Best Practices in the Management of Heart Failure: What Managed Care Needs to Know About an Evolving Treatment Paradigm

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2020 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 July 1, 2020 to August 1, 2021

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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

Description:
Heart failure (HF) is a common condition that affects approximately 5.7 million people in the United States, and the prognosis for patients with heart failure has traditionally been poor. HF is the reason for more than 1 million hospitalizations per year and an estimated $31 billion in costs in the U.S. each year. While recent efforts have focused on improving the outlook for patients with chronic heart failure, mortality and morbidity following admission for heart failure remain significant. In recent decades, an improved understanding of the pathobiology of HF has led to the introduction of a number of new classes of medications that have improved the clinical outcomes of HF patients. However, despite these advances, nearly 6 million people in the United States have HF. The 5-year mortality rate for HF remains unacceptably high at about 50%, and 30-day HF patient readmissions are approximately 25%. Although multiple therapies have been shown to lower mortality in patients with HF, their applications in clinical practice have been less than ideal. Fortunately for patients with HF, new and emerging therapeutic options have entered the treatment paradigm recently, including SGLT2 inhibitors, showing the ability to reduce the risk of cardiovascular (CV) death or the worsening of heart failure in patients with heart failure both with and without type 2 diabetes.

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

  • Quantify the clinical and economic burden of heart failure (HF), including factors that contribute to HF-related hospitalizations and increased costs

  • Explore recent guideline updates for current and emerging therapies in HF, including results from pivotal trials and evidence supporting averted HF-related hospitalizations and/or deaths

  • Integrate novel therapies for HF into health plan algorithms and utilization management strategies in light of published evidence and provider inertia

  • Discuss strategies to overcome barriers to member access to care along with appropriate HF therapy within the current framework of health plan operations and infrastructure

  • Identify team-based strategies and tools that may result in improved patient outcomes including lower hospitalization and readmission rates

  • Assess strategies to promote adherence to therapy and lifestyle modifications among patients with HF


     

Faculty: Michael Miller, MD
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Epidemiology & Public Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Disclosure:

Dr. Miller has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  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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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

NAMCP and/or this website does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. NAMCP does not endorse or imply endorsement of the content on any linked website. This website is to be used as an informational resource. With any health related concern, consult with your physician or healthcare professional.

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