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2017 The Opioid Epidemic: Tools for Solutions

Price: $30

Healthcare providers who encounter patients seeking prescription medications or routinely provide care to manage pain need to be able to recognize signs of addiction and identify manipulative patient behaviors, and know appropriate options to assist with managing these patients.

2017 Lipid Update: The New Cholesterol Guidelines

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Clinicians continue to be uncertain regarding which patients benefit most from lipid-lowering therapy. Based on evidence from clinical trials, the most recent 2013 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol identified four groups that would benefit from statin-based therapy.

2017 Interactive Case Studies in Dermatology

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will guide the learner through actual dermatological cases related to hair loss, itching, and benign skin neoplasms. Initial history and clinical images will be shown, along with a differential diagnosis, diagnostic plan, and therapeutic strategy.

2017 See ME Differently

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

Although a great way to get away and discover what’s new, CME activities rarely address the specific needs of healthcare providers. Healthcare providers who continuously examine their practice/departments for deficiencies, identify areas for improvement, and then share these needs with their associations can together develop educational activities that solve problems.

2017 Benign Skin Tumors: Diagnosis and Management Made Simple

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Benign skin tumors arise from epidermis and related adnexal structures (such as hair follicles and sebaceous glands), from mesenchymal connective tissue and dermal structures (nerves, muscles, and blood vessels), as well as from subcutaneous tissue (adipocytes-fat cells). Benign skin tumors may be seen at all ages, but are particularly common in association with the aging process.

2017 An Update on Heart Failure: Focus on the New FDA-Approved Drugs in 2016

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Heart failure is one of the leading causes of hospitalization in those over 65 years of age and for rehospitalization within 30 days postdischarge. Although the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is as evidence-based as any in the field of cardiology, clinicians continue to fail to use these strategies to keep patients from hospitalization and cardiovascular death.

2017 “I’m Losing My Hair!” Alopecia and What to Do About It

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Hair loss is a common patient complaint. In order to correctly diagnose alopecia, it is important to first classify it into one of two categories: scarring (cicatricial) or non-scarring. Scarring alopecia may be due to deleterious hair care patterns. Scarring alopecia can also be due to inflammatory disorders (such as discoid lupus erythematosus and lichen planus) or to rare ethnic scalp diseases.

2017 Medical Evaluation and Management of Osteoporosis

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will outline the basic evaluation for patients with osteoporosis and reasons to conduct a more thorough search for secondary causes. The speaker will review indications for treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis and briefly touch upon osteoporosis in men and premenopausal women.

2017 Primer on Liver Function Tests: A Guide for Primary Care Providers

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The assessment of elevated liver function tests (LFTs) is often a confusing topic. This activity will review some commonly encountered causes of elevated liver function tests including fatty liver disease, biliary track disease, and hepatitis C. This will be done using cases that highlight what a primary care provider needs to know.

2017 The Hypertension Landscape in 2016: SPRINTING To Update the Guidelines

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will highlight the improvements in blood pressure (BP) control rates, the definitions of white-coat and masked hypertension, importance of out-of-office BP measurement, the antihypertensive drugs indicated for first-line treatment for hypertension, the future goals for BP reduction based on the recent SPRINT trial, and an approach to resistant hypertension.

2017 The Itchy Patient: Why Patients Develop Pruritus

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Itching is a common complaint. In this activity, the speaker will briefly discuss the definition of itch and note phenomena which are associated with inhibition and itch sensitization. The most important way to approach itch is to first determine if a skin disorder ("rash") is present or absent. Itchy eruptions include xerosis, lichen planus, psoriasis, scabies and lice, insect bites, drug reaction, hives, granuloma annulare, tinea, and eczema. Newer drugs to combat these will be reviewed.

2017 Update on the Newer Diabetes Drugs: Wow Has the List Expanded

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The armamentarium of drugs for diabetes mellitus has expanded greatly in the past decade. In particular, incretin mimetics (especially the GLP-1 receptor agonists) and SGLT-2 inhibitors allow for A1c reduction without weight gain; exciting preliminary data also suggest potential for cardiovascular benefit with select agents in these classes.

