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Below is a list of available courses.  You can sort the available credit types by using the drop down list below.  To find out more information about a particular course just click on the title of the course.

2018 Student COPD Course

Welcome to the new and improved 2018 student COPD course. This online course was created for the medical students at UT Health San Antonio.

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Overview, Definition and GOLD Grades

overviewThumbThe WipeDiseases Foundation has provided access to  this COPD module at no cost (for a limited time) to give healthcare professionals a true glimpse of the freedom of learning at their own pace that offers, as well as, how easily information learned can be implemented into day-to-day clinical practice.  This module will allow healthcare professionals to learn how COPD is defined and assessed, the epidemiology of COPD, the importance of post-bronchodilator spirometry values and predictive measures to apply to individual patients based on symptoms, history of acute exacerbations and spirometry values. Healthcare professionals will be introduced to the revised 2011 (to the present) Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) report, which describes how to classify and treat COPD patients according to the best available evidence in the literature.

Credit Hours: 0
Credit Type: None
Price: Free
Learning Objectives;

  • Define chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Predict who has COPD based on symptoms and post-bronchodilator spirometry
  • Classify COPD by grade based on the revised 2011-present GOLD report

Recognition and Diagnosis of COPD, Asthma and Co-Morbidities

diagnosisThumbHow are Depression, Recurrent Upper Respiratory Infections, Osteoporosis and Family History related to COPD?  This course immerses the subscriber in how many practicing Healthcare Professionals identify Classic and subtle symptoms of COPD and how they utilize questionnaires and physical examinations for case-findings. This course also teaches; the subscriber reasons for diagnosing COPD as soon as possible, the importance of Smoking Cessation, how to identify morbidities associated with COPD, as well as, other key diagnostic considerations such as Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and Osteoporosis. Subscribers will also observe clinicians question patients and witness how they use subtle clues given by patients in their case building.

Credit Hours: 4
Credit Type: CME | CE | NP | PharmD | RT
Price: $40
Learning Objectives:

  • Define chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Predict who has COPD based on symptoms
  • Differentiate clinical features of asthma from those of COPD
  • Identify management strategies for common morbidities that improve outcomes
  • Differentiate clinical features of asthma from those of COPD
  • Select appropriate screening tools to assess for common morbidities associated with COPD.
  • Identify subtle symptoms of COPD and infer when to order pre- and post-bronchodilator spirometry
  • Identify common morbidities associated with COPD

Spirometry: Overview and Examples

spirometryThumbPractice, Practice, Practice!  In this course, subscribers learn the ins-and-outs of spirometry, from making sure your equipment is current and calibrated, to instructing patients on proper breathing techniques for performing spirometry. Subscribers learn how to interpret pre & post bronchodilator spirometry, including the Forced Expiratory Volume in one second to Forced Vital Capacity (FEV1/FVC) ratio based on the American Thoracic Society guidelines, particularly by working through many case-based examples of spirometry and, of course, through practice, practice, practice. In addition, subscribers learn how to recognize if spirometry results represent adequate versus poor efforts and what results warrant a referral to a Pulmonologist for further work-up.

Credit Hours: 2
Credit Type: CME | CE | NP | PharmD | RT
Price: $20
Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the normal percent predicted values for spirometry (FVC, FEV1, and the FEV1/FVC ratio).
  • Distinguish obstruction, restrictive physiology, normal, and poor effort based on spirometry flow volume loops.

Management of COPD (Non-pharmacological and Pharmacological)

managementThumbBreathe easy: improving outcomes in patients with COPD using non-pharmacological and pharmacological therapies. This course offers insight on non-pharmacological and pharmacological therapies based on the GOLD recommendations, as well as, clinical factors to assess a patient’s severity and risk of complications according to the new classification of COPD as defined by the 2011 to the current GOLD recommendations. Subscribers are also shown how they can devise a daily treatment plan that has been shown to improve outcomes for patients with moderate to severe airflow limitation according to the best clinical evidence. We also cover safety issues, short-acting rescue & long-acting maintenance medications and other agents approved by the US FDA for COPD.

