Medical Director and Clinician Leadership Forum 2023
These activities consist of recordings from the "Medical Director and Clinician Leadership Forum 2023" held April 26, 2023, in Las Vegas, NV.
This activity offers something for everyone from managed health care medical directors to clinical executives working within the managed-care framework. Its focus is on innovations and evidence-based research related to optimizing patient care, outcomes, and benefit management.
- Applying Research to Current Practices: A Roadmap to Accelerate the Route From Learning to Impact
- Concerning Maternal Mortality: Coordinating Improved Outcomes for Mothers
- Current Initiatives at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
- Focus on Front Line Behavioral Health Care Practices in Youth
- Keynote Address: Medical Technology: A Conduit to Streamlining Patient Care,
- Navigating the Social Determinants of Health Through the 3-Function Approach to Communication
- Paradigm Shifts in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Challenging New Landscape
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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of dietitians, dietetic technicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals.
As a result of attending this conference, learners should be able to:
- Discuss how medical technology can streamline patient care and provide real-time data to enhance clinical care planning and health care team communication.
- Examine the current state and prevalence of maternal mortality, including factors influencing disparities in care and proposed actions to improve outcomes.
- Describe updates in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, including care team management approaches that improve quality of life and associated changes in the health care system.
- Identify strategies to adapt clinical and evidence-based data efficiently and safely into daily health care practice.
- Cite the current initiatives and payment models offered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (“The Innovation Center”) to address health care costs and quality.
- Report on strategies for HCPs to help patients navigate their social determinants of health through partnerships, networking, and the incorporation of social services.
- Examine strategies aimed at improving front line behavioral health care practices and outcomes.
Focus on Front Line Behavioral Health Care Practices in Youth, Elizabeth S. Booma, MD, Mass General Brigham Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Mental health challenges among children and adolescents in the U.S. are on the rise: roughly 20% of youth have a developmental, behavioral, mental, or emotional disorder. Yet, up to half of those affected receive inadequate or no treatment. This session will provide a closer look at the factors potentially driving this mental health care crisis among youth and how mental health resources can best be directed to mitigate this trend. It will also discuss the ability of integrated models that include behavioral health providers as part of the primary care team to improve outcomes versus the conventional practice of managing mental health crises through the emergency department (ED). Finally, existing resources and strategies that have shown to be effective while being less resource-intensive will be identified.
Paradigm Shifts in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Challenging New Landscape, Richard S. Isaacson, MD, Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases
In 2022, roughly 6.5 million people in the U.S. were living with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), and that number is projected to grow to 12.7 million by the end of 2050. Many barriers in the care of patients with AD present significant challenges — tracking cognitive decline is often limited and incomplete, patients require extensive and multidisciplinary care, and associated treatment and drug costs are high, estimated at $321 billion in 2022. This session will examine the current landscape of AD treatment for patients, HCPs, and the health care system, and will describe the role of interprofessional health care team members involved in these patients’ care. It will identify emerging pharmacologic therapies and novel strategies for optimizing patient care, such as remote patient monitoring using AI.
Applying Research to Current Practices: A Roadmap to Accelerate the Route From Learning to Impact, Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
On average, clinical research findings take 17 years to become integrated into daily practice, due in part to the exponentially growing body of knowledge and know-how, and a lack of processes to implement these evolving approaches quickly to care. Innovative approaches to accelerate translation to practice are necessary. This session will discuss how groups of patients, clinicians and researchers are building communities working together to bring improvement, innovation and research together to bridge the evidence-practice gap.
Concerning Maternal Mortality: Coordinating Improved Outcomes for Mothers, Audra Meadows, MD, MPH, FACOG, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Rates of pregnancy-related death, or maternal mortality, in the U.S. are unacceptably high, and the maternal mortality rate (MMR) has more than doubled in the U.S. between 2000 and 2014, versus the noted decrease in MMR in other high-income countries such as the United Kingdom and Canada, as well as in low- and middle-income countries. Roughly two in three pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. Notably, among black women, the MMR and risk for preterm birth are disproportionately high. This session will discuss the multiple patient-level and health system-level factors that contribute to a higher risk of maternal mortality and examine the associated racial disparities reflected by this prevalence. It will provide an overview of existing measures and initiatives that continue to develop to address factors contributing to maternal mortality in general and endeavor to close the gap on racial disparities in this area. The roles of surveillance data collection, telehealth in pre-and postnatal care, patient-centered medical home model, education on culturally appropriate care, increased access to care, and community investment will be described.
