Target Audience


This activity is appropriate for physicians in all specialties.  Content may also be valuable to practice managers, consultants, or other professionals with an interest in trending issues related to U.S. health care.

Goals and Objectives


The purpose of this session is to educate students concerning health care policy making in both the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Federal Government. The presentation also will discuss "Medicare-for-All" proposals. Upon completion of the activity, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Identify the current makeup of Congress and its health care policy objectives.
  • Identify the Executive Branch organization as it pertains to health care.
  • Recognize the latest on health care spending projections.

Course Information


CME Release Date: April 22, 2019
Valid for credit through: April 22, 2020
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available 


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Southern Medical Association and Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.  The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit


To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from [email protected] within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships


As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Julius W. Hobson, Jr. has over 47 years of experience dealing with the Congress and Federal departments and agencies. As Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli, he advises and lobbies on a number of issues including health care, appropriations and budget, education, financial services, urban affairs, and taxes. Mr. Hobson previously served over 13 years as lobbyist and Director of Congressional Affairs, American Medical Association. Prior to joining the AMA, Mr. Hobson served on the staff of Senator Charles Robb [D-VA] where he was responsible for appropriations, budget, taxes, and banking issues. He previously served as Congressional and Executive Branch liaison for the District of Columbia Government. Mr. Hobson was Chief of Staff to a Member of Congress and Staff Director of a House Subcommittee.

Disclosure:

The following individuals have stated that they have no relevant financial relationships occurring within the past 12 months to disclose.

FACULTY
Julius W. Hobson, Jr.

CONTENT REVIEW
Dianne B. Love, PhD
Waldon Garriss, III, MD, MACP

SMA STAFF
Jennifer Price, MA

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