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BLUES SPONSOR CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR PHYSICIANS

 BLUES SPONSOR CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR PHYSICIANS
 DETROIT, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan will sponsor a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program to offer all Michigan physicians the opportunity to earn four credit hours toward American Medical Association (AMA) relicensure requirements.
 The first CME seminar, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan Metro Service Center Auditorium at 27000 W. 11 Mile Road in Southfield.
 What's unique about the CME program, said Donald G. Bearden, D.O., chairman of the CME advisory committee and assistant medical director at the Blues, is that it's the first time that such a concept has been implemented by a Blues plan.
 The Blues will present two seminars each year. Subsequent topics will be determined according to the scope of cases and diagnoses evaluated by precertification areas responsible for the approval of hospital admissions.
 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan has been approved for CME accreditation by the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS).
 The CME program is co-sponsored by the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOP&S).
 According to John J. Siller, M.D., CME program director and medical consultant supervisor for the Blues, the seminar will include information concerning physical examination, evaluation and radiologic diagnosis, as well as current surgical and nonsurgical treatment of low back pain. The seminar will be presented by physicians from Michigan State University, Henry Ford Hospital, Botsford Hospital and Wayne State University.
 The CME program, which is offered free of charge, is designed to provide physicians with a review of current medical topics in developing a keen awareness of inpatient vs. outpatient treatment considerations. The program also supports the corporation's commitment to broaden its medical and educational efforts within the community.
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 /CONTACT: Mauricia Head of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, 313-225-8117/ CO: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan ST: Michigan IN: HEA SU:


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