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An Expanding and Equitable New ERA for Atrial Fibrillation 2.0:

New ERA 2.0

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Overview

If you are looking for an educational initiative that will help you to improve the care of your patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) then An Expanding and Equitable New ERA for Atrial Fibrillation 2.0: Performance Improvement (PI) Education and Research for Stroke Prevention, Symptom Reduction and Emerging Therapies (A New ERA 2.0) will assist you in this effort.

A New ERA 2.0 is a PI-CME initiative based on the AMA's model of examining practice data, accessing education and quality improvement tools to help improve care of patients, and re-examining practice to determine if the steps taken have improved patient care. Participants who complete this PI-CME activity will receive 20 CME/CNE credits. In addition, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)-certified physicians who successfully complete the initiative are eligible for 20 points towards the Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance requirement of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

The diagram below shows the different Stages and steps you will need to undertake to complete A New ERA 2.0.

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Please be aware that the performance improvement module you are about to embark on involves effort on your part and may also involve others in your practice at the Patient Survey step as well as the Action Plan Development and Implementation steps. Wait times are included in the process in order to upload clinical data, to develop and implement an action plan, and to capture changes in practice. On average, participants have taken 8.5 months to complete a similar module. If your ABIM certification expires in less than nine months, please contact ACC's A New ERA 2.0 support staff at (800) 253-4636, ext. 5404 to find out if you can complete the module in time.

Important Dates

Original Release Date: March 23, 2012

Closing Date for Stage A and Stage B: March 31, 2013

Expiration Date: October 31, 2013

Target Audience

This activity is intended for cardiologists, primary care physicians, nurses, physician assistants and other members of the health care team involved in the treatment of patients with AF.

Learner Objectives

The overall goal for A New ERA 2.0 is to optimize patient outcomes through improved management and treatment of AF based upon national quality standards derived from clinical guidelines and performance metrics. Over the long term, this effort will provide members of the cardiovascular care team, as well as AF patients, with enhanced knowledge and improved tools for implementing and sustaining strategies that lead to better outcomes.

At the completion of A New ERA 2.0, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and document thromboembolic risk in patients with nonvalvular AF or atrial flutter.
  • Ensure that patients with nonvalvular AF or atrial flutter at high risk for thromboembolism are offered appropriate anticoagulant therapy.
  • Provide guideline-based care to patients with nonvalvular AF or atrial flutter in order to improve their quality of life.
  • Utilize effective communication and shared decision-making strategies to engage patients in their AF treatment.

Advisory Board

Jonathan Halperin, MD, FACC – Chair
Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York

Anne Curtis, MD, FACC – Co-chair
Charles and Mary Bauer Professor
and Chair
Department of Medicine
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, N.Y.
 
Joseph Drozda, Jr., MD, FACC –
Co-chair
Director, Research Compliance
Mercy Health Research
St. Louis

Nancy Allen-LaPointe, PharmD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, N.C.
 
Laura Gravelin, MD
Cardiology Fellow
Rhode Island Hospital
Cardiovascular Research Center
Providence, R.I.

Tina Hannappel, RN, BSN
Managed Care Coordinator
CPR/HeartPlace
Dallas
 
William Lewis, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
Chief of Clinical Cardiology
MetroHealth Medical Center
Heart and Vascular Center
Cleveland                                                       

Kimberly Selzman, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology
Salt Lake City VA Hospital
Salt Lake City

Sherry Shults, RN, BSN, CIO
Research Director
Director, Clinical Support
South Carolina Heart Center
Columbia, S.C.

Eryn Smith, MS, PA-C
CVC Cardiovascular Medicine
Cardiac Electrophysiology Service
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Mich.
 
Sridhar Vijayasekaran, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Clinical Non-Invasive Cardiology
Clinical and Translational Research
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo, N.Y.

John Windle, MD, FACC
Professor and Chief, Internal Medicine
Division of Cardiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Neb.
 
Stuart Winston, DO, FACC
Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy

As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of their directly sponsored or jointly sponsored/co-provided educational activities. Planners, presenters, and other contributors in a position to control the content are required to disclose to the audience all relevant financial relationships he/she or a member of their immediate family may have, occurring within the past 12 months, with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services related to the content of the activity. When an unlabeled use of a commercial product or an investigational use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity, the contributor should disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigational.

ACCF is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities and materials that promote improvements and quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business or commercial interest. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in sponsored educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the credited activity.

ACCF assesses conflict of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME/CNE-credited activities. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through a process that includes course directors and appropriate peer review by education committee chairs/members, for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

Please note ACCF staff involved with this activity have nothing to disclose.

