Understanding Neuropathy

Activity description

Neuropathy refers to any condition that affects the normal activity of the nerves of the peripheral nervous system. Neuropathy is very common. It is estimated that about 25% to 30% of Americans will be affected by neuropathy. There are many different types of neuropathy and it can present with differing symptoms, including numbness, pain, weakness or loss of balance, depending on the type of nerve involved. Since neuropathy has many causes and presentations, the first step to diagnosis is performing a thorough medical history and physical examination. This activity will discuss the different types of neuropathy, causes, risk factors and how to accurately identify and diagnose neuropathy.

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This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

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This activity is supported by OptumCare.

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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 neuropathy.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the different types of neuropathy, common causes and risk factors.
  • Explain steps to accurately diagnose neuropathy in the primary care setting.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Christopher M. Wilson, MDChristopher M. Wilson, MD
Director of Neurology
American Health Network
Avon, IN

About the presenter
Christopher M. Wilson, MD, attended medical school and completed his neurology residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was chief neurology resident. He practiced at Indiana University Medical Center for several months and then took a position with American Health Network (AHN) in central Indiana. Over the past 14 years, he has helped establish AHN’s sleep labs, become medical director for AHN’s neurology program, been a principal investigator in numerous research trials, taught medical students, served on a medical mission trip in Honduras and served on various local and regional professional committees.

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. Wilson has indicated the following relationships:

  • Advisory board: Genentech, Sanofi Genzyme
  • Consultant: Genentech, Sanofi Genzyme
  • Grant/research support: Genentech
  • Speakers bureau: Amgen, Genentech, Sanofi Genzyme, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Stocks: Pfizer

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, Understanding Neuropathy, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.00 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins August 19, 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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