Keynote Address: Medical Technology: A Conduit to Streamlining Patient Care, Trishan Panch, MD, MPH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Existing health care applications for artificial intelligence (AI) powered by machine learning have been shown to enhance clinical decision-making and assist in disease pattern prediction, the detection of certain cancers, and improved classification of radiological scans. A cost-effective approach to care, AI systems such as chatbots, virtual visits and remote self-monitoring applications can help interprofessional teams manage patient care more effectively and efficiently, and can perform better than humans in risk stratification, image recognition, and data analysis. Some show promise in improving outcomes tied to depression and macular degeneration. This session will review current and emerging applications of AI technology in health care and the role of AI in diagnosis, management, and health care team optimization. It will highlight the benefits and limitations of AI technology and discuss ethical implications and privacy issues that must be considered when these are integrated into health care practices.
Navigating the Social Determinants of Health Through the 3-Function Approach to Communication, Dean Schillinger, MD, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
Multilevel endeavors to improve the health care of those who are negatively affected by social determinants of health (SDOH) — including socioeconomic status, health literacy, level of access to quality health care, education level, and exposure to discrimination and trauma — continue through 2023 with continued support from the Department of Health and Human Services. Less favorable SDOH not only impacts access to care but hinders these individuals’ ability to fully participate in health care decision-making and to follow, and pay for, recommended treatment regimens. This session will identify disparities in SDOH and will discuss strategies to increase education about resources and tools that can improve patients’ access to care and ability to navigate the health system. It will present approaches to coordinating with liaisons that can assist with patients’ navigation of health care and medical issues and recommend strategies to advocate for these patients.
Current Initiatives at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Arrah Tabe-Bedward, JD, MS, CMS Innovation Center
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), also known as the “Innovation Center,” was authorized under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and tasked with designing, implementing, and testing new health care payment models to address growing concerns about rising costs, quality of care, and inefficient spending. Through consultation with stakeholders that include hospitals, doctors, consumers, payers, advocates, federal agencies, and others, it aims to build partnerships and promote payment- and service-delivery models of care that improve outcomes and lower costs. Join us this session to discuss the CMMIs initiatives that focus on patient-centered, effective, equitable care.
Focus on Front Line Behavioral Health Care Practices in Youth
Elizabeth S. Booma, MD
Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Mass General Brigham Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Paradigm Shifts in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Challenging New Landscape
Richard S. Isaacson, MD
Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Applying Research to Current Practices: A Roadmap to Accelerate the Route From Learning to Impact
Peter Margolis, MD, PhD
Co-Director, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence
Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation Chair in Improvement Science
Professor of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Concerning Maternal Mortality: Coordinating Improved Outcomes for Mothers
Audra R. Meadows, MD, MPH, FACOG
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Culture and Justice
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
UME Special Director for Health Equity and Systems Science
University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Keynote Address: Medical Technology: A Conduit to Streamlining Patient Care
Trishan Panch, MD, MPH
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Association
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Navigating the Social Determinants of Health Through the 3-Function Approach to Communication
Dean Schillinger, MD
Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Director, UCSF Health Communications Research Program
Co-Director, NIDDK DREAMS Center for Type 2 Diabetes Translational Research and Health Equity
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
Current Initiatives at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
Arrah Tabe-Bedward, JD, MS
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
CMS Innovation Center at the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Optum Health Education
Eden Prairie, MN
Jennifer Malin, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Optum Health Solutions
Eden Prairie, MN
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Executive Pharmacy Consultant
Crystal Wong, MD
Propoint Medical Writing
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Richard Isaacson, MD is on the advisory board for Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly () and is a consultant for Acadia and Retain Health.
Dr. Isaacson's relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.
The remaining faculty and activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 5.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 5.50 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 5.50 contact hour(s) ([0.550] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 5.50 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-23-102-H01-P/T
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
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- 5.50 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 5.50 AMA - Physicians
- 5.50 ANCC - Nurses
- 5.50 APA - Psychologists
- 5.50 Attendance - General Attendance
- 5.50 CDR - Dietitians
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