Providing Quality Care for Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Activity description

There is a great need for sensitive and competent care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). A key health care issue for adults with IDD is the need for thorough evaluation that avoids diagnostic overshadowing, in which symptoms of a new or underlying health condition are mistakenly attributed to the IDD diagnosis and are not thoroughly assessed. This activity will provide learners with an overview of clinical considerations in adults with IDD and improve communication skills and practices that can better guide treatment choices to address the specific needs of these individuals. Learners will take a closer look at existing bias, stigma and discrimination toward these individuals and learn strategies to address these issues in practice. Lastly, the value of improved interprofessional team collaboration between health care professionals (HCPs), caregivers and direct support professionals will be discussed.

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This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum, Behavioral Health. 

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 case managers, counselors, educators, dietitians, medical assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, office staff, optometrists, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, PAs, psychologists, social workers, therapists and other HCPs who care for individuals with IDD.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the scope of clinical considerations for adults with IDD and their unique needs for preventive and long-term health care.
  • Describe how improved communication skills and training can ensure that coexisting health issues are not overlooked in adults with IDD and can guide treatment choices.
  • Identify how implicit bias, discrimination and stigma can negatively impact care for individuals with IDD and explore strategies to identify and address these issues.
  • Recognize how collaboration between an interprofessional health care team, caregivers and direct support professionals can enhance health care and improve health outcomes for individuals with IDD.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 2.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 2.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 2.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 2.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 2.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 2.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
  • 2.00 CDR - Dietitians
  • 2.00 COPE - Optometrists
  • 2.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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Priya Chandan, MD, MPH, PhDPriya Chandan, MD, MPH, PhD
Vice President of Healthcare Quality and Analytics
Kramer Davis
Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Priya Chandan is a physician-scientist who engages in health services research to improve the quality of medical care for people with IDD. As Vice President of Healthcare Quality and Analytics at Kramer Davis, she leads innovative population health, health professional training and community engagement efforts. Dr. Chandan is also a clinical associate professor at the University Louisville School of Medicine and is passionate about medical education. She is involved in teaching efforts with both medical students and medical residents nationwide. Dr. Chandan serves as a senior editor for PM&R, the official scientific journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and brings expertise in mixed methods, econometrics and community-engaged research methods. She has been involved in advocacy and policy efforts for over 10 years and is currently serving on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board for the National Down Syndrome Society and the Board for Special Olympics Kentucky.

Matt HoldeMatt Holder, MD, MBA, FAADMr, MD, MBA, FAADM
Chief Executive Officer
Kramer Davis
American Board of Developmental Medicine
Louisville, Kentucky
As an international leader in the emerging field of developmental medicine, Dr. Matthew Holder advocates on behalf of people with IDD for better quality health services. Dr. Holder is the chief executive officer of Kramer Davis Health and a co-founder of the Lee Specialty Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, which is an interdisciplinary teaching and research clinic whose mission is to address the health needs of patients with IDD. He is also a co-founder and past president emeritus of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry and is the president of the American Board of Developmental Medicine. As a physician, educator and health care advocate, Dr. Holder has impacted the state of health care policy, research and medical education around the world.

RRick Rader, MD, FAAIDDick Rader, MD, FAAIDD
Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center
Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy 
American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry 
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Dr. Rick Rader is the director of the Habilitation Center at the Orange Grove Center in Chattanooga where he is responsible for the creation, implementation and evaluation of innovative and novel programs of health care delivery systems for people with IDD. He is the editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine and has published over 300 articles in the field. He is the vice president of public policy and advocacy at the AADMD and serves on the Board of the American Association on Health and Disability. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee at Special Olympics, Inc. and is the medical adviser at the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. Dr. Rader is a member of the Steering Committee at the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices. He is an adjunct professor of human development at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
OptumHealth 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, 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.

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

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum, Behavioral Health. 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
IPCE Credit LogoThis activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 2.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

The participant will be awarded up to 2.00 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.

Pharmacists/Pharmacy technicians
This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours ([0.20] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 2.00 contact hours.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-21-318-H04-P/T

OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.00 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.

Case managers
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 2.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).

imageCompletion of this RD/DTR profession-specific or IPCE activity awards CPEUs (One IPCE credit = One CPEU). 
If the activity is dietetics-related but not targeted to RDs or DTRs, CPEUs may be claimed which are commensurate with participation
2.00 contact hours (One 60-minute hour = 1 CPEU). 
RDs and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Performance indicator selection is at the learner's discretion. 

Medical assistants
The American Association of Medical Assistants allows up to 30 non-AAMA recertification points for CMAs (AAMA) who are recertifying by continuing education. Please see the following link for more information:

OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.00 COPE credit hours. Optometrists should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 2.00 CE hours.

Social workers
ACE LogoAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 2.00 enduring continuing education credits.

Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.

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

  • 2.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 2.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 2.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 2.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 2.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 2.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 2.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
  • 2.00 CDR - Dietitians
  • 2.00 COPE - Optometrists
  • 2.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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