CME Corner

Physician’s Weekly has partnered with AKH, Inc. Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare to provide the following continuing education activities. Click on a title to read the activity (don’t forget to view the tables and figures!) and then click over to the AKH website to complete the post-test and obtain your credit.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: SCAI 2017

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CME/CE: Increasing Life Expectancy in HIV

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CME/CE: Guideline Update for Heart Failure Treatment

According to data from the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), heart failure (HF) is a common but often unrecognized and misdiagnosed condition that affects nearly 6

CME/CE: Filling Prescriptions After Opioid-Related Hospitalizations

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 4.3 million Americans engage in non-medical use of prescription opioids each month. Approximately 1.9 million Americans

The Late Show: How should patients who arrive late be handled?

  Traffic comes to a complete stop. Although this may not seem like such an unusual thing in New York City, during the week of the United

The Story Behind Our Scores

  The report cards for clinicians in our accountable care organization (ACO) came out recently, and boy, did we fail miserably. Looking through the 59-page document, some

CME/CE – New Guidelines: Managing Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia & Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) are estimated to account for 20% to 25% of all hospital-acquired infections, and about 10% to 15% of these cases

CME/CE: Updated Guidance on Invasive Aspergillosis

In 2008, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) released a guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of aspergillosis, a fungal infection caused by the airborne mold

CME/CE – ED Return Visits: Examining Outcomes & Costs

Ensuring safe transitions of care is an important goal for promoting better patient experiences, improving the quality of outcomes, and reducing costs. All-cause hospital readmissions are now

Making Sure Patients Are Safe to Go

As the academic year starts out, the interns have arrived and started to rotate through our ambulatory practice. During orientation we touch on the unusual concept of

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ACC 2017

New research was presented at ACC 2017, the American College of Cardiology’s Scientific Sessions, from March 10th to the 12th in Orlando. The features below highlight some

The Patient Who Didn’t Age

  Yesterday I saw a pretty good trick: a 65-year-old man who was 62 years old for three years. In our electronic medical record, he was ageless,

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Research shows that smoking is common among many patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and is an important modifiable risk factor for recurrent cardiac events. Studies show

CME/CE: Outcomes After ED Discharge of the Elderly

According to published research, the elderly have the highest rate of ED use among all adult patient groups. Poor outcomes, such as death or an ICU admission

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: CROI 2017

Smoking Cessation & Caner Risk in HIV Patients Previous studies suggest that the impact of smoking is much greater in patients with HIV than in the general

Outcomes After ED Discharge of the Elderly

According to published research, the elderly have the highest rate of ED use among all adult patient groups. Poor outcomes, such as death or an ICU admission

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: AAAAI 2017

New research was presented at AAAAI 2017, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting, from March 3 to 6 in Atlanta. The features below

CME/CE: Guidance on Opioid Prescribing for Patients with Chronic Pain

  Recent estimates show that more than 11% of adults in the United States experience chronic pain, and clinical guidelines indicate that these patients receive appropriate pain

CME/CE – The Cardiac Cath Lab: Updating Best Practices

Several years ago, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) published an expert consensus statement on best practices in the cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL) to provide

Comparing Back Pain Management Strategies

Chronic low back pain ranks as a leading cause of functional disability among adults in the United States. Despite numerous treatment options and increased resources being devoted

Conference Highlights: AATS 2017

Volume Standards for Thoracic Surgeries Few studies have assessed whether or not minimum volume standards for surgeries are associated with differences in outcomes in thoracic surgical procedures.

