Comparative Effectiveness and Coordinated Care in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): Managed Care Considerations on Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

Novel Treatment Advances and Approaches in the Management of Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): Expert Perspectives on the Evolving Role of Immunotherapy is a two-part webinar series

This is Part 2 of the series focusing on management of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

This activity is an archive from the webinar held June 18, 2021

This activity is valid from August 1, 2021 – August 1, 2023

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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

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. It accounts for about 15% of all new cancers, and during 2020, it was expected that there were about 222,500 new cases of lung cancer. Non small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for approximately 80% of all lung cancer cases. Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, and there were an estimated 155,870 deaths from lung cancer in 2020, accounting for around 29% of all cancer deaths. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Recent clinical data have demonstrated that NSCLC is a very heterogeneous disease. However, as more comprehensive information has been gathered regarding tumor characterization, treatment modalities for NSCLC have expanded to include agents with more specific targets. The use of histologic subtypes and molecular biomarker assessment in NSCLC has resulted in therapeutic paradigms that can be optimized for individual patients based on unique characteristics of their cancer. Fortunately for patients with metastatic NSCLC, immune checkpoint inhibitors have become available in recent years, with more coming soon, that have showed improved efficacy, safety and outcomes, especially in patients with high levels of PD-L1 expression.

As more immunotherapies are becoming available, the treatment paradigm has grown expansive, making it difficult for clinicians and managed care professionals to make the appropriate decisions based on recent clinical data and guidelines. In this program on NSCLC, medical directors, oncologists, and nurses will learn about the optimal use of current and emerging immunotherapy treatment options and new options that are just becoming available, ultimately helping patients achieve a greater quality of life and improved clinical and economic outcomes.

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

  • Identify key economic challenges surrounding management of patients with advanced NSCLC
    Discuss the managed care considerations of current and emerging immunotherapies by exploring where these agents fit into the current advanced NSCLC management paradigm

  • Analyze strategies used by managed care organizations to facilitate high quality care for members with advanced NSCLC, and how recent immunotherapy updates will affect those strategies

  • Apply methods to enable optimal cost management of immunotherapies to be realized by multiple advanced NSCLC stakeholders including managed care organizations


Faculty: Gary Owens, MD
Gary Owens Associates


Dr. Owens has served as a consultant for Eli Lilly, Horizon, Intersect ENT, Magnolia Innovation, Payer Sciences, Octave Biosciences, Vertex, and Xcenda.
Planning Committee: Bill Williams, MD has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no financial relationships with ineligible companies 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

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