Series description

Optimal Care focuses on the quadruple aim to improve patient outcomes while decreasing low value or wasted care. The Optimal Care Grand Rounds series focuses on aspects of care important to primary care providers (PCPs) and their patients. This multisession, accredited series will provide PCPs with actionable content that addresses evidence-based diagnosis and treatment approaches for many of the high-priority complex diseases frequently encountered in practice. Discussion of emerging clinical evidence and strategies to improve care will enable PCPs to gain new perspectives and increase their competency in providing care that is optimal for their patients.

2023 Continuing education 

Earn 1.00 CME/NCPD credit for each activity completed. This series is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners and other HCPs who have an interest in increasing their knowledge of the current state of care for many of the highly visible and complex diseases encountered in daily health care practice. 

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May 2023 

Incorporating Palliative Care into Your Primary Care Practice

Presenters: Caroline DeFilippo, MD, MPH, FACP, Medical Director, Adult Primary Care and Population Health, Optum Tristate and Kristofer Smith, MD, MPP, Chief Medical Officer, Landmark Health, Part of Optum Home & Community
Activity description: Providing appropriate care to patients at the end of life, and to their families, is an important role in a primary care practice. Incorporating palliative care into a primary care practice has the potential not only of improving the quality of care delivered to patients, but also of enhancing the professional satisfaction of physicians. The primary care setting is an excellent venue for addressing end-of-life care relevant to all patients, and the primary care provider (PCP) can serve as an advocate for improved care of the dying by maintaining comfort and optimizing quality of life. This activity will discuss the role of palliative care in a primary care setting and the impact it has on quality of life for patients and their families. Patients who can benefit from palliative care will be identified and strategies to engage patients in the palliative-care discussion will also be reviewed, along with resources for both patients and providers that require a higher level of care.
This live webcast will be held twice. Each webcast will present the same material.

2023 Activities (Coming Soon!)

Topic: Pillars of Kidney and Cardiovascular Protective Interventions in Chronic Kidney Disease

Topic: Optimal Use of Pharmacotherapy and Bariatric Surgery in the Management of DM2 and Obesity 

Topic: Cancer Screening Overview on Benefits and Harms of Over and Under Screening

Missed a previously held live session? 

All live activities are recorded and available on-demand for CME/NCPD credit approximately two weeks after every live activity.  

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (On-Demand)
Activity Expiration Date: February 14, 2025 

New Trends in the Management of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (On-Demand)
Activity Expiration Date: May 3, 2025 

Advanced Degenerative Joint Disease and Chronic Lower Back Pain: Evidence-Based Approaches to Care (On-Demand)
Activity Expiration Date: August 1, 2025 

New Trends in Cardiology Imaging (On-Demand)
Activity Expiration Date: November 16, 2025 

Unlocking Patient-reported Outcomes to Advance Quality, Experience and Decision Making (On-Demand)
Activity Expiration Date: January 28, 2026 

Active Surveillance and Management of Prostate Cancer (On-Demand)
Activity Expiration Date: March 16, 2026 

Incorporating Palliative Care into Your Primary Care Practice (On-Demand)
Activity Expiration Date: May 31, 2026

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This series is provided by Optum Health Education and Optum Health, Clinical Performance.

Commercial support
There was no commercial support received for this series.

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