Compliance Corner: Are you using the correct definition for “Ineligible Company?”

March 15, 2024

Are you using the correct definition for “Ineligible Company?” While the new Standards for Integrity and Independence (SII) went into effect January 1, 2022, the California Medical Association sees continuing medical education (CME) providers who are using the incorrect definition. Check your collection form/mechanism closely and use the correct definition: “Ineligible Companies are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.” Use of the incorrect definition will be found noncompliant.

Along with the change in the definition of an Ineligible Company, several other nomenclature changes took effect. These include criteria naming to replace the previous numbering system and updated Standards. All references to “commercial interest” should be removed and replaced with “Ineligible Company,” and use of the correct definition. You’ll find the New Standards and Criteria Naming Conversion Table here.  


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