Novel Treatment Advances and Approaches in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Personalizing Therapy
for Improved Clinical and Economic 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 10, 2018 to August 10, 2019

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

This presentation is supported by an educational grant from
Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

RA is a long-lasting autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues. It typically results in warm, swollen, and painful joints, and pain and stiffness often worsen following rest. According to the ACR, it is estimated that over 1.3 million people suffer from RA in the United States. Treatment regimens vary and carry important differences between therapeutic options that are clinically relevant to healthcare providers. Only about 1/3 of patients treated for RA ever achieve clinical remission. The remaining patients can experience continuous disease progression and disability. In addition, many patients will have an inadequate response or can become intolerant to the widely used anti-TNF therapies. Fortunately, new and emerging treatment strategies may offer additional therapeutic options to address the unmet needs of these patients. Clinicians have recently been equipped with more treatment options, including IL-6 receptor antagonists. These new options have shown improved efficacy and safety in RA, and healthcare professionals must be educated on these agents and the potential risks that come along with any treatment option. This presentation on integrating emerging therapies into the treatment paradigm will address this gap in knowledge by providing attendees with updated treatment strategies, tools, guidelines, and successful evidence-based treatment approaches from recent clinical trial data.

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

  • Analyze the efficacy and safety data of current and emerging biologic therapies, including IL-6 inhibitors, for the treatment of moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for achieving individualized treatment goals

  • Examine the proinflammatory cellular and cytokine networks underlying localized and systemic RA pathophysiology

  • Tailor treatment regimens for moderate-to-severe RA based on ongoing monitoring of disease activity, functional status, treatment response, and other patient-specific factors

  • Interpret results of decision support tools with health plan affiliated rheumatology professionals to improve outcomes for patients with RA

  • Explore strategies to monitor and manage adverse events associated with newer therapies in RA management in order to improve patient adherence

Faculty: Jeffrey Curtis, MD, MS, MPH
Marguerite Jones Harbert – Gene Ball Endowed Professor of Medicine
UAB Division of Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology


Dr. Curtis 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.

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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 an educational grant from
Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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