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Behavioral Health in Primary Care Program

Led by a panel of mental health experts, ECHO Idaho helps participants learn best practices for treating common mental health conditions, connect with peers from around the state to discuss what really works and get feedback on difficult patient cases. These sessions create a dialogue among clinicians about best practices and resources for identifying and treating behavioral health issues.

When

Sessions are on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 12 – 1 pm MT.

Audience

The target audience is primary care providers (MD, PA, NP, RN, etc.), but all clinicians and behavioral health specialists are welcome.

Cost

Participation in ECHO Idaho is free for clinicians and organizations.

Two Ways to Participate

1. Join on an ongoing basis and attend sessions as you are able. You’ll have the opportunity to claim CME up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and receive a certificate by completing a survey for each live session attended.

OR

2. You can now register for a limited-opening, time-bound block! Space is limited, and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. By registering for the block, you are committing to joining all sessions in that block. This helps create a collaborative learning community of the same group of clinicians over a period of time. Feel free to invite your colleagues to attend the sessions with you!

By registering for a block, you also get:

  • Priority for mentoring on a patient case
  • An ECHO branded gift 
  • Certificate of completion
  • Opportunity to receive one transcript for the continuing medical education credit claimed for the entire block by completing one survey

Schedule

Sessions are on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 12 – 1 pm MT.

Date Proposed Topic
1/15/20 Geriatric Psychiatry I
2/5/20 Medication Monitoring
2/19/20 Helping Patients Break the Stigma Against Mental Health
3/4/20 Geriatric Psychiatry II
3/18/20 Clinical Applications of CBT
4/1/20 Hold for Hot Topic/Participant Choice
4/15/20 De-escalation
5/6/20 23 and Me: Implications for Mental Health
5/20/20 Cannabis and CBD

Block 1 is certified for 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Registered block participants who participate in every session listed above may claim credit by completing one survey.

Registration opens March 12, 2020

Date Proposed Topic
6/3/20 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
6/17/20 Relaxation Training
7/1/20 Esketamine
7/15/20 Pornography Addiction
8/5/20 Alcohol Addiction
8/19/20 Hold for Hot Topic/Participant Choice

Block 2 is certified for 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Registered block participants who participate in every session listed above may claim credit by completing one survey.

Registration opens June 11, 2020

Date Proposed Topic
9/2/20 Concussion and Mental Health: Part I
9/16/20 Concussion and Mental Health: Part II
10/7/20 Review of Screening Tools for Pediatrics
10/21/20 Choosing the “Right” Antidepressant
11/4/20 Transgender Mental Health Part I
11/18/20 Transgender Mental Health Part II
12/2/20 Hold for Hot Topic/Participant Choice
12/16/20 Preconception Planning for Patients on Psychiatric Medications

Block 3 is certified for 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Registered block participants who participate in every session listed above may claim credit by completing one survey.

Registration

Benefits

  • Professional Development: Participants gain new skills and competencies for managing patients.
  • Creating Community: Clinician teams can increase professional satisfaction and decrease isolation, thus creating a sense of community.
  • Increased Patient Satisfaction: Patients can continue to work with their trusted clinician instead of traveling long distances to be seen by a specialist.
  • Improved Quality of Care: Healthcare professionals who participate in ECHO increase their knowledge and self-efficacy.
  • No-Cost CME: Participation in ECHO Idaho is eligible for free continuing medical education credits. 

Physicians

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program designates each live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants

For the purpose of re-licensure, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education). To be considered continuing education, the session(s) are required to be germane to your practice. Final acceptance of the credit for recertification resides with your state board. 

Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

For the purpose of re-licensure, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education). To be considered continuing education, the session(s) are required to be germane to your practice. Final acceptance of the credit for recertification resides with your state board.

Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists

The Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses recognizes the University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program as an approved provider of continuing education. To be considered continuing education, the session(s) are required to be germane to your practice.

Testimonials

ECHO Idaho Promotes Behavioral Health Education

About 80 percent of family doctors’ patients will have some sort of psychological or psychiatric condition, according to Andrew Baron, MD.

“You can’t ignore it. It’s there. They’re your patient, so let’s figure out how we can help this patient,” he said. “In the public, mental health is everywhere. There are very few families that have not been touched by some sort of mental health or substance abuse disorder. It affects all of us.”

Baron is the chief medical officer at Terry Reilly Health Services, and an active member of Project ECHO Idaho.

He said Project ECHO Idaho is a chance for healthcare providers across the state to honor their Hippocratic oath, and in his own community health center he encourages all his physicians to participate. Through continued medical education, these providers improve the care patients in Idaho are going to receive.

And it’s convenient to participate.

“I look forward to participating in Project ECHO. I sit down. I eat my lunch. I turn on my computer. I see everyone’s face on the screen in the room where the facilitators are and where we do a didactic session, and we learn about a particular issue or condition. Then we do case discussions,” Baron said.

For Baron, it provides an outlet to discuss complicated cases where he’s not sure what to do next. In a safe setting, he and others around the state have the opportunity to discuss the appropriate course of action for real-world conditions.

But it’s more than an opportunity for medical education; it’s ultimately a support network by doctors for patients.


ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and WWAMI. ECHO Idaho’s Behavioral Health in Primary Care Program is also supported in part under grant number SM081387 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

Contact Project ECHO

Phone: 208-364-4698

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu