Case Explorations in the Treatment of Schizophrenia: A Clinical CliffhangersSM Series–
a free online CME activity designed to help physicians explore the benefits and limitations of various therapeutic options available for use in schizophrenia, including the role of long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAIAs) and strategies to improve treatment adherence and patient–physician communication.
1-Considerations for the Selection of Initial Maintenance Treatment After a First Psychotic Episode in a Patient With Schizophrenia- Watch the first of three Webcasts that explores effective treatment strategies for patients with schizophrenia. In this first Webisode, faculty expert John Lauriello, MD, explores treatment options for a patient with probable schizophrenia, including appropriate timing for the introduction of long-acting injectables.
2-Addressing Patient and Clinician Barriers to the Use of Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics in Schizophrenia- Watch the second of three Webcasts that explores effective treatment strategies for patients with schizophrenia. In this second Webisode, faculty expert John Lauriello, MD, discusses the impact of medication nonadherence in schizophrenia and the potential role of long-acting injectable antipsychotics.
3-Relapse in Schizophrenia: Charting an Optimal Path Forward- Watch the last of three Webcasts that explores effective treatment strategies for patients with schizophrenia. In this final Webisode, faculty expert John Lauriello, MD, evaluates data about proven methods for improving medication adherence and the benefits and limitations of long-acting injectable antipsychotics.
1.5 Free AMA Pra CAT 1 CME for Physicians
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Outcomes and the Staff Nurse: How Does Current Emphasis on Outcomes Data Impact Me at the Bedside– The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers scores (HCAHPS), pressure ulcer rates, never events, and value-based purchasing—outcomes data are everywhere. Pressure ulcers, central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), and falls are important, but why do I need to know about financial data and satisfaction scores? What do the critical success factors of the chief executive officer (CEO) have to do with the bedside nurse? It is critical that nurses understand their role in patient outcomes, as well as in hospital outcomes.
Discuss the importance of outcomes in the current healthcare environment.
Evaluate the impact of their nursing interventions at the bedside to larger outcome data, from falls to hospital financials.
Identify strategies for tracking the impact of individual nursing care on patient outcomes.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
Domestic Violence: The Florida Requirement– Define domestic violence and its impact on health care. Cite the general prevalence of domestic violence on a national and state level and identify state laws pertaining to the issue. Describe how to screen and assess individuals who may be victims or perpetrators of domestic violence, including the importance of conducting a culturally sensitive assessment. Identify community resources presently available for domestic violence victims and their perpetrators throughout Florida concerning legal aid, shelter, victim and batterer counseling, and child protection services.
2.0 Free CEUs for Certified Nursing Assistants
Pediatric Pharmacotherapeutics: Children Are Not Little Adults– Identify ways in which children are different than adults in terms of pharmacotherapeutics. Discuss common pediatric prescribing errors. Discuss strategies to prevent pediatric prescribing
errors. Identify medications with new pediatric approvals.
1.25 Free AANP CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 1.25 Pharmacology Hours
Take Care Clinics
Herpes Zoster Vaccination Clinical Update– The lifetime risk of developing herpes zoster infection (shingles) has been estimated to be approximately 30%. About 20% who get shingles develop post-herpetic neuralgia, a long-lasting pain that is difficult to treat. As the population ages, the number of cases of herpes zoster infection is expected to increase.
The herpes zoster vaccine provides an effective and important tool for disease prevention. Yet, barriers to immunization have played a significant factor in limiting its use and effectiveness in preventing disease. Healthcare providers, including primary care, community pharmacists and hospital clinicians, can play a critical role in screening patients and administering the herpes zoster vaccine as a means to improve vaccination rates. To accomplish this, they must not only be knowledgeable about vaccine, but must be aware of the latest recommendations and healthcare policies that can impact vaccine usage.
Identify adult patients who would benefit from herpes zoster vaccination based on current FDA and ACIP immunization guidelines.
Discuss the impact of current healthcare policies on herpes zoster vaccination.
Identify specific considerations when administering the herpes zoster vaccine in various adult populations.
1.5 Free CEUs for Pharmacists
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians & PAs
Preventing Vs Managing Pediatric Allergies: Clinical and Economic Impact of Nutritional and Environmental Interventions– The prevalence of allergic diseases, including atopic dermatitis and food and respiratory allergies, has been rising dramatically during the last two decades, particularly among children. Allergic diseases can impair a child’s physical and mental health, diminish quality of life for the entire family, and increase costs for family and society. To advise parents how to avoid initial atopy and the “allergic march” in their children, clinicians must be up to date about optimal nutritional and environmental strategies. The case study interwoven throughout this monograph illustrates how to help a mother with an allergic child reduce her new baby’s risk for allergy.
Describe the effect of the increasing problem of pediatric allergic diseases, particularly atopic dermatitis, on quality of life for patient and family.
Evaluate current evidence about the health economics of preventing vs. managing allergy symptoms in pediatric patients.
Assess data that demonstrate the long-term effects of optimal nutrition in preventing infant allergy.
Recommend or implement nutritional and environmental strategies, including those for pregnant and lactating mothers, to prevent allergy in pediatric patients.
Provide the most up-to-date care and counsel for patients and their families for the prevention of pediatric allergic diseases.
1.5 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians and Registered Dieticians
A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO THE APPROPRIATE DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF SHIFT WORK DISORDER– Identify and diagnose shift work disorder (SWD) based on specific symptoms and in accordance with recognized guidelines.
Implement appropriate management strategies for SWD, including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions, while considering the potential for comorbid sleep disorders.
