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Nov. 22, 2022

Health System Settles Case on Free CME; It Self-Disclosed After Internal Review

By Bob Wade

Report on Medicare Compliance Volume 31, Number 42


In an article published in the Report on Medicare Compliance, Nelson Mullins Nashville partner Bob Wade discussed the topic of free continuing medical education (CME) and meals for physicians.

“It’s a huge struggle in every hospital,” said attorney Bob Wade. “Their medical staff goes off and does their thing and sometimes there is little oversight between the medical staff department and legal or compliance departments”. "Although CMS has warned that CME could be remuneration under the Stark Law, hospitals have nothing to worry about with respect to employed physicians. CME for independent physicians is another story, but there are ways to do it compliantly", Wade said.