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Opioid Program

Led by a panel of pain and addiction experts, ECHO Idaho helps participants learn best practices for treating patients with chronic pain or opioid use disorder, 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 opioid use disorder.

When

Sessions are on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 12:15–1:15 p.m. MT.

Audience

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

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 second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 12:15–1:15 p.m. MT.

Date Proposed Topic
1/9/20 Exercise and Chronic Pain
1/23/20 Opioid Tapering in Primary Care
2/13/20 Kratom: What Providers Need to Know
2/27/20 Harm Reduction: Idaho's Needle Exchange Law
3/12/20 Regulatory Considerations for Treating Opioid Use Disorder
3/26/20 Hot Topic/Participant Choice
4/9/20 Managing Common Psychiatric Conditions and Substance Use Disorder through COVID-19
4/23/20 Non-Opiate Alternatives for Treating Pain

Block 1 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 now open!

Date Proposed Topic
5/14/20 Non-Opioid Pain Management 
5/28/20 Micro-Dosing on Buprenorphine and Induction 
6/11/20 Opioid-Free Surgery
6/25/20 Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Substance Use Disorders
7/9/20 Medical Marijuana and Cannabis 
7/23/20 Pain Contracts: Informed Consent and Treatment Agreements

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
8/13/20 CDC Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids
8/27/20 Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment (SBIRT)
9/10/20 Clinical Strategies for Opioid Use Disorder
9/24/20 Stigma and MAT: Common Myths and Misconceptions
10/8/20 Medications for OUD: Who Should Get What and When?
10/22/20 In Their Own Words: Stories of Loss and Recovery
11/12/20 Hot Topic/Participant Choice
12/10/20 Diversion

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 Credit™. 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 Division of Occupational and Professional 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.

Participants from states outside of Idaho are welcome and encouraged to attend! Please check with your state certification and licensure boards for specific considerations regarding claiming continuing education for participation in ECHO Idaho programs.

Testimonials

ECHO Idaho Provides Opioid Education

Magni Hamso, MD, MPH, describes Project ECHO Idaho as a ripple effect of positive outcomes. “The idea is that you educate a provider and then they can have an enormous impact because you’re helping many, many patients,” she said. “Project ECHO is very different from telehealth or telemedicine where you’re actually seeing a patient through the screen. That’s still provider to patient. Here, you have a ripple effect. You build up the capacity of that provider to help multiple patients.”

Hamso is the medical director for the Division of Medicaid - Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and has been an active member of Project ECHOs led by other states, most recently in Idaho’s growing program at the University of Idaho.

ECHO includes a panel of specialists that hosts a didactic session and patient case study discussion with program participants across Idaho. The need for resources on opioid use disorder treatment has been growing tremendously, which prompted the program’s conception. From 2013-2017, 59.8 percent of Idaho resident drug-overdose deaths involved opioids, which amounted to 493 deaths, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

“Probably about a third to half of my time is spent taking care of patients struggling with opioid use disorder and it’s definitely not always perfectly straightforward, and I think having a group of experts where you can go back to every couple weeks and present your own cases or hear cases that your colleagues throughout the state are seeing [will] really make a difference in your community,” she said.


ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and the WWAMI Medical Education Program.

Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street, Ste. 222
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4698

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu