Ohio Opiate Project ECHO™: Expanding Access to Medication Assisted Treatment

ECHO Model Support

OhioMHAS will be sponsoring several services to help mentor and provide continuing education for physicians through Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Videoconferences will be hosted by Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) through two distinct ECHOS.

Ohio Opiate Project ECHO: Expanding Access to MAT videoconference schedule

A mentorship ECHO will be offered by physician experts for up to 30 waivered physicians every two months that will help them gain the experience they need to be comfortable prescribing buprenorphine. The mentorship program will hold teleconferences/webinars once a week and cover topics such as documentation, difficult cases, patient retention and patient referral. At the end of the two-month mentorship program, a new cohort of physicians will be recruited and taken through the same process.

A continuing education ECHO will also be hosted by NEOMED that will be open to all buprenorphine prescribers in every Ohio community. This ECHO’s teleconference/ webinar schedule will rotate topics each week of the month. Half of each teleconference/webinar will be dedicated to a didactic presentation (e.g., motivational interviewing in emergency department settings), and half of the session will be dedicated to case review with a panel of experts.