Eligibility for general practitioners
- To be eligible for a CME support payment, general practitioners (GPs) must maintain a license and have billings or contract-based funding of $75,000 or more in the previous year.
- Eligible GPs are entitled to CME support payments of $2,000 per year.
Eligibility for non-AFP specialists
- To be eligible for a CME support payment, the specialist must maintain a license and have actual fee-for-service billings of $125,000 or more in the previous year, or equivalent payments through a rural specialty contract in the previous year. Specialists under Clinical/Academic Funding Plan contracts (C/AFP) are not eligible.
- Eligible specialists receive CME support payments of $4,000 per year.
General guidelines for continuing medical education and professional development (CME) support programs
- Annual CME support payment eligibility is based on calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31) billings from the previous year. Physicians don’t have to apply for CME support payments or submit receipts. Eligibility for the payments is determined automatically each year by the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW).
- To receive a CME support payment, the physician must be actively practising in Nova Scotia at the time of payment and meet the other program eligibility criteria.
- “Actively practising” means the physician has billings during the period from March 1 prior to the payment up to the time of CME payment. Annual CME payments are sent out through MSI by cheque with an explanatory letter to eligible physicians in the spring.
- Licensed specialists functioning as general practitioners qualify as specialists for CME support.
Continuing medical education and professional development can be audited
The DHW may randomly withhold annual payments to select physicians as part of their auditing process. Physicians must be prepared to submit, if chosen for audit, verification of CME activities, including CME participation and income lost due to participation in CME activities.