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Making an Impact: The Implications of Optimizing Heart Failure Care and Delivering Value-based Care

Industry Webcast Sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Not for CME/CE Credit

A disease state educational presentation reviewing the epidemiology and clinical course of heart failure, including the identification of signs and symptoms of worsening heart failure. The presentation discusses management of heart failure care surrounding hospitalization, and the interplay between optimizing heart failure care and quality and performance measures. Dr. Desai shares some practical insights to optimizing heart failure management and delivering value-based care.


Acute Exacerbations: Predictors of Poor Outcomes in COPD

Industry Webcast Sponsored by AstraZeneca; Not for CME/CE Credit

This program will examine the risk factors associated with COPD exacerbations and the potential impacts of acute exacerbations on patient health, quality of life, and mortality. An understanding of COPD exacerbations and the range of consequences highlights opportunities to optimize COPD management earlier in the course of disease.


SABA Reliance in Asthma: Revisiting the Window of Opportunity

Industry Webcast Sponsored by AstraZeneca; Not for CME/CE Credit

Short-acting B2-agonists (SABA) have been the mainstay of rescue therapy in asthma, regardless of disease severity. However, we must ask ourselves: at what point does SABA use indicate poor asthma control, and can we do more to prevent exacerbations and oral corticosteroid exposure? This program will examine the relationship between SABA reliance, disease control, and patient behavior and review real world evidence updates to highlight a window of opportunity to prevent exacerbations.


1 CME CREDIT

Falls are a major cause of morbidity and serious health issues in older adults that can have devastating outcomes. Using real-world cases and audience participation, this lecture will discuss a hands-on approach to identifying fall risks, preventing falls, assessing patients post-fall, and treating older adults. Office-based balance and gait assessments that can be conducted in small spaces will be demonstrated. Evidence will be presented about updated recommendations on fall treatments, including simple recommendations to multi-level interventions that improve the care of older adults. Advice on selecting the right durable medical equipment (e.g., canes, walkers, rollators, wheelchairs, and scooters) and measuring for the correct size equipment will be provided. Very few people outlive their canes so many older adult patients use hand-me-downs, resulting in poor posture, gait instability, and additional falls. After attending this lecture, you will understand how to best care for your older adult patients who are prone to fall. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 8, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


1 CME CREDIT

In this session, you will receive the most important cardiology updates from 2018-2019, including trial evidence for dietary supplements in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and new information about the blood cholesterol guidelines. The session will also provide advice on how to differentiate between opportunistic and systematic screening for atrial fibrillation as well as identify ways to conduct this screening in practice. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 8th 2020 and they are subject to change as new information is published.


0.75 CME CREDIT

This talk on deep vein thrombosis (DVT) will review common clinical presentations, diagnostic workup, indications for imaging, and therapeutic options. The consequences of DVT, such as pulmonary embolism and stroke (in patients with patent foramen ovale), can be dire, and the faculty will provide strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality. You will dive into a detailed lesson on the medical therapy for DVT, which includes anticoagulation strategies using warfarin or the novel factor Xa inhibitors. After this session, you will know when to refer for more advanced invasive therapies and have insight into management of special populations. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 9th, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


1 CME CREDIT

This interactive session will review common questions that come up in primary care through a wheel game format. Faculty will cover a variety of topics including obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid disease, LGBTQ health, dizziness, adolescent health, as well as current hot topics in medicine. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 2/8/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


1 CME CREDIT

In this session, the speaker will discuss some challenging diagnostic cases that primary care practitioners may face in their practice. These cases will feature interpretation of laboratory and imaging studies as well as encounters with rare diseases and conditions. You will learn which aspects of the history and physical exam are most useful to establish certain diagnoses, increase your awareness of certain uncommon but “can’t miss” diagnoses, and become familiar with clinical decision aids that improve diagnostic accuracy for certain common diagnoses. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 8th, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


1 CME CREDIT

Faculty will review the prior data regarding antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapy. He will also present highlights from the recent late breaking clinical trial presentations from the European Society of Cardiology.


1 CME CREDIT

Microaggressions are everyday occurrences that impact an individual’s sense of well-being. They occur because of implicit bias and can have an effect on our relationships with our patients, colleagues, and on our own sense of well-being. Repetitive exposure can also have an impact on the individual. The faculty will use examples to discuss the concept of microaggression, including definitions and terminology. From this talk, you will receive strategies for managing occurrences in the moment and frameworks for recognizing and reducing implicit bias.


0.75 CME CREDIT

This lecture will focus on the problem of chronic pain, its burden on the patient, and the societal consequences that result from mismanagement. The faculty will present strategies for pharmacologic (opioid and non-opioid) and nonpharmacologic management of chronic pain and the evidence behind them. With improved insight into controlling and managing opioid therapy as well as medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, you can help protect your patients from the opioid epidemic. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 8, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.