CME Outfitters Announces New Activity on Improving Medication Adherence in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Launches on November 16 with live broadcast, interactive Q&A session; faculty includes experts from Cornell, Drexel, and University of California, San Francisco

CME Outfitters, LLC, an award-winning accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education, today announces a new interactive CE activity entitled Optimizing Clinical Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Strategies for Improving Adherence. The program launches with a live broadcast on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm ET, and provides continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.

“Poor treatment adherence is a significant cause of poor health quality in many patients,” says Shari Tordoff, managing partner of CME Outfitters, LLC. “There are effective interventions to combat common cause of poor adherence, and it’s critical that clinicians are knowledgeable about using them as part of individualized management plans.”

Tordoff adds that the new program focuses on practice tips to address management challenges faced by physicians and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team, and helps them:

  • Articulate the most common causes of low treatment adherence among patients with RA, and more effectively and proactively communicate with patients about the long-term risks of treatment nonadherence.
  • Devise an assessment plan that applies evidence-based models, strategies, and objective measures and use these to routinely monitor and improve adherence to a therapeutic regimen in patients with RA.
  • Select targeted, pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies for RA within individualized management plans that are in concordance with patients’ needs.

Faculty for the program includes several board-certified, well-published clinician-researchers who have specific expertise in the treatment and management of rheumatoid arthritis.

Allan Gibofsky, MD, JD, FACP, FCLM (Moderator)
Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Attending Rheumatologist
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, NY

Jennifer L. Barton, MD
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Martin J. Bergman, MD, FACR, FACP
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Taylor Hospital
Ridley Park, PA

Program Details:
Live Broadcast: Wednesday, November 16, 12:00–1:00 pm ET
"After the Show" live Q&A webcast: 1:02-1:30 pm ET
Taped Re-Air: 4:00–5:30 pm ET
There is no fee to register for or participate in the program, however registration is required. There are two easy ways to register:
Online: Visit and click the Register for Live Webcast icon
Phone: Call 877.CME-PROS (877.263.7767)

Co-Sponsored by:
USF Health and CME Outfitters, LLC

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other health care professionals with an interest in rheumatoid arthritis.

Financial Support:
Supported by educational grants from Abbott Laboratories, Centocor Ortho Biotech Services, LLC, and Pfizer, Inc.

CME Credit (Physicians):
USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Note to Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credist from AAFP, and AMA Category I CME credits for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

CNE Credit (Nurses):
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15510, for 1.5 contact hours.

CPE Credit (Pharmacists):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs)
Universal Activity Number: 0376-9999-11-027-LO1-P 0376-9999-11-027-H01-P

Activity type: knowledge-based

Credit Expiration Date: November 16, 2012

Post-test, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed online at (requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (80% pass rate required). This website supports all browsers except Internet Explorer for Mac. For complete technical requirements and privacy policy, visit

Faculty Disclosure:
USF Health and CME Outfitters, LLC, adhere to the ACCME Standards, as well as those of the ACPE, APA, and ANCC, regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of USF Health and CME Outfitters, LLC, that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved, and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation. Detailed disclosure is presented to the learner prior to registration at

Equal Opportunity Statement:
Events, activities, programs and facilities of the University of South Florida are available to all without regard to race, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, age, Vietnam or disabled veteran status as provided by law and in accordance with the university’s respect for personal dignity.

About CME Outfitters, LLC:
CME Outfitters, LLC 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 list of certified activities and more information, visit or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

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About USF Health (University of South Florida):
USF Health produces educational activities that are scientifically valid, free of commercial bias, and based on the principles of adult learning. These activities are developed around specific needs related to gaps in competence, performance, and/or patient outcomes, and, whenever possible, offer education delivered in settings best suited to the intended results.

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