Printable Schedule-at-a-Glance (Updated 10/20/14)
WEDNESDAY—NOVEMBER 5, 2014
Welcome Reception (provided)
Group Dinner (provided)
THURSDAY—NOVEMBER 6, 2014—Up to 6.5 CME/ACPE/CE credits available—ACPE UAN 0860-0000-14-024-L04-P
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Keynote Address—The Ebola Virus Epidemic in Africa: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re At and Where We’re Going, Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, University of Minnesota
Heart-Failure Management: Update on the New American Heart Association Guidelines and Future Therapies, Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, UCLA Medical Center
The development of the 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines, which introduce quality measures for patient self-education in outpatient settings and postdischarge follow-up appointments, will require some substantial shifts in the care of heart-failure patients. Initiating palliative care, depression screening and physical/cardiac rehabilitation are now essential elements of effective heart-failure care plans.
Opportunities to improve the delivery of comprehensive heart-failure care and implementing strategies to improve patient outcomes are imperative in the management of this condition, which is currently associated with a five-year mortality rate of 50 percent and the highest 30-day readmission rate in the United States at 26 percent. This presentation will provide an overview of the rationale for these new guidelines and discuss the likely future evolution of heart-failure management.
Optimal Strategies to Manage Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain, James W. Atchison, DO, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chronic pain costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity and is among the most common reasons for people seeking medical attention and aftercare. The pain experience varies widely from patient to patient and is influenced by a complex set of factors. As a result, an effective and appropriate pain-care plan needs to be personalized. A growing concern in pain management is the increasing misuse and abuse of powerful opioids that has led to dependency and addiction in a growing number of people, with adverse effects on well-being and quality of life. With a focus on musculoskeletal pain management, this presentation will discuss contemporary pain-management strategies and appropriate treatments that should be considered in pain management, as well as the adverse outcomes patients may experience with inadequate pain-management strategies.
Lunch and Exhibits
Assist in Optimal Timing and Improved Communication for Hospice, Sharon M. Weinstein, MD, FAAHPM, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
National guidelines are consistent in suggesting that hospice care is the best way to comprehensively care for patients at or nearing the end of life. Despite this recognition, hospice services continue to be underutilized because referrals are often too late in the continuum of the disease process, or they are never made. This underuse of hospice referral is often due to health care practitioners delaying the initiation of end-of-life discussions with patients and misunderstandings regarding the nature of hospice care on the part of patients and their loved ones. In addition, these conversations are often extremely challenging, leaving HCPs faced with “truth-telling“ dilemmas when communicating with seriously ill patients about their diagnoses, treatment choices, and prognoses. This discussion will review the challenges facing HCPs when caring for seriously ill and dying patients, including how and when to initiate end-of-life discussions to facilitate optimal timing for hospice referral. The importance of a team-oriented approach in the care of terminally ill patients to help ensure they receive expert medical care, emotional and spiritual support, and timely integration of hospice care will be emphasized.
Immunotherapy: Revolutionizing the Way We Treat Cancer, Michael R. Bishop, MD, University of Chicago Medicine
We have long known that the immune system can play an important role in the growth and spread of cancers, but the ability to translate knowledge of the immune system to meaningful anti-cancer therapies has been limited until recently. There have been breakthroughs in our knowledge of the immune system and how tumors evade the anti-cancer effects of that system that have provided the basis for a whole new generation of agents aimed at enhancing the body’s ability to fight cancer. Most experts would agree that we are on the threshold of even greater breakthroughs in immunotherapeutics that will provide additional tools in the fight against cancer. This presentation will review the state of the art of cancer immunotherapy and provide a look into its exciting future.
Consumer Engagement in Health Care: Ongoing Challenges and Current State of the Art, Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, Partners HealthCare, Center for Connected Health
While the importance of effectively engaging consumers in making decisions about their health and well-being is well known, the reality is that consumer engagement efforts are often unsuccessful, resulting in adverse consequences on both individual and population health. While lack of consumer investment in their own health contributes to soaring health care costs and leads to poor health outcomes, the successful engagement of consumers remains a major challenge for HCPs. This presentation will describe the current state of the art in engaging consumers in making appropriate decisions about their health and lifestyles. It will also focus on the vital role of the physician-patient relationship in improving treatment-adherence behaviors.
The Importance of Accurate Diagnosis in Mental Illness and Strategies to Improve Treatment Adherence, Ronald Albucher, MD, Stanford School of Medicine
Between 35 and 50 percent of people with severe mental disorders do not receive treatment for their conditions. A major cause of this gap is the fact that mental health disorders are frequently undiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed. For example, the diagnosis of depression is missed in about half of the patients who actually have the condition and see their primary care physician. The economic cost of untreated mental illness is more than 100 billion dollars annually in the United States. Without treatment, the consequences of mental illness for the individual and society are staggering and include: avoidable disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, criminal behavior, suicide and wasted lives. Some of the challenges facing HCPs include: correctly diagnosing and treating mental illness and the significant risk of treatment noncompliance in depressed individuals. In this session, the presenter will discuss some of the challenges in diagnosing mental illness and will describe approaches that can help to improve patient adherence to treatment.
5:00– 7:00 p.m.
Reception and Exhibits
Note: OptumHealth Education reserves the right to make any necessary changes to this program. Efforts will be made to keep presentations as scheduled. However, unforeseen circumstances may result in the substitution of faculty or content.