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Continuing Education

All attendees are eligible to receive continuing education for the BCBS 2021 Virtual Summit. Please visit the specific information for each type of credit by clicking the links below.

Please note, in order to receive credit, you will need to watch the sessions at their original scheduled time. Credits will not be offered for watching sessions on-demand.


Types of Credits

There are multiple types of credits available for attendees:​

Continuing Professional (CPE) Education Credits Information


CPE credits will be offered for all breakout sessions and keynote sessions during the BCBS 2021 Virtual Summit. Credits are not available for sponsored sessions. This virtual program provides a unique forum for education and discussion that will address timely industry issues such as federal healthcare reform initiatives, business innovation and best practices, and changes in regulations, standards or guidelines.

  • Hear experts give updates on key issues and trends affecting our industry

  • Exchange multidisciplinary perspectives on relevant issues

  • Network with counterparts at other Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans and BCBSA

Program Level: Basic.
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge.
Attendees are eligible to earn up to 32 CPE credits. There are no prerequisites for this program. No advance preparation is required. Sponsored learning activities are measured by program length, with one 50-minute period equal to one CPE credit. One-half CPE credit increments (equal to 25 minutes) are permitted after the first credit has been earned in a given learning activity. Please note that not all state boards have adopted this rule. Some participants may not be able to use one-half credit increments.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: https://www.nasbaregistry.org.

CPE credits and certificates are managed by attendees in the BCBS 2021 Virtual Summit platform. Instructions will be available during the event.

For questions about continuing education credits, contact the Speaker Management and Continuing Education Team at speakers@bcbsa.com.




Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits Information


Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be offered for lawyers during the BCBS 2021 Virtual Summit.* The Lawyers and Legal Assistants (LAW) track during the BCBS 2021 Virtual Summit provides an exceptional learning experience featuring expert legal speakers covering all aspects of healthcare law. This event is an opportunity to increase your understanding of critical healthcare industry topics and fulfill your continuing legal education requirements. The Lawyers & Legal Assistants (LAW) track opens the door to mentoring, coaching, feedback and exchange. This virtual event provides a unique forum for attorneys, paralegals and compliance officers to engage in targeted discussions on healthcare law issues and healthcare reform.

Program level: Intermediate. Most attorneys in the United States must take an average of 13 hours of CLE accredited courses each year. BCBS 2021 Virtual Summit attendees can expect to earn a portion of their required CLE credit for their participation in this comprehensive two-week virtual program. The Blue Plan Legal Department Cooperative’s CLE Coordinator will apply for credit for this conference in all states with mandatory CLE requirements. If you have questions about CLEs, you can contact Yara Maietta (yara.maietta@bcbsa.com), or Jim Voltz (jim.voltz@bcbsa.com). Following the end of the conference, we will provide each interested registrant (licensed in a state(s) with mandatory CLE requirements) with a record of the filing made on your behalf to your state(s)’s CLE accrediting/compliance authority.




Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an accredited sponsor with many of the state regulatory bodies for continuing legal education in the U.S. We ask that international attendees contact the CLE Coordinator directly with inquiries. State regulatory bodies have final authority on the approval of course applications submitted by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan Legal Department Cooperative.

This conference will consist of a series of presentations with collateral slides, syllabi and an interactive question-and-answer element. Delegates will receive an electronic evaluation at the close of the event to note the educational quality of sessions. Certificates of credit are emailed based on state approvals, usually within eight weeks of the event.

For questions about continuing legal education credits, contact Yara Maietta at yara.maietta@bcbsa.com or at 312.297.6027.

*CLE credits are only applicable to any sessions of the Lawyers & Legal Assistants (LAW) track. CPE credits are applicable to sessions in the LAW track. CME credits are NOT applicable to sessions in the LAW track.




Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits Information


CME/CE credits will be offered for the Medical and Pharmacy (Office of Clinical Affairs – OCA) track at the BCBS 2021 Virtual Summit.*

To receive credit, attendees must complete a conference evaluation and credit attestation form and individual session surveys on the BCBS 2021 Virtual Summit Platform.

Intended Audience
This conference is intended for Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan physicians, managed-care pharmacists, nurses, case managers and other healthcare professionals focusing on making quality- and efficiency-related improvements in healthcare.



Program Description: TBD

ACCME Learning Objectives: TBD

ACPE Learning Objectives: TBD

Disclosure Information:

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL) requires that the faculty participating in a CME/CE activity disclose all affiliations or other financial relationships (1) with the manufacturers of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and (2) with any commercial supporters of the activity. All conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this CME/CE activity.

This CME activity might describe the off-label, investigational, or experimental use of medications that may exceed their FDA-approved labeling. Physicians should consult the current manufacturers’ prescribing information for these products. ACHL requires the speaker to disclose that a product is not labeled for the use under discussion.

Planning Committee Disclosure:

Blue Cross Blue Shield staff members involved with planning, development and/or review of the content for this activity have no relevant affiliations or financial relationships to disclose.

Staff Disclosure:

ACHL staff members involved with planning, development and/or review of the content for this activity have no relevant affiliations or financial relationships to disclose.

Activity Purpose:

This educational activity will help Plans deliver more value to their members and accounts.

Method of Participation

To receive credit, participants are required to participate in certified sessions, complete the session evaluations on-site through the conference mobile application for each certified session attended, and complete the overall conference evaluation. A certificate or statement of credit will be emailed within 6 weeks of receipt of the forms. The registration fee for the conference includes conference materials and meals as specified in the agenda; there is no additional fee for participants to receive CME/CE credit.

Accreditation

Accreditation is provided by The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL).

Additional Information on credits will be provided at a later date. The following credits/organizations are represented:







Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).







Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).





International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).




Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs).


Disclaimer

This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, Policies, and Standards for Commercial Support, as well as the ACPE Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education. Recommendations involving clinical medicine in a continuing medical education (CME/CE) activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME/CE in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

Questions?
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Speaker Management and Continuing Education Team
speakers@bcbsa.com

Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning
Sara Brykalski, Director, Accreditation and
Educational Effectiveness
773-714-0705, ext. 228
sbrykalski@achlcme.org

*CME/CE credits are only applicable to any sessions in the Office of Clinical Affairs (OCA) track. CPE credits are applicable to the OCA track if desired. CLE credits are not applicable to the OCA track.





Additional Information

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association provides certificates to attendees for self-reporting. Certificates are self-created by attendees through the platform. More information will be provided during th event. BCBSA is not a state insurance board approved vendor for any state agency. BCBSA is approved to provide continuing education through the following organizations only:

  • NASBA (CPEs for financial professionals – attendees self-report based on the CPE certificate provided to attendees who complete the requirements)

  • ACHL (CMEs for medical professionals – ACHL provides certificates directly to attendees who complete the requirements)

  • CLEreg (CLEs for lawyers and legal assistants – CLE credits are applied to attorneys' bar records individually for attendees who complete the requirements)

For questions about continuing education credits, contact the Speaker Management and Continuing Education team at speakers@bcbsa.com.