November 3, 2014

CMS's redrawn exemption for CME disallows sponsor choice of speaker

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Medicare physician fee schedule for calendar 2015 in a classic government data dump on Halloween, and among the items included in the MPFS is a revised exemption for sponsor payments made for continuing medical education. The final rule explains that when an applicable party funds a CME, but "does not either select or pay the covered recipient directly," that payment would be excluded so long as the sponsor did not provide the CME provider with "a distinct, identifiable set of covered recipients to be considered as speakers" at the event (Inside the Beltway).

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