Archive for May, 2011

What is a CME?

May 30, 2011

Continuing Medical Education (CME) refers to a specific form of Continuing Education (CE) that helps those in the medical field maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field. These activities may take place as live events, written publications, online programs, audio, video, or other electronic media. Content for these programs is developed, reviewed, and delivered by faculty who are experts in their individual clinical areas. Similar to the process used in academic journals, any potentially conflicting financial relationships for faculty members must be both disclosed and resolved in a meaningful way.

In the United States, many states require CME for medical professionals to maintain their licenses. For example, Texas requires 24 hours of CME every two years according to the Texas Medical Association. The associations that certificates are accepted as equivalent are American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award (AMA PRA), American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP), American Osteopathic Association (AOA).  12 hours must be done in Category 1 with at least 1 hour in ethics/professional responsibility through the American Medical Association (AMA), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP), and/or American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).  For a complete list of requirements by state, see State Medical Licensure Requirements and Statistics, 2006. Within the United States, CME for physicians is regulated by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) sets and enforces standards in physician education within the United States. It acts as the overseeing body for continuing medical education (CME) credit, which is offered through its constituent member organizations.

The Council’s seven member organizations are the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).  The ACCME’s mission is to provide those in the medical field with opportunities to maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field. A voluntary self-regulated system and a peer-review process are used to regulate and accredit medical education providers.

The primary responsibilities of the ACCME are to:

  • accredit institutions and organizations offering CME
  • define criteria for evaluation of educational programs and ensure compliance with these standards
  • develop methods for measuring the effectiveness of CME and its accreditation


May 26, 2011

“Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in striving toward an important goal.”   – Maxwell Maltz

Am I required to give out my Social Security Number?

May 23, 2011

Social Security Number Confidentiality 

The 76th Legislature passed HB 692, which states in part: “The social security number of an applicant for or holder of a license, certificate of registration, or other legal authorization issued by a licensing agency to practice in a specific occupation or profession that is provided to the licensing agency is confidential and is not subject to disclosure under the open records law.”

The law was passed in the House on March 18 and in the Senate on May 17 and went into effect after being signed by Governor George W. Bush on May 29, 1999.

Therefore, NO you do not have to reveal your Social Security Number.


May 19, 2011

“It is quite possible to work without results, but never will there be results without work.”

– Anonymous

Document Storage Guidelines

May 16, 2011

In a world that is trying to go paperless, but still hasn’t totally grasped that concept, all of us end up with mounds and mounds of papers.  How do you know what papers you should keep?  What should you throw away? The following guidelines can help you.

Documents to keep permanently

  • Annual tax returns
  • Year-end summaries from financial service companies
  • Stock and bond certificates
  • Deeds of property and ownership, auto titles, insurance policies
  • Home improvement records
  • Health records, wills and powers of attorney
  • Birth certificates, adoption and custody records, death certificates

Documents to keep temporarily

  • Paycheck stubs until reconciled with W-2 or 1099 forms
  • Phone and utility bills for one year (or seven years if business-related)
  • Monthly bank and credit card statements for one year
  • Monthly mortgage statements for one year
  • Brokerage or mutual fund statements until they’ve been reconciled at year end
  • Year end statements from credit card companies for seven years
  • W-2 and 1099 forms for seven years
  • Cancelled checks and receipts for all tax-deductible expenses for seven years

Discard or shred

  • ATM, bank-deposit slips and credit card receipts after cleared on a statement
  • Non-tax deductible receipts for minor purchases
  • Old magazines and articles not read within the past six months
  • Receipts, instructions and warranties for items you no longer own (or warranties that have expired)

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May 12, 2011

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”   – Jim Rohn, Motivational Coach

How to Create an Organized Filing System

May 9, 2011

Is your filing cabinet a mess? Are you unable to quickly locate documents when they’re needed? Create an organized system for storing important documents and you’ll never again waste time searching for items. Follow these simple steps to create your organized filing system:

  • Purge old, obsolete files. Shred items with personal information.
  • Identify what papers needs to be placed in active files and what goes in the permanent files.
  • Active files hold resource materials which are regularly referred to for information.
  • Permanent files are rarely referred to but contain records we are required to retain, such as tax and legal records.
  • Select a filing solution based on your needs and space. Active files can be stored separately from permanent files and should be more easily accessible.
  • Choose colorful file folders to organize by topic.
  • Use hanging files for topic and divide subtopics with interior files.
  • Alphabetize main categories to save time.
  • Clearly label each file.
  • File immediately — the key to keeping your filing system up-to-date is to file things right away.
  • Always have plenty of folders and labels on hand.
  • Set a recurring time to review your files and keep them up to date.

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May 5, 2011
“Character is built daily by the way one thinks and acts – thought by thought, action by action.”
– Helen Douglas, legislator

You and Your Work

May 2, 2011

I had a conversation recently with a local business owner regarding his employees.  What type of work do you or would you expect out of your employees?  Excellent work.  Good work.  Fair work.  Poor work.

Each of us start at a job with only a vague idea of what it is going to take to work and the responsibility involved.  Is it just a routine to you?  Are you bored with the job?  Are you only working for the pay?  Do you have interest in your work?  There isn’t such a thing as a dull job.  It all depends on your mental attitude.  Can you be proud of your service to the community?  Know that it is useful?  Something important?  You will do it poorly and become bored if you do not take personal satisfaction in it, pride of accomplishment, a sense of importance to others.  Do your work well, to profit you, your employer and society!  Enjoy doing it as well as you can and apply yourself.  You will become depended on.

Maybe you should watch this short video and let it help you decide what is important in your work…it is an old video, but the truth remains.

What was your first job?  What did you learn?  What do you value in an employee?