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Home Non-invasive Ventilation Therapy for COPD

Activity Three


Program Goals

The purpose of this educational resource is to improve the management of the moderate to severe COPD patient in the home focusing on the role of non-invasive ventilation. By increasing the knowledge of clinical (indications and methods) and health economics evidence and approaches associated with current and new NIV technologies, physicians and other healthcare professionals can gain the confidence to use NIV to reduce COPD exacerbations and costly readmissions. Emphasis will be placed on clinical evidence and case studies specific to patient selection for home ventilatory support. Having a multi-disciplinary, European and USA panel of pulmonary experts, including a health economist, will provide a broad perspective and practical application to patient management.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for medical professionals who have a clinical interest in the management of COPD patients as seen by the following medical specialists: Pneumologists, Respirologists, Respiratory Physiotherapists, Respiratory Therapists (Hospital, Home), Thoracic Surgeons, Home Healthcare Providers, Critical Care Medicine Specialists, Internal Medicine Specialists, Primary Care Physicians (General and Family Practitioners), Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Managed Care Medical Directors, and other Practitioners and Payers.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss in detail the evidence, practice, and opinion from both Europe and the US regarding the role of NIV therapy in the prevention of COPD exacerbations, acute hospitalizations, and readmissions.
  2. Recall the Faculty Editorial Board recommendations on Home NIV use for COPD including patient selection, initiation of therapy and NIV device selection.
  3. Explain the Faculty panel conclusions on the impact of home NIV on exacerbations and hospital readmissions, and on health care costs.



David P. White, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Sleep Medicine
Sleep Disorders Research Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA


Suzette A. Chin, MD, FCCP
Respiratory Consultants of Georgia
Carterville, GA

Gerard J. Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP
Professor and Chair
Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Dreher
Department of Cardiology, Pneumology, Angiology and Intensive Care
University Hospital Aachen

Nicholas Hart, PhD, MRCP FFICM
Clinical & Academic Director
Lane Fox Respiratory Unit
St Thomas™ Hospital
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Reader in Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine
Department of Asthma, Allergy, and Respiratory Science
Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology
King’s College London

Fred Peyerl, PhD, MBA
Boston Strategic Partners
Boston, MA

Lisa Wolfe, MD
Associate Professor. Medicine and Neurology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine
Chicago, IL

Educational Activity Agenda

Home NIV Therapy for COPD - Activity Three

  • Faculty Introduction (2 minutes)
  • Faculty Presentations and Roundtable Discussions (100 minutes)
  • Post Test, Evaluation, and Credit Application (15 minutes)

Release and Expiration Dates

Enduring Activity Release Date: May 11, 2015
Enduring Activity Expiration Date: Expired May 11, 2017

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interests

Global Education Group requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

Faculty Disclosures

The faculty reported the following financial relationship or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

David P. White, MD Consultant/Independent Contractor Apnicure, Philips Respironics
  Stock Shareholder Apnicure, Philips Respironics
Suzette A. Chin, MD Speaker's Bureau GlaxoSmithKline
Gerard J. Criner, MD Nothing to disclose Nothing to disclose
Michael Dreher, MD Grant/Research Support ResMed
  Honoraria ResMed, Weinmann, Breas
Nicholas Hart, MD Nothing to disclose Nothing to disclose
Fred W. Peyerl, PhD Nothing to disclose Nothing to disclose
Lisa F. Wolfe, MD Consultant/Independent Contractor Hill-Rom, Philips Respironics
  Grant/Research Support ResMed

Planners and Managers

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationship or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN - Global Nothing to disclose
Amanda Glazar, PhD - Global Nothing to disclose
Andrea Funk - Global Nothing to disclose
Laura Gilsdorf - Global Nothing to disclose
Gail Varcelotti, BS, RRT, FAARC - Ganesco, Inc Nothing to disclose

CME Provider Accreditation Statement

This activity is provided by Global Education Group.     

Physician Accreditation Statement - CME

Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

* This CME/CE activity complies with all requirements of the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act. If a reportable event is associated with this activity, the accredited provider managing the program will provide the appropriate physician data to the Open Payments database.

Physician Credit Designation - CME

Global Education Group designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education

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This educational activity for up to 2.0 contact hour is provided by Global Education Group.  Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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How to Obtain CME/CE Credit

Attendees are expected to view the entire activity before attempting to take the test and/or complete the activity evaluation. Successful completion will lead to the issuance of a certificate for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or nursing credit. To receive credit, the course must be completed between May 11, 2015 and now Expired May 11, 2017.

Participation in this activity should be completed in approximately 2.0 hours. Please follow these steps in order to receive CME/CE credit for viewing the webcast:

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Credit Designation - AARC

This Non-traditional program has been approved for 2.0 contact hour Continuing Respiratory Care  Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care; 9425 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 100, Irving TX 75063

How to Obtain AARC / CRCE Credit

Attendees are expected to review all academic materials before attempting to apply for credit. Successful completion of this activity will lead to the issuance of a certificate for 2.0 contact hour of CRCE approved continuing education.

To receive credit, please follow these steps:

  • Complete the online registration (registration is free).
  • Review all of the academic materials provided.
  • Click on the CRCE link to apply for credit.
  • Complete the online test and/or evaluation. Participants must receive a test score of at least 70% and answer all evaluation questions to receive a certificate.
  • Qualified applicants will be provided with an online (printable) CRCE certificate based on their attendance and satisfactory completion of this academic activity.

Fee Information

There is no fee for this educational activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Global Education Group (Global) does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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Medium Used

This program has been made available online.
“Home Non-invasive Ventilation Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease"

System Requirements

To view this educational activity you will need a web browser with Javascript and either Flash or HTML5 enabled.  Nearly all modern web browsers will work.

Commercial Support Statement

This activity has been supported by an educational grant from Philips Respironics.


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