March/April 2022: Forum for Evidence-based Medicine
Practicing evidence-based medicine (EBM) is important in today’s health care environment because this model of care offers clinicians a way to enrich quality, provide patient satisfaction, reduce costs and improve outcomes. A common implementation of EBM involves the use of clinical practice algorithms during medical decision-making to encourage optimal care. This widely recognized practice is designed to address the persistent problem of clinical practice variation with the help of actionable information at the point of care. These e-newsletters will enable health care professionals (HCPs) to put new EBM into practice.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum Care.
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 EBM.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Examine the management of chronic low back pain.
- Review pharmacologic evidence for bisphosphonate therapy for women with osteoporosis and apply the “first do no harm” approach to persons with hypertension.
- Discuss studies regarding the role of implantable loop recorders for atrial fibrillation and stroke; Omicron variant testing; and platelet-rich plasma for treatment options in knee, ankle or Achilles’ tendinopathy.
Ken Roy Cohen, MD, FACP
Executive Director Clinical Research
UnitedHealth Group, Research and Development
Senior National Medical Director
Joshua Jacobs, MD, FAAFP
National Medical Director, Provider Intelligence
Clinical Performance, Optum
John Hitt, MD, MBA
Sr. Medical Director
Geoffrey Heyer, MD
Sr. Clinical Practice Performance Consultant
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
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 the advisory board for Pfizer.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.
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 OptumHealth Education and Optum Care. 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.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring 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.
American Board of Internal Medicine
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Medical Knowledge Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) MOC program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
Please note, by claiming ABIM points, you authorize OptumHealth Education to share your attendance information with the ABIM.
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.
- 1.00 ABIM MOC - Physicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
These materials are intended ONLY for those who read the E-newsletter "Forum for Evidence-Based Medicine."
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