PerformanceNavigator Workshop Offers New Approach to CME

September 01, 2015 12:12 pm Chris Crawford

This fall, the AAFP will host its first CME PerformanceNavigator Workshop that will focus on three cardiometabolic conditions: diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia. To be held Nov. 4-6 at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., the event will offer participants an opportunity to complete both their Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) Part II Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning and Part IV Performance in Practice requirements during a live peer-to-peer workshop that features an integrated online quality/performance improvement activity component.

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Gary Bird, Ph.D., AAFP CME senior learning strategist, told AAFP News that during the workshop, physician-learners will receive education on essential aspects of the theory of performance and quality improvement, engage with peers in interactive problem-solving sessions and participate in the reflective learning offered during self-assessment module (SAM) working groups.

"Based on their own data and as a result of the sessions in the workshop, learners will be able to visualize their practice deficits and correct them with individualized system-based solutions that they can then apply to complete the performance improvement activities in their office," Bird said.

PerformanceNavigator: Cardiometabolic Conditions offers a total of 113.5 Prescribed CME credits for participants who complete all activities.

The AAFP CME team chose the conditions diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia as the focus of the PerformanceNavigator workshop because they are commonly seen in primary care and have a high impact in that they account for significant health care expenditures but are associated with relatively poor patient outcomes, Bird said.

Story highlights
  • The AAFP will host its first CME PerformanceNavigator Workshop on Nov. 4-6 that will focus on cardiometabolic conditions and feature a live peer-to-peer workshop and online performance improvement component.
  • Set at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., the event offers attendees an opportunity to complete their MC-FP Stage II Self-Assessment and Stage IV Practice Improvement requirements.
  • Interested physicians should register soon to take advantage of the early-bird discount for the event, which expires Sept. 18.

The American Board of Family Medicine approved each of the three topics separately for MC-FP Part IV credit. Two of the three topics are associated with SAM working groups, and the diabetes topic contains measures that can be optionally linked to CMS' Physician Quality Reporting System.

The workshop's live-event learning is complemented by an online dashboard and tools to guide physicians through practice improvement activities.

Learners will be directed to the dashboard to access all of the features and activities available within PerformanceNavigator, Bird said. From the dashboard, physicians will be able to see how many CME credits are available for the different activities organized by Part IV Performance-In-Practice Modules for Cardiometabolic Conditions (three modules), Part II SAMs (two SAMs) and Part II Lifelong Learning CME, which includes credits available in the live course, Medical Knowledge Assessment (MKA) videos and an FP Essentials issue on metabolic syndrome.

"Within those categories, they can see the breakdown of their credits fulfilled, remaining and available in total," Bird explained. "Additionally, they will have access to their social learning community, where they can continuously collaborate with their peers, as well as access support/help links and the phone number of the AAFP Member Resource Center if they have questions."

The MKA videos are short, evidence-based CME segments that are available on-demand and further reinforce key aspects of management of diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia.

"The videos will be available at the beginning of the workshop, after learners have completed their baseline practice assessment," Bird said. "Sessions are 15 minutes in length and are designed to be easy to listen to either as video or audio-only files. They will focus on the application of knowledge in practice."

There is still time and available space for interested physicians to register for the PerformanceNavigator workshop. Sign up soon to take advantage of the early-bird discount for the event, which expires Sept. 18.

The AAFP selected the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., because it offers an attractive environment where attendees can relax, refocus and re-energize, Bird said. This will allow physicians time to step back from their practice, assess where they are and where they are going, and determine next steps.

"The team chose a resort location to create an environment for learning and reflection so attendees could leave the learning experience and reflect while spending time by themselves (fitness center, spa, pool, hot tub) with family (family/children's pool and play area, children's activities and nearby beach) or in recreational activities (golf, tennis)," he said.

Overall, said Bird, the Academy CME team is eager for participants to experience this unique learning event.

"The workshop is a rare opportunity for physicians to learn from their peers' experiences, discuss concerns with expert faculty and create an action plan that will allow them to measure the outcomes and effect on their patients when they are done," he said. "The online modules that are completed before and after the workshop will allow learners to analyze their practice and implement a solid plan to improve the quality of care of their patients."

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