Guess What’s Coming This Week???

That’s right — it’s the start of the NBA season! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Also, CMEpalooza is on Wednesday. Woo.

As an additional reminder, we are actively seeking out audience questions in advance for our RFP SOS session. If you have any questions about the RFP process and why is works the way is does, now is your chance. Just go here and submit your question in the provided form. Thanks to all of you who have already sent in your questions!

Submit Your RFP Questions Now!

Do you have a burning question for the panelists of our RFP SOS session? If you do (or even if you don’t and just have something you’re mildly curious about), please submit it in the form below and Angelo, Maria, Ann Marie, and Jill will do their best to address it next Wednesday.

Maybe you are wondering why some companies put out public Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and some don’t. Maybe you are wondering who all has input in writing supporter RFPs. Maybe you want to know if you really, really, need to follow the RFP guidance on font, word count, etc. The possibilities are endless (not really – there is probably a limit somewhere).

(Side note: the last time Angelo moderated a CMEpalooza session, someone submitted a question to ask if he was married. Let’s just address that one now: Yes, he’s married. Am I annoyed that no one has every sent in a question to ask if I was married? I mean, no, but…maybe a little)

 

Back and Better Than Ever: It’s CMEpalooza Haiku

palooza haiku
like the hawk and rock & roll
it will never die

coming in one week
CMEpalooza Fall
take the whole day off

9 AM ET – CME and MACRA: The Impact for Providers

no one understands
anything about MACRA
except these two guys

10 AM ET – RFP SOS

help us angelo
we have rfp questions
you’re our only hope

11 AM ET – Common/Not-So-Common Case Conundrums in CME

what’s old is now new
like this conundrum rerun
and magnum p.i.

1 PM ET – Accreditation Potpourri

it’s a potpourri
of accreditation spice
that doesn’t make scents

2 PM ET – Trust the Process (and the Terms We Use to Describe It): A Standardized Outcomes Taxonomy

’tis a noble goal
hinkie-fied outcomes standards
do you t.t.p.?

3 PM ET – What I Hate About You (aka The Gripe Session)

what I hate ’bout you
you reply all on listservs
man that drives me nuts

4 PM ET – CME 101

new to cme?
here’s a session just for you
(not literally)

Top 5 Reasons You Should Watch CMEpalooza Fall

5. You don’t need to travel anywhere to watch. Unless you are the type of person who loves waking up early, fighting traffic to the airport, parking, waiting in the security line, taking off your belt and shoes, putting your belt and shoes back on, sitting in an uncomfortable seat while trying to get work done using the airport’s spotty Wifi, buying an overpriced coffee at the airport coffee shop, shouldering through the crowd of people gathered around the entrance gate even though their zone hasn’t been called yet, sitting in an uncomfortable seat while trying to get work done using the airplane’s spotty Wifi, bonking your head on the airplane ceiling when you stand up to de-plane (that might just be me), waiting for a taxi/Uber/Lyft to take you to your hotel, checking in at the hotel, registering at the conference, and finally sitting down at a round table with ice water and those weird fruity candies — not needing to travel is a nice perk.

4. It’s a good excuse to binge-watch Season 7 of Game of Thrones. This goes along with reason #5 — if you don’t need to travel anywhere, then you can tell your boss you are going to stay at home to watch CMEpalooza Fall and not have to deal with constant distractions, like Larry from accounting always stopping by your office to tell you about his Fantasy Football team (nobody cares, Larry!) And while I would never encourage anyone to do this, since all of the CMEpalooza Fall sessions are recorded and immediately archived, you theoretically could spend the day watching all of season 7 of Game of Thrones in order to catch up before season 8 begins, and then watch the archived versions of the palooza sessions later on. I’m not saying you should do this, just that you could do this. If you wanted to. (Side note: my wife would like to recommend everyone binge-watch Outlander instead, which she claims is just as good as Game of Thrones. My counter to this is: does Outlander have dragons? No. Does it have zombies? No. Does it have zombie dragons? No. Then it’s not as good as Game of Thrones. Point for me.)

