NOVEMBER 2021 

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Utilizing Personalized Treatments and Addressing Health Disparities
November 30; 1–2 p.m. ET

This activity will discuss the emerging therapies for duchenne muscular dystrophy and the importance of incorporating a personalized interprofessional care plan, along with the role of health disparities and how it impacts access to care and outcomes for these individuals.
Live, Accredited Webcast

JANUARY 2022

2022 Optimal Care Grand Rounds Series: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
This live webcast will be held twice. Each webcast will present the same material.
January 26; 8–9:00 am ET or 10–11:00 am ET
This is the first of a multisession, accredited series and will provide primary care providers (PCPs) with actionable content that addresses evidence-based diagnosis and treatment approaches for many of the high-priority complex diseases frequently encountered in practice. This activity will discuss the prevalence, diagnosis and factors that contribute to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Best practices for the treatment of individuals with NAFLD will also be discussed.
Live, Accredited Webcast

FEBRUARY 2022

Across the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Spectrum: A Call to Action
This live webcast will be held twice. Each webcast will present the same material.
February 17; 3–4:00 p.m. ET or February 23; 4–5:00 p.m. ET

This activity will provide health care providers with increased awareness surrounding these issues so that communication with LGBTQ+ people is respectful and sensitive. It will review how patient-provider interactions can be more supportive of the individual’s needs, how to take a full history and perform an inclusive and affirming physical exam, and how health information can be thoughtfully documented to provide accurate information regarding health issues, screening recommendations and risk prevention.
Live, Accredited Webcast

MARCH 2022

Essentials of Oncology, Solid Organ and Blood/Marrow Transplant Management for the Health Care Team
March 14–15, 2022; Scottsdale, AZ
Whether you are new to transplantation and oncology or have been managing patients for decades, this conference is designed to provide you with new insights for the care and management of these patient populations. The agenda is painstakingly crafted to address critical and current issues — from a clinical and financial perspective — that you can apply to the management of your patients and/or their benefits. You WILL walk away energized, informed and armed with the information you need to excel in your role.
Live, Onsite Conference

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Utilizing Personalized Treatments and Addressing Health Disparities
This activity will discuss the emerging therapies for duchenne muscular dystrophy and the importance of incorporating a personalized interprofessional care plan, along with the role of health disparities and how it impacts access to care and outcomes for these individuals.

The Pandemic-Related Transformation of Behavioral Health Care Delivery: 2022 and Beyond
In this activity, participants will explore the pandemic’s impacts on individuals’ mental health, including the increasing risks for, and prevalence of, stress, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, especially for special populations such as front-line personnel, children and the millennial and geriatric populations. In addition, participants will review the multifaceted effects of the pandemic on the behavioral health care delivery system, specifically regarding access to care, delivery of services and digital health utilization. 

Supporting Resiliency in Older Adults: A Focus on Life’s Purpose
This activity will provide an overview of the role of resilience and purpose in life, examine characteristics associated with resilience and purpose in life and describe intervention strategies to promote resilience and successful aging in older adults.

Complex Medical Conditions in Children: Utilizing Personalized Treatments and Addressing Health Disparities
This activity will focus on the connection between social determinants of health and how they may impact access to care, treatment and health outcomes for children with rare and complex medical conditions. Learners will be provided with strategies and resources that can address these negative effects. The importance of access to personalized care that they require to live their healthiest lives will be addressed.

Living-Donor Liver Transplant for Patients with Liver Cancer
This activity will provide an overview of the living-donor liver transplant procedure, the advantages and disadvantages of living-donor liver transplant, and the optimal timing for offering living donations to patients with liver cancer. Dr. Hughes will discuss the innovative approach advanced by experts at UPMC in which patients with liver cancer are offered the option of a living-donor transplant. He will discuss the experience and expertise offered by the UPMC Liver Transplant Program and their collaborative approach to working with referring physicians.

Why Do Smart People Make Mistakes? The Answers are Worthy of a Nobel Prize.
This activity will provide information on the system framework theory of decision-making and how System I- and System II-type cognitive processes can best be utilized in the health care setting. The role of heuristics (mental “shortcuts” and rules-of-thumb) will be examined, as well as the types of cognitive biases (inherent and often unconscious systematic errors in thinking) that most commonly result in negative health outcomes. Debiasing strategies to address these negative influences on rational and optimal decision-making that are applicable to the self and the health care team will be explored. 
 
