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Bridging the Gap in Access to Rheumatology Care

Intended Audience: Teams (physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses, pharmacists) specializing in rheumatology

AWIR 2021Registration for the AWIR Summit is required to attend this CME session. Rheumatologists will have an opportunity to attend other educational sessions, receive CME, share best practices, and network with their peers. Registration for the Summit should be completed by December 3 to allow for seamless access. Register for the Summit here.

During this virtual meeting, experts will discuss practical strategies to improve access to quality rheumatology care across diverse patient populations. With an emphasis on team-based approaches, the faculty will highlight:

  • The value of leveraging advanced practice providers and collaborating with primary care physicians
  • The importance of diversity in clinical trials for new rheumatology therapies
  • The benefits and challenges associated with telehealth/virtual visits (including in rural communities and communities of color)
If you are in the Orlando, FL area and would like to attend the live meeting, register here.
Learning Objectives
  • Implement best practices that bridge the gaps in healthcare disparities to ensure equitable access to new and emerging therapies for rheumatic conditions
  • Evaluate strategies to increase inclusivity in clinical trials to close gaps in data that impact treatment decisions
  • Incorporate interprofessional practices and telehealth solutions to increase timely and equitable access to rheumatology care
  1. Collaboration With Primary Care for Timely Referrals and Early Care Access: Developing a Team-Based Model
  2. Increasing Inclusivity in Clinical Trials: Meeting Communities Where They Are
  3. Telehealth and Virtual Strategies: Selecting Optimal Video or Phone-Based Platforms Based on Patient Resources and Needs, and Acknowledging the Telehealth Limitations of Some Communities
  4. The Role of Advance Practice Providers in Rheumatology Practices

Alexis Ogdie, MD, MSCE

Alexis Ogdie, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Director, Penn Psoriatic Arthritis and Spondyloarthritis Program
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Guillermo J Valenzuela, MD

Guillermo J Valenzuela, MD

Medical Director
Integral Rheumatology & Immunology Specialists
Plantation, FL

Grace C Wright, MD, PhD, FACR

Speaker and Moderator
Grace C Wright, MD, PhD, FACR

President, Association of Women in Rheumatology
President, Grace C Wright, MD PC
New York, NY

Henry A Solomon, MD, FACP, FACC


Cardiologist and Internal Medicine Physician
New York, NY

Joyce M Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP


Visiting Professor
George Washington University
Family Nurse Practitioner
Wheeling Health Right
Wheeling, WV

Annette Sophin, MSMM, PA-C

Peer Reviewer

Clinical Director
Physician Assistant Program
Keiser University
Fort Lauderdale, FL

CE Details & Instructions

Joint Accreditation Statement

IPCE Credit™
In support of improving patient care, PRIME® 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.

Interprofessional Teams

Joint AccreditationThis activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 2.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

Physician Credit Designation Statement


PRIME® designates this Live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Points

ACCME MOC LogoSuccessful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


Physician Assistant Accreditation Statement


PRIME® has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credits for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 2.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Nurse Practitioner Accreditation Statement

Nurse Practitioner LogoPRIME Education is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 060815. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours (which includes 0 hour of pharmacology).

Pharmacist Accreditation Statement


This Application-based activity has been approved for 2.0 contact hours (0.2 CEUs) by PRIME® for pharmacists. The Universal Activity Number for this activity is JA0007144-0000-21-078-L01-P . Pharmacy CE credits can be submitted to the NABP upon successful completion of the activity by providing your NABP ID & DOB, which must be submitted within 60 days of completion. Pharmacists with questions can contact NABP customer service ([email protected]).

Nurse Accreditation Statement


PRIME® designates this activity for 2.0 contact hours.

Obtaining CE Credit
  1. Register using the online form
  2. Complete the pre-registration survey
  3. Attend the live program in its entirety
  4. Complete an online evaluation and post-test
  5. Download and/or print a certificate of completion and/or submit CE credits electronically

Instructions to access CME/CE credit options will be provided at the end of the program.

