Patient Care Transitions in COPD: Improving Collaboration Between Inpatient and Outpatient Providers to Reduce Readmissions

Monday, May 1, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mandalay Bay J
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
3950 S Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119


5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Registration/Dinner Served
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM Practitioner’s Edge Scientific Session
6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Question & Answer Session/Closing Remarks

Practitioner's Edge℠ Panel

Sleep Medicine and Lung Health Consultants
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Staff Physician
Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

B. Justin Krawitt, MD
Medical Director of Care Management
and Clinical Documentation
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine
Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire

Program Overview

The burden and frequency of hospitalization for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remain high. Addressing this burden requires increased vigilance of changing COPD symptoms and risk factors for exacerbations and hospitalizations. It also requires that inpatient and outpatient healthcare providers evaluate patient status and provide therapies matched to individual patient needs. Gaps remain in healthcare providers’ ability to recognize individual risk factors in patients with COPD, as well as in collaboration between inpatient and outpatient healthcare providers. This program aims to address these gaps through education and review strategies that have been shown to be effective in reducing rates of readmission in patients with COPD.

Program Format

Practitioner’s Edge Workshops are innovative, interactive meetings that provide attendees with cutting-edge medical education in a peer-to-peer discussion setting. Practitioner’s Edge provides the practicing healthcare provider with tools and education that may be utilized immediately in daily practice.

In this Practitioner’s Edge program, case studies will be utilized to illustrate issues related to patients with COPD. Audience participation will be invited via interactive questions interspersed throughout the program. The results of the interactive questions will serve as a catalyst for faculty discussion and best-practice reinforcement.

Target Audience

This educational initiative has been designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse case managers involved in the management of COPD.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe long-term management strategies that may reduce COPD-related hospital readmissions
  • Review important comorbidities of COPD as part of a management strategy to reduce readmissions
  • Incorporate physical and cognitive assessments over the course of the inpatient-to-outpatient transition to determine the appropriate device for patients with COPD
  • Improve communication between inpatient and outpatient healthcare providers who manage patients with COPD to better coordinate care transitions


There is no registration fee for attending this symposium, however, seating is limited.


Call Integrity Continuing Education at 1-855-835-4004

Preregistration does not guarantee seating. We recommend arriving at the meeting location early.

Accreditation Statement

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest (COI)

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition.

 Held in conjunction with Hospital Medicine 2017, SHM's Annual Meeting.
 Provided by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.
Supported by an educational grant from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.