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7:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:15 a.m.

The Correlation Between Insomnia and Chronic Illness, Steven M. Scharf, MD, PhD, University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
“I would be a new person if only I could get some sleep.” Unfortunately, for people who live with chronic illness, chronic insomnia may become a roadblock to their achieving optimal clinical outcomes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as chronic diseases assume an increasingly important role in the overall burden of illness and premature death, interest has grown in the role of sleep health in both the development and management of chronic diseases. Insufficient sleep can now be linked to a number of chronic conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. In this session, you will learn why it is important for clinicians to assess for and address disordered sleep habits and insomnia.

9:15 a.m.

Special Considerations of “Older Consumers” in Workforce Wellness Programs, Walter Bortz II, MD, Stanford University Medical School (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
U.S. Department of Labor (August 2011) states that, by 2018, nearly 24 percent of the U.S. workforce will be 55 years or older. As a result, in order to maintain employee productivity and performance, tailoring health promotion and wellness programs for the “older consumer” will become an increasingly important employer goal. This session will stress how lifestyle impacts health as people age, and will outline the steps that can be taken by individuals to stay as healthy and productive as possible well into their senior years.

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

“The Unmentionables,” Alexandra Drane, Eliza Corporation
A comprehensive national survey entitled “The Unmentionables” was completed by the Eliza Corporation. This survey revealed many factors that prevent individuals from taking a more active role in taking charge of their health needs. This presentation, “The Unmentionables,” will shed light on some unexpected correlations between health, productivity and the real-life issues people deal with; it will also describe interesting and unique strategies for assessing and addressing issues and barriers related to consumers’ perceptions of their health care.

11:15 a.m.

Stress Reduction for Those Who Live With a Chronic Illness in Mind and Body, Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Minnesota
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NOISH) estimates that approximately one-third of American workers admit to having high levels of work related stress (NOISH, 2009). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a technique that helps people consciously deal with stress, pain, chronic illness and everyday life challenges. In this session, learn how Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has been demonstrated to positively affect people with various chronic illnesses.

12:00 p.m.

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION—An Overview of OptumHealth™ (optional)
OptumHealth features best-in-class programs and services in case management, disease management, treatment of complex medical conditions, decision support, physical medicine and wellness. Learn about the products and services available through OptumHealth that can help payers and employers aggressively manage costs while enhancing members’/employees’ health and well-being.

1:15 p.m.

Primary Prevention Strategies for Type 2 Diabetes, Ruchi Mathur, MD, FRCP, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
According to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2011, of the 312 million people that live in United States, 25.8 million people (8.3 percent) of the population is affected by diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90–95 percent of diagnosed cases. Healthy lifestyle choices like proper nutrition, getting appropriate amounts of exercise and losing weight can help better control type 2 diabetes or prevent it altogether. This sounds so easy, but why then is it so difficult? Do individuals fully understand this disease process and how to control it? This session will address prevention strategies for health care managers to consider when working with individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes.

2:00 p.m.

Smoking Cessation, A Critical Component in the Management of Chronic Disease, Frank T. Leone, MD, MS, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
Smoking cessation is a crucial step when health care providers are working to prevent premature morbidity and disability, especially for patients already living with chronic disease. For example, recent research indicates that the effectiveness of quitting the use of tobacco surpasses any other intervention to minimize the risk for chronic cardiac and respiratory conditions. Does our current research adequately address those with chronic illness, or has the focus been primarily on smoking cessation in healthy populations? This session will discuss the limitations and gaps in smoking-cessation research and treatment involving chronically ill patients.

3:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Innovative Technology for Congestive Heart Failure: At the Crossroads of Routine Medical Miracles, Rationing, and Final Choices, Mark L. Barr, MD, University of Southern California (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
Chronic heart failure affects approximately 5.8 million people in the United States. Unfortunately, this is a common condition that results in about 300,000 deaths each year. Heart failure has no cure, but new medicines, lifestyle changes, and innovative therapies can offer a higher quality of life through longer and more active years for those whose disease is well managed. This session will offer insight into some of the current strategies for managing chronic heart failure, and discuss the roles of the physician, the case manager, and most importantly, the patient.

4:15 p.m.

Back Pain: How Can We Manage Both the Pain and the Cost? Julie Fritz, PhD, PT, ATC, The University of Utah
The most common condition seen in primary care is pain. It is also the most costly condition to manage. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, back pain in workers 40–65 years of age costs employers an estimated $7.4 billion/year. Management of patients who live with disabling and persistent low-back pain remains a clinical challenge. A number of diagnostic tests, therapies, and surgical procedures are available, and their use is increasing; but in some cases, their utility remains uncertain or controversial. Multidisciplinary rehabilitation has a role as a potentially effective noninvasive intervention for persistent and disabling low-back pain. This presentation offers up-to-date insights on what works to overcome the barriers to successful pain management.

5:00–6:30 p.m.

