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.

COVID-19 Educational Videos

COVID-19 and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Participate NowThe COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges and uncertainty in our healthcare system. Dr. Rubin, Dr. Regueiro, and Dr. Dalal have been on the frontlines of the pandemic and have been leaders in guiding care for IBD patients based on current evidence and experience. This CMEOCast featured excerpt from the broader virtual symposium Ulcerative Colitis in the 21st Century: Incorporating Guidelines and Real-World Evidence in Practice to Enhance Patient-Centered Care is presented to assist health care providers optimize the management of patients with IBD during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

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.

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

Participate NowVirtual 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

Participate NowFDA 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

Participate NowAs 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.

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COVID-19 Tour

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Resources for Patients and Clinicians

The Emotional PPE Project

Participate NowThe 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

Participate NowThis 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

Participate NowLoss 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

Participate NowLife 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

Participate NowThe 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

Participate NowThe 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
NRHA/Legato COVID-19 ‘Call First’ Communications Toolkit
CDC Communication Resources

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