Carlos A. Camargo, MD, DrPH
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
Howard J. Garber, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC
Glen Burnie, MD
THIS PROGRAM WAS ORIGINALLY RELEASED AS A LIVE AUDIOCONFERENCE SERIES BEGINNING ON JANUARY 23, 2008. IF YOU RECEIVED CME OR CPE CREDIT FOR THE AUDIOCONFERENCE, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THIS ONLINE VERSION.
Over 22 million Americans have asthma, and effective asthma management poses both challenges and opportunities. Educating physicians, pharmacists, and patients on the need for better use of long-term control medications (e.g., inhaled corticosteroids) versus rescue medications (e.g., albuterol) is important to achieve optimal care and outcomes. The new National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines stress the assessment of asthma severity and control as a means of selecting and titrating treatment.
Experts in asthma care recognize the need for improving asthma management in managed care settings. Managed care medical and pharmacy directors, clinicians, and pharmacists have key roles as decision makers in promoting proper care, be it either through guideline adherence or appropriate referrals to specialists. In addition, the medical literature highlights provider education and utilization of disease management (DM) programs as just a couple of ways that managed care decision makers stand to influence and improve asthma management and outcomes. By gaining familiarity with the new NAEPP asthma guidelines and key strategies for quality improvement and cost containment, managed care organizations will have the opporunity to positively impact not only their members’ health outcomes, but their expenditures.
During this program, faculty will review key components of the new NAEPP 2007 guidelines that are relevant to managed care decision makers. They will discuss emerging therapies and issues around cost of medication and treatment for patients with asthma. Finally, quality improvement strategies for asthma care, targeting clinical, administrative and coverage options for managed care organizations will be described.
. Target Audience
Managed care medical directors, pharmacy directors, and other physicians and pharmacists interested in the management of asthma.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Identify key elements of the new NAEPP guidelines relevant to managed care decision making.
Discuss the pharmacoeconomics of asthma therapy as it relates to immediate and long term medication costs and clinical outcomes.
Describe the role of emerging medication therapies for asthma.
Summarize managed care strategies that may be used to improve care for patients with asthma.
It is the policy of NAMCP to ensure independence, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflict of interest is resolved by NAMCP prior to accreditation of the activity.
Carlos A. Camargo, MD, DrPH has received funding for clinical research from AstraZeneca; GlaxoSmithKline; Merck and Co., Inc; Respironics; and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. He is on the speakers’ bureau for AstraZeneca; GlaxoSmithKline; and Merck and Co., Inc; and is a consultant to AstraZeneca; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Schering-Plough Corporation; and Dey.
Howard J. Garber, MD, MPH has no financial interests to disclose.
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) and Medical Communications Media, Incorporated. NAMCP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
NAMCP designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Pharmacists: ProCE, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Program Numbers 221-999-08-006-H01-P/221-999-08-006-H01-T have been assigned to this activity (initial release date April-30-2008). This program is approved for 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEUs) in states that recognize ACPE providers. The program is provided at no cost to participants. Participants must pass the post-test with a score of 70% or higher and complete the program evaluation to receive pharmacy CE credit. No partial credit will be given.
Commercial Support Statements
This activity is supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca
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