Ensuring Balance in CME Presentations

Presentations must be free of both real and perceived bias. To avoid bias:

  • Do not use corporate names and logos on slides or handouts
  • Use generic names whenever possible
  • Discuss all reasonable clinical alternatives when making practice recommendations
  • Ensure that all practice recommendations are supported by the best available evidence, and/or are consistent with generally accepted medical practice
  • Use scientific research that conforms to the standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis

Avoiding HIPAA Violations

Protected Health Information (PHI) is covered by HIPAA and should be avoided in educational materials and correspondence. For information about HIPAA,  see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/coveredentities/usesanddisclosuresfortpo.html

  • Patient information should only be shared or discussed when required to do your job.
  • De-identify patient images or materials unless prior written consent is obtained from the patient or parent (for children).
  • Remove PHI from all PowerPoint presentations.
  • When copying graphs and charts from Excel, do the following:
    1. Select the item to be copied
    2. Right click and select copy
    3. Go to the presentation
    4. From the toolbar, select Paste Special
    5. Select picture (gif or jpg)
  • Never send PHI to non-kp.org email addresses
  • For Kaiser Permanente's policy on confidentiality, Privacy, and Security, see https://wiki.kp.org/wiki/display/por/2.+Respect+Confidentiality%2C+Privacy%2C+and+Security

PowerPoint Presentation Tips

  • Use a template
  • 5-6 lines per slide
  • 5-6 words per line
  • 32 pt minimum for main points
  • Use upper and lower case - all caps is harder to read
  • Do not use copyrighted pictures or photos without permission
  • For more information about copyright, see: http://www.copyright.com