Worth up to 6.50 credit hours!
Start Date:
September 23, 2010
Expiration Date: September 23, 2011

Intended Audience
These activities are designed for health care professionals who are involved in the prevention of chronic disease conditions, who are charged with seeing to the wellness and clinical management of individuals with such illnesses, and who are interested in improving the quality of life and effectively and efficiently decreasing health care costs for this population.

Activity Description
This educational activity consists of recorded presentations from the 2010 Innovations in Wellness and Disease Management conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 17-18, 2010.
Chronic diseases are among the most prevalent, costly and preventable of all health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year seven of every 10 Americans, or more than 1.7 million people, die of a chronic disease. The prolonged course of illness and disability from chronic diseases can result in extended pain and suffering and decreased quality of life for millions of Americans. They also contribute greatly to the alarming rise in health care costs.

These activities will focus on a proactive approach to health care management that promotes effective, personalized health care and targeted wellness strategies to improve the quality of life for those living with chronic disease.

Learning Objectives
At the end of these educational activities, participants should be able to

  1. Identify innovative health management strategies to reduce medical expenses, achieve optimal lifestyle adherence and deliver a positive return on investment.
  2. Recognize successful initiatives in wellness programs and provide insight into physician involvement, compliance considerations, and other program challenges, such as how to drive engagement and positive outcomes.
  3. Discuss the most effective and efficient manner, using best available evidence and best practices, to prevent and manage chronic diseases—including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic kidney disease—and their associated comorbidities.
  4. Identify the influence of effective disease management and preventive care of patients with asthma, congenital heart disease, and orthopedic conditions to optimize clinical and financial outcomes.
  5. Describe the maternal, fetal, and infant implications of chronic health conditions—such as diabetes—on pregnancy.

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Integrating Case Management and Disease Management to Yield Optimal Patient Outcomes
Jan Berger, MD, MJ

Optimizing Treatment Adherence to Improve Population Health and Productivity
Susan Butterworth, PhD, MS

The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PC-MH): Changing the Health Care Delivery System
Trude Haecker, MD

Surgical Management of Morbid Obesity
Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD

Diabetes and Pregnancy: Minimizing Risk for Mom and Baby
Boyd E. Metzger, MD

Management of Pulmonary Hypertension
Robert L. Scott, MD

Chronic Kidney Disease: Improving End-Stage Renal Disease Outcomes and Reducing the Economic Burden
Amit Sharma, MD, FACP, FASN

Incorporating Wellness and Disease Management Programs: Keys to Building a Culture of Health
Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD

Conference Planning Committee
Rajni Aneja, MD, CPE
National Medical Director
OptumHealth Care Solutions

Charles D. Nagurka, MD, MBA
National Medical Director, Wellness
OptumHealth Care Solutions
Karen Babos, DO, MBA
Senior National Medical Director
OptumHealth Care Solutions
LuAnne Ronning
Manager, Clinical Programs
OptumHealth Care Solutions
Bethany Blauer
Clinical Programs Specialist
OptumHealth Care Solutions
Heidi Svendsen
Vice President, Clinical Programs
OptumHealth Care Solutions
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Director, Clinical Programs
OptumHealth Care Solutions
Christine Weiner, RN, BSN
Manager, Clinical Programs
OptumHealth Care Solutions
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Manager, Clinical Programs
OptumHealth Care Solutions
Heather Zick, RN, BSN, MBA
Lead Nurse Planner
OptumHealth Care Solutions

Statement of Disclosure
All faculty/speakers, planners, abstract reviewers, moderators, authors, co-authors and administrative staff participating in the continuing medical education programs jointly sponsored by Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior and OptumHealth Education are expected to disclose to the program audience any/all relevant financial relationships related to the content of their presentation(s). See individual presentations for faculty disclosure information.

Sponsored By
These activities are jointly sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior and OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

Contact Information for Content, Website and/or CNE/CE Questions
OptumHealth Education
Phone: (800) 326-9166
E-mail: moreinfo@optumhealtheducation.com

Contact Information for CME Credit Questions
Sheryl Morgan
Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior
Phone: (651) 789-3730
E-mail: shmorgan@smithbucklin.com

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Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

  • Physicians - This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB) and OptumHealth Education. The IAHB is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    AMA PRA Statement The IAHB designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Individual presentations will vary. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurses - OptumHealth Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Utah Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The participant will be awarded 6.50 contact hours of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials. Individual presentations will vary. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • For any type of credit not listed above, a Certificate of Attendance will be provided.