CME/CE: Updating Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Management

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) recently published an update to their comprehensive type 2 diabetes management algorithm. “The

CME/CE: Improving Surgical Decision Making

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CME/CE: Key Concepts in Managing Complicated Pericarditis

Mortality relating to heart disease has continued to decrease over the past several years, making the management of patient morbidity increasingly important. This trend coincides with an

CME/CE: Conference Highlights – AHA 2016

New research was presented at AHA 2016, the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association, from November 12 to 16 in New Orleans. The features below

Kicking the Referral Habit

  “I can do that?” During a recent morning practice session, a resident presented a patient who had several episodes of syncope, which culminated in a trip

Key Concepts in Managing Complicated Pericarditis

Mortality relating to heart disease has continued to decrease over the past several years, making the management of patient morbidity increasingly important. This trend coincides with an

CME/CE: Drug & Dietary Supplement Use Among Seniors

Published research indicates that many older adults in the United States use prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications and dietary supplements, but this can increase their risks for

CME/CE: Analyzing Factors that Link Chronic Rhinosinusitis & Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Recent data indicate that more than 10 million Americans have chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), an inflammatory disease that is associated with $50 to $60 billion in annual healthcare

Video CME/CE: Pain Management & Opioids, With ZDoggMD

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CME/CE: Preparing to Be a Good Samaritan

Studies indicate that off-duty emergency physicians (EPs) may be called upon at some point in their lives to provide care as bystanders to accidents and emergencies outside

CME/CE: Characterizing Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome

National estimates indicate that asthma and COPD are the most common diagnoses for patients with breathlessness and airway obstruction, each affecting greater than 5% of the United

CME/CE – Heart Healthy Diets: Achieving Guideline Adherence

Recent data show that about 55% of children in the United States and 41% of adults have poor dietary patterns. In addition, it is estimated that more

Conference Highlights: ACC 2017

New research was presented at ACC 2017, the American College of Cardiology’s Scientific Sessions, from March 10th to the 12th in Orlando. The features below highlight some

CME/CE: Examining Proneness to Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice continues to be a significant issue for physicians from all walks throughout the United States, and there are long-standing concerns about those who are claim-prone

CME/CE: A Program to Prevent Catheter-Associated UTIs

Research has shown that urinary catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common healthcare–associated infections both in the United States and throughout the world. Studies

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: WISC 2016

Assessing Asthma Exacerbation Susceptibility Previous research indicates that 50% of patients with asthma report having had an exacerbation in the previous year despite the majority of these

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ACAAI 2016

New research was presented at ACAAI 2016, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, from November 10 to 14 in San

CME/CE: Managing Adult Respiratory Syncytial Virus

While it is often thought of as a disease in children, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections cause significant illness and death in older adults every year. Clinicians

Conference Highlights: CROI 2017

Smoking Cessation & Caner Risk in HIV Patients Previous studies suggest that the impact of smoking is much greater in patients with HIV than in the general

CME/CE – Advanced Cancer: Analyzing Patient Discussions

Research suggests that physicians who manage patients with advanced cancer often struggle with whether and how best to convey sensitive information about prognoses to these individuals for

CME/CE: AAA Repair – Comparing Techniques & Mortality

Clinical studies have shown that patient- and hospital-level factors often play a significant role in surgical outcomes, particularly mortality, for both general surgeries and vascular surgical procedures.

CME/CE: Conference Highlights – CHEST 2016

  New research was presented at CHEST 2016, the annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, from October 22 to 26, 2016 in

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: IDWeek 2016

New research was presented at IDWeek 2016, the combined annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, HIV Medicine Association,

Perfecting the Post-Visit Procedure

After-visit calls aren’t working; what can be done instead? Right outside of my office door is one of the workstations where our medical technicians perform one of

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: Anesthesiology 2016 for Surgeons

Preoperative Anxiety Among Latinos While preoperative anxiety is common and studies have shown that culture and religion can influence these feelings, data are lacking on self-reported changes

Improving Lifestyles, One Patient at a Time

I’m sure a lot of people received health-related presents this past holiday season. But will they make us healthier? How many Fitbits are gathering dust, uncharged? How

CME/CE: Recent Trends in Triglycerides

Studies have shown that elevated triglyceride levels can increase risks for cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, and premature cardiovascular death. The American Heart Association also notes that high

CME/CE: Chronic Pain & Mental Health

According to published research, chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions account for four of the top nine diseases that contribute to years lived with disability in the United States.

CME/CE: Improving Asthma Control Dialogue With Patients

Healthcare providers tell their well-controlled asthma patients that they should experience few symptoms and no limits to everyday activities. And yet, many do. According to the recent