Optimizing Outcomes of Patients Hospitalized for Hepatic Encephalopathy: Focus on Early Intervention and Transitional Care

Release Date :
July 16, 2018
Expiration Date :
July 16, 2019
FACULTY

Robert Rahimi, MD
Transplant Hepatology
Baylor University Medical Center
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Texas A&M Health Science Center
College of Medicine
Dallas, Texas

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a commonly occurring complication of liver disease with the potential to cause severe impairments in brain function and substantially diminished overall quality of life. In the absence of appropriate treatment, HE is associated with poor survival and a high risk of recurrence and hospitalization. Current evidence indicates that there remains a significant need for earlier disease recognition and intervention, as well as secondary prophylaxis following treatment for acute episodes of overt HE.

Hospital Medicine Summit (HMS) is an innovative, multi-topic educational initiative designed specifically for hospital-based healthcare providers (hospitalists, internal medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and nurses). With significant changes occurring in the healthcare system, there is an increased demand on hospital-based healthcare providers to provide care that impacts patients not only in the acute setting, but as they transition back into the community and are managed in the chronic-care healthcare system.

TARGET AUDIENCE

This educational initiative has been designed for hospital-based healthcare providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and pharmacists.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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

  • Describe an approach to the early diagnosis of patients with HE that is consistent with current guideline recommendations
  • Summarize clinical trial data on the efficacy and safety of options for acute treatment and prophylaxis of HE
  • Implement a transitional care plan to prevent future hospitalizations among patients with HE
DIRECTIONS TO THE LEARNER

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of July 16, 2018, through July 16, 2019, participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.

MEDIA

Internet

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT

Integrity Continuing Education is accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

JOINT ACCREDITATION STATEMENT

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Integrity Continuing Education. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine 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.

CREDIT DESIGNATION

Integrity Continuing Education designates this enduring activity 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.

Continuing Pharmacy Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for a total of 1.0 contact hour(s) (0.10 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

(Universal Activity Number – JA4008162-9999-18-267-H01-P)
Type of Activity: Application

Continuing Nursing Education
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.0 contact hours. Designated for 0.7 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For information about ACCME accreditation of this activity, please contact Integrity Continuing Education at (855) 835-4004 or hms@integrityce.com.
For information about ACPE or ANCC accreditation of this activity, please contact Post Graduate Institute for Medicine at (303) 799-1930 or inquires@pimed.com.

DISCLOSURE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Integrity Continuing Education and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine require instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. Integrity Continuing Education and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine are committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities and related materials that promote improvement or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest or a commercial interest.

The following faculty/planners reported their financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Robert Rahimi, MD
Research: Ocera Therapeutics

The following planner and manager, Patima Tanapat, PhD, hereby states that they or their spouse/life partner 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 PIM planners and managers have nothing to disclose.

DISCLOSURE OF UNLABELED USE

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Integrity Continuing Education do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

PRIVACY POLICY

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MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows 98, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, and 7
Internet Explorer 6/7
Firefox 2
Mozilla 1.7 or higher
Netscape 8.1 or higher
Flash Player 10

Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4
Safari 1.3 (Mac OS 10.3)
Safari 2.0 or higher (Mac OS 10.4)
Firefox 2
Flash Player 10

Use of Internet Explorer browser is not recommended.

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DISCLAIMER

The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

PROVIDER STATEMENT

This CME activity is provided by Integrity Continuing Education.

This CEU/CNE activity is co-provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Integrity Continuing Education.

SUPPORTER ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Supported by an educational grant from Salix, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

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