Alliance for Continuing Education in the Healthcare Professions President Destry Sulkes, MD, MBA, announced in his August video update that there was a change in headquarters staff: Executive Director Robin King, CAE, left ACEhp as of July 15. King had been on board since he replaced long-term executive director Paul Weber in 2012. Taking up the reins temporarily will be a well-known entity among ACEhp members: Mike Saxton, Med, CCMEP, FACEHP, a long-standing Alliance fellow and prior Alliance board member who also has served as the association’s annual conference chair. Saxton will serve as interim director until a new permanent executive director is hired.
Sulkes also said that the Alliance is looking to develop the roadmap for its Quality Improvement Education Initiative, which is designed to help transform healthcare in the U.S. through education. The idea is to provide an “actionable vision” for engaging team-based healthcare practitioners in quality improvement that is driven by education and learning, according to information from ACEhp. Sulkes invited members to become part of the process by joining one of the 10 workshops on the topic that will take place at the ACEhp Quality Symposium, scheduled for September 23–25 in Baltimore.
He also mentioned that the Alliance has joined the growing number of organizations opposing the idea the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services floated recently to retract the CME exemption from Open Payments tracking and reporting requirements. Sulkes said that ACEhp is joining forces with the Washington, D.C.–based advocacy group the CME Coalition to provide a Web-based tool that ACEhp members—and any other interested parties—can use to send feedback about the CMS proposal directly to CMS before the September 2 deadline. Sulke said, “I personally sent my letter using the tool yesterday. If we get a few hundred members to join in, CMS will certainly take notice.”