Facilitating Optimal Outcomes for the Management of Retinal Diseases: Health Plan Best Practice Recommendations
Track 3: Spotlight on Retinal Vein Occlusion


Jeffrey Dunn, PharmD, MBA (Chair)
Chief Clinical Officer
Cooperative Benefits Group (CBG)

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David M. Brown, MD
Retina Specialist
Retina Consultants of Texas

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Jason Parrott, MBA
SVP Enterprise Growth and Partnerships
Vida Health

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of medical directors, registered nurses, pharmacy directors, clinical pharmacists, specialty pharmacists, quality directors, as well as network physicians affiliated with various MCOs, health systems, and other payer organizations.

Statement of Need/Program Overview

For managed care professionals, retinal diseases—specifically, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic macular edema (DME), retinal vein occlusion (RVO), and diabetic retinopathy (DR) —present a substantial challenge and as such there are unmet educational needs. Payers, tasked with weighing considerations of efficacy and drug costs, while balancing formulary placement, step therapy, site-of-care, and member access require instruction to implement optimal drug management initiatives and benefit design schema to facilitate patient access and outcomes in retinal diseases.

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

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Medical Education Resources (MER) and Impact Education, LLC. MER 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 Continuing Education (IPCE)
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.0 Interprofessional continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Physician Credit
Medical Education Resources designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit
Medical Education Resources designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 ANCC nursing contact hour. Nurses will be awarded contact hours upon successful completion of the activity.

Medical Education Resources is a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299, for 1.0 contact hours.

Pharmacist Credit

Medical Education Resources (MER) designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Universal Program Number – JA0003680-9999-23-174-H01-P
This activity is certified as Knowledge-based CPE.

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.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Medical Education Resources ensures balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all our educational activities. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing education activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. MER is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities that promote improvements or quality in health care and not the business interest of a commercial interest.

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

Jeffrey Dunn, PharmD, MBA

Jeffrey Dunn, PharmD, MBA has nothing to disclose.

David M. Brown, MD

Consulting: Adverum Biotechnologies Inc., AGTC, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Annexon, Inc., Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Bayer UK, Biogen MA Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim, Celltrion, Chengdu Kanghong Pharmaceutical, Clearside Biomedical Inc., Coherus BioScience,Inc., Gemini Therapeutics Inc., GlaukosIveric Bio, Inc., Kodiak Sciences Inc., Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Medscape, LLC, Novartis Pharma AG OPTOS PLC, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., RetinAI Medical AG, Ray Therapeutics Inc., Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd., Senju Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., Smilebiotek Zhuhai Limited, Stealth BioTherapeutics Inc., Verseon, WebMD Global LLC
Grants: Adverum, Alderya, Alexion, Alkahest, Alimera, Amgen, Annexon, Apellis, Aura, Bayer, Boston Image Reading Center, Boehringer Ingelheim, Clearside Biomedical, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Eyepoint, Gemini, Genentech/Roche, Graybug, Gyroscope, John Hopkins, Ionis, Irenix, Iveric, Kodiak, Lowery Medical Research Group, Lumithera, Nanoscope, NEI/NH, Neurotech, NGM, Novartis, Ocular Therapeutix, Ocuphire Pharma, Inc., OIRRC, ONS, Opthea, Opthotech, OPTOS, Oxurion , Oysterpoint, Regeneron, REGENXBIO, Roche, SamChunDang, Samsung, Sandoz, Santen, Senju, Stealth, Unity, Xbrane, Zeiss
Patents: Optos - Camera Software used to dewarp images

Jason Parrott, MBA

Jason Parrott, MBA has nothing to disclose.

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

Name of Content Manager Reported Financial Relationship

MER Content Managers

No financial relationships to disclose.

Impact Education, LLC Staff

No financial relationships to disclose.

The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources, Impact Education, LLC, and/or Regeneron, Inc. The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. 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 on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity. During the period November 1, 2022, through November 1, 2023, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; 3) and complete the evaluation form. Upon completion of the full CME/CE activity, your certificate will be made available immediately to download and print.

For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the activity evaluation form, 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.


There is no fee for this educational activity.