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Fact-Based Health Education for COVID-19

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to unfold, we at CME Outfitters are well aware of how clinicians and patients alike are in need of fact-based education and resources.

With that in mind, we’ve developed this hub as a place health care professionals (HCPs) and patients can find an evolving curation of educational videos, links, and tools that address a variety of topics related to COVID-19 – from anxiety and depression to preparing for TeleHealth visits. For clinicians looking for continuing education, visit our Virtual Education Hub to find many online learning opportunities on a variety of conditions.

As we move through this situation together, we’ll continue to update this page with new information. Also refer to the CDC’s website for the updated information. Check back often and please feel free to contact us at info@cmeoutfitters.com with questions, or with any information you feel would be helpful to have on this hub.

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COVID-19: Setting the Stage for Improved Outcomes with Targeted Therapies

 

 

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Live Webcast | Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

This CMEO Live and OnDemand webcast will focus on improving clinicians’ knowledge of the short-term and long-term health consequences of COVID-19 so that they can better identify patients who may be at risk for worse outcomes and will benefit from early treatment.

The Epidemic Within the Pandemic: Managing Complications in Populations with Obesity

 

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This On-Demand webcast will include interactive animated 3-D models, and a live Q&A session. The discussion, led by expert faculty, will cover pathophysiological features of obesity that influence weight loss, guidelines for screening, diagnosis, and patient counseling, and how to assess efficacy and safety of available and emerging therapies for long-term treatment of obesity.

COVID-19 and Its Impact on Patient Care: What Gastroenterologists Need to Know

 

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This OnDemand webcast provides clinicians with the latest information and consensus recommendations for the management of patients with IBD during the COVID-19 era. Expert faculty will also examine the latest evidence on treatment and prevention strategies for COVID-19.

Bench to Bedside OnDemand: The Growing (Anti)body of Evidence for the Treatment of Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19

 

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This CME Outfitters Live and OnDemand on early intervention treatments following diagnosis of COVID-19 as a way to reduce progression to severe disease will include the latest data on the efficacy and safety of mAb therapies and strategies for addressing knowledge and practice barriers to improve patient access to these therapies.

Early Intervention to Minimize Progression of COVID-19

 

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Characterizing disease severity of COVID-19 is important to establish next steps for managing COVID-19 and mitigating disease progression in patients. View this CME/CE certified module outlining the evidence supporting treatment decision-making for COVID-19.

The Impact of Racial Disparities on Obesity and COVID-19 Care

 

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In this CME Outfitters podcast, expert faculty will explore the impact of these racial disparities on obesity and COVID-19 care, including how these disparities manifest in patients with obesity, and developing strategies to address disparities in patients with obesity that contract COVID-19.

Overcoming Implicit Bias and Stigma: Managing Underserved Populations with Obesity to Improve Adherence to Treatment Plans

 

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This CME Outfitters podcast will focus on recognizing the role of unconscious bias and stigma in managing underserved patients with obesity and how to partner with these patients to address barriers to adherence in order to improve obesity outcomes.

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COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Training

Earners have developed the skills needed to integrate screening assessments for the early and accurate diagnosis of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 to guide treatment decision-making in high-risk patient groups. They are competent in skills such as applying the latest data on the efficacy and safety of monoclonal antibody therapies to treatment decisions and implementing strategies to address knowledge and practice barriers to patient access to infusion service for monoclonal antibody therapy.

Earning Criteria

1) Earners must complete the activity, “Bench to Bedside: The Growing (Anti)body of Evidence for the Treatment of Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19.”
2) Post-test, credit request form, and activity evaluation must be completed. 75% pass rate required.

TeleHealth Information for Patients and Clinicians

Pain in a Pandemic: Strategies for Integrating TeleHealth into Chronic Pain Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many aspects of chronic pain management are contrary to social distancing. Physical examination of joints, physical therapy, and opioid prescription monitoring are especially challenging. Can TeleHealth work for chronic pain? Listen in as pain specialist Dr. Steven Stanos and family physicians Dr. Kevin Gebke and Dr. Neil Skolnik share their experiences using and expanding TeleHealth services to effectively meet the needs of their patients with chronic pain. View the full CE/CME activity, Heeding the Call for Safe and Responsible Pain Management in Our Communities and additional education related to pain management on our Opioid Education Hub. For patients needing further education on pain and opioids, visit the Opioid Patient Education Hub.

TeleHealth in Action

As the Rheumatology workforce is challenged to keep up with the growing patient population, TeleHealth presents an opportunity to meet patients where they live and work. Watch as Dr. Rochelle Rosian conducts a virtual visit.

Virtual Visit Algorithm: How to Differentiate and Code TeleHealth Visits, E-visits, and Virtual Check-ins

 

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Virtual visits have quickly become vital in the primary care setting as a way to continue providing care while reducing exposure during the COVID-19 national public health emergency. The following algorithm, developed by James Dom Dera, MD, FAAFP, provides a quick way for physicians to tell these services apart and to assign proper codes for reimbursement.

Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff

 

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FDA believes the policy set forth in this guidance may help address these urgent public health concerns by helping to expand the availability and capability of remote ophthalmic assessment and monitoring devices. Modified use of these devices may facilitate patient management by health careproviders while reducing the need for in-person treatment during the COVID-19 public health emergency and may help reduce the risk of exposure for patients and health care providers to SARS-CoV-2.

COVID-19 TeleHealth Policy Fact Sheet

 

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As things rapidly develop on both what we know about COVID-19, policies around TeleHealth have also been developing alongside of it. Access a summary of what is covered by various public and private payers with the information that has been released. Keep in mind that events are evolving and to consider this a living document that could change frequently as new information and new policies become available and are enacted.

