Target Audience

This activity is of value to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and practice managers with an interest in managing the business side of healthcare.

Goals and Objectives

The primary care workforce across the United States has significantly aged. In Alabama alone, predictions forecast Alabama will require a 23% increase in primary care providers within the next 10 years to meet the demands of the growing and aging population. The decline in primary care providers available and the lack of access to healthcare in rural areas creates a challenge. Overcoming the provider and access shortage can be accomplished through implementing interprofessional teams, philanthropic partnerships and academic-practice partnerships. The goal of this activity is to introduce the concepts needed to help a clinician become proactive in improving rural health and identify ways to implement new partnerships. Upon completion of this activity, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Describe how interprofessional teams are improving health access and outcomes in rural health;
  • Discuss the importance of a philanthropic partnership in meeting the rural health care needs;
  • Formulate a plan to implement academic-practice partnerships to assist in developing and sustaining a healthcare workforce for rural areas. 

Course Information

CME Release Date: November 12, 2019
Valid for credit through: November 12, 2020
Course type: Video
Estimated time of completion: 1 Hour

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this CME Journal Article for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Login in below to access the article in order to study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from [email protected] within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

The following individuals, unless otherwise notedhave no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Kala Blakely, DPN, CRNP, NP-C

Kala Blakely, DNP, CRNP, NP-C is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator for the Adult-Gero Primary Care NP specialty track at the UAB School of Nursing.  She has been an adult nurse practitioner since 2010. Dr. Blakely's faculty practice is in a NP led clinic outside of the metro Birmingham area. Her practice initiatives focus on providing women's health and primary care to those in rural Alabama. She desires to bring quality healthcare to those in underserved areas locally and globally. She is involved in ongoing AANP quality improvement initiatives at her rural clinic. Dr. Blakely serves as President of the UAB School of Nursing Alumni Board, a member of the Alabama Rural Health Association Board of Directors, and enjoys involvement in numerous other professional organizations.

Southern Medical Association Staff:
Randall Glick

Content Reviewers:
G. Waldon Garriss, MD, MS, MBA, MHA, FAAP, MACP
Steven Strode, MD, MEd, MPH

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