Describe and institute mechanisms for assessing and ensuring optimal outcomes for patients with SWD that can be easily applied in a clinical setting.
1.0 Free CEUs for Sleep Technologists
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Menopause: Is Weight Gain a Given?– Menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of menstrual activity, with estrogen levels dropping significantly at the beginning of menopause, causing a variety of adverse effects and associated risks. Menopause is marked by hot flashes, irritability, fatigue, anxiety, mood swings and/or loss of bone density. About 15% of women will have severe symptoms. It is important to understand the role of estrogens and progestins; symptoms and adverse effects of decreasing hormone levels; the risk of weight gain and metabolic syndrome; and changes in fat distribution.
Discuss the physiology of menopause and its influence on hormone levels.
Answer the frequently asked question: “Does menopause cause weight gain?”
Describe the effect of menopause on fat distribution and metabolic syndrome.
1.0 Free CPEUs for Registered Dieticians
Free until 2/20/16
Hospital to Home Preparation for Seniors– Eldercare professionals know better than anyone that older adults who are hospitalized sometimes return home in a significantly altered state. Alternately, they may not return home at all. Based on compelling new research, in this web seminar presenter Molly Carpenter discusses the risk of hospitalization for older adults. She also will outline five ways to help keep older adults out of the hospital, and barriers that could prevent them from remaining healthy and at home. The web seminar will feature free resources, including a “Five Ways to Prevent Senior Hospitalizations” guide and a Hospitalization Risk Meter that will help assess an older adult’s risk of hospitalization.
1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROMES PART 2: NEW GUIDELINES AND THERAPEUTIC OPTIONS FOR UNSTABLE ANGINA AND STEMI– Review strategies for the diagnosis and risk stratification of unstable angina (UA), ST-segment myocardial infarction (STEMI), and non-ST-segment myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). Discuss the most recent recommendations for the initial management of patients with UA/NSTEMI or STEMI. Utilize appropriate discharge medications for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. Communicate with patients the need for long-term therapy to prevent recurrent thrombotic events after ACS.
1.0 Free AANP CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 0.5 Hours of Pharmacology
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians
This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., and Lilly.
THE PHARMACIST’S ROLE IN PAVING THE TREATMENT SUCCESS PATHWAY FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA– Differentiate safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetics (PK), and adherence data for the agents used in the long-term maintenance of schizophrenia. Discuss healthcare decision-making and motivation among schizophrenia patients and healthcare providers. Recommend interventions to HCPs that will improve appropriate access to, and use of, antipsychotic medication, including use of LAIs. Perform interventions for schizophrenia patients that will improve appropriate access to, and use of, antipsychotic medication, including use of LAIs.
1.0 Free CEUs for Pharmacists
Jointly sponsored by RMEI, LLC and The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. RMEI gratefully acknowledges an educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Lundbeck in support of this CPE activity.
How New Technologies & Practices Will Impact Patient Safety-
Identify the driving forces for patient safety in the future and list the AORN actions that address patient safety.
Discuss the examples of future information technology from the presentation that improve healthcare practices and efficiencies.
Describe how information technology can improve patient safety.
1.0 Free CEUs for Respiratory Therapists
Educational grants by Knowledge Network Kimberly-Clark Care Education
Depression– Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression.
This free introductory course provides an overview to the various forms of depression, including signs and symptoms, co-existing conditions, causes, gender and age differences, and diagnosis and treatment options.
1.Describe the various forms and symptoms of depression
2. List illnesses that often co-exist with depression
3. Name various factors that can cause depression
4. Identify types of medications that are commonly used to treat depression
5. Describe the two main types of psychotherapy that are effective in treating depression
1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists
This course also offers Free CEUs for Social Workers
Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)– The overall purpose is to inform learners about the benefits, harms, and comparative effectiveness of various treatment strategies for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
Discuss the efficacy and comparative effectiveness of psychological treatments for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
Discuss the efficacy and comparative effectiveness of pharmacological treatments for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
Identify the important adverse effects associated with treatments for adults diagnosed with PTSD.
Identify current gaps in the evidence related to the psychological and pharmacological treatments for adults with PTSD.
Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Case Managers, CHES, and Medical Assistants
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
List all of the criteria required to establish work-relatedness for an occupational disease.
Describe the risk factors that may help prevent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
Understand the symptoms and signs of CRPS.
Explain the treatment plan for patients with CRPS.
1.0 Free CEUs for Physical Therapists
Maximizing Patient-Case Manager Communication and Collaboration for ACS Patients: Meeting ACO Performance Targets– It is estimated that 1 in 5 Medicare patients discharged from a hospital will be readmitted within 30 days, and that 67% of patients surviving a coronary event will suffer a recurrent event requiring rehospitalization. The Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program is part of the Affordable Care Act and provides a financial incentive to hospitals to lower patient readmission rates but does not provide clear guidance on how to reduce readmissions. This activity addresses provider adherence to ACS guidelines, patient education, and discharge and transition strategies between hospital and home in an effort to reduce hospital readmission. Through this webcast, our cardiologist and pharmacist faculty discuss methodologies to reduce readmission rates among ACS patients. Downloadable resources are available for case managers to employ within their practice or share with patients.
Review clinical guidelines for the use of antiplatelet therapies in patients with ACS who are hospitalized, undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, or being discharged with maintenance therapy.
Explain why specific antiplatelet therapies are selected for specific ACS patient subsets.
Formulate strategies to facilitate transitions of care, improve discharge communication, ensure patient adherence, and reduce complications and hospital readmissions related to ACS.
1.0 Free CCMC CEUs for Case Managers
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians, Nurses, and Pharmacists
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC.