Addressing the Challenges of Psoriasis Management: Optimal Treatment Strategies 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 2019 Fall 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 January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021

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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
AbbVie, Celgene, and UCB, Inc.

Psoriasis is a complex, chronic, immune-mediated inflammatory disease that affects approximately 7 million Americans, or just over 2%, of the US population. Psoriasis is a periodic flare-up of sharply defined red patches, covered by a silvery, flaky surface. This under diagnosed condition most commonly appears on the skin of the scalp, elbow, knees, and lumbosacral areas of the body. Psoriasis is complex to manage, but the goal should be a patient-centered treatment that reduces disease burden, improves quality-of-life, and addresses the risks of systemic complications and comorbid conditions. Co-morbidities associated with the disease include psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity and more. Psoriasis is estimated to cost $135 billion a year (to include direct and indirect figures) however early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the economic burden. Several traditional treatment options are available ranging from prescribed or over the counter topical treatments, phototherapy, and oral or injected systemic agents. Thankfully novel targeted small molecule medications and biologics have recently become available. Biologics are administered through injection or intravenously and target specific areas of the immune system. These therapies have proven to be efficacious and have demonstrated a significant safety advance over traditional systemic therapies.

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

  • Analyze the current and emerging agents approved for psoriasis, their mechanisms, and efficacy and safety data, with a close look at emerging therapies that inhibit IL-17 and IL-23

  • Asses the role of PDE4 inhibitors in the management of psoriasis

  • Discuss the appropriate tools for psoriasis diagnosis, including advanced digital imaging

  • Examine the current evidence and data on targeted therapies used to treat plaque psoriasis

  • Address the challenges of managing psoriasis, including adverse effects, comorbid conditions, and medication adherence

  • Explore the role of an interprofessional care team to improve outcomes for patients with psoriasis

Faculty: Gary Owens, MD
Gary Owens Associates


Dr. Owens serves as a consultant for Celgene, Janssen, and Novartis. 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.
Will Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Accreditation & Designation
The National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development 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 hour toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
AbbVie, Celgene, and UCB, Inc.

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