CME Coalition Launches in Washington, DC
Today, the Continuing Medical Education Coalition (CME Coalition) announced its launch as the nation's leading voice for advocacy on issues related to the practice of continuing medical education. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the CME Coalition was created to educate policymakers in the nation's Capitol and across the States regarding the invaluable role that CME plays in America's health care system.
According to one of the Coalition's six founding members, Jeffrey L. Drezner, M.D., PH.D., CEO of Clinical Care Options, "Everyone understands that CME is critical to the physician's ongoing educational needs as they strive to stay current with the constant breakthroughs and advances of medical science and treatment options. As the clinicians' schedule gets busier and more hectic, continuing medical education providers and supporters have created new and innovative methodologies and distribution channels that also insures better patient care. This Coalition will allow providers and beneficiaries of CME to better explain the importance of CME and the continually demonstrated value and scientific integrity of our programs."
The CME Coalition, which welcomes participation from all CME providers, physicians, institutions of higher learning, pharmaceutical makers and medical device manufacturers, will be launching a comprehensive effort to monitor the federal and state governments for activities that might impact the continued provision of CME.
In addition to active monitoring, the Coalition will also engage in lobbying Congress about the importance of protecting the access of medical professionals to CME. "CME providers fill a vital role in our health care system and have a compelling story to tell," stated Coalition Executive Director Chris Lamond, "And whenever we see an opportunity to share our perspectives with policymakers, we will do so."