CME Outfitters Announces Live neuroscienceCME TV Activity: 'Integration of Medical Care in Psychiatry to Improve Patient Outcomes' Premieres Wednesday, June 6

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CME Outfitters, in joint sponsorship with the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Letters & Sciences, announces an upcoming live and interactive neuroscienceCME TV activity titled "Integration of Medical Care in Psychiatry to Improve Patient Outcomes." Offered as a live satellite broadcast, webcast, and telephone audioconference premiering Wednesday, June 6, 2007, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the activity will present the latest data on medical comorbidities and mortality in persons with mental illness and the use of antipsychotics, as well as recommendations and practical approaches to integrating medical care in psychiatry to improve patient outcomes.

CME Outfitters, LLC, an independent accredited provider of multidisciplinary medical education programming and related healthcare communications services, is pleased to announce an upcoming live and interactive evidence-based neuroscienceCME TV activity titled "Integration of Medical Care in Psychiatry to Improve Patient Outcomes." This educational activity is jointly sponsored with the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Letters & Sciences.

Offered as a simultaneous satellite broadcast, webcast and telephone audioconference, neuroscienceCME TV is a one-hour, live and interactive continuing education (CE) activity where leading experts discuss clinically relevant, evidence-based issues facing mental health practitioners. Each broadcast's interactivity is enhanced by offering a Q&A segment during which the faculty presenters can respond to audience comments and questions posed via e-mail, fax, or phone. CME Outfitters has also developed a web-based instant polling feature that allows live webcast participants a chance to provide real-time input. CE credit is offered to participants upon completion of each activity.

Premiering Wednesday, June 6, 2007, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, the activity will present the latest data on medical comorbidities and mortality in persons with mental illness and the use of antipsychotics, as well as recommendations and practical approaches to integrating medical care in psychiatry to improve patient outcomes. The recorded satellite broadcast will re-air from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET. This CE activity will also be available as an archived webcast, podcast, and telephone audioconference shortly after the live broadcast, and available as a multimedia CD-ROM in July 2007.

There is no fee to participate or receive CE credit for this activity; however, registration is required. Three forms of registration are accepted:
Online: Visit the activity details page at http://www.neuroscienceCME.com/cmea.asp?ID=229 and click the Register icon.
Phone: Call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).
Fax: Visit the activity details page at http://www.neuroscienceCME.com/cmea.asp?ID=229, print and complete the activity details form, and fax to 240.243.1033.

Statement of Need:
Morbidity and mortality rates are global measures of a population's health status as well as indicators of the quality of healthcare provided. It is well recognized that the prevalence rates of medical comorbidity and mortality are higher among persons with serious mental illness (SMI) compared to that of the general population. Recently published surveillance data from several state mental health agencies identified that persons with mental illness have 1.2 to 4.9 times higher mortality rates than the population at large. In light of these dramatic statistics, integration of mental healthcare and general physical healthcare is essential to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in persons with SMI. Recognizing the need to effect change, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Medical Directors Council recently published their 13th Technical Report, encompassing recommendations for change in clinical practices as well as those that target policy and organizational structural changes. These recommendations were intended to serve as a clarion call to clinicians, focusing them on the need to integrate behavioral and primary care into mental healthcare.

In addition to educating psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals on current data regarding medical comorbidities in mental illness and the use of antipsychotics, this activity will review recommendations and guidelines that support changes in clinical practice paradigms, as well as approaches and models that have been successfully implemented to integrate mental and physical healthcare. The faculty will also discuss recommendations for changes in the policy environment and regulatory structures that will facilitate organizational support for the integration of physical healthcare into psychiatry.

Chair/Moderator:
John W. Newcomer, MD
Washington University School of Medicine

Faculty:
Stephen J. Bartels, MD, MS
Dartmouth Medical School
Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center

Joseph Parks, MD
University of Missouri Columbia        

Peter Weiden, MD
Center for Cognitive Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate varying propensities among atypical antipsychotics for causing metabolic effects.
  • Review disparities in healthcare for persons with mental disorders and their impact on patient outcomes.
  • Identify practical models, from public mental health settings as well as from private community practice, that incorporate routine monitoring and management of medical comorbidities.

Target Audience:
Physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, psychologists, social workers, case managers, pharmacists and other clinicians with an interest in mental health.

Commercial Support:
The joint sponsors acknowledge educational grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Pfizer Inc. in support of this CE activity.

Credit Information:
CME Credit (Physicians):
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Letters & Sciences, and CME Outfitters, LLC. The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

Physician Credit Designation: The University of North Texas Health Science Center anticipates this program for 1 hour in Category 2A CME credit hours, pending approval from the AOA/CCME.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants: The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians, and will provide physician assistants who successfully complete the activity with a Statement of Participation indicating that the activity was designated for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Note to Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA Category I CME credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

CNE Credit (Nurses):
Letters & Sciences is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number: CEP14145. This activity is designated for 1.0 contact hours.

CEP Credit (Psychologists):
CME Outfitters is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CME Outfitters maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (1.0 CE credits)
Note to Addiction Professionals and Professional Counselors: NAADAC and NBCC accept APA and NASW continuing education (CE) credits toward national certification CE requirements. Please check with your state board to determine which type of CE credit is acceptable toward licensure CE requirements.

NASW Credit (Social Workers):
This program was approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886407722) for 1 continuing education contact hour.

CCMC Credit (Certified Case Managers):
This program has been approved for 1 hour by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC).

CPE Credit (Pharmacists):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs)
Universal Program Number: 376-999-07-003-L01 (live presentation) 376-999-07-003-H01 (recorded programs)

To receive credit, participants must review all activity materials in their entirety, and score 70% or above on a post-test. For additional CE credit instructions, please visit http://www.neurosciencecme.com/cmea.asp?ID=229

About CME Outfitters:
CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded, print, and web-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation services for non-accredited organizations. For a complete catalog of certified activities, please visit http://www.cmeoutfitters.com, http://www.neuroscienceCME.com, or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About neuroscienceCME:
neuroscienceCME.com is the premier web portal serving clinicians, educators and researchers in the neurosciences. Launched in October 2006, neuroscienceCME.com was custom designed to fill an identified gap in online resources for professionals around the world who are practicing in areas related to psychiatry, sleep disorders, addiction and substance abuse, ADHD, and other areas related to brain function. The site's primary mission is to be the professional's central forum for accessing, debating, synthesizing and implementing the latest findings and best practices in the neurosciences.

To view all recent neuroscienceCME press releases, visit http://www.neuroscienceCME.com and click on "News Room" or visit http://www.prweb.com and search for "neuroscienceCME."

Clinical Compass, a bi-weekly e-newsletter published by CME Outfitters, is a convenient way to stay informed of all neuroscienceCME news and information. To subscribe, visit http://www.neuroscienceCME.com and click on "Subscribe to Clinical Compass."

Contact: Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC
240.243.1308 direct
240.243.1033 fax

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