3. Scott might do something nuts. Tap dance routine? Tuvan throat singing? New tattoo reveal? You never know with that guy. Tune in to find out!

2. Have you seen the agenda? Seriously, have you? It’s quite good.

1. It’s free. Always has been and always will be. I mean, if you want to pay us a registration fee just out of habit, that’s fine, we’ll take it. I’m not actually sure how we would do that, but we could figure it out. Maybe bitcoin or something? On second thought, forget it. Please don’t pay us a registration fee even if you want to. It will just lead to more emails back and forth between Scott and me arguing about how to set up a Venmo account on the website and I’ll end up saying something about trusting the process and Scott will throw out a reference to some obscure 80’s sitcom I’ve never heard of and we already spend way too much time doing this and don’t need an excuse to do it more. So, back to my original point: CMEpalooza is free!

Do You Know Who Won the Super Bowl?

This past weekend, I spent my Saturday morning watering the plants in the backyard and listening to podcasts.

(A brief digression, if I may. When I think of great opening lines in literature, some of the first that come to mind are from Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities [“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”], Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow [“A screaming comes across the sky.”], and King’s The Gunslinger [“The man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.”] Unlikely to be included in that group in the future is “This past weekend, I spent my Saturday morning watering the plants in the backyard and listening to podcasts.” Maybe next time!) (Note from Scott: Someone needs to be reminded what the word “brief” means)

The host of the podcast was moaning about fans of the Philadelphia Eagles (who won the Super Bowl in February, in case you hadn’t heard) and their penchant for never missing an opportunity to remind you that they won the Super Bowl this year (touché). I admit to chuckling a bit over his laments and then mumbling to myself that the same can probably be said about fans of any team who have just won a championship of some sort. Then I went inside to make myself an iced coffee and noticed the following on the back of the bag of coffee beans:

For those who may not know, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in the Super Bowl. Also, Tom Brady dropped the football. Perhaps the podcast host was on to something.

Now you may be asking yourself, what does this have to do with CMEpalooza? Well, I will tell you, but first please watch this very important video clip.

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CMEPALOOZA I JUST WANTED TO RUB IT IN ONE MORE TIME BEFORE THE SEASON STARTS THURSDAY HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Also, I updated the CMEpalooza archive with all of the Spring 2018 sessions. We now have over 80 archived sessions, so head on over and take a look. And please share with anyone you think might would benefit from these FREE sessions.

Go Birds!

We Need to Have a Chat About CMEpalooza — Part II

Hey gang! Derek here. I wanted to have a little chat with all of you about CMEpalooza (Again. I originally posted this in 2017, but some people never learn). Not the actual Fall event, mind you. Until we have the agenda totally set (we’re almost there), we don’t have much more to tell you about it. No, I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend lately, and I wanted to bring it to a quick end. I’m here to talk to you about the word “CMEpalooza.”

Here’s the thing — it’s”CMEpalooza.” It’s not “CMEPalooza” or “CMEPALOOZA” or…(ugh)…”CME palooza.” It’s one word with the first three letters capitalized. It’s a mash up of “CME” and “palooza.” It’s a palooza of CME. It’s CMEpalooza.

In one of the first emails Scott sent me when we first started working on CMEpalooza together, he referred to it as “CMEPalooza.” I responded to him with a threat of fisticuffs if he ever spelled it that way again. It’s one of the few arguments I’ve ever won with him. To be fair, most of our arguments rarely extend beyond this exchange:

Me: Hey, should we try this?
Scott: No.
Me: Why not?
Scott: Because it’s dumb.
Me: Good point.

So, winning this argument was no great feat. Still, I even had “CMEpalooza” t-shirts made. See?