Method of Participation
This live CME/CE activity requires attendance of the participant during the entire program and completion of learner assessment tools. The learner will then receive instructions on how to download and/or print a certificate of completion and/or submit CE credits electronically.
Device Requirements
  • Hardware: an Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, tablet, or mobile device with audio capabilities and Internet connectivity
  • Software: the installation of software such as GoToWebinar may be required
Faculty Disclosures

*PRIME® has identified, reviewed, and mitigated all conflicts of interest that speakers, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, or relevant staff disclose prior to the delivery of any educational activity.

The following individuals have identified relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose:

  • Alexis Ogdie, MD, MSCE (Speaker)
    Consultant – AbbVieAmgenBMSCelgeneCorronaJanssenLillyNovartisPfizerTakeda
    Grants / Research Support – Amgen (to Forward)Forward/National Databank for Rheumatic DiseasesNIH/NIAMSNovartis (to Penn)Pfizer (to Penn)Rheum Research Foundation
    Other Financial or Material Support (royalties, patents, etc.) – Novartis
  • Guillermo J Valenzuela, MD (Speaker)
    Advisory Board or Panel – AstraZenecaBoehringer IngelheimHORIZONJanssenLILLYNovartisPfizerUCB
    Consultant – AbbVieAmgenAstraZenecaAuriniaBoehringer IngelheimBristol-Myers SquibbGlaxoSmithKlineHORIZONJanssenLILLYNovartisPfizerRegeneronSANOFIUCB
    Grants / Research Support – AbbVieAmgenBoehringer IngelheimBristol-Myers SquibbHORIZONJanssenLILLYNovartisPfizerRegeneronUCB
    Speakers Bureau or other Promotional Education – AmgenAstraZenecaAuriniaBoehringer IngelheimBristol-Myers SquibbGlaxoSmithKlineHORIZONJanssenLILLYNovartisSANOFIUCB
  • Grace C Wright, MD, PhD, FACR (Speaker, Moderator)
    Advisory Board or Panel – AbbVieBristol-Myers SquibbEli Lilly and CompanyGilead SciencesJanssen BiotechMyriad AutoimmuneNovartisPfizerSanofi GenzymeUCB
    Consultant – AbbVieBristol-Myers SquibbEli Lilly and CompanyGilead SciencesJanssen BiotechMyriad AutoimmuneNovartisPfizerSanofi GenzymeUCB
    Speakers Bureau or other Promotional Education – AbbVieAmgenBristol-Myers SquibbEli Lilly and CompanyMyriad AutoimmuneNovartisSanofi GenzymeUCB
  • Ashira Blazer, MD (Speaker)
    Consultant – GlaxoSmithKlineNovartis
    Speakers Bureau or other Promotional Education – GlaxoSmithKline
  • Gail S Kerr, MD, FRCP(Edin) (Speaker)
    Advisory Board or Panel – American College of RheumatologyAstraZenecaBristol-Myers SquibbFDAGenentechGlaxoSmithKlineHorizonJanssenMerckPfizerSamumedSanofi-RegeneronSunViela
    Grants / Research Support – AstraZenecaBristol-Myers SquibbGenentechGlaxoSmithKlineHorizonJanssenMerckNovartisPfizerSamumedSanofi-RegeneronSunViela
    Speakers Bureau or other Promotional Education – Aurinia
  • Gwenesta B Melton, MD, FACR (Speaker)
    Speakers Bureau or other Promotional Education – AmgenAuriniaExagenMyriadAutoimmunePfizerSanofiUCB
  • Priya Reddy, MD, FACR (Speaker)
    Advisory Board or Panel – HorizonJanssenPfizer
    Grants / Research Support – AbbVie
    Speakers Bureau or other Promotional Education – AbbVieAmgenExagenMyriadPfizerUCB

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose:

  • S Sam Lim, MD, MPH (Speaker)
  • Annette Sophin, MSMM, PA-C (Reviewer)
  • Henry A Solomon, MD, FACP, FACC (Planner)
  • Joyce M Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP (Planner)

All PRIME® staff participating in planning and content development have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Funding Disclosure
This activity is provided by PRIME Education. There is no fee to participate. This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie, Inc., Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC., Lilly, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and UCB.
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Availability: On-Demand
Access expires on 12/04/2021
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Credits
2 ANCC Credits
2 AANP Credits
2 AAPA Credits
2 ACPE Credits
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