What is being planned for 2018?  Lots!

Ascertaining the Role of the Primary Care Clinician in the Recognition and Management of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis in the Modern Era

Clyde E. Markowitz, MD

The diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) have evolved considerably over the past several years. Patients with this disease frequently present to clinicians in the primary care setting at the time their symptoms initially manifest. This session will provide an overview of the common signs and symptoms of MS; discuss how this disease is formally diagnosed; summarize the key findings with respect to the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of disease-modifying therapy; and provide insight into how family physicians can coordinate the management of their care in a timely manner.

 

Improving Health in the LGBTQ Community

Tom Ziering, MD

Eliminating LGBTQ health disparities and enhancing efforts to improve LGBT health are necessary to ensure that LGBTQ individuals can lead long, healthy lives. The many benefits of addressing health concerns and reducing disparities include: reductions in disease transmission and progression, increased mental and physical well-being, reduced healthcare costs and increased longevity. This session will focus on LGBTQ health concerns and how family physicians can best serve this patient population.

 

Effective Communication Strategies to Facilitate the Recovery of Patients Who Misuse and Abuse Drugs

The right treatment at the right time can save a patient’s life. The proper care by a primary care physician can make a huge difference in the recovery and well-being of patients with problems related to their use of drugs. How do you best reach and communicate with these patients? Join this session and be guided through an interactive learning experience. You will leave this session with the tools you need to engage with this patient population.

 

Frank Snope Keynote Address

John Cullen, MD, President-Elect, AAFP 

 

Old and New Practice Models: Which is Right for Me?

Considering your career path, or a change in how you practice medicine? Join this fast-paced session and listen the pros and cons of practice models delivered by experienced physicians and then participate in the following moderated discussion. Leave this session better informed about what practice model is right for you.

 

Simulation and Implementation Workshop:  Communication Strategies for Improving the Outcomes of Depressed Patients in Crises (3 Parts)

There is no doubt that the technological advances of recent decades have greatly increased treatment options. However, studies show that a compassionate and caring physician remains the best therapeutic tool in medicine. Open communication between physician and patient is an essential part of effective care, can improve patient adherence to treatment regimens, and help the physician experience greater professional fulfillment and avoid burnout. The physician’s ability to promote healing through their presence and their words is a fundamental component of good medical care. Yet, it can be difficult to effectively communicate with patients who are experiencing major depressive episodes. In part one of this 3-part session,you wiil learn the art of communicating with patients experiencing MDD and provide guidance for reaching this patient population.

 

Hypertension: Using the AHA Million Hearts Change Package to Improve Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension 

Patients with undiagnosed hypertension are “hiding in plain sight.” There is clear evidence that patients at risk for undiagnosed hypertension make regular visits to their primary care physician and have a blood pressure measurement that should raise red flags, but doesn’t. Clinical inertia is a symptom of physician, patient and system factors. The physician and patient consider the measurement episodic and there are no system tools (i.e., pre-visit planning, decision support) to indicate past high measurements in the patient record. Practical difficulties to detecting and managing hypertension require practical solutions: processes and tools that have a basis in the Chronic Care Model. Using reports and algorithms, family physicians can identify undiagnosed patients; implement protocols for testing and diagnosis, and develop registries for sustainable population management and quality improvement. This session will provide the tools that you need to identify these patients, improve patient outcomes, and ensure appropriate reimbursement for services through proper coding.

 

DSME/DPP – Levering Community Resources to Improve Diabetes Care - Fran Griffin

According to the NJ Department of Health, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death and is a major contributor to heart disease. Heart disease and diabetes are among New Jersey's top 10 causes of disability. Controlling diabetes can mean lowering risk of cardiovascular complications, which is diabetes' most deadly complication. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) are key resources to helping your patients diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes. DSME and DPP are proven to reduce the associated complications of diabetes and help patients increase their overall quality of life. Clinically, DSME is shown to reduce HBA1c by as much as one percent in people with type 2 diabetes, as well as, reduce fasting glucose and LDL. This session will review a “How to Guide” your practice can use to identify patients who are candidates for DPP or DSME, successfully refer those patients to these resources, and track their success and outcomes.

 

Research Posters 

Talk, listen, and learn from the research being conducted by NJAFP physician and resident members. You are sure to leave this session with pearls you can take back to your practice

 

Choosing Wisely: Lessons Learned From the First Five Years

Daniel Wolfson, MSHA

We have learned many lessons from the Choosing Wisely campaign that can be applied to the implementation of waste reduction initiatives in clinical and community environments. These efforts are built largely on a framework of complexity theory and self-determination theory — such as simple rules, engagement and empowerment of clinicians and patients, and a bottom-up approach. Attendees will hear stories and lessons learned so they can advance activities to reduce overuse at their institutions.

 

Across the Ages: Case Studies in ADHD

Although historically defined as a disorder of childhood, ADHD is increasingly recognized as a valid diagnosis in the adult population. This session will look at the diagnostic criteria for ADHD based on the DSM-V and how to improve the diagnosis of the condition through the ages.

 

Making the Connection: A Call to Action Against Undiagnosed Atrial Fibrillation Improving Detection -- Reducing Risk

Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people in the United States, a number that is expected to potentially double by 2030 due to an aging population. AF is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and is a significant risk factor for stroke. Although anticoagulation for AF reduces the risk for stroke by about 70%, recent evidence indicates many individuals have undiagnosed AF, placing them at an even greater risk. It is essential that healthcare professionals become proficient at effective screening practices to ensure individuals with AF are diagnosed and treated appropriately. Through this presentation, we aim to discuss the importance of screening of individuals at high risk for AF and stroke, as well as safety, efficacy, and real-world data on non–vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulation (NOAC) for thromboembolic risk reduction.

 

New and Emerging Basal Insulins

Richard Sadovsky, MD

The introduction of insulin to treat diabetes nearly a century ago has saved countless lives of patients with diabetes. Improvements in insulin therapy and delivery methods continue to evolve and a new generation of long-acting basal insulins has emerged. In this session you will learn about the emerging data for modern insulin products in the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and their clinical application.

 

Across the Ages: Obesity and its Effects on Women’s Health

Anna Silwowska, MD

Obesity in women, no matter what their age, diminishes almost every aspect of health, from memory to mood and from respiratory function to reproduction. The presence of obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. It does this through a variety of pathways. Some of these pathways are complex, involving metabolism and hormones. Others are more straight forward, such as the mechanical stress of carrying extra weight. This session will examine the effects of obesity on women’s health and provide insights into the best methods for managing this population.

 

To Bleed or Not to Bleed: An Experiential Learning Activity

Terry Hoben MAS, MICP and the University Hospital EMS, Newark, NJ

In the wake of recent mass causality events such as the Las Vegas shooting and the rampage on the bike path in New York City, it is increasingly likely that you will find yourself involved in a crisis situation. Will you know how to respond? This is an experiential session designed to prepare physicians to respond to in a crises and control bleeding emergencies. This includes performing a rapid casualty initial assessment, formulating a medical threat assessment, and initiating a plan of action using simulation medicine for a "real world" application of self-aid/buddy aid. This session is a combination of class instruction, skill application, and scenario-based learning with state-of-the-art bleeding mannequins that adapt to various environments.

 

Joint Injections Workshop

Steve Weintraub, DO

Joint injection is a procedure easily preformed in the family physician office. Attend this hands-on workshop to improve your skills in this important area.

 

KSA – Pain Management

Ryan Kauffman, MD