Join your colleagues for hors d’oeuvres and beverages. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to gather information and ideas from exhibitors regarding wellness and disease management.


7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:15 a.m.

Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Management of Migraine Headaches, Robert G. Kaniecki, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
A migraine is a recurrent headache disorder with intense pain, often accompanied by nausea or vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound. Twenty-five percent of women and eight percent of men will experience migraines. Migraine also affects about 5 to 10 percent of children and adolescents. Migraine is not only the most common form of headache that drives people to seek medical attention, but it also adversely impacts an individual’s productivity and overall quality of life. Delivery of appropriate treatment requires expertise in multiple clinical areas, including neurology, behavioral health and pain management. This session will explore the cause of migraines and discuss the current state-of-the-art treatment and ongoing management for this common chronic condition.

9:00 a.m.

The Role of Social Media in the Management of Chronic Illness, Lee Aase, Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media
The landscape of retrieving information is shifting from traditional channels to digital social media. For example, Wiki 2010 states that there are 400 million Facebook accounts, with 110 million of those created in America. The U.S Census 2009 found that 68.7 percent of households have Internet access. Furthermore, connectivity is rapidly increasing with the use of mobile and IPad technology. eMarketer, February 2011, found that 63.7 percent of Americans use social media now and predicts that by 2013 this number will increase to 67 percent. What are the impacts on chronic illness management with this explosion in the use of social media? In this session, learn why the adoption of social media within health care is such an important goal.

9:45 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Management of Complex Chronic Conditions, Hayden B. Bosworth, PhD, Duke University Medical Center (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, over 145 million people, almost half of all Americans, suffer from asthma, depression and other chronic conditions. Over 8 percent of the U.S. population has already been diagnosed with a form of diabetes, and many with diabetes remain undiagnosed. How can our health care system do better for those living with chronic conditions? Evidence-based guidelines, providers with specialized expertise and more effective information systems can help. With better health care delivery, management of those with chronic illness can be less reactive, and involve more planning in order to keep patients as healthy as possible.

11:00 a.m.

Integrated Care for Those With Multiple Chronic Conditions, Including Mental Illness, Kathleen Reynolds, LMSW, ACSW, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
People who live with serious mental illness tend to die 25 years earlier than the rest of the population. While a higher rate of suicide may account for some of these early deaths, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) found that three out of every five persons with serious mental illnesses die due to a preventable health condition. For those living with mental illness, chronic conditions significantly impact recovery. There is strong evidence of positive health impact when there is access to high-quality, integrated care for individuals with serious mental illnesses. This session will discuss the need for integration of care for chronic conditions, including mental health care.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m.

Ethical Considerations in the Battle Against Childhood Obesity, Jon Oden, MD, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
We are all aware of the increasing rate of obesity in America. According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), about one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and approximately 17 percent of children aged 2–19 years are also classified as obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The immediate health impact on children and adolescents include chronic diseases that historically have been adult health issues like joint problems, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, not to mention the stigma and impact on a child’s self-esteem. With the alarming increase in obesity related co-morbid conditions predisposing kids to lifelong chronic illness, this session will address the ethical issues that must be considered as society looks for answers to the childhood obesity crisis.

2:00 p.m.


2:15 p.m.

Celebrate the Pride, Power and Passion of Nursing, Kathleen D. Pagana, PhD, RN, Speaker and Best-Selling Author (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
Nurses have the gift of working successfully for many years when they feel good about themselves. Nurses value their professional impact on patient outcomes. However, anyone who works for prolonged periods and doesn’t recognize ongoing personal satisfaction will become discouraged their efforts to improve the lives of their patients. This is especially true for nurses working with patients living with complex chronic illness. In a medical atmosphere of growing technology and busy schedules, are nurses who work with chronically ill patients losing touch with the harmony of their valuable role as nurses? In this session, our speaker will remind nurses why they chose nursing and to inspire them to face each day with passion and purpose as they address the difficult challenge of promoting wellness and managing patients with chronic illness.

3:15 p.m.

Family Caregivers: Invisible Members on a Health Care Team, Suzanne Mintz, The Family Caregiver Association
What is the impact on health care when families and friends take care of loved ones? According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 52 million Americans (31 percent of the adult population between the ages of 20 and 75) are already fulfilling the role of a family “caregiver,” wearing many hats—from personal shopper to bedside nurse. Caregiving can be very rewarding, but based on the situation, may also mean a tremendous amount of sacrifice. From a cost standpoint, a study completed by AARP reveals that at 350 billion dollars, the economic value of noncompensated caregiving exceeds 2006 Exxon Mobile profits. How can our health care system offer enough support to help avoid the mental and emotional toll of being a caregiver?

4:00 p.m.


Note: OptumHealth Education reserves the right to make any necessary changes to this program. Efforts will be made to keep presentations as scheduled. Unforeseen circumstances may result in the substitution of faculty or content.
Updated 01/19/2012

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