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Merck is proud to offer the Merck Medical Education Topics in Health Care Series

This series is designed to help you stay informed about the complex and continuously changing environment of health care and health outcomes.

Previous topics have included:

Population Health Management 

An Overview of Population Health Management
Learning Objectives:

  • Define population health management (PHM) and review how it is 1 component of the US government’s 3-part aim
  • Review common areas covered by PHM interventions and some of the tools that have been used for PHM
  • Review potential roles of health care professionals, including case managers and health coaches

A Practical Approach for Implementing Population Health Management
Learning Objectives:

  • Outline various considerations for implementing population health management
  • Explore tactics and interventions that can improve population health management
  • Review case studies of various population health management programs and interventions
Medication Adherence 

A Profile of the Concept of Medication Adherence and Strategies to Identify Nonadherent Patients
Learning Objectives:

  • Define medication nonadherence and understand its prevalence among patients with chronic disease
  • Recognize the drivers of nonadherence and understand the importance of appropriate communication
  • Use the 10 Tenets model of medication adherence and the Adherence Estimator® screening tool

A Practical Approach to Help Improve Patients’ Medication Adherence
Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the emerging adherence quality drivers and the relevance in your health care setting
  • Recognize the importance of communication between health care professionals and their patients and caregivers
  • Learn simple techniques and resources to support patient engagement

Improving Medication Adherence—An Employer Focus
Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the current medication adherence environment
  • Review some programs employers are using to improve medication adherence
  • Discuss how employers can improve medication adherence through examples and case studies
Care Coordination/Chronic Care Management 

Coordinating Care: Incorporating Patient-Centered Care Across the Health Care Delivery System
Learning Objectives:

  • Explore information and evidence in the coordination of care
  • Explore some best practices, practical tools, and examples of quality and the coordination of care
  • Demonstrate coordination of care activities through various case studies

Models for Patient-Centered Care: The Need for Improving Chronic Care Management (CCM)
Learning Objectives:

  • Present evidence about the challenges to the current health care system in regard to chronic care management
  • Present chronic care models and initiatives intended to help improve quality in the current health care system
  • Introduce CCM, PCMH, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and discuss how, together, they are promoting quality improvements

Practical Approaches to Coordinating Care Across the Delivery System
Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of care coordination challenges and opportunities
  • Explore a fictional case study of a patient and how care coordination may be managed
  • Explore the importance of patient activation for care coordination
Relationship-Centered Care (RCC) 

RCC: Engaging in Effective Communications With Patients and Caregivers
Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the relationship-centered care model and its importance in all patient interactions
  • Identify skills and tools for use in building relationships in interactions with patients and caregivers
  • Establish a standard office communication framework to encourage and improve patient motivation
Health Literacy 

Implementing Universal Precautions for Health Literacy (Helping to Ensure Patient Understanding)
Learning Objectives:

  • Explore health literacy to create awareness and promote action for change
  • Provide strategies to address the health literacy needs of all patients using the Universal Precautions Toolkit
  • Demonstrate effective health literacy practices using specific examples
Health Care Disparities 

Delivering Quality Health Care to Diverse Populations
Learning Objectives:

  • Present evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in health care
  • Discuss the impact of disparities, cultural competence, and patient-centered focus on health care quality
  • Provide organizational strategies to achieve cultural competence and patient-centered focus and address disparities
Health Care Reform 

The Impact of Health Care Reform on the Delivery of Health Care in the United States
Learning Objectives:

  • Provide a brief review of the changes that have occurred and the current state of health care reform in the United States
  • Explore how quality improvement and delivery system reform efforts impact employers, medical groups, and health care organizations
  • Explore resources to help stakeholders decide on their approach to health care in view of health care reform

Trends in Benefit Design Evolution
Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the current benefit design landscape
  • Discuss the role of benefit design models in the evolving health care system and potential impacts of these models
  • Describe key considerations and challenges in developing and implementing new benefit design offerings

The topics are presented by experts in their fields, each of whom has a contract with Merck to deliver credible, evidence-based information. The live presentations are Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–regulated speaker programs; however, they are not accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs.

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