The interactive programs present clinically relevant case studies related to medication choices, life style issues, and MS symptom management. Specifically, they emphasize the importance of communication and collaboration among healthcare providers to improve the outcomes of patient care.
Course content is based on material presented during the AANP 28th National Conference held at the Palazzo and Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Featured faculty includes Stephanie Agrella, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, MSCN, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Director of Clinical Services, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic of Central Texas; B. L. “Nick” Burnett, DNP, FNP-C, APRN, BC, FAANP, Clinic Manager, Family Nurse Practitioner,
‘With the Affordable Care Act becoming a reality, the role of NPs and PAs in caring for patients with diseases that have variable courses like multiple sclerosis will continue to expand in all chronic illnesses, particularly MS. We are excited to partner with the CMSC to offer this program to our members and to provide a better understanding of what can be treated in a primary care setting and what needs to be referred to a MS specialist,”
The faculty for the AAPA course includes Scott Newsome, DO, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of Neurology Outpatient Services, John Hopkins University; Bryan Walker, MHS, PA-C, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science; and Kathy Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN, formerly Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neuroimmunology, and Neuroinfectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins Hospital and currently the Associate Vice President, Clinical Care Advocacy, Services and Research Department, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
“PAs practice medicine in every medical setting and specialty, and are treating patients with MS. Having access to the latest information on the basic and advanced fundamentals of MS diagnosis and treatment will help PAs become stronger members of the MS patient’s health care team,” said Mike Saxton, MEd, CCMEP, FACME; Chief Learning Officer at the AAPA.
For more information and to register for the “Distinguishing Between Primary Care Needs and the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis: A Collaborative Approach to Appropriate Referrals,” CME/CE activity courses for NPs through AANP CE Center (https://cecenter.aanp.org/