Educational Resources on Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology Education ResourcesChallenges 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. CME Outfitters’ Gastroenterology Education Hub provides clinicians with the education and resources necessary to optimize their approach to clinical care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic idiopathic constipation, and diabetic gastroparesis.

CME/CE for Gastroenterology

But direct patient care is just one piece of the puzzle. The burden of prior authorization 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 prior authorization workload. To help offices with best practice strategies, we’ve added CME/CE activities, checklists, and templates for the care team, as well as 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.

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Opening the Window of Opportunity: Strategies for Successful Treatment and Management of Patients with Crohn’s Disease

 

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Live Virtual Symposium | Sunday, May 23, 2021 | 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM ET | This CME Outfitters virtual symposium will feature expert faculty leading a case-based discussion that focuses on applying prognosis to treatment decisions, choosing optimal treatment strategies, differentiating targeted therapies, and engaging patients with CD in shared decision-making.

The Team, The Team, The Team: Creating a Short Bowel Syndrome Medical Neighborhood

 

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Live Webcast | Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

In this CME Outfitters Live and OnDemand webcast, expert faculty in SBS will discuss integrating an interdisciplinary team to optimize the management of patients with SBS, with a focus on applying efficacy and safety data to treatment decision-making and implementing best practices from state-of-the-art intestinal rehabilitation centers in the community to improve access and care.

Addressing Disparities in Preventive Care for Patients with IBD, Part 1: Vaccination

 

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Live Webcast | Thursday, June 24, 2021| 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM ET

This CME Outfitters Live and OnDemand will feature expert faculty discussing recommended immunizations and preventive screenings for patients with IBD, along with best practices for clinicians to integrate them into their practice to improve health outcomes for their patients.

Addressing Disparities in Preventive Care for Patients with IBD, Part 2: Health Screenings

 

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Live Webcast | Thursday, July 1, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM ET

In this CME Outfitters Live and OnDemand, expert faculty will address the disparities in preventive care for patients with IBD and unique approaches to managing underserved patients, including integrating recommended immunizations and preventive screenings so that all patients with IBD receive quality, well-rounded care.

Collaboration Across Disciplines to Improve Outcomes for Underserved Patients with IBD

 

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Live Webcast | Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM ET

This CME Outfitters Live and OnDemand focuses on best practices for initiating interdisciplinary collaboration to provide medically underserved children, adolescents, and adults with IBD with guideline-recommended care.

Unlocking the Value of Biosimilar Therapies in IBD

 

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In this CME Outfitters webcast, expert faculty will focus on identifying key terminology related to biosimilar products, assessing evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of biosimilars in IBD, and improving patient-provider communication patterns on the topic of biosimilars.

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

 

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This On Demand 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.

Bringing UC Clinical Decision-Making into Focus for 2020: Identify the Right Treatment for the Right Patient at the Right Time

 

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The management of ulcerative colitis (UC) is evolving. In the last 2 years, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) released updated, evidence-based treatment guidelines with recommendations for disease stratification, prognosis, treatment options, and disease monitoring. In this CME Outfitters On Demand webcast, expert faculty compare the new AGA and ACG guideline recommendations and discuss recent clinical trial and real-world data in order to provide learners with recommendations on selecting the appropriate therapy for individual patients. In addition, faculty discuss proven strategies to empower, educate, and engage patients in their UC care.

The Road to Remission: Assessing Today’s Treatment Goals in Crohn’s Disease

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In Crohn’s disease (CD), an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects at least 780,000 people in the United States, management goals have recently evolved from controlling symptoms to early treatment and achieving endoscopic and histologic remission, which can help a patient avoid progressive bowel wall damage. The only treatments effective in achieving endoscopic remission are novel targeted therapies, which makes it imperative for clinicians to have a working knowledge of these treatments and to optimally incorporate them into their clinical practice. This On Demand webcast features case-based learning supported by expert faculty translation, providing a real-world roadmap for the management of CD that reflects these changing treatment goals. Special attention is paid to identifying predictors for treatment response, differentiating targeted therapies, and translating available efficacy data into real-world effectiveness so that clinicians will be able to choose the appropriate therapies at the right times for individual patients.

Beyond the Old Paradigms: Novel Approaches to the Treatment of Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

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Chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) affects 35 million adults in the United States, making it one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders. Despite the high prevalence, CIC is often underdiagnosed and undertreated, which exacts a functional, psychosocial, and economic toll on patients and their loved ones. The current treatment goal in CIC is multi-symptom relief, but only 16% of patients with CIC are on prescription therapy, and they often only obtain partial relief, with many using laxatives on a regular basis without medical supervision.

This CME Outfitters Live and OnDemand will feature evidence-based dialogue that focuses on guideline recommendations for diagnosing patients with CIC, assessing the efficacy and safety of novel pharmacotherapeutic options, and implementing strategies for multidisciplinary collaboration, with the goal of providing full relief to patients with CIC.

@MondayNightIBD LIVE: Identifying the Factors That Impact Success in Your Practice

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@MondayNightIBD brings social media and clinical practice influencers in gastroenterology together in a weekly online conversation that has become an international platform, moving the field of gastroenterology forward. It crowdsources the knowledge and experience of leading inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experts, community clinicians, and patients to meet the many challenges of IBD.

