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 [email protected].

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

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We don’t have to tell you that managing your ulcerative colitis (UC) is challenging. At times it seems like you need to be a physician yourself in order to understand the data and the decisions that are best for you. Practice guidelines are designed for gastroenterologists and their care teams; however, knowledge about how the guidelines are developed, and how they apply to the individual are important for understanding your doctor’s decisions in managing your UC.

 

Dr. Rubin has you covered! In this live and on-demand webcast, Dr. Rubin will share his insights and take your LIVE questions to help you manage your disease and take back control of your UC. What you will learn:

 

  • Recognize the importance of practice guidelines and how they apply to UC.
  • Establish long-term treatment goals to heal the inflamed bowels instead of masking the symptoms.
  • Identify key markers of inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease and how they are used in practice.
  • Evaluate the risk of colorectal cancer in UC.
  • Engage with your UC doctor to discuss your disease and strategies to establish and maintain clinical remission.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

Who’s in Charge: You or Your Crohn’s disease?

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To provide the best care for your Crohn’s disease (CD), guidelines for treatment and monitoring have been designed for gastroenterology care teams. As a patient and advocate of your care, it is important to have knowledge regarding how the guidelines are developed, be aware of the research behind them, and understand how they apply to you as a patient.

Join this webcast, ask the renowned CD specialists your questions during LIVE Q&A, and learn how to:

  • Recognize the importance of practice guidelines and how they apply to CD.
  • Establish long-term treatment goals to heal the inflamed bowels instead of masking the symptoms.
  • Identify key markers of inflammation in CD and how they are used in practice.
  • Evaluate the risk of colorectal cancer and colostomy in CD.
  • Engage with your CD doctor to discuss your disease and strategies to establish and maintain clinical remission.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

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

Learn More About Diabetic Gastroparesis

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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, and will aid in evaluating 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 IBD patients

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