Uncovering Evidence Based Treatment and Management of Psoriatic Arthritis Examining Personalized Treatment Options

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2022 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 March 1, 2023 to March 1, 2024

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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. This activity will examine the considerations for assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of psoriatic arthritis. 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 most commonly accepted diagnostic criterion is the CAPSER classification. The diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis can sometimes be delayed or missed by primary care providers and other healthcare professionals. With recent updates to the guidelines, there have been updates and advances in digital imaging tools and screening options that have improved the chances of catching psoriatic arthritis early, which allows for better treatment goals to be achieved.

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

  • Assess the current guidelines for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) regarding the use of appropriate treatments and their potential adverse events

  • Identify the underlying burden of PsA and the barriers to accurate and early diagnosis

  • Examine the current and novel targeted therapies for active PsA based on safety, efficacy, and mechanism of action

  • Overcome challenges associated with treating PsA, including comorbidity considerations for patients who are currently at-risk

  • Implement managed care strategies that improve access to therapy and manage costs associated with evidence-based clinical care for PsA


Faculty: Arthur Kavanaugh, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Innovative Therapy
University of California, San Diego Health


(Relevant Financial Relationships with Ineligible Companies in the Last 24 Months):
Dr. Kavanaugh has served as a consultant for Amgen, AbbVie, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Pfizer, Novartis, and UCB . His presentation has been reviewed for any bias.
Planning Committee: Bill Williams, MD has no relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company in the last 24 months to disclose.

Jeremy Williams has no relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company in the last 24 months to disclose.

Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company in the last 24 months 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 an educational grant from
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

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