Clinicians have limited knowledge of how to use the LOCUS instrument to determine service intensity needs. Idiosyncratic decision making and the use of multiple medical necessity criteria sets in current practice make communication and continuity of care difficult.
This course will allow team members to communicate effectively with one another through a common approach to thinking about client needs. The dimensional approach aids the discussion of treatment planning and progress documentation that is individualized and practical. It will allow all disciplines represented on the team to participate in planning discussions more easily and to incorporate input from clients being assessed..
The course content for this training is hosted on the website https://improvingmipractices.org/focus-areas/courses/level-of-care-utilization-system-locus. This site only hosts the course evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation the certificate and course credits will be issued.
This activity is directed to physicians who take care of hospitalized children, medical students, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants working in the emergency room, intensive care unit, or hospital wards.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Complete a needs assessment using the LOCUS tool.
- Explain how the dimensional ratings create valid service intensity recommendations.
- Demonstrate how LOCUS can be used to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Planning Committee Members:
- Michael Flaum, MD - Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Iowa Medical Center
- Kenneth Minkoff, MD - Clinical Assist. Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
- Valerie Terry, PhD - Director of Quality and Training, American Assoc. for Community Psychiatry
Wesley E. Sowers, MD - Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UPMC
No planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.
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In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
- 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 5.00 Attendance
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