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. 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.

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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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.

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

 

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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.

Caring for Patients with IBD in an Evolving Treatment Landscape: Optimizing Outcomes and Minimizing Complications

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This CME Outfitters webcast features a panel of expert faculty utilizing an interactive, animated 3-D model to enhance the discussion on the mechanism of action (MOA) of JAK inhibitors, the pathophysiology of IBD, and the development of anemia, to assist health care professionals (HCPs) in selecting the appropriate therapy for patients with IBD.

Streamlining Preventive Health for Patients with IBD Through Effective Care Models, Evidence-based Guidelines, and Patient Engagement

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Dr. Miguel Regueiro, moderator of this webcast, was instrumental in joining key departments (psychiatry, primary care, specialty pharmacy) to develop an IBD Medical Home to ensure patients receive immunization, preventive, and mental health services to promote wellness. Success with this model can be replicated in other health systems by sharing insights, tips, and best practices with the gastroenterology community. Education is an important component for creating a roadmap and gaining buy-in among clinicians to implement change more quickly in practice.

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• Creating personalized action plans to change health behaviors

• Providing tangible accountability tools (e.g. medication charts, health budgets, and day trackers)

• Referring to local resources (e.g. transportation resources)

• Arranging for services (e.g. mail-order pharmacy)

• Securing discounts/cost savings (e.g. medication assistance programs)

It’s easy to claim your FREE Pack Health Digital Advisor kit:

Step 1: Visit http://www.packhealth.com/cmeoutfitters/ and click “Get Started”.

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FAQ for Clinicians | IBD Program Overview | 60-Second Fax Enrollment Form

2019 Management of Ulcerative Colitis: Where, When, Who, and What Now?

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In this CME Outfitters enduring activity, expert faculty will discuss risk stratification in patients with UC, incorporation of biologies into personalized treatment plans, and integrating the Clinical Care Pathway and real-world data into treatment algorithms.

Stopping Ulcerative Colitis Progression in its Tract: Combining the Latest Evidence and Engaging Teaching Tools to Improve Patient Outcomes

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This enduring material provides clinicians with evidence-based direction to achieve sustained remission in UC through implementation of early intervention of treat-to-target approaches as recommended by the AGA UC Care Pathway.

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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

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

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In this three-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.

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

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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. Have questions for our faculty? Use the comment box below the presentation. The faculty will be checking in to respond to learners!

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

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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. Have questions for our faculty? Use the comment box below the presentation. The faculty will be checking in to respond to learners!

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

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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. Have questions for our faculty? Use the comment box below the presentation. The faculty will be checking in to respond to learners!

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

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.

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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