Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, or Both

Activity description

Bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are obstructive pulmonary diseases that affect millions of people all over the world. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines suggest that the diagnosis of COPD should be confirmed by spirometry. The most common diagnostic dilemma is differentiating COPD from asthma, and distinguishing between COPD and asthma can have important implications in terms of management and life expectancy. Incorrect diagnosis and inappropriate treatment will result in individuals not receiving appropriate care; therefore, providing education to enhance understanding about key differences and similarities between these conditions is critical to optimize compliance and adherence with lifestyle adjustment and pharmacologic therapy.

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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 respiratory diseases.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Clarify differences between chronic obstructive asthma and COPD.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of obstructive lung conditions.
  • Explore clinical features, risk factors, screening, prevention, evaluation and treatment of COPD and other obstructive lung conditions.
  • Explain the GOLD criteria and non-spirometry methods for diagnosing COPD.
  • Discuss pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for managing COPD.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Steven E. Lommatzsch, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary and Critical Care
National Jewish Health, Denver
University of Colorado Health Systems
Denver, CO

About the presenter
Dr. Steven E. Lommatzsch received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia Health System and his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of North Carolina Health System. Dr. Lommatzsch is board-certified in Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine. His areas of clinical interest include COPD, asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and general pulmonary conditions. Dr. Lommatzsch is involved in the Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Program, Asthma Treatment Program (Adult), COPD Program, Cystic Fibrosis Program (Adult) and the Bronchiectasis Treatment Program. He has practiced at National Jewish Health since 2010 and is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, in the Department of Medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. His clinical expertise has been focused on airway diseases and, as such, he is well known locally, regionally and nationally for disease entities such as COPD, asthma and bronchiectasis.

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

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

Kevin Heath, MD, MHL, FACP
Medical Director, Clinical Performance
Lawrence, KS

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. Lommatzsch has reported funding from AstraZeneca and Corpus.

The remaining 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 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, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, or Both, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.00 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins January 29, 2019. 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.

Available Credit

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