Course Director

Akshay S. Desai, MD, MPH
Akshay S. Desai, MD, MPH

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Accredited by

University of Florida College of Medicine

Activity Details

Credit Types:CME / CPE / CE
Credit Amount:1.0 Credits
Release Date:2016-Nov-25
Expiration Date:2017-Nov-24
Estimated Time for Completion:60 mintues
Registration Required:No
Cost:Free of Charge

Activity Description and Educational Objectives

Join Dr. Akshay S. Desai as he discusses contemporary, evidence-based strategies aimed at reducing heart failure hospitalizations and morbidity and mortality. In this educational activity, Dr. Desai looks at how healthcare professionals can recognize heart failure in patients earlier, so that timely treatment can be prescribed to prevent decompensation and initial hospitalization. He reviews recent clinical data and newly updated heart failure practice guidelines, including recommendations on the use of newer therapies with novel mechanisms of action. Other topics covered in this activity include strategies for reducing heart failure readmissions and mortality, such as improving the transition from hospital to home, ongoing patient monitoring, and coordination of care among members of the multidisciplinary team.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Apply evidence-based strategies for early recognition and aggressive management of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) in the outpatient setting
  • Identify evidence-based approaches to reducing CHF-related readmission rates, morbidity and mortality, healthcare resource utilization, and improving patient quality of life and functional status
  • Engage patients and caregivers as partners, through effective shared decision-making, to effectively manage worsening symptoms in an effort to avoid initial hospitalization and rehospitalization
  • Apply evidence-based strategies to reduce heart failure readmission rates based on guidelines and clinical trial data on available therapies for CHF
  • Integrate strategies to improve the coordination of care within the multidisciplinary healthcare team

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of cardiologists, primary care physicians, emergency medicine specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinicians involved in the care of patients with heart failure.

Nursing Education Purpose Statement

The purpose of this activity is to improve knowledge and competence of nurses concerning the treatment of heart failure.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive credit, participants must view the activity and complete the post-test and evaluation form. A score of 80% or higher is needed to obtain CME credit and 70% or higher to obtain CE/CPE credit. There are no pre-requisites and there is no fee to participate in this activity or to receive CME/CE/CPE credit. Statements of Credit are awarded upon successful completion of the post-test and evaluation form.

Media: Enduring Material
Release and Expiration Dates: November 25, 2016- November 24, 2017
Time to Complete: 60 minutes

Faculty & Disclosure / Conflict of Interest Policy

In accordance with ACCME requirements, the University of Florida College of Medicine has a conflict of interest policy that requires faculty to disclose relevant financial relationships related to the content of their presentations/materials. Any potential conflicts are resolved so that presentations are evidence-based and scientifically balanced.

Course Director

Akshay S. Desai, MD, MPH
Director, Heart Failure Disease Management Program
Advanced Heart Disease Section, Cardiovascular Division
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Akshay S. Desai, MD, MPH, has a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of:
Consultant for Merck & Co., Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Relypsa Inc.; sanofi-aventis; and St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Grant/Research Support from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
Ashkay S. Desai, MD, MPH, does not intend to discuss any non−FDA-approved or investigational use of any products/devices.

CME Reviewer

Jamie B. Conti, MD, FACC, FHRS
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
AHA Eminent Scholar in Cardiology
Department of Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida

Jamie B. Conti, MD, FACC, FHRS, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

Nurse Reviewer

Bobbie Perrin, RN, OCN
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Harrington Cancer Center
Amarillo, Texas

Bobbie Perrin, RN, OCN, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

CPE Reviewer

Nancy Nesser, JD, PharmD
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Oklahoma City, OK

Nancy Nesser, JD, PharmD, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

Medical Director

Chris Washburn, PhD
PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education

Chris Washburn, PhD, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.


The information provided at this CME/CE/CPE activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. Recommendations for the use of particular therapeutic agents are based on the best available scientific evidence and current clinical guidelines. No bias towards or promotion for any agent discussed in this program should be inferred.

Providership, Credit & Support


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 University of Florida College of Medicine and PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education. The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Medical Learning Institute, Inc.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15106, for 1.0 contact hour(s).


ACPEThe Medical Learning Institute, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Completion of this application-based activity provides for 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit. The Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0468-9999-16-014-H01-P.


This CME/CE/CPE activity is jointly provided by University of Florida College of Medicine and PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education; this activity is also co-provided by Medical Learning Institute, Inc.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The faculty of this educational activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. Faculty members have been advised to disclose to the audience any reference to an unlabeled or investigational use.

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