PayerTalkCE Presents: Interpreting A Complex Puzzle: US Commercial Payer Coverage of Atopic Dermatitis (AD) Treatments Varies Widely

Expert Faculty Presenters:

James Chambers, PhD, MPharm
Associate Professor of Medicine
Tufts Medical Center Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies

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Steven Kheloussi, PharmD, MBA
Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Wilkes University
Manager, Clinical Pharmacy

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Target Audience
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of medical directors, registered nurses, pharmacy directors, clinical pharmacists, specialty pharmacists, quality directors, as well as network physicians affiliated with various MCOs, health systems, and other payer organizations.

Statement of Need/Program Overview
An action plan to enhance knowledge of clinical, economic, and humanistic burden of AD is needed by managed care and payer decision makers to enact health care benefit policy strategies to reduce the disease burden and enhance the potential for optimal treatment outcomes. These health care professionals also need increased knowledge of recently approved and emerging AD therapies in order to develop and implement AD benefit design strategies that support an improvement in overall patient quality of life and clinical outcomes. This includes knowledge of the heterogeneity of the presentation of AD and the need to align specific therapies with specific patient types. Furthermore, it is clear that payers can benefit from dermatology providers’ experience and expertise when creating PA criteria in order to streamline utilization controls in order to improve patient access to appropriate therapy.

Educational Objectives
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Medical Education Resources (MER), the National Eczema Association (NEA), and Impact Education, LLC. MER is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE)
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.5 Interprofessional continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Physician Continuing Education
Medical Education Resources designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Pharmacy Education
Medical Education Resources designates this continuing education activity for 0.5 contact hour (0.05 CEU) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Universal Activity Number: JA0003680-9999-23-155-H01-P
Type of Activity:

Please note: Pharmacists have up to 30 days to complete the evaluation and claim credit for participation so that information can be submitted to CPE Monitor as required.

Continuing Nursing Education
Medical Education Resources designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 ANCC nursing contact hours. Nurses will be awarded contact hours upon successful completion of the activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Medical Education Resources ensures balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all our educational activities. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies relevant financial relationships with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Reported relevant financial relationships are mitigated by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. MER is committed to providing learners with high-quality CE activities that promote improvements or quality in health care and not the business interest of an ineligible company.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Faculty Conflicts of Interest
James Chambers, PhD, MPharm No financial interest/relationships relating to the topic of this activity.
Steven Kheloussi, PharmD, MBA No financial interest/relationships relating to the topic of this activity.

The content managers reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Name of Content Manager Reported Financial Relationship
MER Content Managers No financial relationships to disclose.
NEA Content Managers No financial relationships to disclose.
Impact Education, LLC Staff No financial relationships to disclose.

The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources, the National Eczema Association, Impact Education, LLC, Sanofi and/or Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity. During the accreditation period, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; 3) and complete the evaluation form. Upon completion of the full CME/CE activity, your certificate will be made available immediately to download and print.

For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the activity evaluation form, you may immediately submit your CPE credit to the NABP CPE Monitor Service. This may require you to add or update the e-profile ID/date of birth information saved in your account.


There is no fee for this educational activity.