Implementing Newer Therapies to Improve Economic and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2018 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 15, 2019 to January 31, 2020

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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

Rheumatoid arthritis (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. The disease may also affect other parts of the body, which results in a low red blood cell count, inflammation around the lungs, and inflammation around the heart. There is no cure for RA. Treatment includes controlling the pain, during flair ups especially, and preventing joint damage. Many patients will have an inadequate response or can become intolerant to the widely used anti-TNF therapies. Consequently, the patient’s health-related quality of life may continue to be significantly reduced. 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 janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors, and several more have just completed late stage clinical trials and are currently undergoing regulatory review. These new options have shown improved efficacy and safety in RA, and healthcare professionals should be educated on these options, guidelines, and strategies for implementing them into the treatment paradigm.

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

  • Assess new research findings on the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), focusing on inflammatory signaling through Janus kinase (JAK) and interleukin (IL)-6 pathways

  • Recognize current and emerging janus kinases (JAK) inhibitors for RA in the context of selectivity, efficacy, safety, and clinical considerations for use

  • Identify patients with RA who would benefit from treatment with a JAK inhibitor

  • Employ new clinical trial data and evidence-based recommendations when making treatment decisions for individual patients with RA

  • Compare and contrast the economic benefits of JAK inhibitors for the treatment of RA, considering current comparative effectiveness research data and impact on medication adherence

Faculty: Maureen McMahon, MD, MS
Associate Chief, Division of Rheumatology
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine


Dr. McMahon has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  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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NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM.

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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.

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