Team Up Against MS: The Multidisciplinary Patient-Centered Team Approach to Multiple Sclerosis

Released On
February 8, 2021

Expires On
February 8, 2022

Media Type

Completion Time
50 minutes

Acute Care, Case Management, Education, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Integrative Medicine, Neurology, Occupational Medicine, Ophthalmology, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Psychiatry, Radiology

Multiple Sclerosis

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This educational activity is jointly provided by the American Academy of CME, Inc. and Spire Learning.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Biogen Inc. and Bristol Myers Squibb Company.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — American Academy of CME, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners — American Academy of CME, Inc., designates this educational activity for 0.75 ANCC Contact Hours (0.1 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours).

All other health care professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Target Audience

This program is designed for neurologists and MS specialists including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses.

Program Overview

Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) often need the intervention of multiple specialists, resulting in a complex organization of care. This CME/CE podcast features an interprofessional team of healthcare professionals from the MS Comprehensive Care Center at Holy Name Medical Center who will share their insights on best practices for patient-centered care of people with MS. The MS Care Team will share key aspects of their evolution as a team using two cases of patients with MS. This discussion will highlight how they 1) evaluated existing practices, 2) identified areas of improvement, 3) prioritized and implemented changes in care, and 4) assessed the team’s progress toward achieving their patient-centered care goals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • DIAGNOSE and subtype patients with MS based on clinical history, MRI findings, and updated McDonald criteria
  • ASSESS MS disease activity and progression longitudinally
  • RECOGNIZE suboptimal treatment response and optimize therapy, with the goal of minimizing disability
  • DISCUSS MS disease course, treatment options, and quality-of-life concerns with patients and their families


Mary Ann Picone, MD (Faculty Chairperson)
Medical Director
MS Comprehensive Care Center at Holy Name Medical Center
Teaneck, NJ

Frederick Foley, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Yeshiva University
Bronx, NY
Director of Neuropsychology and Psychosocial Research
MS Comprehensive Care Center at Holy Name Medical Center
Teaneck, NJ

Jason Kavountzis, MPT, MAS, OCS
Director of Rehabilitation Services
MS Comprehensive Care Center at Holy Name Medical Center
Teaneck, NJ

Matthew Schiebel, RN
MS Certified Specialist
MS Comprehensive Care Center at Holy Name Medical Center
Teaneck, NJ

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by American Academy of CME, Inc. and Spire Learning. American Academy of CME, Inc. 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 healthcare team.


Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Accreditor Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest Statement:

According to the disclosure policy of the Academy, all faculty, planning committee members, editors, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant relationships with any commercial interests related to this activity. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation. All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and levels of evidence.

Faculty Disclosures:

Mary Ann Picone, MD

  • Advisory Board – for scientific purposes: Sanofi Genzyme
  • Speakers Bureau: Biogen Inc; BMS-Celgene; Genentech, Inc; Sanofi Genzyme

Frederick Foley, PhD

  • Advisory Board – for scientific purposes: Roche

Jason Kavountzis, MPT, MAS, OCS, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Matthew Schiebel, RN, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Educational Planning Committee

American Academy of CME, Inc.
John Juchniewicz, MCIS, CHCP, Natalie Kirkwood, RN, BSN, JD, and Edward Moylan, RPh, have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Spire Learning
Chris Washburn, PhD, discloses his spouse/life partner who is employed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Jeanne Prater discloses her spouse/life partner who is employed by Novo Nordisk and is a shareholder of Johnson & Johnson.

Lisa Colombo has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Independent Reviewer

Kathleen Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN, MSCS, has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CE credit for this enduring activity. To receive CME/CE credit participants must:

  • Log in to participate in the activity.
  • Complete the Pretest.
  • You may move forward through the panel discussion; however, you may not go back to change answers or review video files/content until you finish the presentation.
  • In order to receive a CME/CE certificate, you must complete the activity Posttest and pass with a score of 70% or higher, complete the Evaluation, and then click on “Request for Credit.” You may immediately download a CME/CE certificate upon completion of these steps.
Statements of participation will be emailed to all other health care professionals completing this course.


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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity contains discussion of published and/or investigational use of amantadine (for fatigue) that are not indicated by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


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