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Improving Quality of Care and Outcomes in Heart Failure

Improving Quality of Care and Outcomes in Heart Failure

Format

Webcast

Time to Complete

1 hour

Released

July 8, 2019

Expires

July 8, 2020
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Maximum Credits

1.00 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1.00 / CNE Contact Hour (1.00 pharmacotherapeutic contact hour)

Accredited Provider

This enduring activity is jointly provided by Talem MedEd and Boston University School of Medicine.

Commercial Supporter

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Program Description

Heart failure is an increasingly common condition resulting in high rates of morbidity and mortality, in addition to marked health care costs. Despite the availability of multiple guideline-recommended therapies for patients with chronic heart failure, outcomes remain suboptimal and hospitalization rates are high. Guideline-directed medical therapy is linked to better clinical outcomes, including decreased mortality and hospitalization rates; however, uptake and optimization of heart failure pharmacotherapies is poor overall. As most patients with heart failure will present in general practice, the role of the primary care clinician as the gatekeeper of disease management is crucial. This CME/CE program will provide targeted education on heart failure treatment for primary care clinicians that includes evidence-based approaches to promote early treatment of heart failure, optimization of pharmacotherapy, and effective transitions of care to prevent rehospitalization and disease progression in the outpatient setting.

Intended Audience

This activity is designed specifically for primary care clinicians, registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and other members of the health care team.

Educational Objectives

After completing the activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Evaluate the key factors associated with hospital readmissions for heart failure
  • Apply knowledge of the latest guidelines and clinical evidence in the treatment of patients with heart failure
  • Discuss best practice strategies to improve the quality of care for patients with heart failure

Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Policy

Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals, and their spouses/partners, involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activities to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants prior to the start of the educational activity. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve all conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices is being discussed.

Faculty

Akshay S. Desai, MD, MPH (Program Chair)
Associate Professor
Harvard Medical School
Director, Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Dr. Desai has disclosed the following relationships: consultant for Abbott/St. Jude Medical, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Boston Scientific, Corvidia Therapeutics, DalCor Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron, Relypsa, Signature Medical and Zogenix; grant/research support from Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Thomas P. Meehan, MD, MPH (Moderator)
Executive Director, Connecticut Center for Primary Care
Vice President, Research and Medical Education
ProHealth Physicians, part of OptumCare
Farmington, CT

Dr. Meehan has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Evan S. Levine, MD (Panelist)
Cardiologist
ProHealth Physicians
Ridgefield, CT

Dr. Levine has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accredited Provider Disclosure

The following planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:

Diane Gauthier, MS, RNP-BC, CNE Course Advisor, Boston University School of Medicine
Michael D. Klein, MD, CME Course Director, Boston University School of Medicine
Joanna Krause, MPH, Program Manager, Boston University School of Medicine, CME/CNE
Carmela Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN, Lead Nurse Planner, Boston University School of Medicine, CME/CNE
Erica Rusie, PharmD, Scientific Director, Scientific Affairs, Talem Health, LLC

Credit

1.00

Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and Talem MedEd. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Boston University School of Medicine designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM .  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit

1.00

Type

CNE Contact Hour(s)

Accreditation Statement

This educational activity has been provided by Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine and jointly provided by Talem MedEd.

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Designation Statement

Contact Hours: 1.00 of which 1.00 is eligible for pharmacology credit

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

Faculty do not plan on discussing unlabeled/investigational uses of a commercial product.

Disclaimer

THIS CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES FOR QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. IN NO EVENT SHALL BOSTON UNIVERSITY OR TALEM HEALTH BE LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE. NO PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS BEING ESTABLISHED.

Copyright Notice Talem MedEd 2019

Instructions

To obtain credit, a score of 60% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this activity, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/Exam History, which you can access at any time.

For any CME or CNE accreditation questions, please email the BUSM CME office at cme@bu.edu.

BUSM CME complies with the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof to make reasonable accommodations for our educational activities. If any participant in this educational activity is in need of accommodations, please contact BUSM CME at 617-358-5005.

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