A Primary Care Initiative to Improve Equitable Screening and Management of NVAF


David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, MACP
Co-Chief Academic Officer and Vice President for Academic Diversity, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH)
Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, Nutley, NJ
David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, MACP

David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, MACP, is Co-Chief Academic Officer and Vice President for Academic Diversity, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH), and Professor of Medicine and Founding Sr. Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

A practicing internist at Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Dr. Kountz is a graduate of Princeton University (AB), SUNY/Buffalo School of Medicine (MD), and Georgian Court University (MBA). He holds state and national leadership roles in medical education, including appointment by the Christie administration to the Accreditation Graduate Medical Education Council of New Jersey in 2016.

Dr. Kountz has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, editorials, and abstracts, as well as having served as an investigator on more than 20 grants, including a recent project funded by NHLBI evaluating the value of oral anticoagulants to prevent venous thromboembolic disease in the setting of COVID-19. Dr. Kountz is the 2019 recipient of the Verice M. Mason Community Service Leader Award from the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Foundation. He was elected to Mastership in the American College of Physicians in 2021.

David J. Cho, MD, MBA
Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
Co-Director, Cardiology Quality Program, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Health, Burbank, CA
David J. Cho, MD, MBA

Dr. David Cho is a general cardiologist who practices at UCLA Health. He specializes in both the prevention and management of heart disease, working together with patients to improve their overall health and quality of life.

Dr. Cho received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology. He then obtained his Medical Degree and master?s degree in business administration from a combined program at Tufts University School of Medicine. He returned to California to complete his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.

In addition to treating his patients through evidence-based medicine, he hopes to utilize emerging digital health tools to continue to improve the health for all his patients.

He is committed to the academic mission of medicine teaching medical students and residents, as well as close collaboration with the American College of Cardiology, currently serving as Chair of the Healthcare Innovation Section.

Darae Ko, MD, MSc
Assistant Scientist II, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Hebrew SeniorLife Staff Cardiologist, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Darae Ko, MD, MSc

Darae Ko, MD, MSc, is a board-certified cardiologist, echocardiographer, and a NIH-funded early-career clinical investigator with expertise in epidemiology and outcomes of atrial fibrillation. Her research program focuses analysis of real-world data using pharmacoepidemiologic methods to generate evidence for medically complex older adults with atrial fibrillation. She is a practicing cardiologist at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety net hospital in New England.

Statement of Need

Despite its prevalence, a significant number of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) cases remain undiagnosed, putting patients at risk for cardiovascular complications, including heart failure, left ventricular dysfunction, hypertension, diabetes, stroke or embolism, and vascular disease. Primary care physicians face challenges in identifying and managing NVAF, and often fail to implement guideline-concordant care due to a lack of awareness of patients who could benefit from therapy, or lack of confidence in utilizing these therapies. In addition, patients from communities of color often do not receive the same level of care as those from other populations, while new and emerging technologies, such as smart watches, portable ECG devices, and medication/fitness trackers can both enhance patient engagement in care and create clinical quandaries for practitioners.

During this 60-minute Live and OnDemand webcast, an interprofessional panel of experts including a cardiologist, a PCP, and a digital health specialist provide astute perspectives on how to implement equitable and contemporary NVAF screening and management strategies into clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Implement screening in primary care settings to identify patients with NVAF who might benefit from anticoagulant therapy.
  • Integrate current practice guidelines into the care of patients with NVAF.
  • Collaborate with team members and patients to optimize screening and management strategies for NVAF.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance.

Target Audience

Primary care clinicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, physician assistants (PAs), pharmacists and other clinicians who help care for patients with CVD

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Dr. Kountz reports the following financial relationships: Research Support: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Dr. Cho has no financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Ko reports the following financial relationships: Consultant: Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Research Support: Investigator initiated research from Boston Scientific Corporation

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  • Elizabeth Naber, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CNRN, TCRN (peer reviewer)
  • Thomas Mitchell (planning committee)
  • Warren Beckman (planning committee)
  • John Jones, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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A Primary Care Initiative to Improve Equitable Screening and Management of NVAF
Event Date: 01/31/2023