Hopkins community.
For most users, logging in will look a little different after the change, but you will use the same login id and password that you had before. When you click login, you will get a page to select how you would like to login — with hopkins credentials or CME login and password. Select CME login and a login box will appear. Enter your same CME email and password that you used before.
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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!
2012 was a wonderful and exciting year here at Hopkins CME. Exciting new activities married with office changes. After more than a decade of service Dr Victor Marrow retired and we hired our first Assistant Dean, Dr. Annette Donawa.
We just finished a retreat held with all of our staff as well as a retreat for our senior staff. We even start a Yoga class after the first of year to add to all of the other wellness activities our office participates in.
We have had our trials and tribulations as well. Our hearts go out to our staff that lost family this year and those who have struggled against illness.
We are saddened by some of the tragic events of this past year, but are certain that 2013 will bring new challenges and new opportunities.
We hope that you have a wonderful and safe new year.