Ascension Providence Hospital Joint Sponsorships

The MSMS defines joint sponsorship as the sponsorship of a CME activity by one accredited and one nonaccredited organization. Therefore, MSMS accredited providers that plan and present one or more activities with non-MSMS accredited providers are engaging in “joint sponsorship.” Please note: the MSMS does not intend to imply that a joint sponsorship relationship is an actual legal partnership. Therefore, the MSMS does not include the words partnership or partners in its definition of joint sponsorship or description of joint sponsorship requirements.


The accredited provider must take responsibility for a CME activity when it is presented in cooperation with a nonaccredited organization and must use the appropriate accreditation statement.


Informing Learners

The accredited provider must inform the learner of the joint sponsorship relationship through the use of the appropriate accreditation statement. All printed materials for jointly sponsored activities must carry the appropriate accreditation statement.


Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies for the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) through the joint providership of Ascension Providence Hospital and (name of non-accredited provider). The Ascension Providence Hospital is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Ascension Providence Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of [number of credits] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



The MSMS maintains no policy that requires or precludes accredited providers from charging a joint sponsorship fee.


Compliance and Noncompliance Issues

The MSMS expects all CME activities to be in compliance with the accreditation requirements. In cases of joint sponsorship, it is the MSMS accredited provider’s responsibility to be able to demonstrate through written documentation this compliance to the MSMS. Materials submitted that demonstrate compliance may be from either the MSMS accredited provider’s files or those of the nonaccredited provider.


Note that if a jointly sponsored activity is found to be in Noncompliance with MSMS’s content validation policies or policies for disclosure and commercial support, the accredited provider in the relationship may be asked to provide one or more monitoring progress reports related to the issue. Similarly, special requirements exist for accredited providers that jointly sponsor activities with nonaccredited organizations that have a history of joint-sponsoring activities that do not comply with MSMS’s content validation policies or policies for disclosure and commercial support. See Maintaining Compliance: MSMS Monitoring for additional information.


Providers on Probation

If a provider is placed on Probation, it may not jointly sponsor CME activities with nonaccredited providers, with the exception of those activities that were contracted prior to the Probation decision. A provider that is placed on Probation must inform the MSMS of all existing joint sponsorship relationships, and must notify its current contracted joint sponsors of its probationary status.