In the U.S., 6 out of 10 people live with a chronic disease (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC], 2021c). Chronic diseases incur the highest healthcare cost of $3.8 trillion annually and are the leading causes of death and disability (CDC, 2021c). Chronic diseases are debilitating, can last a year or more, and often require frequent medical attention. In addition, people often have more than one chronic disease. According to the CDC, 4 in 10 adults have a comorbidity of two or more chronic diseases, and more than half of adults in the U.S. have three or more chronic illnesses (CDC, 2021c; Raghupathi & Raghupathi, 2018). Many of these comorbidities may be averted by managing risk factors, addressing health disparities, and recognizing social determinants of health that contribute to chronic disease. Healthcare professionals (HCPs) can then use patient-centered approaches to help patients self-manage their health.
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 General continuing education credits.
District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Kentucky Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Mississippi Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
North Dakota Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)
Relias, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0009.
Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work in New York. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice for an LMSW and LCSW. A licensee who practices beyond the authorized scope of practice could be charged with unprofessional conduct under the Education Law and Regents Rules.
As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias Learning are considered “self-study” under section 74.10(c)(2)(ii)(b)(4) of the Commissioner’s Regulations. The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months.
Social workers will receive 1.25 continuing education hours for participating in this course. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners (CEBroker Provider 50-290)
West Virginia Board of Social Work (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Patients with Comorbidities
The Burden of Chronic Illness and Comorbidities
The Challenge of Cost-Effective Healthcare
Understanding Health Insurance
Section 3: Modifiable Risk Factors and Health Disparities
Managing Modifiable Risk Factors
Section 4: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
What are Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)?
Education Access and Quality
Healthcare Access and Quality
Neighborhood and Built Environment
Social and Community Context
Ways to Improve SDOH
Section 5: Self-Management
How to Enable Self-Management
Educating Patients on Self-Management
Section 6: Interventions to Manage Comorbidities
Action Plans for Better Health Outcomes
Patient-Focused Action Plans
Element of an Action Plan
Sample Action Plan for Jack
Section 7: Conclusion
Alia Lutz, BA, BSN, RN, has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse with a focus on cardiothoracic, respiratory, and coronary care. She has also had experience in Med-Surg, step-down and ICU. Prior to joining Relias as a SME and Content Writer for acute care, she provided virtual education and injection training on injectable biologics to patients, reported adverse events, and was a patient advocate. She has collaborated with peers on creating job aids, writing policies, and improving quality of care and documentation. Alia received her Bachelors in Nursing from Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand in 2011. Disclosure: Alia Lutz, BA, BSN, RN has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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