Examining the 2015 ACR Guidelines for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Examining the 2015 ACR Guidelines for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

On-Demand Webcast

Sergio Schwartzman, MD
Franchellie M. Cadwell Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
The Hospital for Special Surgery
New York Presbyterian Hospital
New York, New York

Intended Learners

This activity is designed for rheumatology professionals, including rheumatologists and rheumatology residents and fellows, along with the multidisciplinary team of NPs, PAs, and nurses.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Highlight the key differences in the new American College of Rheumatology (ACR)guidelines for the treatment of RA in terms of the development process, recommendations, and the inclusion of updated data and new treatment options
  • Apply the new ACR guidelines to clinical decision making in patients with RA
Activity Overview

This on-demand webcast is available with synchronized slides and video.

To be eligible for documentation of credit, participants must complete the educational activity, complete the 10-question post-test with a score of 70% or better, and complete the evaluation form. After successful completion of the post-test and evaluation form online at www.naccme.com, participants may immediately print their documentation of credit.

Release date: December 24, 2016
Expiration date: December 24, 2017
Estimated time to complete: .75 hour

There is no fee associated with this activity.

Participants who completed the live version of this activity are not eligible to receive credit for this enduring material.

For questions regarding this educational activity, please call 609-371-1137.

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NACCME designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This continuing nursing education activity awards 0.75 contact hours.

Independent Clinical Reviewer: Marc D. Cohen, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, Colorado

Nurse Planner: Susie Seaman, NP, Sharp Rees-Stealy Wound Clinic, San Diego, California

Planning Committee

The planning committee comprises Marc D. Cohen, MD, MPH, Susie Seaman, NP, Sergio Schwartzman, MD; Donna Brophy, Celeste Collazo, MD, Mary Johnson, Mike Kearney, Tanya Kenevich, Michelle Montgomery, Randy Robbin, John Savage, and Margaret Stefan, NACCME.

Financial Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

According to the disclosure policy of NACCME, faculty, editors, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with relevant commercial companies related to this activity. All relevant conflicts of interest that are identified are reviewed for potential conflicts of interest. If a conflict is identified, it is the responsibility of NACCME to initiate a mechanism to resolve the conflict(s). The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation.

All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies reported, and levels of evidence.

The faculty has reported the following:

Ms. Seaman: Scientific Advisor—Smith & Nephew; Promotional Speakers’ Bureau—Smith & Nephew
Dr. Schwartzman: Consultant—Genentech, Janssen, AbbVie, Pfizer, Epirus, Hospira, Novartis, Regeneron, Crescendo; Promotional Speakers’ Bureau—Genentech, Janssen, AbbVie, Crescendo, Pfizer, Hospira, Novartis; Scientific Advisor—Crescendo Bioscience; Stock Ownership—Pfizer, Medtronic, Amgen, Gilead; Board Member—Discus Analytics, National Psoriasis Foundation

Dr. Cohen has disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Ms. Brophy, Dr. Collazo, Ms. Johnson, Mr. Kearney, Ms. Kenevich, Ms. Montgomery, Mr. Robbin, Mr. Savage, and Ms. Stefan have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

NACCME requires faculty to inform participants whenever off-label/unapproved uses of drugs and/or devices are discussed in their presentations.

The faculty has disclosed that off-label/unapproved uses of drugs and/or devices will be discussed. Off-label/unapproved uses of drugs and/or devices will be disclosed during the webcast.

Grant Support

Supported by independent educational grants from Lilly, and Pfizer IGLC.

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Copyright © 2016 by North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this accredited continuing education activity may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without first obtaining permission from North American Center for Continuing Medical Education. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and are not attributable to NACCME. Clinical judgment must guide each professional in weighing the benefits of treatment against the risk of toxicity. Dosages, indications, and methods of use for products referred to in this activity are not necessarily the same as indicated in the package insert for each product, may reflect the clinical experience of the presenters, and may be derived from the professional literature or other clinical sources. Consult complete prescribing information before administering.