Asthma Insights: Treating by Phenotype and Improving Adherence to Treatment

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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market Street

Liberty Ballroom

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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This program is intended for American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Family Medicine Experience (FMX) attendees only.

Activity Chair

Michael S. Blaiss, MD
Executive Medical Director
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Physician (Allergy/Asthma)
Good Samaritan Health Clinic East Gwinnett
Norcross, GA
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Augusta, GA

Nicola A. Hanania, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Medicine-Pulmonary
Director, Airways Clinical Research Center
Member, Vice Chair of Research Group
Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Asthma and COPD Clinic
Ben Taub Hospital
Houston, TX

Neil S. Skolnik, MD, FAAFP
Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
Associate Director
Family Medicine Residency Program
Abington Jefferson Health
Abington, PA


Asthma is poorly controlled in up to 50% of patients. This is often due to failure to avoid triggers, inadequate use of anti-inflammatory medication, as well as inconsistencies between patients’ perceptions of control and actual symptoms. However, increasing evidence suggests that an estimated 5% to 10% of patients have severe asthma subtypes for which standard therapy is ineffective. Guidelines from the European Respiratory Society and American Thoracic Society propose that certain characteristics, such as eosinophilic airway inflammation, could be used to guide health care professionals in tailoring an individualized treatment approach for severe asthma phenotypes. In this live satellite symposium, experts will discuss asthma phenotypes and their implications for treatment as well as evaluate pertinent clinical data on therapies that target key immunologic mediators in severe asthma. Faculty will also discuss methods to assess and improve medication adherence. The program will conclude with the Wheel of Knowledge, an interactive gaming segment designed to reinforce topics addressed in the preceding didactic presentations.


6:00 PM
Registration and Dinner

6:30 PM
Introduction and Pretest
Michael S. Blaiss, MD

6:35 PM
Asthma Phenotypes – Implications for Treatment
Nicola A. Hanania, MD, MS

7:00 PM
Breathe Easier: Improving Adherence to Asthma Treatment
Neil S. Skolnik, MD, FAAFP

7:25 PM
Wheel of Asthma Knowledge
With your host, Michael S. Blaiss, MD

7:45 PM

7:50 PM
Question and Answer

8:00 PM

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe common classifications of asthma phenotypes and their implications for therapy.

  • Describe the clinical consequences of poor adherence and improper inhaler use in patients with asthma.

  • Incorporate strategies for improving adherence and proper inhaler use in patients with asthma.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is family physicians, internists, and other health care professionals involved in the management of patients with asthma.

This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.

This event is not a part of the official AAFP FMX.

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Vindico Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content are required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. Relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience.

Faculty, topics, program schedule, and credit hours are subject to change. Audiotaping or videotaping is prohibited without written permission from the program committee.

MIPS Qualifying Activity:
Completion of this accredited CME activity meets the expectations of an Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement Program (IA_PSPA_28) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS). Participants who successfully complete the activity and its performance assessment will receive printable documentation of successful completion for MIPS self-reporting.

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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market Street

Liberty Ballroom

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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