Expert Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Regarding HCV Elimination in Key Patient Populations

In this CME/CE-certified module, experts provide answers to common questions about best practices in the management of incarcerated individuals, men who have sex with men, and persons who inject drugs essential to the elimination of HCV as a public health threat.
Norah Terrault, MD, MPH
Program Director
Frederick L. Altice, MD
Christian Ramers Headshot
Christian B. Ramers, MD, MPH
Lara Strick, MD, MS
Physicians: maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Registered Nurses: 1.0 Nursing contact hour
Pharmacists: 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs)
Released: October 18, 2017 Expiration: October 17, 2018

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Apply strategies to improve rates of screening, diagnosis, engagement in care, and treatment for HCV in underserved populations
  • Apply practice guidelines and clinical trial data to ensure appropriate management for underserved populations with HCV infection
  • Increase rates of engagement of patients from underserved populations in HCV screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs

Acknowledgements

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Clinical Care Options, LLC.
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Educational grant provided by:
Gilead Sciences

Information on this Educational Activity

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Program Director

Norah Terrault, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Director, Viral Hepatitis Center
Division of Gastroenterology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Norah Terrault, MD, MPH, has disclosed that she has received consulting fees from Gilead Sciences and Merck, and funds for research support from AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, and Merck.

Faculty

Frederick L. Altice, MD

Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health
AIDS Program
Section of Infectious Diseases
Department of Internal Medicine
Director of Clinical and Community Research
Director of HIV in Prisons Program
Director of the Community Health Care Van
Yale School of Medicine/Yale School of Public Health
New Haven, Connecticut

Frederick L. Altice, MD, has disclosed that he has received consulting fees from Gilead Sciences, LSU, Melinta, and Merck; fees for non-CME/CE services from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Gilead Sciences; and funds for research support from Gilead Sciences.
Christian B. Ramers, MD, MPH

Associate Clinical Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine
UC San Diego School of Medicine
La Jolla, California
Assistant Medical Director
Division of Research/Special Populations
Family Health Centers of San Diego
San Diego, California

Christian B. Ramers, MD, MPH, has disclosed that he has received consulting fees from AbbVie and Gilead Sciences; fees for non-CME/CE services from AbbVie, Gilead Sciences, Janssen Therapeutics, and Merck; and funds for research support from Gilead Sciences.
Lara Strick, MD, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
Infectious Disease Physician
Health Services
Washington State Department of Corrections
Tumwater, Washington

Lara Strick, MD, MS, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.

Staff

Megan K. Murphy, PhD

Associate Scientific Director

Megan K. Murphy, PhD, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.
Anna Poppa

Editorial Contributor

Anna Poppa has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.
Jenny Schulz, PhD

Director, Scientific Services

Jenny Schulz, PhD, has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

The following PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, RN, BSN and Jan Schultz, RN, MSN, CHCP, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Target Audience

This program is intended for physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers involved in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of patients infected with or at elevated risk of HCV.

Goal

The goal of this activity is to improve participants’ competence in implementing strategies to screen, diagnose, and cure diverse populations of individuals infected with HCV in the United States.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

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 Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Clinical Care Options, LLC. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material 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.

Nursing Continuing Education

Credit Designation

This educational activity for 1.0 contact hour is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Accreditation Statement

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Pharmacist Continuing Education

Accreditation Statement

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Credit Designation

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (Universal Program Number – JA4008162-9999-18-219-H01-P).

Type of Activity: Application

Program Medium

This program has been made available online.

Instructions for Credit

Participation in this self-study activity should be completed in approximately 1.0 hours. To successfully complete this activity and receive credit, participants must follow these steps during the period from October 18, 2017, through October 17, 2018:

1. Register online at http://www.clinicaloptions.com.
2. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty disclosures.
3. Study the educational activity online or printed out.
4. Submit answers to the posttest questions and evaluation questions online.

You must receive a test score of at least 65% and respond to all evaluation questions to receive a certificate. After submitting the evaluation, you may access your online certificate by selecting the certificate link on the posttest confirmation page. Records of all CME/CE activities completed can be found on the "CME/CE Manager" page. There are no costs/fees for this activity.

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