CME Coalition Submits Comment Letter to Senate Help Committee on Pandemic Preparedness RFI

CME Coalition (06/29/20)

The Continuing Medical Education (CME) Coalition recently submitted a letter to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander in response to his request for information on pandemic preparedness legislation. In the letter, CME Coalition Executive Director Chris Lamond said CME will play a key role in educating doctors on best diagnostic and treatment practices, and that the education of the American health provider workforce is an acute area of need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition also urged additional funding to facilitate CME initiatives related to COVID-19 and future pandemic response. "The total cost of educating America's providers on the impact of COVID-19 on their practice is expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars at least — a sum that simply cannot be absorbed by traditional funders of CME," Lamond wrote. The coalition called on Congress to "acknowledge the crucial role of CME for the nation's health workforce by appropriating dedicated funding to facilitate continuing medical education initiatives related to COVID-19."

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