Using Online Real-World Evidence Tools to Enhance Formulary Decision-Making - Nexus 2018

ACPE UAN #:  0233-0000-18-063-H04-P

Release DateOctober 24, 2018

Expiration Date:  October 24, 2021

Activity Type:    Knowledge-based

Contact Hours:  1.5

Activity Fee:  Member:  Free        Non-Member:   $30

Target Audience: Pharmacists who practice in managed care settings.

Activity Description

Evidence to determine comparative effectiveness and safety requires the use of real-world data (RWD) to create real-world evidence (RWE) that ultimately is used to inform policy decisions.  Yet, there is a general lack of clarity about what constitutes RWE, and health care decision-makers are seeking guidance as to how RWE can best be used to inform health technology (HTA) adoption decisions. Several frameworks and their accompanying online tools have recently been developed that provide guidance to users of RWE. Yet, no one standard tool has been adopted by payers. 

This session will provide a concise definition of RWE, compare and contrast existing frameworks and tools using a checklist of desired attributes, and introduce a newly developed tool, all to provide comprehensive approaches to guide U.S. payers in making HTA adoption decisions. 

Learning Objectives:  

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

  1. Define real-world evidence (RWE) and distinguish it from real-world data (RWD).
  2. Compare and contrast the major existing tools and their application in reviewing RWE, using a checklist of desired attributes.
  3. Assess one of the publicly available tools to guide HTA decision-making using a group-reported, case-study approach.
  4. Discuss the features (both strengths and limitations) for each group of assessed tools.

Schedule of Educational Activity:

This activity consists of an audio recording, pre-test assessment questions (not required to pass or continue), post-test questions (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher) and a specific activity evaluation. 

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

As an accredited provider, AMCP strictly adheres to the ACPE Standards for Commercial Support and other relevant guidelines and standards to ensure the independence of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities.  It is AMCP’s intent that all CPE activities be independent, objective, balanced, evidence-based and free of any commercial bias.

CPE Requirements:   

Participants should claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this home study activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at AMCP Nexus 2018.  CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor.  Please allow 72 hours for processing and posting in your NABP account.

To receive credit for an online activity you must:

  • Review the full content of the activity.
  • Successfully complete the post-test (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher, it may be taken a maximum of three times).
  • Complete a specific activity evaluation.


Joseph Couto, PharmD, MBA | Informatics Manager and Data Scientist | CIGNA | Bloomfield, Connecticut.

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Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-18-063-H04-P 1.5 Contact Hours October 24, 2018 - October 24, 2021