Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

January 26, 2022

Activity description

Optimal Care focuses on the quadruple aim to improve patient outcomes while decreasing low value or wasted care. 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.

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This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum Care, Clinical Performance.

Commercial support
No commercial support was received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other HCPs who have an interest in NAFLD. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the rising prevalence of NAFLD and identify factors that contribute to its development.
  • Discuss the current recommendations for screening, diagnosing and assessing patients for NAFLD.
  • Identify the patient subsets at increased risk for disease progression.
  • Describe current monitoring and management options for individuals with NAFLD.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
01/26/2022 - 10:00am EST
Event ends: 
01/26/2022 - 11:00am EST

Ken Cohen, MD, FACP 
Executive Director Translational Research 
Senior National Medical Director


Arema A. Pereira, MBBS, MD 
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
The Everett Clinic (part of Optum)

About the presenter
Dr. Arema Pereira grew up in a family with deep roots in medicine and a childhood that spanned continents. Exposed to a great diversity of cultures and beliefs, she recognized the unifying need of all people, a pursuit of happiness and the critical role that health and well-being plays in this quest. Watching the steady stream of patients flow into her father’s community practice clinic, she marveled at the sense of hope and optimism that the art of medicine gifted its recipients. She never doubted her calling.

Dr. Pereira completed her medical school at St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India at age 21. With time on her side, she worked in research at Tufts University in Boston for 3 years before jumping back into medical training. After completing Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Cornell, she pursued an additional Hepatitis C fellowship at Cornell. Then with her husband and 2 toddlers in tow, she moved to the Pacific North West for GI fellowship at the University of Washington. She completed an additional liver transplant fellowship and currently works at The Everett Clinic, immediately north of Seattle. She spends her free time travelling with her husband and three children and dabbling in permaculture in their suburban backyard surrounded by their dog, chickens, bunnies, quails and mason bees.

Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
OptumHealth Education

Joshua Jacobs, MD, FAAFP
National Medical Director, Provider Intelligence
Clinical Performance, OptumCare

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, OptumHealth 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.

Dr. Cohen has disclosed that he serves on an advisory board for Pfizer.

The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum Care, Clinical Performance. OptumHealth 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
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 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.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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