New Trends in the Management of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

April 27, 2022

Activity description

There are a wide variety of treatment options for individuals with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including multiple pharmacological options utilizing combinations and stepwise approaches, as well as pulmonary rehabilitation. The goals of clinical management include symptomatic relief, improved lung function, maximized airflow and minimal side effects from therapy. This activity will provide participants with insight into newer approaches that effectively integrate standard interventions into management plans tailored to the individual’s particular symptoms, review the value of pulmonary rehabilitation, and outline the effective evaluation of therapeutic responses. Emerging trends in asthma and COPD management and new pharmacologic agents and strategies will be highlighted, with a review of the physiological aspects of these diseases targeted by newer therapies.

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This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum Care, Clinical Performance.

Commercial support
No commercial support was received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other HCPs who have an interest in the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define appropriate initial pharmacologic therapy for COPD.
  • Identify COPD patients that may benefit from inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) therapy.
  • Discuss the appropriate utilization of pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Describe the flexible treatment of mild intermittent asthma. 
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
04/27/2022 - 10:00am EDT
Event ends: 
04/27/2022 - 11:00am EDT

Joshua Jacobs, MD, FAAFP
National Medical Director
Optum Care

Curtis C. Sather, MD
Senior Medical Director for Inpatient & Affordability
Optum Pacific West Market

About the presenter
Curtis Sather, MD, is senior medical director for Inpatient & Affordability, Optum Pacific West Market. He joined HealthCare Partners in 2010 after earning his medical degree at UC Davis and completing postgraduate training at UCLA-Olive View and Cedars-Sinai. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine and enjoys spending some time each week seeing patients in the clinic and hospital. He has spent the last several years working across teams of talented people to grow the capabilities of inpatient and medical-expense analytics with tools that intelligently support leaders across the market. He is proud of the resulting improvements in quality of patient care and significant affordability impact. He leads cross-CDO inpatient integration activity in California and the Optimal Care for Hospitalists committee within the national Optum Hospitalist Leadership Forum. His wife, Mary Ellen, is an IPA pediatrician that keeps him in line with helpful reminders about the “real life” of a full-time clinician. They have brilliant 13- and 10-year-old children. The Sather family enjoys taking full advantage of all the outdoor, entertainment, cultural and sporting events Los Angeles has to offer.

Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
OptumHealth Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum Care, Clinical Performance. OptumHealth Education 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 health care team.

Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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