CME Outfitters Announces Live neuroscienceCME Webcast: 'Evaluating the Impact of Medicare Part D on Persons with Severe Mental Illness' Premieres Wednesday, February 6

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This live and interactive webcast will educate practitioners about the impact of Medicare Part D on patients with severe mental illness and provide guidance on strategies for delivering optimal care to these patients in light of policy restrictions.

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 webcast titled "Evaluating the Impact of Medicare Part D on Persons with Severe Mental Illness."

neuroscienceCME webcasts are offered as a one-hour, live and interactive presentations, enhanced by a live Q&A segment during which the faculty presenters can respond to audience comments and questions posed by text via the webcast interface, fax, or phone. Online CME/CE credit is offered to participants upon completion of the activity, at http://www.neuroscienceCME.com/test.

Premiering Wednesday, February 6, 2008, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, "Evaluating the Impact of Medicare Part D on Persons with Severe Mental Illness" will educate practitioners about the impact of Medicare Part D on patients with severe mental illness and provide guidance on strategies for delivering optimal care to these patients in light of policy restrictions.

Two additional dates are being planned during which live Q&A on this subject will again be offered. Live CME/CE credit will be offered for each of these additional dates. Please visit http://www.neuroscienceCME.com/cmea.asp?ID=283 for updates.

This CME/CE activity will also be available as an on-demand archived webcast, podcast, and telephone audioconference shortly after the live webcast.

To participate, visit http://www.neuroscienceCME.com 15 minutes prior to the live date and time, and click on either the "View Live Webcast" or "Participate in Live Dial-In" icons.

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/PR283 and click the Register for Live Webcast icon.
Phone: Call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).
Fax: Visit the activity details page at http://www.neuroscienceCME.com/PR283, print and complete the activity details form, and fax to 240.243.1033.

Statement of Need:
Patients with severe mental illness (SMI) have a higher prevalence of medical conditions than the general population, and generate more than twice the overall healthcare costs. Contributing to this problem are the general under-recognition of medical conditions in patients with SMI and their general lack of access to quality care. Thus, it is not surprising that patients with SMI are substantially impacted by policy decisions that revise Medicaid eligibility standards, lower payments to providers, and complicate access to new medications in an attempt to control rising healthcare costs. In particular, the implementation of Medicare (MMA) Part D, which shifted pharmacy dollars to Medicare for dually eligible individuals, has had a significant impact on this population. A recent survey of psychiatrists indicated that MMA Part D has contributed to confusion and problems for physicians in maintaining continuity of care for SMI patients. This situation has created a strong impetus for expanding strategies for delivering highly cost-effective care to SMI patients. In this interactive webcast, faculty will review key components of MMA Part D that impact SMI patients and identify strategies to ensure continuous care and maximize the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Moderator:
Daniel Carpenter, PhD
Senior Vice President
Chief Information Officer
Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc.
White Plains, NY

Faculty:
Carol L. Alter, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Policy and Community Outreach
Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC

Elizabeth V. Delesante, MD
Psychiatrist
Central Lakes Medical Clinic
Crosby, MN

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

  • Identify the ways in which Medicare Part D impacts patients.
  • Describe the clinical challenges posed by Medicare Part D.
  • Delineate strategies for obtaining Medicare authorization for optimal pharmacotherapy.

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, certified case managers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who treat patients with severe mental illness.

Commercial Support:
CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledges an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company 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 CME Outfitters, LLC, and Expert Knowledge Systems, an educational division of Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc. CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 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):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New York State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

It has been assigned code 6WASUP-PRV-0630. 1.0 contact hours will be awarded upon successful completion. This activity is co-provided with Expert Knowledge Systems, an educational division of Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc.

Note to Nurse Practitioners: The content of this CNE activity pertains to Pharmacology.

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)

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: 376-999-08-006-L01-P (live presentation) 376-999-08-006-H01-P (recorded programs)

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations can be completed online at http://www.neuroscienceCME.com (click on the Testing/Certification link under the Resources tab - requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (70% pass rate required). CE credit expires on February 6, 2009.

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.neurosciencecme.com, http://www.cmeoutfitters.com, or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About neuroscienceCME:
neuroscienceCME.com is the award-winning 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.

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: Christopher Perez
CME Outfitters, LLC
240.243.1303 direct
240.243.1033 fax

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