Exploring the Latest Guidelines and Evidence of IBD Management: An Update in Diagnosis and Treatment

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

This activity is an archive of the live session from the 2021 Spring Managed Care Forum.
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This activity is valid from July 1, 2021 – August 1, 2022

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

This activity is supported by educational grants from
Bristol Myers Squibb and Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic, frequently progressive condition that affects approximately 1.6 million people in the United States. This lifelong, systemic autoimmune illness often strikes patients at a young age and must be managed across a lifetime. According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, there are as many as 70,000 new cases diagnosed in a year. The diagnosis of IBD is most commonly based on imaging to assess the portions of the small bowel that are inaccessible to optical endoscopic visualization, which may also include a combination of endoscopy and histopathology. Imaging plays a critical role in the initial diagnosis and ongoing evaluation of IBD patients. The treatment goal for IBD is to reduce the inflammation, in hopes of achieving reduced symptoms and possibly remission. Immediate goals are to control the symptoms, induction of remission, and to help improve a patient’s quality of life, while long-term goals include maintenance of a corticosteroid-free clinical remission, mucosal healing, endoscopic remission, prevention or cure of complications, restoration, and maintenance of proper nutrition.

The first step for IBD treatment is aminosalicylates, which are useful for treating flares of IBD and for maintaining remission. There is also the use of antibiotics to treat bacterial infections that may result from abscesses or fistulas and corticosteroids can be used, as they are rapid-acting anti-inflammatory agents which are indicated for acute flares. Immunomodulators have a slower onset of action and work to reduce patients’ overactive immune system but unlike corticosteroids, they can be used as a long-term treatment. And the fifth way to treat IBD is with biologics. Currently, there are several approved biologics and small molecules available through the FDA and other regulatory organizations around the world. One of these treatments is the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. Another treatment pathway is blocking interleukin (IL)-12 and -23 through the use of ustekinumab. A completely different mechanism is blocking the adhesion molecules to the integrin inhibitors. Then, more recently there have been advances in the first oral agents which consist of the Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors.

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

  • Apply current guidelines and evidence to inform treatment decisions for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients

  • Explore different indications of proper diagnostic testing to determine appropriate treatment strategies

  • Analyze ways to pursue clinical remission in IBD with treat-to-target strategies, including data for targeted biologic and small molecule treatments

  • Incorporate personalized approaches with a multidisciplinary team to provide optimal care in the management of IBD

  • Examine strategies for anticipating, recognizing, and managing adverse events and other challenges present in IBD management

  • Discuss the managed care considerations of current and emerging therapies by exploring where these agents fit into the IBD management paradigm


Faculty: Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc
Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Professor of Medicine
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Mayo Clinic


Dr. Farraye serves on an advisory board for BMS, Braintree Labs, Gilead, Ferring, GI Reviewers, GSK, Iterative Scopes, Janssen, Pfizer, and Sebela. He owns stock in Innovation Pharmaceuticals. His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Accreditation & Designation
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) and American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN). The National Association of Managed Care Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Each
physician should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses 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 nursing continuing professional development.

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

This activity is supported by educational grants from
Bristol Myers Squibb and Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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