Tuesday May 19, 2015 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
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Jackson Marriot 
200 East Amite Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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Sara Murphy 
Alzheimer's Association Mississippi Chapter 

Alzheimer's, Diabetes and Hypertension: An Evidence-based Approach  to Chronic Disease Management

The Alzheimer's Association-Mississippi Chapter, Mississippi State Department of Health, Department of Mental Health and UMMC Mind Center have collaborated to provide a conference for MD's, NP's and PA's focusing on better managing the care for those living with Alzheimer's, diabetes and hypertension.


An e-mail confirmation will be sent to each registrant that will include conference payment receipt.

CME: 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 Mississippi Association of Public Health Physicians (MAPHP) and the herein listed joint providers.  The Mississippi Association of Public Health Physicians is accredited by the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MAPHP takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. MAPHP designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  ADA:  Individuals with disabilities, who would like to attend this event, please contact Sara Murphy at 601.987.0020 regarding any special accommodation needs. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner for those giving adequate advance notice.



Conference Agenda

7:30a.m.-8:30a.m. - Registration

8:30a.m.-10:00a.m. - Chronic Disease Reality Check (You’re Not Alone)

A multi-disciplinary panel discussion of challenges faced when treating and caring for patients and their chronic conditions.  This panel session will also include a compelling story from a patient living with Alzheimer’s disease and his caregiver’s perspective.                                               

Janice Bacon, MD, Rebecca James, MD, Kathy Travis Gregg, MD, Mike Quayle and Kerri Hawkins


10:15a.m.-12:15p.m. – The Standards of Care: Guideline Updates for Alzheimer’s, Diabetes and Hypertension

Debbie Minor, PharmD, Andrea Phillips, MD and Sara Sanders, MD

12:15p.m.-1:15p.m. - Lunch

1:15p.m.-2:15p.m. – Healthcare Extenders: Team Based Approach to Care

A model implemented by the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center where health care extenders such as community health workers (CHWs) and pharmacists work closely with healthcare providers and patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes through education and counseling, communication with providers, and medication therapy management.

William Booker, MD and Rebecca Crane, PharmD, BCACP

2:15p.m.-2:30p.m. - Break

2:30p.m.-4:00p.m. - Resources Panel Discussion

A panel discussion of the resources available throughout the state that can assist healthcare professionals in their practice setting to better serve their patients and families.

Sebrenia Robinson, MS, Rick Courtney, CELA , Mark Meeks, MD and Ashley Parker, LMSW  


Conference Learning Objectives

Session I:

Chronic Disease Reality Check (You’re Not Alone)

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain patient-centered health care
  • Discuss the importance of integrated care across multiple co-morbid chronic illnesses, acute complaints, mental health, prevention and family care
  • List the potential benefits resulting from effective care coordination
  • Describe the effects of caregiving on a caregiver’s health
  • Explain the importance of listening to the caregiver
  • Discuss the importance of physician assessment of the caregiver
  • Discuss the disease progression of dementia and effect on the caregiver over the course of patient decline
  • Describe challenges associated with dealing with problem behaviors such as hallucinations, paranoia, and aggression in dementia patients
  • Recognize risks associated with co-morbidity and polypharmacy plans from multiple providers for an individual patient
  • Recognize the day to day challenges an individual living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia faces post diagnosis.
  • Identify two tips in communicating with those living with Alzheimer’s regarding sensitive topics such as driving.
  • Explain the immediate challenges a caregiver faces post diagnosis of a neurocognitive disorder, such as Alzheimer’s, in a patient.
  • Identify two resources that a healthcare provider can give that are helpful for the family caregiver.


Session II:

The Standards of Care: Guideline Updates for Alzheimer’s, Diabetes and Hypertension

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of hypertension management
  • Describe the New JNC 8 Hypertension Guidelines
  • Compare the differences in the JNC 8 and the JNC 7 Guidelines
  • Explain the Impact of the JNC 8 Guidelines on Daily Practice
  • Discuss recent guideline updates for diabetes management
  • Review medication options and factors influencing appropriate selection for the individual patient
  • Describe current goals and monitoring strategies for diabetes management
  • Describe the benefit of early detection of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, the importance of cognitive screening in Medicare Annual Wellness Exams and delivering the diagnosis to the patient and family.
  • Discuss current diagnosis methods for Alzheimer’s and other dementias including cognitive evaluation and brain scanning as well as how to differentiate between the types of dementia
  • Review FDA approved medications used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias including treatments for behavioral symptoms as well as potential side effects


Session III:

Healthcare Extenders: Team Based Approach to Care

Learning objectives:

  • Describe how Community Health Workers are being used as a member of the medical home.
  • Discuss impact of CHWs on knowledge, behavior, satisfaction, health outcomes, and health care utilization.
  • Explain the cost-effectiveness of CHW interventions.
  • Explain why pharmacists are being used as a member of the medical home
  • Discuss the Pharmacy Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Project
  • List ways to integrate pharmacy services in the healthcare setting

Session IV:

Resources Panel Discussion

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the techniques and tools outlined in “Motivated to Live a Better Life.”
  • Understand how “Motivated to Live a Better Life can improve the self-efficacy of people living with  or caring for someone with chronic medical conditions.
  • Understand how techniques and tools are utilized to assist with managing chronic conditions and how they can be integrated into a community or healthcare setting.
  • Observe a Snap-Shot of workshop activities
  • Inform patients and their families of legal and financial services for caregiver assistance and financial protection that may be available to them.
  • Identify common concerns and misconceptions expressed by patients and families about personal autonomy in health-care and legal decision-making.
  • Review the benefits of Advanced Care Planning following a dementia diagnosis to facilitate end-of-life care including, creation of a financial and health care power of attorney, living will and/or other advance directive.
  • Discuss late-stage care and end-of-life considerations for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients including patient hydration, pain management and use of feeding tubes.
  • Describe the similarities and differences between palliative and hospice care, when to initiate these care services, and how to determine when a dementia patient qualifies under Medicare guidelines. 
  • Understand the role of the geriatric social worker in enhancing patient care and best practices.
  • Help the aging patient and family navigate the system for needed services that will ensure a smooth transition and continuum of care.
  • Provide collaborative information about community resources available to families caring for aging family members.