2017 Cases in GI and Hepatic Disease

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

In this activity, the speaker will present several interactive case presentations highlighting gastrointestinal conditions commonly encountered in general practice.

2017 Celiac Disease: The Great Masquerader

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Celiac disease has been diagnosed in approximately 300,000 individuals in the United States. Due to the promotion of gluten-free products, millions of Americans are on a diet which will not be beneficial. In addition, many patients place themselves on a gluten-free diet and then ask us to diagnose whether they have sprue. This activity will provide a review of the common and uncommon clinical manifestations of celiac disease.

2017 Interpreting Abnormal Thyroid Function Tests and Understanding Indications for Treatment

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Interpretation of thyroid function tests has become increasingly challenging. Myriad factors, including illness, binding globulin abnormalities, and many commonly used drugs, can affect the measured levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroid hormones without causing actual thyroid dysfunction.

2017 Improving Quality of Life in Your Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Irritable bowel syndrome affects millions of Americans and can cause much stress to healthcare providers. In this activity, the speaker will review the various presentations of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and review several "pearls" that will make the care of IBS patients more effective.

2017 Prescribing Controlled Substances

Price: $20 | Credits: 2

Opioid abuse and misuse have reached epidemic proportions in the US. To address this, states and the federal government have published new guidelines for prescribing opioids for patients with chronic pain and have required physicians to receive instruction in prescribing opioids. This activity will summarize the US opioid epidemic and review recent guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Tennessee Department of Health. It will then offer advice on the use of adjuvant non-opioid medications for the management of chronic pain.

2017 Cultural Competency: Making Patients Safer Through Understanding

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The gaps in provider knowledge, competence, and performance that underlie this course are supported by the literature regarding low patient literacy and lack of culturally competent healthcare.

2017 The Pharmacologic Management of Mood Disorders

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

There is much pressure on primary care clinicians to treat all mood disorders. In addition, there are many products and treatments which practitioners are asked to choose among without clear distinctions.

2017 Diagnosing Mood Disorders: Why Do We Still Get It Wrong?

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Mood disorders are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed leading to many years of no care or the wrong treatment. Improving clinicians' diagnostic acumen can lead to profound changes in the care of these illnesses.

2017 Integrating Mental Health Counseling into Primary Care

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Primary care providers are increasingly being challenged to identify and treat serious mental health issues. The simple answer to meet this demand is to refer; however, trying to navigate the maze of the behavioral healthcare system can be time-consuming and frustrating. Best efforts to coordinate care can still lead to feeling that primary and behavioral healthcare systems are them versus us.

2017 Inattention in Adults: Assessment and Treatment

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Primary care providers often meet with patients who report difficulty with attention and concentration. Although providers may know some initial questions to ask in follow-up to these complaints, it is important to have a diagnostic framework to evaluate these complaints.

2017 Avoiding Pitfalls of Inappropriate Prescribing: Understanding Addiction as a Brain Disease

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

An underlying contributing factor to the inappropriate use of controlled substances is the lack of proper education about addiction as a brain disease. This lecture will provide clarification about addiction and guidance on recognition, diagnosis, management, and treatment.

2017 Cases from the Beeper: Great Questions and Teachable Moments from the World of Infectious Diseases

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Healthcare providers are becoming more involved than ever in managing complicated infectious diseases, medical experts say. Contributing to that change is the fact that there are too few infectious disease specialists to meet the nation's demand, particularly in rural areas.

2017 Hot Topics in the Hot Tropics: Cases in Travel Medicine

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

In this activity, a case-based format will emphasize the approach to pre-travel consultation and develop an organized approach to vaccines, malaria prevention, Zika virus concerns, and traveler’s diarrhea. Certain post-travel high-risk situations will be discussed.

2017 The RUC & Also MACRA, FYI

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Beginning in 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement a new two-track reimbursement system under which providers will be rewarded for delivering high-quality, cost-effective care and encouraged to shift toward alternative payment methodologies, referred to as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

2017 Consistency, Quality and Cost – Why Reducing Variability in Health Care Matters

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

During this activity, examples of care variation will be presented along with potential impacts on quality, cost, and patient safety.

