Exploring the Challenges of Severe Asthma:
Implementing Personalized Treatment
Plans for Improved Patient Outcomes

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2018 Spring Managed Care Forum. If you participated in the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from August 3, 2018 to August 3, 2019

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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
AstraZeneca, Genentech, and Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Approximately 26 million Americans suffer from asthma with the prevalence of severe asthma being 10% of the asthmatic population. The goal of treatment strategies and controlling a patient’s asthma, preventing the symptoms, and minimizing adverse effects has shifted within the last few years. Today, there is more of an approach to implementing a personalized treatment plan as a key component to patient adherence and overall asthma control. One of these treatment plans includes using pharmacologic management through inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), long-acting beta-2 agonists, theophylline, and leukotriene modifiers. And while these are helping, several new therapies, such as anti-immunoglobulin E and anti-IL- antibodies, are aiming to control and treat asthma, which could improve the lives of patients with uncontrolled persistent asthma. More recent studies and clinical data show that new treatments such as biologics and injectables are set to become available and could help improve lung function, reduce severe exacerbations and decrease rescue bronchodilator use. Patient adherence also plays a key role in satisfaction with a personalized treatment plan. Clinicians can improve patients’ inhaler technique by assessing for and correcting inhaler errors on a regular basis; however, evidence suggests that many clinicians do not perform this guideline-recommended assessment. These new options will also reduce the number of hospital visits and ultimately reduce cost. Patient nonadherence and poor inhaler technique have been linked to higher rates of uncontrolled asthma, with concomitant increases in disease burden and healthcare utilization. With all the recent advances in therapeutic options it is being shown a personalized treatment plan needs to be put in the management strategy.

Upon Completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze recent clinical trial data on the efficacy-safety profiles of new and emerging targeted therapies for severe asthma, including potential biomarkers

  • Describe the mechanisms of action and clinical profiles of various biologic medications in the treatment of severe asthma

  • Discuss the best practices for diagnosing severe asthma using criteria from evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and ongoing evaluations of symptoms and treatment responses

  • Evaluate patients’ level of control, severity of disease, and exacerbation risk in the management of asthma

  • Examine how incorporating evidence-based strategies will advance medication therapy management programs for patients with severe asthma

Faculty: Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
UC Irvine Department of Family Medicine
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
UC Irvine School of Medicine


Dr. Vega has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing
education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses who complete this activity and achieve a passing score will receive 1 hour in continuing
nursing credit.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hours toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
AstraZeneca, Genentech, and Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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