Heart Failure: Part II

Heart failure and atrial fibrillation are two conditions that are increasingly prevalent and closely aligned with associated high morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs. Given the poor outcomes associated with heart failure and atrial fibrillation, finding effective therapies for these individuals is of utmost importance. To provide optimal management, it is essential to understand the mechanisms and inter-relationship of these conditions and how best to combine therapies with evidence-based best practices supporting their use.

This activity will highlight the relationship between heart failure and atrial fibrillation, discuss common treatments for arrhythmia and highlight the importance of documenting patients' current medical condition and their health history.

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

  • Identify methods to diagnosis an arrhythmia.
  • List common treatments for arrhythmia including pacemakers and medication therapies.
  • Explain how arrhythmia interacts with heart disease, such as in atrial fibrillation and heart failure.
  • Identify whether angina should be documented as active or as being part of the patient’s history.

Faculty presenter
Chetan B. Patel, MD  Chetan B. Patel, MD
  Associate Professor of Medicine
  Medical Director, Cardiac Transplant Program
  Vice Chief for Clinical Services
  Division of Cardiology
                      Duke University Medical Center
                      Durham, NC

About the presenter
Chetan Patel, MD attended medical school and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He trained at Duke University for his cardiology, heart failure, and cardiac transplantation fellowships, and was appointed to the Duke faculty in 2011.

Dr. Patel cares for patients across the spectrum of heart failure with a particular focus on advanced stages of heart failure when ventricular assist devices and transplantation are indicated. His research interests include examining the best strategies to transition patients from medical therapy to mechanical support and/or heart transplantation.

Sarah Chart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Tania M. Miedico, MD
Medical Director
Clinical Performance, OptumCare
Eden Prairie, MN

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those involved in the development of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Dr. Patel has indicated that he is a consultant for Abbott Labs and Medtronic, Inc.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method of participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.

Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:

  • Completing the entire activity.
  • Completing the pre- and post-activity assessments, activity evaluation, and application for certificate of credit forms.

You must be logged into your account to participate in this activity. Get started by clicking “Begin” and viewing the “CE Info”; then follow the prompts at the bottom of the screen. At the end of the activity, you will be able to view, save or print your certificate of participation. The Area of Practice you indicated in your profile corresponds with your certificate type. A complete listing of all of your activities can be found under “My Account”, “My Activities.”

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

Accreditation Statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient 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
Nurse Practitioners
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 Academy of Family Physicians
This Enduring Material activity, Heart Failure: Part II, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.00 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins September 14, 2018. Term of approval is for one year from this date. 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.

AAPC-Certified Coders
This program meets AAPC guidelines for 1.0 CEU. Can be used for Core A, CANPC and CHONC with successful completion of post-test for continuing education units.

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.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by OptumCare.

Hardware/Software Requirements
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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians — including family physicians — coders and other health care professionals interested in improving the care of individuals with heart failure.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Activity expires: 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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