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Improving Outcomes of Patients with Heart Failure: Implementation of Guideline-Directed Medical Therapy and Effective Transitions of Care


Release date: August 18, 2017
Expiration date: August 18, 2018
Estimated time to complete activity: 1.0 hour(s)

Faculty
Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH
Department of Internal Medicine
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, Texas
Principal Faculty
Texas A & M University Health Sciences Center
Bryan, Texas
 
Program Overview
 
Heart failure (HF) is a complex progressive clinical condition that represents the end-stage of a range of cardiac diseases. It is associated with impaired physical functioning and vitality, decreased health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and mortality rates of nearly 50% within 5 years of diagnosis. Approximately 5.7 million US adults are affected by HF. The lifetime risk for developing HF among Americans ≥40 years of age has been estimated to be on the order of 20%. Because the incidence of HF increases with age, it is expected that the current epidemic will worsen over time given that 1 in 5 Americans will be >65 years of age by the year 2050. In addition to imposing a significant burden on affected individuals, HF also exerts a significant economic impact on the healthcare system. 
 
Hospital Medicine Summit (HMS) is an innovative, multi-topic educational initiative designed specifically for hospital-based healthcare providers (hospitalists, internal medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and nurses). With significant changes occurring in the healthcare system, there is an increased demand on hospital-based healthcare providers to provide care that impacts patients not only in the acute setting, but as they transition back into the community and are managed in the chronic-care healthcare system. 
 
Target Audience
 
This educational initiative has been designed for hospital-based healthcare providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and pharmacists. 
 
Learning Objectives
 
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Outline an approach to the diagnosis and evaluation of patients with HF that is consistent with evidence-based guidelines
  • Identify the mechanisms of action of new pharmacologic therapies for the treatment of heart failure with ejection fraction and describe the clinical evidence regarding their efficacy and safety
  • Implement guideline-directed medical therapy for patients with HF
  • Describe effective strategies for improving transitional care to achieve guideline-directed medical therapy and prevent future hospitalization of patients with HF
Directions to Learner
 
There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity. During the period of August 18, 2017 through  August 18, 2018,
participants must:
  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form
A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.
 
Media
 
Internet
 
Accreditation Statement
 
Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
 
Global Education Group is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
 
Credit Designation
 
Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Global Education Group designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour(s) (0.1CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number: 0530-9999-17-163-H01-P). This is a knowledge based activity.
 
This educational activity for 1.0 contact hours is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Designated for 0.5 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.
 
Contact Information

For information about ACCME accreditation of this activity, please contact Integrity Continuing Education at (855) 835-4004 or  hms@integrityce.com.

For information about ACPE or ANCC accreditation of this activity, please contact Global at (303) 395-1782 or cme@globaleducationgroup.com.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
 
Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. and Global Education Group require instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education and Global Education Group for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. Integrity Continuing Education and Global Education Group are committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities and related materials that promote improvement or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest or a commercial interest.
 
The following faculty/planners reported their financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
 
Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.
 
The following planners and managers, Andrea Funk, Lindsay Borvansy, Liddy Knight, Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN, and Patima Tanapat, PhD, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.
 
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
 
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Integrity Continuing Education, Global Education Group, and Novartis, do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
 
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Integrity Continuing Education, Global Education Group, and Novartis. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
 
Privacy Policy
 
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Minimum System Requirements
 
Windows 98, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, and 7
Internet Explorer 6/7
Firefox 2
Mozilla 1.7 or higher
Netscape 8.1 or higher
Flash Player 10
Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4
Safari 1.3 (Mac OS 10.3)
Safari 2.0 or higher (Mac OS 10.4)
Firefox 2
Flash Player 10
Use of Internet Explorer browser is not recommended.
Click here for more information on minimum system requirements.
 
Disclaimer
 
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition.
 
Provider Statement
 
 
This CME activity is provided by Integrity Continuing Education.
 
 
This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Integrity Continuing Education.
 
Supporter Acknowledgement
 
Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Fee

$0.00

CE Credits

1.00

Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Hospital-based healthcare providers

Accreditation(s)

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Ed.
Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Support/Credits

 

 

 

 

Activity Number

i684c

Release Date: Aug 18, 2017
Credit Expiration Date: Aug 18, 2018

CE Credits

1.00