Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a guided-practice model that aims to increase workforce capacity by sharing knowledge. A panel of experts at the “hub” site meet regularly with prescribers, behavioral healthcare specialists and peer recovery coaches in local communities, via videoconferencing, to train them in the delivery of care to those with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Through telementoring, ECHO creates access to high-quality specialty care in local communities. Through hub and spoke knowledge-sharing, networks create a learning loop. TeleECHO clinics can empower healthcare providers to become leaders in the community and healthcare systems on treating for OUD. This session will highlight how these participants can get involved in the Opioid Use Disorder TeleECHO clinics. Providers will be able to gain a better understanding of the best practices associated with OUD treatment, including the use of Medicated Assisted Treatment. Each session will contain a didactic on a specific topic but the majority of the clinic will be learning through case presentations by the participants. Through Project ECHO, participants will acquire new skills and competencies. They become part of a community of practice and learning, increasing their professional satisfaction while the feelings of professional isolation decrease.Download the Powerpoint
Last week, the Senate voted on H.R. 6, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which passed with a 99-1 vote on Monday, September 17th. The package of bills is an attempt to combat the opioid epidemic and includes over 70 bills providing for research, treatment, and prevention related to opioids and substance use disorder by making changes to state Medicaid programs and Medicare requirements. Included are several telehealth provisions for improving patient access and easing the exchange of critical data.
Article Author: ADM Brett P. Giroir
Source: Health IT Buzz
Combatting the opioid crisis is a top priority for the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We are making progress. Just last week we released the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)data, which showed significantly more people received treatment for substance use disorder in 2017 than in 2016; this was especially true for those with heroin-related opioid use disorders. In addition, the number of people who initiated use of heroin in 2017 was less than half of the number in 2016.
While these are promising data, we know there is still much more work to be done, especially in rural areas that have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic. This is particularly true in some rural and remote areas of the country where patients with opioid use disorder (OUD must travel long distances to receive treatment; and there are too few clinicians available to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT)- an essential component in the treatment of OUD.
Article Author: Erick Wicklund
Source: mHealth Intelligence, July 9th, 2018
– Delaware’s Board of Medicine has tightened up its telehealth and telemedicine regulations.
The guidelines touch upon two hot-button issues in telemedicine policy: the use of connected care technology to establish a valid physician-patient relationship, and incorporating telemedicine into new substance abuse programs to tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released a State Medicaid Director letter addressing findings within the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis’ final report issued November 1, 2017. The letter identifies many of the strategies supported and emphasized within the President’s Commission report along with some of the potential benefits associated with implementing such strategies. State Medicaid programs are encouraged to consider adopting some of the strategies which are presented as potential approaches to decrease the national opioid epidemic.
Over the past year, CCHP has conducted in-depth research into the intricacies and barriers around utilizing telehealth to access medication assisted therapy (MAT) for purposes of treating opioid use disorder (OUD) in California’s Medicaid Program (Medi-Cal). CCHP has issued a new report detailing its findings and making recommendations to help facilitate greater access to MAT services through telehealth in California. Read More