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Can I engage patients as planners and teachers in CME activities without compromising privacy and confidentiality?

Patients are often important contributors to educational activities and we encourage providers to engage patients as planners and faculty. Providers should seek appropriate guidance from institutional policies and practices concerning the protection of confidential and private information when including patients in CME activities. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) does not prohibit the use of patients as faculty, planners, or learners in accredited CME as long as their permission has been received.