Welcome to the CME Outfitters’ Gastroenterology Patient Education Hub.

Being an educated patient will help you be a better advocate for your care and engage your care team in shared decision-making about your treatment. On the Gastroenterology Patient Education Hub, you’ll find education and resources to keep you informed about inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic idiopathic constipation, and diabetic gastroparesis.

You’ll also find announcements for patient-specific live webcasts, an opportunity for your own IBD digital health coach for 3 months, helpful checklists, videos, animations, and guides to understanding and navigating the prior authorization process.

If there are specific resources you are looking for that are not listed here, please feel free to contact us for help by emailing questions@cmeoutfitters.com.

 

 

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Minisodes: Who’s in Charge: You or Your Crohn’s Disease?

Episode 1: Why Are Clinical Practice Guidelines Important?

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Episode 2: Controlling Symptoms and Inflammation

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Episode 3: Treatment of Crohn’s Disease

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Episode 4: Complications in Crohn’s Disease + Viewers’ Questions

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Minisodes: Who’s in Charge: You or Your Ulcerative Colitis?

Episode 1: New Guidelines in Ulcerative Colitis: Why Should I Care?

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Episode 2: Controlling Symptoms and Inflammation: Why Do Both Matter?

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Episode 3: Treatments for UC

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Episode 4: Cancer in UC: Am I at Risk?

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What if you had someone paying attention to your goals, texting you right when you needed a reminder, and finding new ways to make healthy living easier and more enjoyable for you?

Sign up for a FREE Digital Health coaching program to help you take control of your Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

Here’s what to expect from your Pack Health Advisor:

  1. Coaching for accountability
  2. Your Health Advisor will provide you with personalized tools and resources to achieve your health goals.
  3. Get access to medication assistance programs, offers from resource partners, and more!

Sign up today! https://packhealth.com/cmeo-ibd/

Helping Patients Understand the PA Process

Patients are used to seeing their physicians and heading to the pharmacy to fill the prescription. For many who are prescribed a biologic, the prior authorization process may be a new experience. This video can be downloaded and shared with patients to help them better understand the PA process.

 

 

 

Four Steps Patients Can Take to Minimize PA Delays

Patients are stakeholders in the PA process. It is important that they keep the care team apprised of changes to insurance and contact info. This video outlines four steps patients can take to ensure they receive the medicines they need.

 

 

 

Patient Checklist

Access this patient checklist of important information about the PA process to share with patients – Download PDF

Patient Checklist

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.

Learn More About Diabetic Gastroparesis

Download Whiteboard Video

In the United States, an estimated 5 million people suffer from some form of gastroparesis. One-third of these patients have diabetes. Learn more about diabetic gastroparesis in this informative virtual whiteboarding session.

Diabetic Gastroparesis: What Happens in the Gut

View this narrated 3-D animation to understand the role of ghrelin in GI motility, as well as signs, symptoms, and diagnostic tests for diabetic gastroparesis, in addition to the clinical efficacy and safety profiles of current and emerging agents for managing this condition.

Patient Resource: Questions, Treatment Options, References

A helpful resource for patients with diabetic gastroparesis that includes questions to ask their physicians, as well as treatment options. – Download PDF

Patient Resource

Free smartphone apps for patients with IBD

myColitis

This app allows you to track your symptoms. It features multiple trackers, a diary, personalized statistics, and valuable insights based on your data

SitOrSquat

This apps allows you to find the location of the nearest public restroom

Oshi: IBD Tracker & Magazine

This app allows you to track your lifestyle (stress, diet, sleep, and exercise) and your IBD symptoms to identify patterns and triggers and avoid flare-ups

Crohn’s and Colitis Support

This is an online support group that connects patients with IBD