Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Awards National Psoriasis Foundation with Accreditation

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 3, 2016) — In support of its five-year strategic plan to dramatically improve health outcomes for all with psoriatic disease, including increasing the number of people receiving appropriate treatment, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is proud to announce its continuing medical education (CME) program has received accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Lack of physician knowledge in appropriately treating psoriatic disease is a significant contributor to why patients are undertreated. When asked about their experience finding a specialist who can provide them with the basic tools to manage their disease, participants in a 2015 NPF focus group said that the doctors they encountered were uninformed and often unwilling to prescribe medications that are highly effective in the management of psoriatic disease.

Through joint providerships with other accredited organizations, NPF has a history of offering programs dedicated to addressing the knowledge gaps physicians may have in effectively treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Now with ACCME accreditation, NPF is able to provide its own high-quality, mission-driven continuing and professional education programs.

NPF CME programs will continue to focus on increasing practitioner knowledge and overall competence in treating psoriatic disease, while moving towards the goal of substantially increasing the number of people receiving appropriate treatment for their psoriatic disease. NPF CME programs focus on four broad areas of patient care; topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Psoriatic disease 101, covering the fundamentals of treating psoriatic disease.
  • Allied Healthcare Provider Recognition Program, specifically designed to help Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants understand the latest psoriatic disease treatments.
  • Education on clinical pearls and complex cases for the practitioner who is more experienced in treating psoriatic disease.
  • Addressing the related issues of treating psoriatic disease, such as identifying comorbid conditions in patients, navigating the insurance approval process, ICD10 coding training and other topics.

To learn more about NPF CME programs go to https://cme.psoriais.org. ACCME accreditation is a national model, assuring physicians and health care professionals that CME programs are designed to be relevant, effective, and independent. Accredited CME programs help health professionals solve real world problems, advance team-based care, and achieve their institutions' goals.

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About the National Psoriasis Foundation

Serving its community through more than 50 years of patient support, advocacy, research funding, and education, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world’s leading nonprofit fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The NPF mission is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and dramatically improve the lives of more than 8 million Americans affected by this chronic immune-mediated disease. As part of that effort, NPF created its Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. To date, NPF has funded more than $21 million in research grants and fellowships that help drive discoveries that may lead to more and better treatments and ultimately a cure. Learn more at www.psoriasis.org.