In 2019, the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) partnered with CE Broker to handle the SMBO’s continuing medical education (CME) audits of licensees (MDs and DOs). The SMBO randomly audits a percentage of physicians for CME compliance during each license renewal cycle. If you’re are selected for audit, you will be asked to respond to the audit via CE Broker. Licensees are under no obligation to use CE Broker for anything other than responding to the SMBO’s random CME audit.
Always being mindful of the need to eliminate administrative burden for our members, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) worked with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to simplify the process for our members to respond to CME audit requests. An enhanced member benefit that minimizes the need for Academy members to report their CME to both the AAFP and CE Broker, the AAFP has entered an agreement with CE Broker to share CME information with CE Broker.
As of November 19, 2019, for AAFP/OAFP members who are licensed in Ohio, CME activities produced by the AAFP or the OAFP with an end date after January 1, 2016, are sent to CE Broker. Upon completion of the CME activity, the physician will still need to report the CME to the AAFP, but the AAFP will share reported CME for AAFP or OAFP produced CME to CE Broker so that if your CME records are audited, CE Broker will already have those CME records.
At this time, only AAFP or OAFP produced CME can be shared directly with CE Broker, thus enhancing the value of AAFP/OAFP produced CME. The AAFP and the OAFP are still working on a means to share members’ entire CME records with CE Broker, and that service may be available in the future. Until then, the value of AAFP/OAFP CME is enhanced due to the direct reporting feature that greatly simplifies the CME response process for members who are audited.