The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has partnered with mdBriefCase Group Inc. to offer a complimentary online Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity offering strategies to help prevent influenza in patients age 65 years and older. This on-demand program provides a framework for counseling adults age 65 years and older on the importance of annual influenza vaccination through case-based scenarios and can benefit all providers in all task areas.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
Describe the benefit of influenza vaccination in adults age 65 years and older
List the vaccine options available for seasonal influenza vaccination of adults age 65 years and older
Differentiate vaccine products approved for seasonal influenza in adults age 65 years and older
Effectively counsel older adult patients about the importance of seasonal influenza vaccination
Please note that participants will be required to create an mdBriefCase account to access the online program, but there is no fee to participate in this activity.
World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21st. But awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia is something never to be forgotten. Dementia is the umbrella name for a group of brain disorders causing symptoms from memory loss and impaired language to difficulties with concentration and decision-making, confusion, and disorientation. Alzheimer’s disease is one of those disorders. It’s also the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of all dementias.
Alzheimer’s in Idaho
The disease, which is not a normal part of the aging process, is the 6th leading cause of death in Idaho. It increased 41 percent in 2015 over 2014 which is higher than the national rate. Today 24,000 people in Idaho aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s; in just eight years, that number is expected to climb to 33,000. The Medicaid costs of caring for Alzheimer’s patients in Idaho in 2017 will top $129 million; by 2025 that number is expected to increase by 47.8%.
Two training opportunities for Community Health Workers (CHWs) are beginning this August. Sponsored by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) through the Idaho Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) in collaboration with Idaho State University (ISU), there is no cost to participate in either course for individuals who complete the course(s). The application and registration period is open and space is available in both courses:
The Idaho Primary Care Association is presenting an in-depth guide to the 2017 NCQA recognition requirements and the process for achieving PCMH recognition. The three-day training will be held in Boise, September 20-22. The two-part training includes Intro to PCMH 2017: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home on September 20-21 and Advanced PCMH 2017: Succeeding in Medical Home Recognition* on September 22.
The introductory NCQA Academy class is an in-depth guide to NCQA Recognition requirements and the process for achieving PCMH recognition. It’s designed for health care professionals, health care decision makers, and consultants interested in getting a perspective directly from expert faculty from NCQA. This course will provide a thorough review of the PCMH 2017 requirements and the documentation needed to support an application for NCQA Recognition.