Challenges abound for patients and clinicians alike when it comes to managing gastrointestinal diseases,  making it imperative that all stakeholders on the care team—including the patient—continue to hone their knowledge, confidence, and best practice strategies to improve outcomes.  But direct patient care is just one piece of the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) puzzle.  The burden of prior authorization related to biologic medicines can significantly impact clinical workflows. Yet, according to a recent survey from the AMA, only 30% of surveyed practices reported that their office lacks a formal process for handling the PA workload.

If this sounds familiar, you’ve come to the right place.  CME Outfitters’ Gastroenterology Education Hub provides clinicians with the education and resources necessary to optimize their approach clinical care, as well as prior authorization activities and resources that will help the entire care team—nurses,  nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and medical assistants – immediately improve their PA process to ensure consistent approvals that minimize administrative time and streamlines communications with payers.

We’ve added videos and checklists to share with your patients to help them better understand the process and how they can contribute as advocates for their care. Participants who complete the entire prior authorization series will receive not only CME/CE credit but will also be awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Prior Authorization.

Participate in the free CME activities, ask our faculty your tough questions, and download the resources below to improve care and process in the management of patients with IBD.

Clinical Decision-Making in Ulcerative Colitis: Considerations for Improved Outcomes

Join this CME Outfitters mobile case series designed to test your knowledge, confidence, and performance in optimizing treatment for patients with UC. The AGA has developed an evidence-based UC Care Pathway to guide treatment decisions for moderate- to high-risk patients; yet, in clinical practice, many clinicians are not integrating this pathway into their decision-making.

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Uncovering the Secret Sauce: Strategies for Increasing Prior Authorization Success Rates for Patients with IBD

The first module of this CME Outfitters 3-part series is designed to provide you with best practice strategies that you can use to improve your success rates for PA and to minimize the impact of prior authorization on staff administrative time, clinical workflow, and patient care. You’ll have the opportunity to ask our faculty your questions during the activity and get answers to your toughest PA concerns.

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Best Practices for EHR Documentation to Overcome Barriers to Prior Authorization for Patients with IBD?

In the second module of this CME Outfitters 3-part series, expert faculty will share best practices for creating processes that ensure important clinical information needed for PA is routinely gathered and documented in the patient’s EHR to minimize barriers to biologic approval. You’ll have the opportunity to ask our faculty your questions during the activity and get answers to your toughest PA concerns.

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No Doesn’t Necessarily Mean No: Strategies for Successful Prior Authorization Appeals for Patients with IBD

In the third module of this CME Outfitters 3-part series on prior authorization strategies, expert faculty will focus on creating a structured appeals process for when their prior authorization request is declined. You’ll have the opportunity to ask our faculty your questions during the activity and get answers to your toughest PA concerns.

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Best Practice Approaches to Prior Authorization for Your Patients with IBD: A 3-Part Series for Improving Processes and Success Rates

Interested in a one-stop webcast that includes all 3 modules?  In this 3-part series, faculty will share their best practice approaches for improving PA success rates, including important clinical information that should be routinely gathered and documented in the patient’s EHR to minimize barriers to biologic approval. And when denials happen, they will provide strategies for creating a structured appeal that advocates for the best treatment choice for the patient. Following the successful completion of the series, in addition to credit, CME Outfitters will award a Certificate of Excellence in Prior Authorization. You’ll have the opportunity to ask our faculty your questions during the activity and get answers to your toughest PA concerns.

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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.

 


Download this Patient Checklist of important information about the PA process to share with patients.

Fact or Fiction? Sorting Out Common Misconceptions About Ulcerative Colitis to Improve Patient Care

It’s time to separate fact from fiction. We invite you to join this Crohn’s and Colitis CongressTM enduring activity as faculty use gaming and case studies to debunk many misconceptions about UC and provide evidence and best practices to pave the way for better patient outcomes.

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Deep Remission, Top-Down Treatment Strategies and Real-World Data in Patients with UC: An Interactive and Innovative Case Series

In this CME Outfitters symposium, expert faculty will guide learners through patient cases using an interactive infographic to explain the importance of initiating early targeted biologic therapy and provide evidence-based strategies to take action to achieve sustained remission and long-term clinical outcomes.

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 Deep Remission, Mucosal Healing, and Top-Down Treatment Strategies in Ulcerative Colitis: An Infographic Journey

This CME Outfitters interactive infographic explains the importance of initiating early targeted biologic therapy and provides evidence-based strategies to take action to achieve sustained remission and long-term clinical outcomes.

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Download The AGA Institute Guidelines For The Identification, Assessment and Initial Medical Treatment in Crohn’s Disease – Clinical Decision Support Tool (PDF)

Download The AGA Ulcerative Colitis Clinical Care Pathway – Clinical Care Pathway (PDF)

Download The Tip Sheet For Minimizing Prior Authorization Delays – Tip Sheet (PDF)

Download this Patient Checklist of important information about the PA process to share with patients.

Download the Prior Authorization Status Spreadsheet (Status Tracker)