FAQ 2015-11-23T10:30:53+00:00

What is the difference between a Professional Practice Gap and an Educational Need?

Professional practice gaps are the difference between the current state and the desired state. Educational needs are the reasons there are gaps or what needs to change to decrease the gap. The educational needs may be based on a knowledge gap (learner is not aware of information), competency gap (learner needs to develop strategies to apply the knowledge of the facts in decision-making),  or a performance gap (learner needs to demonstrate the ability to apply the strategies in addressing the gap within the professional practice).

Can we accept commercial support to help pay for expenses?

Commercial support may be accepted as long as the support is being given as an unrestricted educational grant and the ACCME Standards of Commercial Support are followed.  The support must be used to offset the costs of the overall activity and not specifically for a purpose designated by the commercial supporter.  Planning committees should notify SHO’s CME Team immediately upon considering commercial support to ensure all regulations are followed. Commercial support agreements are required and to be sign by the Commercial Supporter, Joint Provider, and SHO.

Can commercial supporters pay for the speaker’s honorarium, travel, or lodging expenses?

No, Commercial Supporters, with a written agreement signed by the Commercial Supporter, Joint Provider, and SHO may provide an unrestricted educational grant that is placed in an account to be used by the Joint Provider and SHO to be used to offset the costs of the activity. The Commercial Supporter may not have a say in how the funds are used. The Joint Provider and/or SHO will provide the Commercial Supporter with a detailed revenue/expense report following the activity.

Can a commercial supporter be listed as a sponsor of the activity?

No, Commercial Supporters may not be listed as a sponsor of the activity. You may thank them for providing commercial support in the promotional materials or a syllabus. You may not place advertisements in educational materials as a thank you or in exchange for the support.

What is the difference between a commercial supporter and an exhibitor?

A Commercial Supporter is a commercial entity providing an unrestricted educational grant or in-kind services to offset the costs of the CME activity.  An Exhibitor is an organization that is promoting a product or service.  In either case, advertisements and promotional activities may not be conducted in the educational area.

What if I cannot get a planner or speaker to submit a signed disclosure?

Disclosures are required by all planners, moderators, facilitators, content authors, and speakers.  Anyone refusing to submit a completed and signed disclosure will be disqualified from participating in the planning and being an author or speaker.

What if a planner or speaker has a conflict of interest?

A SHO CME Team member will work with the individual to see if the conflict can be resolved, such as limiting the topic/content, conducting a peer review of educational materials, or other forms of resolution. If no resolution can be achieved, the planner/speaker may be not be allowed to participate in the planning/presentation.

Can we advertise CMEs will be provided when we send the save the date announcement?

According to the AMA, a statement may indicate the activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit without stating the number of credits, if the accredited CME provider has certified the activity.  Announcements may never state an application has been filed for CMEs. Save the dates should always be followed with additional information once the activity has been certified for CMEs.

Will SHO retroactively certify an activity for CMEs?

No, activities will not be certified for CMEs retroactively.

Is there a fee to jointly provide an activity for CMEs?

SHO reserves the right to charge reasonable fees for jointly providing CMEs for activities.  Fees may vary based on the number of CMEs offered, the number of speakers, participants, and the type of activity.

How are CMEs calculated?

Continuing Medical Education credits are calculated using only that time spent in the actual education or instruction of the activity. For live activities, it is the formal interaction time between the speaker and the participants.  It excludes networking and social activities.  One- AMA PRA Category 1 Creditis equal to 60 minutes. CMEs are rounded to the nearest quarter hour.  For an example, a CME activity that is 60 minutes in length equals one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. An activity that is 115 minutes in length equals 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. SHO’s CME Team will assist planning committees in calculating the CMEs.

Additional questions may be directed to cme@suburbanhealth.com.