Category 1 CME program - “Preventing Elder Investment Fraud: Assessing Your Patients for Vulnerability to Financial Exploitation”

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 5:30pm

The Utah Geriatrics Society (UGS) and the Utah Division of Securities invite you to attend a Category 1 CME program: “Preventing Elder Investment Fraud: Assessing Your Patients for Vulnerability to Financial Exploitation”

Healthcare providers have generally not had the experience or resources to screen for vulnerability to financial exploitation. Based on 2009 data, Utah senior citizens lose $52 million in a year due to financial exploitation.  The case reported in local media just this week – “a 79-year-old Orem woman who was scammed out $80,000 through a scheme that claimed she had won a large sum of money. Police say the scam started with a letter the woman received, claiming to be from the ‘American Gaming Board’ and claiming that the victim had won $2,500,000 in a drawing” – serves as just one recent example. This program will inform healthcare providers how to conduct a simple, efficient screen that can lead to an appropriate referral.The Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation (EIFFE) Prevention Program was developed by the Baylor College of Medicine Huffington Center on Aging in conjunction with the non-profit Investor Protection Institute. The EIFFE Prevention Program teaches healthcare professionals how to screen for vulnerability to financial exploitation in older persons. The EIFFE Prevention Program in Utah is part of a larger coalition of 27 states and jurisdictions joining clinician educators with investor educators to combat the high prevalence of fraud perpetrated against older Americans.The clinical education presenter is Cherie Brunker, M.D., Chief of Geriatrics, Intermountain Medical Center and Associate Professor, Geriatrics Division, University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Brunker will be joined by the Director of Utah’s Division of Securities, Keith Woodwell.  Learning Objectives:Upon completion of this program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Assess vulnerability of older adult patients to investment fraud and financial exploitation.
  • Make appropriate referrals to governmental agencies for patients deemed vulnerable or for those who have already been defrauded.
  • Refer vulnerable patients forfurther medical evaluation or assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living.
  • Share the EIFFE Clinician’s Pocket Guide with other clinicians.

 Buffet dinner and one hour of continuing education credit for physicians, nurses and social workers will be provided at no cost for those who choose to join UGS.  UGS membership fee for 2013 is $50 for physicians and $30 for other health professionals.  The dinner cost is $20 for those not wishing to join UGS. The deadline for registration and payment is October 1, 2012. Link to print flyer and registration form.