CME Outfitters Announces New CE Activity on Optimizing Care of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Launches on August 10, 2011, with live broadcast/webcast/telephone bridge and interactive Q&A session; faculty includes clinical research and treatment experts; focus on optimizing diagnostic strategies to improve care.

CME Outfitters, LLC, an award-winning accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education (CE), today announces a new interactive CE activity entitled Optimizing Care of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Focus on Diagnosis, Combination Therapy, and Outcomes-Based Care. The activity, co-sponsored by USF Health, launches with a live broadcast on August 10, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. ET, and offers continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.

“Early diagnosis of RA can facilitate early treatment” says Shari Tordoff, managing partner of CME Outfitters, LLC. “Validated assessment tools can be effectively applied to monitor disease activity and progression. And it’s equally important to select the appropriate DMARD therapy for each individual patient and optimize treatment using outcomes measures.”
Tordoff adds that the new educational activity focuses on diagnostic and management challenges faced by primary care clinicians, rheumatologists, pain specialists, nurses and other professionals, and helps them:

  • Apply new and emerging diagnostic strategies for rheumatoid arthritis to facilitate early diagnosis of the disease.
  • Utilize validated outcome measures to monitor disease activity and progression and ultimately optimize therapy for individual patients with RA.
  • Integrate guidelines and strategies for combination DMARD therapy to facilitate more appropriate DMARD selections for patient therapy.

Faculty for the activity includes renowned clinician-researchers with specific expertise in treatment and management of rheumatoid arthritis.

Leonard H. Calabrese, DO (Moderator)
Professor of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
R. J. Fasenmyer Chair of Clinical Immunology
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH

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

William F.C. Rigby, MD
Professor of Medicine
Dartmouth Medical School
Lebanon, NH

Activity Details:
Live Broadcast: Wednesday, August 10, 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
"After the Show" live Q&A webcast: 1:02 p.m. ET
Taped Re-Air: 4:00–5:00 p.m. 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 http://www.cmeoutfitters.com/cmea.asp?ID=568 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 Pfizer Inc. and Abbott Laboratories.
Additional support has been provided by CME Outfitters, LLC.
Credit Information:
This activity offers CME/CE credit for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. All other clinicians either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.
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 1.0 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 credit from AAFP, and AMA Category I CME credit 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 1.0 contact hour.
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: 0376-9999-11-010-L01-P (live presentation)
0376-9999-11-010-H01-P (recorded programs)
Activity type: knowledge-based
Credit Expiration Date: August 10, 2012
Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed online at http://www.cmeoutfitters.com/test (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 http://www.neurosciencecme.com/technical.asp.
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 http://www.cmeoutfitters.com/cmea.asp?ID=568.
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 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 http://www.cmeoutfitters.com or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).
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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