Adapting & Adjusting: Best Practices for Utilizing Telehealth in OA

This activity is part of a series


Jason J. Wilcox, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Orthopedic Physician Associates Seattle, WA
Jason J. Wilcox, MD

Jason Wilcox, MD is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and trauma. He has been practicing orthopedic surgery for ten years in Seattle, Washington, the last eight in private practice with Orthopedic Physician Associates.

Statement of Need

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 1 in 3 people over the age of 65. It is the third most rapidly rising cause of disability and the most common reason for decrease in ambulation. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Surgeon General has recommended cancelling elective surgeries, causing a large impact on patients with OA. A survey of 360 patients at 6 surgical centers who had to cancel their hip or knee surgery revealed that 30% would have surgery despite COVID-19 risks, 15% had no help at home, and 21% felt isolated or lonely.

COVID-19 has also led to an accelerated uptake of telehealth, and its utilization in the management of OA has shown that it is cost effective, efficacious and accurate, and has a high patient satisfaction rate. However, there are challenges to its usage, including technology literacy, implementation, inability to perform examination, and regulatory barriers, which have led to the need for education.

The final installment in this CME Outfitters Snack series on managing OA focuses on best practices for utilizing telehealth, including encouraging patients to maximize mobility in time of isolation, increasing the utilization of video in telehealth and wearable tech, and the consideration of both operative and non-operative measures for treatment.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to apply strategies to manage OA during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following learning objectives pertain only to those requesting CNE or CPE credit identify strategies to management OA during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Pfizer Inc.

Target Audience

Physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.

Credit Information

Physicians (ACCME) 1.0

CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacists/Pharmacy Tech (ACPE) 1.0

This application-based activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour (0.10 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy credit.
Activity UAN: JA0007185-0000-21-099-H01-P


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Note to Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners can apply for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). AANP will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit  from organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Nurse practitioners can also apply for credit through their state boards.

MIPS Improvement Activity

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Dr. Wilcox reports that he is a stock shareholder (directly purchased) of Pfizer Inc.

  • Tony Graham, MD (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.
  • Mae Ochoa, RPh (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.
  • Evan Luberger (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.
  • Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.
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NOTE: Pharmacist CE Universal Activity Number, Enduring: JA0007185-0000-21-099-H01-P.

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Adapting & Adjusting: Best Practices for Utilizing Telehealth in OA
Event Date: 01/29/2021