2017 Annual Meeting and Courses, February 8-12, 2017, 2016 Phoenix, Arizona


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In accordance with the ACCME's Updated Standards for Commercial Support, the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society requires that anyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity discloses all financial relationships with any commercial interest (defined below). Relationships with governmental agencies (e.g., the NIH) and organizations that do not make or own FDA-regulated drugs or devices do not have to be disclosed. If an individual has received honoraria (or fee-for-service) or consulting funds from a CME provider, even though those funds may have been provided through an educational grant from a commercial interest, they do not have to disclose those honoraria or fees.

Should it be determined that a conflict of interest exists as a result of a financial relationship, individuals will be contacted and methods to resolve the conflict will be discussed.

Failure to provide disclosure information in a timely manner, refusal to disclose a conflict, or the inability to resolve an identified conflict will result in disqualification from this activity, at the discretion of the ACNS CME Committee.

A Financial Relationship is a relationship 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 on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

A Commercial Interest is any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients, with the exception of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.

Relevant Financial Relationships: ACCME focuses 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 CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines "'relevant' financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months.

Conflict of Interest Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.


Speaker Compensation has been determined by ACNS policy as follows for the Annual Courses. Course Directors are responsible for ensuring that the agenda they have proposed adheres to the following policies:

  • Honoraria
    • Honorarium will be based on a flat rate of $450 per hour. This amount will be divided among speakers according to length of presentation.
    • Policy requires that Course Directors limit the number of speakers to No more than one (1) speaker per 30 minutes. If too many speakers are proposed, Course Director(s) must either:
      • Indicate which speakers are to receive honoraria
      • Agree to total honoraria for session to be divided equally among all speakers
    • There is no separate honorarium for Course Directors or Co-Directors. Directors are paid an honorarium only if they are speaking in the course, per the policy above.
    • The Course Committee Chair must review and may approve each course’s speakers within the overall honoraria budget.
    • The ACNS Executive Committee must approve all honoraria requests outside the established budget.
    • Example: A session lasting a total of two hours with three presentations, one lasting one hour and two lasting 30 minutes each would receive the following:
      $900 total honorarium for the session
      Speaker 1 (one hour presentation): $450
      Speaker 2 (30 minute presentation): $225
      Speaker 3 (30 minute presentation): $225
  • Travel & Housing
    Travel and housing expenses will not be reimbursed and will be the responsibility of the speaker. Exceptions must be approved by both the Program and Executive Committees.
  • Registration
    Annual Course speakers will receive complimentary registration, which includes the option to claim CME credit for the course in which they are presenting. Speakers must register and pay for any additional courses and the Annual Meeting if they choose to attend.