Innovative Approaches for Advanced Treatment and Management of Psoriatic Arthritis

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2020 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 November 1, 2020 to March 1, 2022

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

This activity is supported by an educational grant from
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Psoriatic arthritis is a debilitating disease that may affect up to 1 million adults in the United States, affecting men and women equally. Psoriatic arthritis is a progressive, inflammatory disease that is associated with a number of dermatologic and musculoskeletal manifestations. Patients can experience extreme pain and joint damage that may affect their quality of life, physical function, and ability to work. Symptoms include fatigue, joint inflammation, and potentially progressive joint damage. Diagnosing psoriatic arthritis can be very complex with the most critical factor being the absence of validated criteria for identifying and classifying cases that will help diagnose the disease. The standard diagnostic measures are based on history, a physical exam and x-ray features, so establishing the presence of characteristic signs and symptoms associated in both the skin and joints, and by ruling out more common inflammatory arthritis, can be very helpful.

The past few years have seen a number of treatments introduced for psoriatic arthritis. Along with symptomatic treatments, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and local corticosteroid injections into joints, there are also the oral small molecules (OSMs) for treatment. The Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) inhibitors have been available for nearly 20 years and continue to be a viable option for patients. More recently key cytokines in the psoriatic disease pathophysiology have been introduced and they include Janus kinases and signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK-STATs) as well as are the interleukin (IL)-12, IL-17, IL-22 and IL-23 pathway inhibitors. These newer biologic treatments target some of these key cytokines to treat psoriatic disease. Clinicians need to be able to incorporate these new approaches into treatment paradigms, considering both safety and efficacy, by being educated with appropriate management strategies that will guide treatment decisions for patients with psoriatic arthritis.

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

  • Analyze current evidence and guidelines to inform treatment decisions for patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA)

  • Assess screening and assessment strategies to diagnose patients with PsA

  • Explore immunological targets of current and emerging immune-based therapies, including the safety and efficacy data for each

  • Discuss the strategies to overcome barriers related to comorbidities as well as their implication on the choice of treatment

  • Implement comprehensive and multidisciplinary approaches to treating PsA, including strategies to engage the patient


Faculty: Atul A. Deodhar, MD, MRCP, FACR, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Medical Director of Rheumatology Clinics
Division of Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases
Oregon Health & Science University


Dr. Deodhar serves as a consultant and on an advisory board for AbbVie, Amgen, Boeheringer Ingelheim, Bristol Myers Squibb, Celgene, Eli Lilly, Galapagos, Gilead, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, and UCB. He has received grants/research support from AbbVie, Boeheringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, and UCB. His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.

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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 an educational grant from
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

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