• PHLCVB Reveals Partnership with MPI

     
    POSTED July 24, 2015
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of PHLCVB

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau revealed it will support Meeting Professionals International’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate course, working as the title sponsor of the program for one year. 

Accredited by Saint Louis University, the program, provides participants with vital information on compliance regulations, laws and techniques for managing healthcare meetings.

The partnership is a first between a destination and an MPI-managed certificate program; it will begin on Aug. 1 at MPI’s World Education Congress in San Francisco.

“We are thrilled to partner with MPI on bringing this certificate program to meeting professionals across the globe. As a destination, investing in education for our meeting planning community is important to us, as it enables planners to come to the table with a nuanced understanding of the healthcare compliance landscape and their needs from a CVB and a facility perspective,” says Julie Coker Graham, executive vice president, PHLCVB. “The partnership also gives us great visibility as a city with a robust medical community, a vast array of institutions and attractions that help planners achieve the requirements for compliant meetings, and as one of the only CVBs with a division focused on life science business development.”

MPI holds HMCC sessions during industry conferences at Saint Louis University and through private groups for individual companies and organizations. The four-hour course was created for those in need of a more complex understanding of healthcare regulatory topics.

Information includes a broad range of topics from interaction between pharmaceutical manufacturers, physicians and medical meetings planners to transparency reporting. Those who finish receive a certificate and the HMCC Seal of Endorsement upon completion. It is valid for two years when they then will need to recertify.

“MPI is strongly committed to providing the best professional development offerings to our members and the broader meeting and event community,” says Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO, MPI. “Our HMCC programs provide an excellent foundation for the growing healthcare meeting sector, and we look forward to delivering more courses over the next 12 months thanks to support from the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.” 

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has announced that Karen Dougherty Buchholz is the new chair of its board of directors. Currently serving as the executive vice president of administration for Comcast Corporation, which is headquartered in Philadelphia, Buchholz succeeds longtime PHLCVB chair Nicholas DeBenedictis, chairman emeritus of Aqua America.

 

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