Chair Scott Newsome, DO Director, Neurology Outpatient Services Johns Hopkins Neuroimmunology and Neuroinfectious Diseases Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD
Faculty Connie Easterling, RN, MSN, ANP, MSCN Clinical Coordinator MS Care Center Neurological Services of Orlando Orlando, FL
Bryan Walker, MHS, PA-C Assistant Professor Associate Director, Didactic Curriculum The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science Physician Assistant Program Washington, DC
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM
Physician Assistants: 1.0 contact hour
Nurses: 1.0 contact hour
An estimated 350,000 to 500,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic neurologic disorder with potential for substantial negative impact on quality of life. While MS is managed primarily by neurologists, primary care physicians (PCPs) must be able to recognize signs and symptoms that may be suggestive of, or related to, MS so that they can make appropriate referrals to neurologists for diagnostic services. Wide variability in the presentation of MS makes this particularly challenging. Successful MS management also relies on PCPs coordinating care with all members of the health care team to ensure proper management of the patient. This activity is designed to increase PCP knowledge and competency in recognizing possible signs and symptoms of MS and to show them how to coordinate a collaborative care model for patients with MS.
. Target Audience
This activity is intended for clinicians who care for patients and families affected by MS, including primary care clinicians, internal medicine physicians, PAs, and NPs, as well as nurses and other professionals .
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Summarize the numerous, multifaceted care needs of patients with MS.
Outline an effective collaborative multidisciplinary care model for MS, including the role of primary care clinicians.
Define the opportunity for improvement in MS care collaboration, including the gap in the current state vs the desired state.
List steps needed to close the gap and achieve successful collaboration among a multidisciplinary team to provide optimal MS care.
Identify MS patients who should be referred to a neurologist for a diagnostic workup.
It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest.
Scott Newsome, DO discloses the following:
Consultant: Biogen Idec, Genzyme
Research Support: Biogen Idec, Novartis
Connie Easterling, RN, MSN, ANP, MSCN discloses the following:
Consultant: QuestCor Pharmaceuticals, Teva Neuroscience
Speakers Bureau: Acorda, Biogen Idec, EMD Serono, Genzyme, Pfizer, QuestCor Pharmaceuticals, Teva Neuroscience
Bryan Walker, MHS, PA-C discloses the following:
Stock Ownership: Biogen Idec
June Halper, CEO CMSC, discloses the following:
Consultant: Biogen Idec
Additional CMSC, NPA, and AAPA faculty and staff involved in the development and review of this activity have nothing to disclose.
Gena Dolson, MCM Education Senior Medical Writer, has nothing to disclose.
The content has been reviewed by an independent clinician who has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Faculty members are required to inform the audience when they are discussing off-label or unapproved uses of devices or drugs. Devices or drugs that are still undergoing clinical trials are identified as such and should not be portrayed as standard, accepted therapy. Please consult full prescribing information before using any product mentioned in this activity. If using products in an investigational, off-label manner, it is the responsibility of the prescribing physician to monitor the medical literature to determine recommended dosages and uses of the drugs. Neither the publisher nor the providers promote the use of any agent outside of approved labeling. Credit Statements
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), Nurse Practitioner Alternatives, AAPA, and MCM Education. The CMSC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CMSC designates this enduring material 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.
This program is jointly provided by Nurse Practitioner Alternatives, CMSC, AAPA, and MCM Education. Nurse Practitioner Alternatives is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is awarded 1.0 contact hour of continuing nursing education for RNs and APNs.
This activity has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Participants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with the AAPA's CME Standards.
Commercial Support Statements
Supported by an independent educational grant from EMD Serono.
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online educational activity. This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated on this page; physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity.
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Study the educational content online.
Once completed, continue to post-test. Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score as designated at the top of the test. In addition, you must also complete the Activity Evaluation.
Computer Requirements: Minimum System Requirements: • Pentium III, 600 MHz or Equivalent Processor • 512 MB of RAM • Windows XP, Vista, or 7 • Mac OS X • 800x600 Monitor Resolution • 16-bit Color • 16 bit Sound Card with Speakers
The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions, the publisher, CMSC, NPA, AAPA, or EMD Serono. Any medications, diagnostic procedures, or treatments discussed by the program presenters should not be used by clinicians or other health care professionals without first evaluating their patients’ conditions, considering possible contraindications or risks, reviewing any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparing any therapeutic approach with the recommendations of other authorities.