The Hospital Again? Transitions of Care in Heart Failure

Jointly provided by Albert Einstein College of Medicine and M2 Communications

This activity is supported by an independent education grant from Amgen.

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Release date: November 17, 2016

Valid through: November 17, 2017

Specialty: Heart Failure

Topic: Heart, Heart Disease

Media: Internet

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Program Overview

The following activity addresses the unmet educational needs in transitional care of heart failure patients. The goal of this activity is to provide healthcare professionals with the education needed to improve knowledge, increase competency, close practice gaps and advance proficiency of the learner thereby enhancing their clinical practice and the outcomes of their patients with heart failure.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of cardiologists, primary care physicians, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the recognition and management of heart failure.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Detect predictors for hospital readmission for patients with heart failure and identify patients at high risk
  • Discuss the AHA recommendations for transitional care management of heart failure patients and differentiate their use along the care continuum
  • Design a multidisciplinary transitional care team and determine the team’s role in promoting the adoption of recommended interventions to reduce readmission risk

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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

Faculty

Chair
Dr. Mark H. Drazner, MD, MSc, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA
Clinical Chief of Cardiology
Medical Director, CHF/VAD/Transplant
James M. Wooten Chair in Cardiology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Dr. James M. Tauras, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Heart Failure Attending
CCU Director, Einstein Division
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY

Kathleen H. Toto, RN, MSN, ACNP-C
Heart and Lung Clinic
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Peer Reviewer
Snehal R. Patel, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Cardiology)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY
 

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and M2 Communications. Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Policy

The "Conflict of Interest Statement" of Albert Einstein College of Medicine requires that faculty participating in any CME activity disclose to the audience any relevant relationship(s) with a pharmaceutical or equipment company.* Any presenter whose disclosed relationships prove to create a conflict of interest, with regard to their contribution to the activity, will not be permitted to present.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine also requires that faculty participating in any CME activity disclose to the audience when discussing any unlabeled or investigational use of any commercial product, or device not yet approved for use in the United States.

Victor B. Hatcher, PhD, and the staff of the Center for Continuing Medical Education of Albert Einstein College of Medicine have no relevant conflict of interest with commercial interests, related directly or indirectly to this educational activity.

The M2 Communications staff have disclosed that they or their spouses/life partners do not have any financial relationships, or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

* The ACCME defines a Commercial Interest as an entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interest.

Faculty Disclosures
Mark H. Drazner, MD, MSc, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA
Reported no conflicts of interest.

James M. Tauras, MD, FACC
Reported no conflicts of interest.

Kathleen H. Toto, RN, MSN, ACNP-C
Reported that her husband, Robert D. Toto, has received a consulting fee within the last 12 months from Amgen.

Snehal R. Patel, MD - Peer Reviewer
Reported no conflicts of interest.

M2 Communications, Inc.
Reported no conflicts of interest.

Nicole Kopec, Project Manager
Reported no conflicts of interest.

Rameez Pervaiz, Medical Affairs Manager
Reported no conflicts of interest.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving credit for this activity. During the period November 17, 2016 to November 17, 2017, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) complete the pre-test; 3) study the educational activity; and 4) complete the post-test and the evaluation form.

To answer the questions, click on your selected choice for each answer then proceed to the next question. We recommend that you print a copy of your answers before you submit them to us. Once completed, click on Submit Post-test at the bottom of the page. Your post-test will automatically be graded.

If you successfully complete the post-test (score of 70% or higher), your certificate will be made available immediately.  If you receive a score of 69% or less, you will receive a message notifying you that you did not pass the post-test. You may retake the post-test until successful.

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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, M2 Communications, and Amgen do not recommend the use of any agent outside the labeled indications. The faculty have indicated that this activity does not include the unlabeled/investigational use of a commercial product or device.

Disclaimer

The information presented in this activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician regarding diagnosis and treatment of a specific patient’s medical condition. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, M2 Communications, or Amgen. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

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