Hematology Conference Reporter Series: Keeping Pace with Payer Implications of the Latest Clinical Updates on Hematologic Malignancies for Hematology/Oncology and Managed Care Professionals

Expert Insights on Data Presented at the 2013 NCCN Annual Congress on Hematologic Malignancies


John Fox, MD
Senior Medical Director
Associate Vice President, Medical Affairs
Priority Health

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James Kenney, Jr., RPh, MBA
Pharmacy Operations Manager
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Inc.

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Joseph Mikhael MD, MEd, FRCPC, FACP
Associate Dean, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
Deputy Director - Education, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Mayo College of Medicine
Mayo Clinic in Arizona

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Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of community hematologists/oncologists, the extended hematology/oncology care team including pathologists, radiologists, nurse practitioners, oncology nurses, oncology pharmacists, case managers, and patient navigators, as well as managed care professionals involved in the care of patients with hematologic malignancies.

Statement of Need/Program Overview

There is a strong need to provide both hematology/oncology clinicians and managed care decision-makers with insights regarding the clinical and economic value of targeted cancer treatments, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), monoclonal antibodies, and immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) for hematologic cancer patients. As cancer care becomes increasingly “personalized,” managed care decision makers struggle to design effective benefit plans that continue to advance the needs of the “majority” (their membership).

Hematologists/oncologists, working with individual cancer patients, struggle to choose treatments that are effective, while minimizing toxicities and the financial risk for both patients and the health care system. For both parties, the fast pace of new product development and lack of comprehensive and comparative clinical data will only continue to compound the challenges associated with decision making.

Using two of the most common hematologic cancer diagnoses, multiple myeloma (MM) and Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), as examples, this activity features practical discussions and demonstrations of current and emerging clinical data, pharmacy benefit design options, and resource management tools. Thought leaders and managed care experts evaluate and recommend innovative strategies that will enhance the knowledge and competency of managed care professionals who are striving to optimize both cost-efficiency and treatment outcomes for cancer patients.

For community-based hematologists/oncologists, this activity will explore current and emerging data in some of the most common patient subsets in the spectrum of hematologic malignancies. Academic and community-based experts will review and interpret the latest clinical data for new and investigational targeted agents for MM and CML and explain the recommendations and gaps associated with current published treatment guidelines. Managed care experts will reveal their current and future approaches for MCO reimbursement of mutation testing and medical treatments, as well as spotlight the support services that MCOs provide to reinforce hematologists’/oncologists’ patient education and compliance efforts.

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

Physician Credit
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Credit Designation
Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacy Credit

Medical Education Resources (MER) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.MER designates this continuing education activity for 1.5 contact hour(s) (0.15 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

(Universal Activity Number - 0816-9999-14-001-H01-P)

This activity is certified as knowledge-based CPE.

Nursing Credit
Medical Education Resources is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This CE activity provides 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Medical Education Resources is a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299, for 1.5 contact hours.

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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 Relationship
John Fox, MD No financial relationships to disclose.
James Kenney, Jr., RPh, MBA No financial relationships to disclose.
Joseph Mikhael MD, MEd, FRCPC, FACP

Receives grant/research support from Celgene Corporation, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and sanofi-aventis.

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

Name of Content Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Steven Casebeer, MBA No financial relationships to disclose.
MER content reviewer No financial relationships to disclose.

Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity. During the period January 2014 through July 31, 2015, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, 2) study the educational activity, 3) complete the posttest by recording the best answer to each question, and 4) complete the evaluation form. A 70% passing score is required for the posttest. 

Upon completion of the full CME/CE activity, your certificate will be made available immediately to download and print.

For Pharmacists: Upon receipt of the completed activity evaluation form, transcript information will be available at www.mycpemonitor.net within 4 weeks.


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Fee Information
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