Series description

OptimalCare focuses on the quadruple aim to improve patient outcomes while decreasing low value or wasted care. The OptimalCare 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.

2022 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. 

April 2022 

New Trends in the Management of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Presenter: Curtis C. Sather, MD, Senior Medical Director for Inpatient & Affordability, Optum Pacific West Market
Description: This activity will provide participants with insight into newer approaches that effectively integrate standard interventions into management plans tailored to the individual’s particular symptoms, review the value of pulmonary rehabilitation, and outline the effective evaluation of therapeutic responses. Emerging trends in asthma and COPD management and new pharmacologic agents and strategies will be highlighted, with a review of the physiological aspects of these diseases targeted by newer therapies.


Advanced Degenerative Joint Disease and Chronic Lower Back Pain: Evidence-Based Approaches to Care

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Time: To be determined
Presenter: Louis Jenis, MD, MS, FACHE, Reliant Medical Group, Senior Medical Director, Specialty Projects, Department of Orthopedics and Reconstructive Surgery
Presenter: Richard C. “Chad” Mather III, MD, MBA, Medical Director of Optum Specialty Practices and Specialist Engagement at Optimal Care and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine
Activity Description: Degenerative joint disease (DJD) and chronic lower back pain (CLBP) are two leading causes of disability that can significantly impact function and quality of life. This activity will focus on evidence-based management approaches to advanced DJD and CLBP. It will discuss the effectiveness of current common interventions, including the utility and role of multimodal rehabilitation therapy, epidural steroid injections (ESI), joint fusion procedures, and nerve stimulation modalities aimed at reducing pain.

On-Demand Activities 

Missed a previously held live session?  All live activities will be recorded and available on-demand for CME/NCPD credit approximately two weeks after every live activity.  


New Trends in the Management of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (On-Demand)

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

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