Pharmacologic Advancements in OSA: Recommendations for Managed Care Web Activity


Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD                                       
Director, Center for Circadian and Sleep
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Jeffrey Dunn, PharmD, MBA                                                    
(Formerly) Vice President, Clinical Strategy and                         
Programs and Industry Relations                                  
Magellan Rx Management

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Edmund Pezalla, MD, MPH      
Enlightenment Bioconsult, LLC

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Target Audience

Statement of Need/Program Overview
Despite a sizeable associated disease burden, there is minimal knowledge among managed care professionals regarding the economic impact of OSA and potential cost offsets garnered through successful management. The complexity and high cost of OSA diagnosis (i.e., sleep studies and associated interventions) results in the majority of cases remaining undiagnosed, and low adherence to CPAP contributes to a lack of payer confidence in available treatment interventions.  Even among those members who use CPAP optimally, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) often remains as a detrimental and life-altering effect. This educational activity is designed to address these pertinent needs and improve knowledge and competence among managed care professionals regarding OSA disease burden, the importance of timely and accurate diagnosis, and pharmacologic management of sequelae secondary to OSA.

Educational Objectives 
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate improved ability to: 



Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Impact Education, LLC.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine 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.

Physician Continuing Medical Education
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Chapter 1: 0.5 CME credit
Chapter 2: 0.75 CME credit

Continuing Pharmacy Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 1.25 contact hours (0.125 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

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
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.2 contact hours.

Interprofessional Continuing Education

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Chapter 1: 0.5 IPCE credit
Chapter 2: 0.75 IPCE credit

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy.  PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

Name of Faculty or Presenter Reported Financial Relationship
Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD

Consulting Fees (e.g., advisory boards) – Merck, Sanofi-Medley, Pear, Eisai
Ownership Interest (stocks, stock options or other ownership interest excluding diversified mutual funds) – Teva

Grants to Northwestern University – Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Technogel, Apnimed, Philips

Jeffrey Dunn, PharmD, MBA

Dr. Dunn has nothing to disclose

Edmund Pezalla, MD, MPH

Dr. Pezalla has nothing to disclose

The PIM planners and managers have nothing to disclose.
The Impact Education, LLC planners and managers have nothing to disclose.

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners.  Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. 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 and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity. During the period of accreditation participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; 3) successfully complete the post-test with a score of 75% or better; 4) and complete the evaluation form. Upon completion of the full CME/CE activity, a certificate will be made available immediately to download and print.

For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the post-test with a score of 75% or better and the activity evaluation, 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. Credit must be uploaded to CPE Monitor within 30 days.


There is no fee for this educational activity.