Describe the content of your presentation in detail. Be as accurate and specific as possible.
Declare any relevant conflict of interest. In an effort to openly identify any potential conflict so that the listeners may form their own judgments of the presentation with the full disclosure of the facts, AAPC requires that all speakers disclose in advance any relevant conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the continuing education program.
Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect continuing education content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he or she has a financial relationship.
Commercial Interest: This is defined as any proprietary entity producing healthcare goods or services used on, or consumed by, patients, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-healthcare-related companies.
Financial Relationships: These relationships include those in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership or advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received or expected. We consider relationships of the person involved in the continuing education activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
Relevant Financial Relationships: We focus on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the continuing education activity. A minimal dollar amount has not been set for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship(s).