During the last negotiations, UAPD bargained new language regarding Continuing Medical Education (CME) payments for physicians, podiatrists, and dentists (Article 10.13).  The new language says that the State will automatically pay $1000 for CME to each full-time doctor (and a pro-rated amount for part time doctors) each fiscal year.  The new language phases out the cumbersome process doctors used to request CME reimbursement in the past.

The State and the Union have met several times since the contract was ratified in order to finalize details for implementing the new CME language.  Below is a summary of the most important aspects of that plan.

For Fiscal Year 13-14 (ends June 30, 2014)

  • Full-time doctors who have not yet used any CME money during the fiscal year will be sent a check for $1000 in January 2014.
  • Full-time doctors who have already received some CME money during this fiscal year can use the same procedure to request reimbursement up to $1000 by June 30th, 2014.
  • Part-time doctors, whether or not they have already claimed CME funds this fiscal year, should use the same procedure they’ve used in the past to request CME reimbursement by June 30th, 2014.

For Fiscal Year 14-15 and Beyond (Starts July 1, 2014)

  • Full-time doctors will be sent a check for $1000 in CME money every July, starting July 2014.
  • Part-time doctors will be sent a pro-rated check for their portion of the CME money (FTE multiplied by $1000) every July, starting July 2014.

While submitting receipts will not be required, doctors must save receipts and be able to provide them in the case of an audit.

UAPD believes the new process will result in a much greater portion of our membership being able to claim CME funds.