Practical Reviews - Chronic Diseases

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Introducing Practical Reviews: Chronic Diseases

This exciting new online resource lets you focus on patient care while our highly experienced specialists and clinicians do the heavy lifting. They take the latest treatment guidelines and boil them down to what you really need to know — practical, hands-on advice you can use right away. You, your practice, and most importantly, your patients, will benefit from the weekly evidence and preventive care strategies.

  • Get actionable advice to improve outcomes, prevent complications, and reduce ER visits, admissions and readmissions in patients with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, pulmonary diseases, and more.
  • Keep up with recent developments in preventive care and screenings, including influenza immunization, pneumococcal vaccination, BMI screening and follow-up, tobacco cessation strategies, detecting depression, screening for breast and colorectal cancer, and more.
  • Confidently treat at-risk populations, and earn CME credits when you read or listen to clinical briefs and take an online quiz.

 All with your subscription to Practical Reviews: Chronic Diseases.

View a list of our Clinical Advisors, Accreditation information, or details about our Auto-Renewal Program.

Specialty Advisors

Julia Lee Close, MD, FACP, is an associate professor of medical oncology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She focuses on medical education and is the program director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program. She is also the assistant chief of medicine at the Gainesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Gerrie Gardner, DO, FACC, FACP, is a practicing invasive cardiologist with Providence Medical Group (PMG) in Everett, WA. Her focus is heart failure, women’s heart health, and device technology. She is the chair of the Heart Failure Focus Group for the Providence Region in WA, CA, OR, MT and AK. The aim of the group is to decrease heart failure readmissions and mortality. One of her other goals is to improve the overall cardiac health of patients in the Northwest US. She recently received the PMG Leadership award for her work on cardiology initiatives.

Allan Goldstein, MD, is a pulmonologist who practices at Pulmonary Associates, Inc in Birmingham, AL. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Harold H. Katz, MD, FACP, FACE, is an endocrinologist and lead physician at Allina Medical Clinic-United Medical Specialties, in St. Paul, MN. He is also associate professor of community medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Dr. Katz has provided his expertise as a special contributor to the American College of Physician's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program Audio Companion since 2005.

Karis Dampier Knight, MD, FAPA, is CEO of Magnolia Family Psychiatry and TMS Center in Decatur, AL. Dr. Knight evaluates, tests, and treats depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, behavioral problems, autism spectrum disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

David M. Shein, MD, practices primary care at Mount Auburn Hospital Cambridge, MA, and is medical director of the Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA). He is also assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and course co-director for Harvard’s annual Primary Care Internal Medicine CME course. MACIPA was named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's 2017 Honor Roll in recognition of excellence in clinical quality and performance. Additionally, 16 MACIPA practices have been awarded Patient Center Medical Home recognition by NCQA. Dr. Shein attended Boston University School of Medicine and completed internship and residency at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

Primary Care Advisors

Arjun S. Chanmugam, MD, FACEP, MBA, is associate professor in the department of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also an attending emergency physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Chanmugam joined the faculty in 1992 and has served in a number of roles including most recently as the residency director for the Hopkins Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He is an editor or associate editor for a number of textbooks including the 6th edition of the textbook Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. His primary interest is development both in education and technology. In 1994 he developed and introduced the required clerkship in emergency medicine, making it the first time that Johns Hopkins medical students were required to have exposure to Emergency Medicine. He has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards. Outside of Hopkins, Dr. Chanmugam is on the Board of Directors for Maryland ACEP, and also serves as medical director for Oakstone’s Practical Reviews program.

Mona M. Counts, PhD, NP-C, CRNP, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, is Elouise Ross Eberly professor emeritus, Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing in University Park, PA. She is one of the original nurse practitioners in the country, and helped develop the NP program at Emory University in 1970. Since that time, Dr. Counts has developed programs at a number of universities across the nation, including Penn State.

Donald L. Deye, MD, FACP, is a general internist who has practiced for over 30 years at Cambridge Medical Center (CMC) in Cambridge, MN. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), Director of Continuing Medical Education for CMC and the Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for both CMC and Allina Medical Clinics. Currently, Dr. Deye serves as Isanti County (MN) Public Health Physician, on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Minnesota Medical Association’s (MMA) acclaimed journal, Minnesota Medicine, on the Preferred One Physician Associates (MN) Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, and as Clinical Preceptor for PA, NP and medical students. He is a member of the Clinical Practice Council for Allina Health in Minnesota, the Medical Policy Committee for Medica (of Minnesota). Previously, Dr. Deye served on the Hormone Replacement and Menopause Working Group for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and served on the Adjunct Associate Faculty for the University of Minnesota’s Rural Physician Associate Program. He chaired and served on reference committees for the MMA and has taught NP and PA students from several institutions in the upper Midwest.

