Massachusetts Medical Society: Work Is Medicine - Strategies for Improving Functional Outcomes

Work Is Medicine - Strategies for Improving Functional Outcomes

Work is Medicine - Strategies for Improving Functional Outcomes

Course Description
Most physicians caring for adults are asked at some point to make decisions about the work status of their patients. But few are taught much about this topic in medical training, including the health impact of these decisions. This engaging online case-based course will teach you the importance of including work recommendations in your patient-centered treatment plan. It will also equip you with the tools for discussing these decisions with patients. Using guided, simulated conversations, you will have a chance to practice talking with patients about their work issues. There are eight videos in this course, each takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete, offering 3.50 CME credits.

Course Objectives
After participating in this activity, you should be able to: 

  • Explain the concepts of impairment, disability and work disability
  • Refer to research evidence for the health benefits of work and the negative health impact of work disability
  • Name and explain at least 3 psychosocial risk factors for work disability
  • Apply simple in-office evaluation techniques and screening questions to evaluate ability and recognize risk for avoidable work disability
  • Improve communication skills related to return‐to‐work expectations and planning
  • Engage patients and employers in behaviors that support health and work productivity
  • Use the concept of quaternary prevention to explain how work disability risk is also related to risk for excessive and harmful medical care
  • Prescribe work activities as part of a patient-centered treatment plan 

Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACP
Dr. Marianne Cloeren is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is board-certified in both Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine and earned a graduate certificate in online instructional design. Dr. Cloeren is the author and course director of an 8-hour CME program offered by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) called Getting Your Patients Back to Work. She has also contributed to the development and served as a faculty member for two live ACOEM courses: Work Disability Prevention for Clinicians: Your Role in the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Process and Cutting Edge Work Disability Prevention Techniques: Early Screening and Intervention in High-Risk Cases.  Dr. Cloeren is one of the authors of the ACOEM guidance document The Personal Physician’s Role in Helping Patients with Medical Conditions Stay at Work or Return to Work. Her career has included federal occupational health, private practice, workers’ compensation case management and research.

Intended Audience 
All primary care physicians, specialists and other clinicians who treat patients of working age. 

Course Fees
MMS Member Physician: $140.00
Non-MMS Member Physician: $315.00
Allied Health Professional: $112.00
MMS Resident/Student: $0
Non-MMS Resident/Student: $70.00

Format: Interactive Videos

Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

MOC Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:
Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry and Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 3.50 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. 

Exam score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term
Original Release Date: January 14, 2020     
Review Date (s): December 15, 2022, January 16, 2023
Termination Date: January 14, 2026     

System requirements:

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses. 

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.

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