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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.

2016 Adult Immunization: Common Questions, Dilemmas, and What to Expect

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Adult vaccination rates are extremely low. Recommendation from their healthcare professional is the strongest predictor of whether patients get vaccinated. There are many missed opportunities because healthcare professionals are not routinely assessing vaccination status.

2016 Update in Pulmonary Hypertension

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease associated with a variety of medical conditions that cause pulmonary arteries in the lung to have arteriolar medial hypertrophy and have small vessel dropout.

The Clinical Epidemiology of Obesity: Lessons from the Baby Boomer Generation

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

The goal of this activity is to provide information so that healthcare providers will be knowledgeable best management approaches for improving obesity through lifestyle improvement in the baby boomer generation.

2016 Update in Interstitial Lung Disease

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a rare disease causing lung fibrosis with unique features. Two new drugs approved to treat IPF make early recognition, appropriate diagnosis, and management a skill required by primary care practitioners.

2016 Common Medications and Their Effects on Liver Function Tests: What to do

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Liver disease affects a large segment of society. It is often manifested by abnormal LFTs. It is however missed or misinterpreted by primary care physicians. This gap in practice will be bridged by discussing the patterns of liver enzyme elevations and how to approach it

2016 Sickle Cell Disease: Pathophysiologic Concepts and Expert Guidelines for Improved Patient Outcomes

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Sickle Cell Disease affects approximately 100,000 Americans, and occurs in about 1 out of every 500 African-American Births and 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births. People with SCD have less access to comprehensive team care than people with other genetic disorders.

2016 Medical Ethics and Physician-Patient Encounters

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will provide guidance for application of ethical principles in health care decision making and patient encounters, especially when there are several parties involved with conflicting perspectives.

2016 Sexually Transmitted Diseases – CDC Update

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

At conclusion of this activity, participants should be better prepared to: Identify opportunities to evaluate signs and symptoms suggestive to cervicitis; Describe benefits of in-patient treatment options for PID; Discuss laboratory test accuracy with patients.

2016 Hypertension Update

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Hypertension remains the most common cardiovascular risk factor in the United States (U.S.), affecting approximately one third of all adult Americans and two-thirds of adults aged 60 years or older.

2016 Disaster Planning and Response Strategies from the Pediatric Perspective

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Disasters that affect the population in general will typically affect at least some pediatric aged individuals since they comprise about 25% of the general population. However, some types of disaster events may create almost exclusively pediatric victims.

2016 Cyber Liability

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Nearly every day a major new cyber-attack makes headlines with millions of data records stolen. The health care industry is one of the hardest hit industries, with criminal cyber-attacks up 125% since 2010.

2016 Psychiatric Update

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Equip the practitioner to understand the background of vague, un-treatable patient complaints.

2016 The REMS Reality: Opioid Prescribing in the Future

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

The goal of this activity is to equip the learner with critical thinking skills concerning pain and suffering and identify the complexities of safe opioid prescribing. Time will be devoted to understanding the tension between under-treatment and harmful access of opioid medications in society.

2016 OB History: Important Clues

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

This information may be important for creating a patient specific care plan which may identify medical conditions in a more timely manner. This session will review the components of the obstetrical history which may predict the development of medical complications later in life.

2016 Outpatient Pneumonia

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Research has shown that wide variations in medical practice may occur between physicians in different geographic regions of the United States. The treatment of patients with CAP is no exception; analyses of hospital admission rates for CAP show marked variation from one region to another.

2016 New Developments in the Management of Resistant Hypertension

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Within the hypertension population, about 1 in 8 patients are currently uncontrolled and on 3 or more medications, one of which is a diuretic. These individuals with resistant hypertension are at high-risk for CV events and death.

2016 Female Sexual Dysfunction

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The average professional likely feels time constraints and knowledge deficits in discussing sexual dysfunctions, especially as treatment options are limited. The lecture will review common dysfunction with emphasis on basic interventions within the time constraints of a busy practice.

2016 Intimate Partner Violence

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Due to the large number of individuals affected by domestic violence, healthcare professionals are often likely to encounter patients who are victims, and must be able to recognize and accurately identify signs and symptoms.

2016 Hot Topics in the Hot Tropics: Travel Medicine

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

In 2014, more than 1 billion travelers worldwide crossed international borders, yet very few individuals seek pre-travel health advice. Further, post-travel associated medical concerns are becoming more complex requiring more medical knowledge and post-travel precautions.

2016 Cases in Infectious Disease

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Cases will highlight common presentations on a variety of ID topics.

2016 Update on Hepatitis C

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of liver related morbidity and mortality. There have been remarkable advances in the treatment of hepatitis C. Several classes of drugs including protease and polymerase inhibitors of viral replication form the mainstay of treatment.

2016 Lipid Update: The New Cholesterol Guidelines

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Clinicians continue to be uncertain on which patients most benefit from Lipid-lowering therapy. Based on evidence from clinical trials, the most recent 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol identified 4 groups that would benefit from statin-based therapy.

The Hypertension Landscape

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffer from hypertension, making it the nation’s #1 most common medical condition. Only 58% of patients diagnosed with hypertension are receiving adequate treatment, therefore, physicians have the opportunity to recognize barriers and institute improvements for better outcomes.

Heart Failure

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

The goal of this activity is to provide information to assist the primary care clinician to identify those at risk for heart failure and provide appropriate care for these patients once heart failure has developed to reduce the readmission rates for patients once discharged.

Marijuana Myths and Science 2015

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

The goal of this activity is to address regulatory, clinical, and communication issues facing healthcare professionals when discussing the medical use of marijuana with patients.

A System Based Approach to Managing Diabetic Foot Infection

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Practitioners may be unfamiliar with standard of care for treatment of diabetic foot infection and may approach the problem as individuals rather that part of a team. The goal of this activity is to demonstrate that by standardizing care with an EMR, patients will receive high quality, efficient care delivered by a coordinated team of health care providers.

Integrating Psychiatry in Primary Care: Telepsychiatry and Beyond

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The goal of this activity is to familiarize providers with telepsychiatry as a possible resource for improving access to behavioral healthcare, including exploring such issues as hardware, software, workflow and communication/technology requirements for effective telepsychiatric patient encounters.

Update on Prevention for Primary Care

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The goal of this activity is to improve practitioners’ understanding of the public health principles of prevention, and using current examples, apply the knowledge to specific groups of patients.

Fetal Origins of Adult Disease

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

The goal of this activity is to assist the healthcare professional to develop patient specific management schemes to reduce the risks from these disorders by early interventions. This session will identify newborn risk factors for the development of adult onset disease and describe the physiologic basis for these disorders.

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