Managing Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common, yet significant, health problem that can seriously impact an individual’s quality of life. Many individuals suffer in silence and are reluctant to initiate conversations about this sensitive topic with their health care professional (HCP). UI is widely undertreated due in part to the assumption that HCPs will initiate these discussions. Unfortunately, this often does not occur.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) considers conversations about UI very important. Managing UI is a crucial part of assessing the health care quality of Medicare Advantage (MA) members. To assess provider accountability on this topic, the Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) measures an individual’s recall of conversations about UI and treatment options. The “Managing Urinary Incontinence” HOS measure contributes to the overall MA Stars quality score, which impacts bonuses and reimbursement.
This activity will highlight the prevalence of UI; provide effective communication and shared decision-making techniques; and discuss how to assess, treat and provide follow-up care for UI including available resources to support care and management.
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Optum.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners and other HCPs who have an interest in UI.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Recognize the prevalence of UI.
- Understand the relationship between conversations regarding UI and HOS and subsequent MA Stars scores.
- Demonstrate communication techniques that ensure successful conversations about UI.
- Assess, recommend treatment options and provide appropriate follow-up care for UI.
- Discuss available resources for the effective management of UI.
Steven Gregg, PhD
National Association for Continence (NAFC)
About the presenter
Steven Gregg joined the NAFC as Executive Director in 2014. Prior to joining NAFC, Steve led marketing and communication initiatives within the pharmaceutical, health care, consumer packaged goods and technology industries for over 20 companies. His career has ranged from scientific investigation for a global sports beverage to global brand management for Fortune 100 companies. In terms of philanthropic interests, Steve has served on the board of directors of the International Swimming Hall of Fame as well as provided strategic guidance to Swim Across America, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events.
Steve joined the world of business from a faculty position at the University of California at Berkeley (where he received his PhD in exercise biochemistry-physiology). His Bachelor's degree is from North Carolina State University, and his Master's is from the University of Arizona. Beyond the academic and professional spheres, Steve is an accomplished swimmer. During his swimming career, he has medaled in nearly every major world event, including two World Aquatic Championships, the Pan-American Games, the FINA Cup (now known as the Pan-Pacific Championship), and the Olympic Games.
Sarah Chart, RN
Optum Health Education
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Optum Health Education
Clinical Program Development Manager, Education
Clinical Performance Quality, Optum Health
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
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The presenter and 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, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum. 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
The participant will be awarded up to 0.75 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.
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 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 pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance
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