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  1. AdminWolf

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    COPE sent this letter out today.

    Due to the mass cancellation of in-person CE events, they are temporarily loosening their restrictions on what they consider "Live" CE.

    From now until May 31, 2020, courses that are "online interactive" (ie, programs that you watch online, where the speaker is available to answer questions in real-time) will now be marked instead as "LIVE" on your ARBO CE tracker transcript.

    Because of the unprecedented demand, CEwire2020 is coming back live online on April 25 & 26, with 60 COPE-Approved Credits that you can take as "Live" (Incredibly, all our speakers have agreed to return to be there live on those dates. We're even adding a couple of more new classes too.)

    If you've already signed up for CEwire2020, you're welcome to come back live on those dates and watch the lectures to obtain live credit.

    If you'd like to sign up, just visit the CEwire2020 web site and click "Register".

    Hope to see you there!!

    Adam


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  2. Laurence Craig Thomas

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  3. AdminWolf

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    My reading of the rule is that the states have to agree to it, but COPE is giving them the flexibility to do so.

    If your state doesn't, please flog them with a wet noodle.

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    Wu-hoo!
     
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  5. AdminWolf

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    Ok, if everyone could do me a favor -- contact your board and ask if they are honoring the COPE rule changes.

    Just with talking to COPE a few minutes ago, they know of one already:

    "I know off the top of my head that the Kansas Board is accepting our modifications for COPE only. They still have their own Board-approved courses- not sure what the rulings are for that. "

    We'll collect the changes in this thread.

    Thanks
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  6. Jonathan Warner

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    Adam,

    Can we still sign up for CE Wire 2020?

    If so, link please.
     
  7. AdminWolf

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    Of course!

    You should see a link at the top of the page, but here ya go -- https://www.cewire2020.com

    We managed to convince all the speakers to return for the April encore, so it should be a fun show.
    I'm thinking of opening up the phone lines during the event, and just allowing docs to call in and vent.... it is going to be a lonely month.

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  8. AdminWolf

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    BTW people have asked me to clarify this rule change, i'll do my best (i've spent the last 3 days interacting with the ARBO/COPE folks, as we want to make sure it applies to CEwire2020, since we're re-running the live conference on April 25 & 26. ARBO's heart is in the right place here -- they are trying to make things easier on docs since in-person conferences have gone the way of the dodo for the foreseeable future.)

    The gist is that through May 31st, if a talk is held online that was COPE-approved for live CE, then attendees will get "live" CE credit on their transcript. It won't say "Online Interactive" on the transcript -- it will say "Live" (the same as you see if you attended in person.)

    The big question everyone has is "will my state accept this as a real live credit?" And the answer is ... it is up to the state. I suspect we are going to see a huge amount of flexibility this year where possible. We've already just seen Pennsylvania accept 100% online credits, I don't think they are going to be the last to do so.

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    Live Continuing Education Requirements

    The Board approves Live Webinars for live CE Credit. A live webinar allows interaction between the presenter and attendees. Courses are listed on the Board’s website with the location listed as “Live Webinar.” Note that live credit may only be obtained by attending the course on the dates listed. There may be COPE approved Live Webinars that are not listed but will be subsequently approved by the Board for live credit.
     
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    Is there any chance of adding a class in Human Trafficking that is now required for Florida- it’s only been approved if live.
     
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    Hi Jaime,
    It is unlikely; Each course we put together costs thousands of dollars, and up until now, Florida has so strictly limited online CE that we've shied away from doing any state-specific course like that.

    Maybe the board will have a change of heart soon?

    -- adam
     
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    I reached out to Florida board and received a friendly response. Essentially the communique said the board will meet in early April to discuss online CE so they know it’s front and Center in the present word.
     
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    I thought that "online interactive" and passing the exam WAS considered and synonymous with "Live". At least in NYS
     
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    NY does allow Online -Interactive but others do not so LIVe is LIVE is LIVE which is now the case for Cewire2020.com on April 25th-26th
     
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    Thanks for the timely lively response. Got it