Managing the Cost of C. Difficile Infection: Are You Spending More Than You Know?
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Managing the Cost of C. Difficile Infection: Are You Spending More Than You Know?

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Friday, July 31, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET



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LEARN ABOUT
  • Increasing impact of C. Difficile Infection (CDI)
  • Latest guidelines, updates and management strategies for novel treatment options
  • Best practices in benefit design to control the costs of CDI
EXPERT FACULTY PRESENTERS
Edmund Pezalla, MD, MPH
CEO
Enlightenment Bioconsult, LLC
Vanita Pindolia, PharmD, MBA
Vice President
Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Programs_PCM
Henry Ford Health System (HFHS)
Health Alliance Plans (HAP)
A. Krishna Rao, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
TARGET AUDIENCE
  • Managed care pharmacy directors, clinical pharmacists, quality directors, medical directors, specialty pharmacists, nurses, care managers, and other managed care and payer organization professionals
PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The incidence of Clostridioides difficile infection or CDI, has increased over the past 2 decades. CDI differs from most other infections because it generally occurs after treatment with antimicrobial therapy. Some of the most commonly associated agents that CDI is associated with include clindamycin, ampicillin, cephalosporins, and fluoroquinolones. It is estimated that CDI costs the U.S. health care system $6 billion every year and average costs per case are more than $20,000.

A CDI expert will review treatment options and engage in peer-to-peer dialogue regarding recent developments and therapeutic recommendations. In addition, the faculty panel, including managed care experts, will review guideline-based recommendations to elucidate avoidable costs related to the management of CDI that may impact benefit design and coverage decision-making. Real-world case scenarios will be used to illustrate managed care best practices to evaluate all facets of medical and pharmacy management with initial and recurrent CDI, including assessment of existing and emerging therapies, and appropriate care management strategies to improve overall clinical and economic outcomes.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate improved ability to:
  • Review the epidemiology and prevalence of C. Difficile Infection (CDI)
  • Evaluate novel treatment options for primary and recurrent CDI
  • Apply guideline-based management strategies for CDI
  • Illustrate avoidable costs related to CDI treatment management that can impact benefit design and coverage decision-making
AGENDA
12:00 PM Opening Comments/Overview
Vanita Pindolia, PharmD, BCPS, MBA

12:05 PM CDI Clinical Update – Why the Increase?
A. Krishna Rao, MD, MS

12:35 PM Care Management Strategies to Address the Rising Costs of CDI
Edmund Pezalla, MD, MPH

12:55 PM CDI Case Scenarios and Best Practice Recommendations
Vanita Pindolia, PharmD, BCPS, MBA

1:15 PM Audience Q&A Session
Key Takeaways and Closing Comments

1:30 PM Adjournment
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Physician Credit
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Pharmacy Credit
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Continuing Nursing Education
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The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:
Name of Faculty Reported Financial Relationships
Edmund Pezalla, MD, MPH TBD
Vanita Pindolia, PharmD, BCPS, MBA TBD
A. Krishna Rao, MD, MS Grants/Research Support: Merck & Co., Inc.
Consulting Fees (eg. Ad boards): Bio-K+ International, Inc.

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