Individualized Multiple Sclerosis CE Plan Wins Excellence Award

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The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, an international membership association of healthcare education professionals, has just selected the winner for the 2015 Outstanding CE Enduring Material by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions. The winner is a joint CE activity entitled, “Confronting Current Challenges in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: A Unique Individualized Learning Plan,” designed by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), The France Foundation, and the Nurse Practitioner Alternatives (NPA). This prestigious award commends the positive impact this CE activity has made on the quality of care given to multiple sclerosis patients.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Alliance for this important CE activity for MS healthcare professionals. With the continuing advances in diagnosis and management of MS, this customized activity helps bridge the participant’s knowledge and performance gaps,” said Dr. Theodore Bruno, Chief Medical Officer, The France Foundation, a specialist in the planning, development, and implementation of multidisciplinary accredited education.

The winning CE activity recognizes that professional knowledge and confidence in the different aspects of MS patient care varies among healthcare providers. Therefore, the activity first assesses professional knowledge and confidence in the participant. Based on the assessment, an individualized learning plan is developed, with a particular focus on areas that need improvement. The tailored learning plan is inclusive of recommended activities and resources, which the participant is required to complete to earn CME/CNE credit. The best part about this CE activity’s structure is that it has the potential to be used with other health-related topics.

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Recommended activities include webinars and educational/instructional videos on several topics concerning multiple sclerosis:

  • Changing View of the Immunopathology of MS
  • Current and Emerging Therapies for MS
  • Communication with Patients about Progress on Treatment
  • Collaborative Care of the MS Patient

Those interested in finding out more about this award-winning CE activity for multiple sclerosis, or for questions about the disease, visit the Advances in Multiple Sclerosis resource website at

In other MS news, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is working on identifying factors that can help predict when an MS patient is most likely to have a “good or bad” day. The pilot study ran for 4 weeks and examined 100 MS patients, wearing a body sensor patch as they went about their daily activities. This patch transmitted bodily information to the researchers to reveal factors such as weather, sleep, and activity levels that could be used to predict MS-related fatigue.


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