Benjamin Frizner, MD, MBA, FHM, has over 10 years of experience working in the hospital, outpatient, and skilled nursing settings. He was the director of hospital medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore for four years before becoming the director of the long-term ventilator unit at FutureCare Irvington. He also serves as the director of quality and performance for CEP America and recently became the medical director for FutureCare Homewood and Irvington. At FutureCare Irvington, Dr. Frizner has decreased unplanned discharges and readmissions by collaborating with local emergency departments. When Dr. Frizner was a hospitalist director, he worked to improve DVT prophylaxis, decrease urine catheter usage, develop post-fall evaluation protocols, and improve surgical co-management. While working in the post-acute care setting, Dr. Frizner collaborated with nursing to develop an antibiotic stewardship program, daily rounds, and a blood transfusion protocol. Since Dr. Frizner has been working at Irvington, patient and family satisfaction has improved through scheduled care plan meetings with social work and the rehab department.

Peter Gross, MD, is the chair of the Hackensack Alliance Accountable Care Organization's Board of Managers. Recognized as a high performing ACO, Hackensack Alliance has earned nearly $24 million in Medicare shared savings over four years. Dr. Gross is also professor of medicine, preventive medicine and community health at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Gross's past leadership positions include: chair of the Sentinel Event Alert Advisory Committee at The Joint Commission; chairman of the practice guidelines committee of the Infectious Disease Society of America; president of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists of America; and chair, Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee at the FDA.

Susan Kay Lee, DNP, NP-C, FAANP, has been a nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. She received her doctorate in nursing practice from George Washington University in 2012. Ms. Lee is part-time clinical faculty at the Indiana University School of Nursing. She serves on the board of directors of the Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana and is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has a special interest in preventive care.

Monique Lucarelli, MD, is a hospitalist who practices at FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Pinehurst, NC. She has spent more than 20 years practicing both primary care and hospitalist medicine. In 2017 her work expanded into the realm of post-acute care. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Lucarelli lives in North Carolina with her husband and dog Pearl.

Larissa Lucas, MD, FACP, HMDC, is medical director of quality at Care Dimensions, and instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She has worked for Care Dimensions since 2014, focusing on patient safety, evidence-based practice, and team approaches to care at end of life. In addition, she manages the care of hospice patients and provides palliative care consultations for patients with advanced illness focusing on pain management and quality of life issues. She also enjoys teaching fellows, residents, and medical students in the art and practice of caring for patients with complex illness. Prior to joining the Care Dimensions full time, Dr. Lucas worked part-time at the Kaplan Family Hospice House; was a deputy editor for DynaMed, an evidence-based educational resource for physicians; and a primary care physician at Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Lucas is board certified in internal medicine and as a hospice medical director, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and trained in internal medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, MA.

Leslie Milteer, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, is a Physician Assistant who practices at North Memorial Health in Blaine, MN. She has more than 19 years of medical practice experience, the majority spent in primary care with a focus on preventative care and chronic disease management. In addition to clinical practice PA Milteer has been an assistant professor at Saint Catherine University Master of PA Studies Program since 2014, served on the Institute for Clinical System Improvement Adult and Pediatric Preventative Care Workgroup since 2007, and was a member of the 2017 NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Advisory Committee. PA Milteer has been awarded Distinguished Fellow Status from the American Academy of PAs in recognition of her years of quality medical practice, leadership roles, and professional accomplishments.

Jane Seligson Sillman, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is director emerita of the Division of General Medicine Primary Care Residency and director emerita of Medical Residency Ambulatory Education at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Prentiss Taylor, MD, FACP, has over 20 years of experience in preventive medicine, medical management, quality improvement, and health care leadership. He is medical director of the Advocate at Work division at Advocate Health Care, the leading ACO/integrated delivery system in metro Chicago. Advocate at Work partners with Fortune 500 and smaller companies to provide onsite physician and nurse clinicians, health coaches, plus fitness center staff to reduce health care costs. He is also lead physician for the JPMorgan Chase Health & Wellness centers team in metro Chicago.


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