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Health Care Reform
April 12, 1999

"User-friendly" CME in the Archives of Internal Medicine

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(7):648. doi:10.1001/archinte.159.7.648

IT HAS long been clear that most physicians receive the majority of continuing medical education (CME) from peer-reviewed medical journals, which is in contrast to how they receive the bulk of their accredited and documented CME necessary for relicensing. Like almost all aspects of medicine at the end of the 20th century, CME is undergoing major changes, much in response to changes in other aspects of the practice of medicine.

Managed care organizations and changes in Medicare documentation requirements and reimbursement, imposed by the Health Care Financing Administration, have reduced the discretionary time of physicians to levels even lower than 5 years ago. At the same time, the continued rapid pace of medical innovation has made life-long learning even more essential for physicians.

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