Educational Videos

You Need Your Sleep! Sleep Hygiene and Habits to Maintain Your Physical and Mental Well-Being During the COVID Pandemic

Maintaining good sleep habits and sleep hygiene are essential to physical and mental well-being. While good advice…it’s not always easy to follow during these unprecedented stressful times. Sleep specialist and Case Distinguished University Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia offers strategies for patients and health care providers for addressing stress and sleep during these challenging times.

Identifying Patients at Risk for Mood and Anxiety Disorders in the Era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major stressor and can be a precipitant for relapse or first episode of mental illness. Join Dr. Charles Nemeroff as he outlines at-risk groups in your practices and provides management insights, strategies and tips for providers and patients.

Managing Psoriasis in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Individuals with psoriasis often take medications that can render them immunocompromised. We invite you to join Dr. Joel Gelfand as he discusses COVID-19 in relationship to psoriasis and shares the recent guidance from the American Academy of Dermatology for treatment during the pandemic.

Addressing Mental Health Needs of Healthcare Providers in the Era of COVID-19

This is a very trying time for all individuals, but it is particularly challenging for healthcare providers. COVID-19 pandemic is accompanied by stressors that may include fear of infection, lack of PPE, and being asked to step outside of one’s normal scope of practice. Join Dr. Charles Nemeroff as he offers a call to action for mental health self-care and care of healthcare colleagues and friends.

Tips for Maintaining Mental Health and Self-Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Looking after your mental health and practicing self-care are essential to quality of life, but especially so during the challenging times we are currently experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Uncertain and stressful circumstances such as these naturally give rise to anxiety and feelings of helplessness. Join Dr. Paul Summergrad as he offers tips for managing anxiety, maintaining connectedness with friends and family even if we are unable to be together, and signs that additional interventions may be necessary.

COVID-19 Food Safety Tips: Safe Grocery Shopping and Food Takeout Practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access this video from Family Physician Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen on tips you can use to shop and get takeout food safer during the stay-at-home shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Virus Structure

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COVID-19 Tour

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COVID-19 Inside Virus

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Resources for Patients and Clinicians

The Emotional PPE Project

 

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The Emotional PPE Project connects healthcare workers in need with licensed mental health professionals who can help. The Emotional PPE Project is a directory that provides contact information of volunteer mental health practitioners to healthcare workers whose mental health has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more here.

National Coronavirus Response: A Roadmap to Reopening

 

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This report provides a road map for navigating through the current COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. It outlines specific directions for adapting our public-health strategy as we limit the epidemic spread of COVID-19 and are able to transition to new tools and approaches to prevent further spread of the disease.

Financial Assistance Programs Available for Patients with IBD

 

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Loss of employment and loss of health insurance related to the COVID-19 pandemic are a source of anxiety for many patients with IBD. There are a number of resources and Patient Assistance Programs available to provide financial assistance to pay for biologic therapy. Many thanks to Dr. David Rubin (@IBDMD) and the University of Chicago Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center for sharing this valuable resource.

How to Coronavirus-Proof Your Home

 

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Life under coronavirus means staying at home as much as possible — but you’ll likely need to make a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy at some point. Download or print this tip sheet to make sure you don’t bring the virus back home with you.

COVID-19 Resource Center for Physicians Access this webpage to find day-by-day updates from the CDC of the coronavirus outbreak.  Resources such as guidelines, videos, downloadable resources, and clinical resources for residents and medical students include:

  • Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
  • Access this CDC page to learn steps to keeping workplaces, schools, homes and commercial establishments safe.
  • Protect Yourself and Family
  • Learn steps to protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 outbreak, including cleaning and disinfecting your home.
  • People at Higher Risk
  • Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. Learn more on this website.
  • Nursing Home Guidance
  • Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities can take steps to assess and improve their preparedness for responding to COVID-19. Access resources, including a COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes and other Long-Term Care Settings, on this webpage.

Payer Information

CMS Payment Policies and Regulatory Flexibilities

 

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The AMA has been working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to identify issues arising due to COVID-19 and to recommend specific actions to improve Medicare coverage of services and reduce regulatory burdens on physicians during this crisis. You’ll find key actions CMS has taken in response to AMA advocacy. Topics include telehealth, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), quality reporting, enrollment, elective surgery, and regulatory relief.

Special Coding Advice During COVID-19 from the AMA

 

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The American Medical Association (AMA) is working to ensure that all payors are applying the greatest flexibility to physicians. New guidance from the AMA provides special coding advice during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This resource outlines coding scenarios to help health care professionals apply best coding practices.

Rural Health Resources

Find resources, toolkits, data and maps on the NRHA COVID-19 Resources website.

Communicate with your community

AccessDerm: A program of the American Academy of Dermatology, delivering teledermatology expertise to underserved populations. For more information, email accessderm@aad.org.

Obesity Medicine Resources

Obesity Animated Video: Energy Balance Dysregulation

This 3D animated video illuminates how the body’s energy balance, weight, and adiposity are intricately controlled by processes resistant to voluntary manipulation.

Learner-Driven Obesity Animation Module: Energy Balance Dysregulation/Comorbidities and Consequences of Obesity

When individuals lose weight through caloric restriction and increased physical activity, they activate processes to regain the lost weight and adipose tissue mass. This user-directed animation sequence allows learners to explore many of these processes.

 

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PDF: Weight Can’t Wait: A Guide for Primary Care Clinicians

This guide provides healthcare professionals with a short, accessible, practical, and informative guide to effective obesity care.

 

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PDF: Potential Contributors to Obesity: An Infographic from The Obesity Society

This infographic streamlines complex concepts on why people gain weight.

 

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