Disclosures

Jonathan Halperin, MD, FACC – Chair
Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York

Disclosures
Consulting Fees/Honoraria
Astellas Pharma, US; AstraZeneca;
AtriCure, Inc.; Bayer HealthCare AG;
Biotronik, Inc.; Boehringer Ingelheim;
Bristol Meyers Squibb; Daiichi Sankyo;
Johnson & Johnson; Pfizer, Inc.;
sanofi-aventis  

Joseph Drozda, Jr., MD, FACC –
Co-chair
Director, Research Compliance
Mercy Health Research
St. Louis

Disclosures
Personal Disclosure
Immediate family member is regional
manager for Boston Scientific
Rhythm Management

Laura Gravelin, MD
Cardiology Fellow
Rhode Island Hospital
Cardiovascular Research Center
Providence, R.I.

Disclosures
Nothing to disclose

William Lewis, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
Chief of Clinical Cardiology
MetroHealth Medical Center
Heart and Vascular Center
Cleveland

Disclosures
Consulting Fees/Honoraria
Boehringer Ingelheim; Boston Scientific; Medtronic                     

Speaker's Bureau
sanofi-aventis

Sherry Shults, RN, BSN, CIO
Research Director
Director, Clinical Support
South Carolina Heart Center
Columbia, S.C.

Disclosures
Nothing to

Sridhar Vijayasekaran, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Clinical Non-Invasive Cardiology
Clinical and Translational Research
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo, N.Y.

Disclosures
Nothing to disclose

Stuart Winston, DO, FACC
Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Disclosures
Research Grants
Biotronik; Boston Scientific; Medtronic; St. Jude Medical                       

Anne Curtis, MD, FACC – Co-chair
Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair
Department of Medicine
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, N.Y.

Disclosures
Consulting Fees/Honoraria
Biosense Webster; Medtronic; sanofi-aventis; St. Jude Medical

Research/Research Grants
Medtronic

Speaker's Bureau
Medtronic, sanofi-aventis

Nancy Allen-LaPointe, PharmD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, N.C.

Disclosures
Research/Research Grants
Pfizer, Inc. 

Tina Hannappel, RN, BSN
Managed Care Coordinator
CPR/HeartPlace
Dallas

Disclosures
Nothing to disclose 

Kimberly Selzman, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology
Salt Lake City VA Hospital
Salt Lake City

Disclosures
Nothing to disclose 

Eryn Smith, MS, PA-C
CVC Cardiovascular Medicine
Cardiac Electrophysiology Service
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Disclosures
Nothing to disclose

John Windle, MD, FACC
Professor and Chief, Internal Medicine
Division of Cardiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Neb.

Disclosures
Research Grants
RAND Organization

Personal Disclosure
Immediate family member is pharmacy editor for eMedicine.com 

Christina Chadwick, RN, MSN
Nurse Planner
American College of Cardiology Foundation

Disclosures
Nothing to disclose

 

Learner Bill of Rights

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) recognizes that you are a life-long learner who has chosen to engage in continuing medical education to identify or fill a gap in knowledge or skill; and to attain or enhance a desired competency. As part of ACCF's duty to you as a learner, you have the right to expect that your continuing medical education experience with ACCF includes the following.

Content that:

  • Promotes improvements or quality in healthcare
  • Is current, valid, reliable, accurate and evidence-based
  • Addresses the stated objectives or purpose
  • Is driven and based on independent survey and analysis of learner needs, not commercial interests
  • Has been reviewed for bias and scientific rigor
  • Offers balanced presentations that are free of commercial bias
  • Is vetted through a process that resolves any conflicts of interest of planners and faculty
  • Is evaluated for its effectiveness in meeting the identified educational need

A learning environment that:

  • Is based on adult learning principles that support the use of various modalities
  • Supports learners' abilities to meet their individual needs
  • Respects and attends to any special needs of the learners
  • Respects the diversity of groups of learners
  • Is free of promotional, commercial and/or sales activities

Disclosure of:

  • Relevant financial relationships that planners, teachers and authors have with commercial interests related to the content of the activity
  • Commercial support (funding or in-kind resources) of this activity

Accreditation

Physicians
The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this PI-CME activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Each stage of the activity is designated for 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Successful and sequential completion of all three stages awards an additional 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, for a combined total of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This activity is approved through the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Approved Quality Improvement (AQI) Pathway and is eligible for 20 points towards the Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance requirement of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

Nurses
The American College of Cardiology Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Stage A and B are designated for 5 continuing education hours. Stage C is designated for 10 continuing education hours. Successful and sequential completion of all three stages awards a combined total of 20 continuing education hours. Each participant should only claim continuing education hours for those stages which were successfully completed.

While offering CME/CNE credits as noted above, this activity is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.

Acknowledgments

Independent educational grant support provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC; and sanofi-aventis U.S. Inc.

Hardware/Software Requirements

To participate in this activity, you will need a high-speed Internet connection (e.g. cable, DSL) and a current Web browser. We recommend Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher for PCs and Firefox or Safari for Macs. You will also need current versions of Adobe Reader to view PDF documents, Windows Media Player for the interactive case studies, as well as software to view .doc documents (e.g. Microsoft Word, Google Docs

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