Cervical Cancer: Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment Options and Outcomes
During this educational activity, learners will become familiar with the etiology and diagnosis of cervical cancer and explore treatment options and outcomes for relapsed, recurrent and metastatic disease. Advances in current cervical cancer clinical research trials will also be addressed.

Advance Your Skills in Supporting the Family Caregiver
This activity will discuss the role of the caregiver, identify barriers to caregiving, establish strategies to support the caregiver and determine available support resources to assist in maintaining the caregiver’s well-being.

Sickle Cell Disease: Understanding Gene Therapy and Addressing Health Disparities
This activity will discuss the effects and complications of sickle cell disease (SCD), the prevalence of SCD in different racial and ethnic groups, and the role of gene therapy as treatment. Health disparities and the challenges to access specialized care will also be addressed.

Driving Health Equity Through Technology and Service Innovation
This activity will explore how existing health care technology innovations can improve health equity for underserved patients and will examine the changing landscape of provider coverage and reimbursement. It will discuss anticipated solutions for vulnerable individuals (including Medicare and Medicaid dual-eligible individuals) and examine why certain telehealth programs have failed in the past. New approaches to benefit coverage for telehealth-related expenses will also be discussed, along with the future trends and essential elements associated with shifting to quality value-based care that can lead to improved patient satisfaction and outcomes, reduced health care costs and increased levels of health equity.

Caring for the LGBTQ+ Community: An Introduction
Stigma and discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ+) community—whether intentional, unintentional, or due to implicit bias—can negatively affect the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ population. This webcast will raise awareness of the identities and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as ways to address the unique health-related disparities affecting the community. It will discuss appropriate use of pronouns and terminology and review current statistics regarding social and health care disparities experienced by this community. Lastly, it will explore creating environments in which LGBTQ+ individuals can feel validated, safe, and welcome. 

Health in the Midst of AdversityCardiovascular Risk and Resilience in the Black Community
This activity will provide learners with current data surrounding multiple factors that predispose Black patients to either increased risk or resilience for CVD and will examine the risk- and resilience-associated diversity within this population with the goal of improving cardiovascular health for these individuals.

Threading the Needle—Practical Considerations for the Modern, Evidence-Based Management of Type 2 Diabetes
This activity will assist learners in identifying optimal lifestyle and behavioral changes that can impact disease development and progression in their patients and will discuss practical strategies and forms of support that health care professionals (HCPs) can offer to assist patients in setting healthy lifestyle goals. 

Cystic Fibrosis: Utilizing Personalized Treatments and Addressing Health Disparities
During this activity, presenters will discuss cystic fibrosis and the different genetic etiologies and examine how an individual’s genetic profile can be utilized to develop a personalized treatment plan. The role that an informed interprofessional health care team can play in improved disease outcomes will also be examined.

Achieving Value-Based Care: The Role of Oncology Clinical Pathways
This activity will provide an overview of the current status of pathways in oncology, discuss best practices in cancer care and explore their role in helping practices to deliver value-based care. 

Optimal Care—Combining Evidence and Technology to Drive Quality and Eliminate Low-Value Care 
This activity will provide learners with successful approaches to address the issues of wasted and harmful care in order to decrease unnecessary expenditures and improve patient outcomes. The discussion will focus on the several solutions to wasted and harmful care.

Understanding and Preventing Burnout: Improving Health Care Outcomes
This activity will discuss contributing factors to burnout, its impact on the health and well-being of HCPs and their patients, interventions to decrease overall stress and how burnout can influence patient care and health care outcomes.

Diabetic Kidney Disease: Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs
This activity will present health care professionals (HCPs) with the information necessary to evaluate kidney health in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and will discuss CKD risk stratification, including interpretation of albuminuria levels and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Interventions that can reduce progression of disease, likelihood of hospitalization and costs will be identified, and recent data about effective treatment regimens and their indications for improving outcomes will be examined. Additionally, early strategies to decrease the risk for CVD and ESRD in these individuals will be defined, with a review of the pathophysiology of progression of these disorders. 

Developing an Optimal COVID-19 Test Program: Strategies and Considerations for Success
This activity will identify pathways to creating effective, practical and sustainable testing strategies for COVID-19 that can accelerate a return to normalcy and allow schools and other facilities to remain open. It will relay to participants how determining the goal of testing is the key factor to establishing an optimal testing strategy through consideration of multiple factors, including test type, sensitivity and turnaround time as well as program implementation and costs.
Live, Accredited Webcast.