Jointly provided by Primary Care Network and Clinical Care Options, LLC
Supported by an independent educational grant from Gilead Sciences
Tailored for primary care clinicians, this program explores best practices on screening appropriate patients for hepatitis C virus (HCV), evaluating HCV-infected patients, counseling patients on treatment, and understanding when to refer patients to a specialist.
This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with HCV infection.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
Apply current guidelines on age-cohort and risk-based HCV screening
Appropriately manage newly diagnosed and other untreated HCV patients, including staging their liver disease and counseling them regarding the health consequences of HCV infection and their current treatment options
Accurately counsel patients regarding current HCV treatment options, including recommended timing of treatment and key characteristics of current regimens
Appropriately distinguish among HCV-infected patients who can be managed in primary care vs those requiring linkage to specialist care
Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policy
REVIEW COMMITTEE DISCLOSURES In accordance with Primary Care Network (PCN) policy, all content is reviewed by independent peer reviewers for balance, objectivity, and commercial bias.
It is the policy of PCN to ensure all of its accredited educational activities are designed, implemented, and evaluated in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s (ACCME) Criteria and Policies. In accordance with ACCME requirements, PCN has Conflict of Interest (COI) and Disclosure Policies that are designed to ensure that PCN accredited educational activities are fair, balanced, independent, evidence based, and based on scientific rigor.
PCN’s Resolution of Personal COI Policy aims to ensure that all potential conflicts are identified and resolved prior to the activity, content is developed and presented free of commercial bias, and is in the interest of promoting improvements or quality in healthcare. All individuals who are in a position to influence and/or control content of a PCN accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity are required to disclose to the participants any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the activity. The educational content is also reviewed for independence and content validation by an independent clinical reviewer. Independence is also monitored through the activity and overall program evaluation process.
Terry D. Box, MD Associate Professor of Medicine Division for Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Box has disclosed that he has served on advisory boards for AbbVie, Gilead Sciences, and Intercept; has received funds for research support from AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Janssen, and Salix; and has served on speakers bureaus for AbbVie, Gilead Sciences, Intercept, Merck, Salix, and Vivus.
Accredited Provider Disclosure
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:
Brian Koffman, MDCM PCN Content Reviewer Medical Director, CLL Society Inc. Partner, St Jude Heritage Medical Group Diamond Bar, California Clinical Professor (Retired) Department of Family Medicine Keck School of Medicine, USC Family Practice Los Angeles, CA
Brian Koffman, MDCM, has disclosed that he has served on advisory boards and the speakers bureau for Ironwood Pharmaceuticals; and has served as a patient speaker for Juno Therapeutics.
Jill Hays, CHCP PCN Content Reviewer Executive Director Primary Care Network Springfield, Missouri
Jill Hays, CHCP, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Publishing Staff Disclosures
The following CCO staff has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Zachary Schwartz, MSc, ELS Managing Editor
Megan K. Murphy, PhD Clinical Editor
Jenny Schulz, PhD Editorial Director, Virology & Other Therapeutic Areas
Edward King, MA Executive Vice President
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
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 Primary Care Network (PCN) and Clinical Care Options. Primary Care Network is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Primary Care Network designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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.
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.
The opinions, ideas, recommendations, and perspectives expressed in this activity are those of the program authors and presenting faculty only and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, ideas, recommendations or perspectives of their affiliated institutions, Primary Care Network, advisory boards or consultants.
Participation in this self-study activity should be completed in approximately 0.5 hours. To successfully complete this activity and receive credit, participants must follow these steps during the period from April, 2017, through April, 2018:
Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty disclosures.
Study the educational activity online or printed out.
Submit answers to the post-test questions and evaluation questions online.
You must receive a test score of at least 70% 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 post-test confirmation page.
Records of all CME activities completed can be found on the "CME Manager" page. There are no costs/fees for this activity.
Your online certificate will be saved and accessible on the Clinical Care Options website and will not be saved to your myCME CME History.