 

In this On Demand webcast, CME Outfitters and @MondayNightIBD came together to bring you a panel of experts to discuss a series of patient cases. These cases focused on the application of cutting-edge data for novel therapies, identifying appropriate treatment strategies for special populations such as young patients and racial/ethnic minorities, and developing patient communication strategies, with the aim of achieving optimal patient outcomes.

Ulcerative Colitis in the 21st Century: Incorporating Guidelines and Real-World Evidence in Practice to Enhance Patient-Centered Care

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The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) released updated treatment guidelines in 2019 that include recommendations for disease stratification, prognosis, treatment options, and disease monitoring. These guidelines, along with new efficacy, safety, and comparative effectiveness data and the approval of additional therapies, facilitate the identification of the right treatment for the right patient at the right time. Clinicians who care for patients with UC must ensure that they are aware of these updates and incorporate them into practice in order to optimize patient outcomes. This CME Outfitters webcast features the UC guideline authors discussing the newest recommendations and their translation to practice.

@MondayNightIBD On Demand: Addressing the Cases That Challenge Your Practice

Participate Now Gastroenterologists are trailblazers in health care social media, and @MondayNightIBD (@MNIBD) has harnessed that energy to establish gastroenterologists as not just social media influencers but as clinical practice influencers as well. @MNIBD is not just a weekly social media conversation – it is an international platform that is moving the field forward by crowdsourcing the expertise of leading inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experts, community clinicians, and patients to meet the many challenges of IBD. CME Outfitters has partnered with @MondayNightIBD to bring its founder Dr. Aline Charabaty’s hugely successful endeavor to learners via an on demand webcast. A panel of experts discuss a series of patient cases with the goal of helping clinicians better understand, share, and implement optimal management strategies for IBD.  This activity is also available as a podcast>>

The Role of Race in Health Care Delivery in IBD

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In this CMEOCast podcast, expert faculty discuss variations in IBD presentation in different racial groups, disparities in heath care use, and approaches to mitigate inequality.

The Role of Socioeconomic Factors in Health Care Delivery in IBD

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In the second episode of this CMEOCast podcast series, expert faculty focus on the role of SES and gender bias in the treatment of IBD and offer approaches to mitigating these disparities.

Unique Approaches to the Management of Underserved Patients with IBD

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The final episode of this CMEOCast podcast series summarizes the discussion points on the racial/ethnic and economic inequality in IBD and offers approaches to mitigate disparities on the level of both individual health care providers and systems. Expert faculty discuss the downstream effects of structural racism, offer tips for utilizing telehealth to engage minorities, and go over the interventions to increase treatment adherence.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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The COVID-19 pandemic created many challenges and uncertainty in our healthcare system. One component facing clinicians managing patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is whether or not to continue providing certain pharmacotherapies in patients who are at increased risk of infection because they are immunocompromised.

 

Dr. Rubin, Dr. Regueiro, and Dr. Dalal have been on the frontlines of the pandemic and have been leaders in guiding care for patients with IBD based on current evidence and experience. This CMEOCast podcast is a 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 presented to assist health care providers in optimizing the management of patients with IBD during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IBD Preventative Health

Dr. Miguel Regueiro’s visit with his patient Aaron Kubistec

Dr. Regueiro talks with a patient about the vaccinations and screenings he needs, the impact the disease has had on his life, and his treatment goals.

Dr. Miguel Regueiro’s interview with Anne Sullivan, a nurse practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Regueiro talks with nurse practitioner Anne Sullivan about her role in preventive care in the IBD medical home.

Dr. Miguel Regueiro’s interview with Stacey Cavagnaro, a dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Regueiro talks with dietitian Stacey Cavagnaro about her role in the IBD medical home.

Dr. Miguel Regueiro’s interview with Anna Bondar, a primary care pharmacist at the Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Regueiro talks with Anna Bondar about the role that pharmacists can play in the care of patients with IBD.

Dr. Miguel Regueiro’s interview with Dr. Baljit Bal, a primary care physician at the Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Regueiro talks with Dr. Bal about the role of the primary care physician in the medical home/neighborhood, including best-practice approaches for primary care physicians and specialists to collaborate.

Dr. Miguel Regueiro’s interview with Dr. Maged Rizk, Associate Director of the Cleveland Clinic Accountable Care Organization

Dr. Regueiro talks with Dr. Rizk about the development of IBD medical homes, including business-related aspects and the use of digital technology.

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Interview With Mandy Leonard, System Director of Drug Use Policy and Formulary Management in the Department of Pharmacy at the Cleveland Clinic

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IBD Medical Home Interview

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

AGA Ulcerative Colitis Clinical Care Pathway: Clinical Care Pathway – Download PDF

Tip Sheet For Minimizing Prior Authorization Delays: Tip Sheet – Download PDF

Patient Checklist of important information about the PA process to share with patients – Download PDF

Prior Authorization Status Tracker Spreadsheet – Download PDF

PROMIS Measures (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System) – Click Here To View

CCF Health Maintenance Checklist – Download PDF

ACG Guidelines for Preventative Care – Download PDF

IBD Medical Home Workflow – Download PDF

Patient FAQs on Preventative Health in IBD – Download PDF

Color of Crohn’s and Chronic Illness: A support group for the diversity community affected by 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.

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

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

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

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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.  Credit is No Longer Available.

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