2017 Health Literacy: Making Patients Safer Through Understanding

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The gaps in provider knowledge, competence, and performance that underlie this activity are supported by the literature regarding low patient literacy and lack of culturally competent healthcare. Both problems create barriers between providers and patients that can result in disparities, poor patient outcomes, and professional liability claims.

2017 Current Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening and Management of Abnormal Results

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

The guidelines for routine cervical cancer screening and management of abnormal results have changed significantly in the last few years which has resulted in some confusion for both medical providers and patients.

2017 New Drugs Update

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will provide new, updated, clinically relevant, and where available, evidence-based information of newly approved medications by the FDA as well as updated medications safety information from the FDA in addition to a review of the new information from the ACIP and CDC concerning immunizations.

2017 Recognizing and Managing Common Dermatological Conditions

Price: $10 | Credits: 1.25

Because skin lesions and disease are common complaints in everyday practice, and often the correct diagnosis can be elusive due to countless possibilities, common and uncommon but emergent skin disease should be recognizable.

2017 Choosing Wisely: Recommendations for Appropriate Labs and Testing in Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology Patients

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

This activity will review the five recommendations of the American College of Rheumatology regarding the appropriate use of laboratory and imaging studies and medication use and monitoring.

2016 High Risk Obstetrics: Obstetrical Emergencies-A Team Approach

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The goal of this lecture is to increase the comfort of women’s health providers in responding to obstetric emergencies using a team and algorithmic approach that has been shown to improve patient outcomes.

2016 Multidisciplinary Approach to Prenatal Diagnosis and Management of Fetal Abnormalities

Price: $10 | Credits: 1.25

The goal of this lecture is to improve referral patterns and multidisciplinary obstetric care for a mother with an anomalous fetus, such that she is armed with essential information in making important decisions for her complicated pregnancy. The physician will also gain comfort in the elements of evaluating and counseling a patient with an anomalous fetus.

2016 Treatment for Insomnia

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Evidence-based guidelines for the current management of insomnia, including medications and also non-medical treatments for insomnia, will be explored. Factors which predispose to and perpetuate insomnia which can be targeted for treatment will also be presented.

Sickle Cell Disease: An Interprofessional Approach to Clinical Care

Price: $50 | Credits: 7

Perhaps no other disease entity has generated as much discussion as sickle cell disease (SCD) in terms of multidisciplinary management. The role of primary care is essential, because SCD is truly a multisystem disease with many complications requiring both primary and specialty care.

2016 Prescribing Controlled Substances: Rules, Regulations and Risks

Price: $75 | Credits: 4

The goal of this activity is to increase the learner’s knowledge and competence for decision making associated with controlled substance prescribing.

2016 Sedative-Hypnotics: Their Use and Misuse

Price: $20 | Credits: .75

It is estimated that 80 percent of benzodiazepine abuse occurs within a pattern of polysubstance abuse, with the highest correlation occurring with concurrent addiction to opioids and alcohol.

2016 Collegiate Addiction: The Importance of Recovery Programs

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

The lecture planned will provide listeners with a greater awareness and understanding of prescription drug use among college students and the impact it has on Collegiate Recovery Communities.

2016 Addictive Disorders: Management Principles and MPHP Approach

Price: $20 | Credits: 1

The CDC has stated that the United States is in the midst of the worst drug epidemic in the history of our nation. An underlying contributing factor to the inappropriate use of controlled substances is the lack of proper education about addiction as a brain disease. This lecture helps to address this issue.

2016 Opioid Prescribing Pearls: How to Avoid Obvious Pitfalls; Use Appropriately

Price: $20 | Credits: 1.25

This is a new lecture incorporating the new guidelines just put out by the government on prescribing opioids. They will be incorporated into review of responsibilities, obligations, and management of prescribing controlled substances.

2016 Amphetamines: History, Use and Misuse, and Societal Influence

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

Amphetamines continue to find important therapeutic roles in the management of certain conditions. Their spectrum of use over the last several decades has been significantly shaped by societal perspectives and pharmaceutical marketing strategies.

2016 Timing……It’s Never Too Early for Advance Planning

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

The goals of this activity are to address specific solutions for providers to overcome barriers when speaking with patients and their families about advance planning for end of life decisions.

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