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The Doctors Manitoba Board has established the following compensation criteria for the CME Rebate Fund

Eligibility

A physician qualifies for a rebate only if the physician (or his/​her corporation), for the year being applied for if they

  • received income from Manitoba Health and paid for CME expenses, or
  • his/​her expenses were paid by a medical partnership/​private clinic/​university department to which he/​she belonged and the source of that payment was a fund created from the earnings of the physicians in that department, group, partnership etc.,

and

held full registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. (The program is not available to physicians who held a short-term license, or whose license status was NR or OR, or who were on the supplementary or education register, throughout the benefit year.)

Compensation from other contracts

Physicians who directly or indirectly receive CME compensation from a salaried or other alternate funded contract negotiated by Doctors Manitoba may also claim under this Doctors Manitoba program if they also earned income in Manitoba during the calendar year. However, the rebate payable through the fee-for-service Rebate Fund will be reduced by the amount received from those other income sources. (Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions.)

Third-Party compensation

Physicians who directly or indirectly receive CME compensation from a third party (e.g. pharmaceutical company, Arthritis Society, etc.) are also potentially eligible for a Doctors Manitoba rebate, but may claim only those eligible CME expenses that have not been or will not be compensated or otherwise covered by the third party.

Residents

Residents (trainees) who held a full registration and also earned some fee-for-service income during the calendar year may be eligible for a rebate, but only CME activities that are not part of the educational or examination processes leading to completion of the Residency program are eligible to be considered for a rebate from this Fund.

Calendar year exception

Generally, only those CME expenses that were paid between January 1 and December 31 of the calendar year being applied for are eligible for rebate. However, there is one exception to that rule: if you incur expenses for a conference over two program years (i.e. two calendar years), all expenses can be claimed in the earlier program year, provided the conference took place and had been paid for before the claim deadline date for the earlier program year. You may also choose to wait and claim all the expenses in the later program year. 

This does not apply to annual fees paid for periodic programs held over the course of two program years, e.g. The Foundation for Medical Practice Education or the University of Manitoba Continuing Medical Education Program. Such fees are to be claimed entirely in the year paid.

Maximum Rebate

The maximum claimable CME rebate for a calendar year is $3,800.

Prorated Rebate

Rebates are not subject to proration based on an income threshold. Doctors Manitoba will prorate rebates for the portion of the calendar year that the physician was in practice in Manitoba. 

For example, a physician who has worked for 6 months in Manitoba will be eligible to receive a $1,900 rebate (half of the maximum $3,800 rebate for 12 months). 

We will consider eligible CME expenses incurred during the calendar year in other locations, before the physician moved to Manitoba. 

Claimant

CME rebates are claimable only by the physician who personally undertook the CME.

Deadline

Physicians must submit a completed claim form, including supporting documentation and receipts, by the December 31 deadline. Claaims received after the deadline will be considered only if there are funds remaining. Any late claims that are processed will be charged a 10% penalty.

Evidence

Claimants are reminded that Doctors Manitoba is charged with the responsibility to account for all rebates made under this program. The Manitoba Health Fund Auditor requires specific forms of evidence in support of claims (see What You Can Claim”).

Other restrictions

Additional restrictions may apply in certain cases. Determination of eligibility is at the sole discretion of Doctors Manitoba. No rebate will be given when the amount payable is less than $25.00.

Deductions for unpaid dues

If Doctors Manitoba membership dues have not been paid by the physician (or through Manitoba Health or the physician’s employer), an amount equal to the current outstanding dues will be deducted from any disbursement to be made from the CME Rebate Fund to a physician

REBATES WILL BE MAILED AS CLAIM FORMS ARE PROCESSED. CHEQUES WILL BE ISSUED IN THE NAME OF THE CLAIMANT.

Last updated
March 15, 2021