Credit Hours: 2.5
Credit Type: CME | CE | NP | PharmD | RT
Price: $25
Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the minimum number of hours per day that patients with resting hypoxemia need to wear their oxygen to improve their mortality
  • Devise a daily treatment plan that has been shown to improve outcomes for a patient with moderate to severe COPD according to the GOLD recommendations
  • Risk stratify patients with COPD according to the GOLD recommendations
  • Identify the nonpharmacological therapies of stable COPD that have been proven to improve outcomes

Acute Exacerbations of COPD

exacerbationsThumbOpen our eyes & get to work: improving outcomes, reducing relapses and preventing acute exacerbations of COPD.  Improve outcomes and reduce relapses. This course gives subscribers a firm foundation on which to build individual optimal prevention and treatment plans to improve outcomes of patients with moderate to severe Acute Exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD). Healthcare professionals follow along as cases are presented, facts are learned and inpatient and outpatient treatments are explained. Subscribers also learn risk factors that are associated with increased risk of treatment failure for acute exacerbations of COPD and learn to identify at least three strategies to reduce readmission rates for patients hospitalized with AECOPD.

Credit Hours:  2.25
Credit Type: CME | CE | NP | PharmD | RT
Price: $25
Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize symptoms of acute exacerbations of COPD in a patient at risk for the disease
  • Devise an optimal treatment plan to improve outcomes of a patient with a moderate to severe acute exacerbation of COPD
  • List two factors that are associated with increased risk for an acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD)
  • Identify three strategies to reduce readmission rates for patients hospitalized with an AECOPD

Achieving Smoking Cessation and Abstinence

smokingThumb7-seconds can last a lifetime…In this course subscribers learn the importance of persistent, but non-judgmental reminders to patients that “The best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking.” This reminder only takes 7-seconds out of a patient encounter to say and it can gently push your patients along the Motivational Stages of Smoking Behavioral Change and toward smoke-free living if reminded at every visit. This course also arms subscribers with the 5-R’s and 5-A’s many healthcare providers use to guide patients along the continuum of smoking cessation toward complete and permanent smoking abstinence. Subscribers are also given information of outside programs and references patients can use to help achieve total smoking abstinence.

Credit Hours:  2.0
Credit Type:  CME | CE | NP | PharmD | RT
Price: $20
Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize opportunities to implement the five “A’s” and five “R’s” to help patients achieve smoking abstinence
  • Apply the five “Rs” to a clinical patient who is reluctant to quit smoking
  • List two myths about Hookah/Shisha
  • Recognize potential side effects of medications that may be used to help with smoking cessation
  • Identify the potential health benefits of sustained smoking abstinence

Inhaler Training

inhalerThumb“Inhaler Training” course includes devices commonly used in the management of obstructive lung diseases. The Teaching Proper Inhaler Techniques section features facilitated learning modules with a healthcare professional teaching a patient how to use each inhaler properly and focuses on having the patient perform each step of the process without coaching to ensure that she is able to correctly use each device without supervision. Participants will also view instructional videos, including “Pearls and Pitfalls” of each of the inhaler devices. Learners will also engage in pre-tests and post-tests to assess self-confidence, knowledge, comprehension and application of the information presented in the learning modules.

Credit Hours: 3
Credit Type: CME | CE | NP | PharmD | RT
Price: $30
Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the pearls and pitfalls of each inhaler device
  • Distinguish between the appropriate inhalation technique for metered dose inhalers vs. dry powder inhalers
  • Explain proper inhaler technique of the 8 devices available/shown to patients
  • Recognize the importance of asking patients to perform return demonstration when instructing on proper inhaler technique
  • Identify common mistakes that patients make when taking inhalers

Coding and Billing

codingThumbOptimizing your reimbursement while avoiding fraudulent billing.  In this module, subscribers learn key components of billing common pulmonary procedures (as of 2014) by learning what can be billed, how to bill and most importantly what documentation needs to be on file in order to bill. Just as important as billing, subscribers also learn what should not be billed, in order to avoid fraudulent charges. This information applies to current procedural terminology (CPT) codes as of 2014 and does not include ICD-10 billing at this time. We hope to update this module soon to include the newest billing and coding information.

Credit Hours: 1
Credit Type: CME Only
Price: $10
Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize key components needed to successfully bill for spirometry in a primary care setting.