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What I’m trying to-…wait a minute. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? That’s right — CMEPALOOZA T-SHIRT CANNON AT THE NEXT ALLIANCE CONFERENCE!!! I can see it now. The first day’s keynote speaker finishes up and we’re just about ready to break for the first round of plenary sessions, when all of a sudden a loud siren begins to sound, I run onto the stage with a massive t-shirt cannon while Scott grabs the microphone and yells out “WHOOOOOOOOO WANTS A T-SHIRT?!?” The crowd goes wild as  Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It”  blares overhead and I begin firing t-shirts left and right. Man, that would be great.

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Where was I? Oh, right — just remember: If you’re writing it out, it’s “CMEpalooza.” All one word, no capital “P.” Now, does anyone know where I can rent a t-shirt cannon for cheap?

CMEpalooza…Soon We’ll Be Making Another Run

Yes, we are still having CMEpalooza Fall (October 17, if you don’t already have it written in red Sharpie on your calendar) and yes, we will have an agenda for it soon…ish. We’re working on it, I promise. I made this handy little infographic to help explain why it sometimes takes us a while to get moving. [Side note: Our friends at infograph-ed have little to fear from my infographic creation skills.]

CMEpalooza Fall 2018: Come aboard…we’re expecting you! (Note from Scott: I’m Isaac, Derek is Gopher [Note from Derek: this is an outrage! Clearly, I am Doc.])

Where Do I Watch CMEpalooza Spring?

Where do I watch CMEpalooza Spring?
You watch it on the LIVE page.

Will people be able to hear me on the Hangout?
No. You are not on the Hangout. You are only watching a video feed of the Hangout. You can play the video of the Walmart kid yodeling at top volume and no one will hear you except your neighbors, who might call the police, who might interrupt you while watching CMEpalooza. So, don’t play the video of the Walmart kid yodeling at top volume while watching CMEpalooza.

Can I watch CMEpalooza Spring at the office?
Yes.

Can I watch CMEpalooza Spring at home?
Yes.

Can I watch CMEpalooza Spring in a conference room with 150 other people?
Please do.

Can I watch CMEpalooza Spring while at a Boston Celtics playoff game? 
Can you? Yes. May you? No.

Can I watch CMEpalooza Spring with Miss Piggy?
I don’t know. Let’s ask her.

I guess not.

Do I have to pre-register or register?
Nope.

Do I have to pay anything to watch CMEpalooza Spring? I love paying registration fees.

No. You don’t have to pay anything to watch CMEpalooza.

Do I have to take a survey afterward?
Well, you don’t have to, but it would be nice if you did. It’s only seven questions and shouldn’t take you more than 60 seconds. If it takes you more than 60 seconds, Scott will come to your house and re-enact this famous John Cusack scene from Say Anything while singing “In Your Eyes” at the top of his lungs.

Can I get a certificate for watching CMEpalooza Spring?
Actually, yes. Well, kind of. We’re not accredited or certified or anything like that, and we have no way of verifying whether you actually watched any of these sessions or not. But if you want a certificate of completion that you can use to self-report participation in CMEpalooza Spring 2018, here you go. I’ll also post it on the LIVE page tomorrow.

How do I ask questions to the presenters?
Good question. There are three ways you can ask questions:

  1. Send a text to the CMEpalooza text line at 267-666-0CME (0263)
  2. Tweet a question using the #CMEpalooza hashtag
  3. Click on the Google Slides link on the LIVE page and enter your question there

We always get to as many questions as we can throughout each presentation.

Do I have to watch all the sessions?
YES! No. Watch what interests you.

How many days is CMEpalooza?
It is two days. It was two days at the beginning, then it was one day for quite a while, and now it is two days again. Will it stay like this forever? Who knows. Maybe. Maybe not. We’ll see. As the great philosopher Ted “Theodore” Logan once said, “All we are is dust in the wind, dude.”

What if I’m busy during the day of the live broadcast?
All the sessions will be archived on the website, probably within 15 minutes of the conclusion of the session. How are we able to do it so fast? We have a new intern who is a real crackerjack on the interwebs. Here he is hard at work, writing our latest blog post.