ACCME Response to CMS Proposal to Rescind CE Exclusion in Open Payments Program

Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 21, 2014

The ACCME sent this letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to its proposal to rescind the Continuing Education Exclusion (§ 403.904(g)(1)) of the Open Payments program. The ACCME believes that CMS should not rescind the continuing education (CE) exclusion. The ACCME recommends that accredited CE should be exempt from reporting within the CMS Open Payments program if the accreditation system utilizes the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support℠: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities and successfully completes a verification process to ensure that it evaluates its CE providers for compliance with the Standards using the same rules, data sources, and interpretations as the ACCME.