Continuing Education

Our accredited CME and MOC Part IV program fulfills professional development credits while helping clinicians improve outcomes.

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Obtain Credits, Improve Outcomes

Our continuing education program helps providers obtain professional development credits while addressing persistent and emerging health challenges. We provide clinical quality improvement training and support tools that improve patient outcomes and reduce the overall cost of care. Altarum provides these services in joint-providership with Michigan Medicine, and can deliver them anywhere across the country.

Our Programs

We offer three quality improvement CME (Continuing Medical Education) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV programs. They are aimed at strengthening early identification and reducing the prevalence of 1) childhood dental disease, 2) depression, and 3) opioid addiction. Our programs are designed for clinicians as well as health professionals in non-clinical settings. Each program is explained below.

SmileConnect® CME

The SmileConnect® CME helps reduce childhood dental disease by providing quality improvement training for primary care providers with the goal of increasing preventive oral health services. These services include oral health screenings, fluoride varnish applications, and dental home referrals during appropriate well-child visits. This program is available nationally and offers Smiles for Life certification. It is also in alignment with the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule. Our experts have trained over 1,550 primary care providers through SmileConnect CME. The program has yielded clear results. In fact, our clients have reported a 70 to 90 percent increase in the provision of preventive services, which is critical to improving children's oral health.

Advancing Responsible Opioid Prescribing

Our opioid prescribing program helps improve ambulatory providers’ ability to appropriately identify, prevent, and monitor opioid dependency or misuse among patients, and use enabling technology, such as Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. Goals of the program include increasing evaluations for risk of opioid misuse and completing follow-up evaluations for patients that have been prescribed opioid therapy. For more information, read our white paper, “Advancing Responsible Opioid Prescribing: Supporting Ambulatory Providers through Clinical Education, Training, and Technical Assistance.”

Transforming Depression

The Transforming Depression program improves primary care providers' ability to identify and manage patients with depression. Outcomes are aligned with Quality Payment Program quality measures and include program goals focused on increasing depression screening using standardized evidence-based tools and documentation of patient follow-up plans.

While the Transforming Depression program is currently focused in Michigan and Ohio, it can be made available nationally. 

Eligible Credits

Eligible participants of our quality improvement programs earn 30-50 Performance Improvement CME and 20-30 MOC Part IV Improvement in Medical Practice credits. Performance improvement based education is a unique model of CME that allows participants to earn more than the traditional one CME credit per one hour of education by completing two linked cycles of data guided Plan-Do-Study-Act.

Continuing Education Contact

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Anya Day

Anya Day  - MPH

Director, Appropriate Care

Areas of Expertise
  • Clinical Quality Improvement
  • Continuing Education
  • Health IT

Anya directs programs that help providers and health systems improve quality through technology, continuing education, and better coordination among care teams. She also heads up a CMS-funded project, the Quality Payment Program Resource Center, that helps thousands of small practices comply with QPP. Anya holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Beloit College and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan.

Gregory Makris

Gregory Makris  - MD

Medical Director, Appropriate Care

Areas of Expertise
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Electronic Health Record Integration
  • Quality Improvement & Clinical Decision Support

Greg is Altarum’s medical director for the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network—part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative. He develops evidence-based guidelines and best practices for practitioners in clinical accuracy and EHR integration. He also administers Altarum's continuing medical education program. Greg holds a medical doctorate from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.