May 2024: Forum for Evidence-based Medicine

Activity description

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.

Provided by
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Optum.

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 EBM.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Evaluate the role of stool-based tests (fecal immunochemical test, stool DNA) and emerging technologies in colorectal cancer screening, comparing their effectiveness, cost implications and potential to reduce unnecessary colonoscopies
  • Analyze the impact of selecting the site of service delivery, including independent physician practices vs hospitals, on cost-effectiveness in physician-administered drugs, considering factors like 340B program influence, potential misuse and patient outcomes
  • Assess the potential of low-dose aspirin as a treatment for metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD), considering its impact on liver fat content, balancing the benefits with the risks of long-term aspirin use and understanding its role within a comprehensive treatment plan for MASLD
  • Develop a comprehensive pain management strategy for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) through a multidisciplinary approach, considering the limitations of certain medications, the importance of non-pharmacologic interventions like exercise and sleep hygiene and the risks of off-label pain medications for respiratory health
  • Discuss the role of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) in managing patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) with coronary artery disease, considering the cardiovascular benefits of this class of drugs alongside their potential to reduce the risk of kidney stones and gout compared to other T2DM medications like glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonists and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors
  • Describe a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of MASLD, including understanding its etiology, the importance of early fibrosis detection, risk factor screening, utilizing vibration-controlled transient elastography (VCTE) as a non-invasive fibrosis assessment tool, establishing referral networks for VCTE testing and incorporating AGILE scores for risk stratification to predict potential complications and optimize patient care
  • Examine the role of lung cancer screening based on the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) guidelines, considering the importance of shared decision-making; weighing the risks and benefits of the procedure; and interpreting test results through concepts like predictive value, negative predictive value, sensitivity, and specificity, to optimize informed decision-making for patients
  • Recognize the potential of bariatric surgery as a cost-effective treatment for T2DM compared to long-term medical management, considering its impact on diabetes remission, medication reduction and cardiovascular health, and understand the different surgical procedures, potential complications and importance of shared decision-making for a well-informed approach

Additional Information

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ABIM MOC - Physicians
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Activity planners
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
Activity Manager
Optum Health Education

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.

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.

Accreditation statement
Joint Logo 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 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.

Optum Health 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 Optum Health 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.

Available Credit

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