OhioMHAS is sponsoring several services to help mentor and provide continuing education for physicians through Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Videoconferences are hosted by Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) through two distinct ECHOS.
A mentorship ECHO is offered by physician experts for up to 30 waivered prescribers every two months and helps them gain the experience they need to be comfortable prescribing buprenorphine. The mentorship program holds 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 is recruited and taken through the same process.
A continuing education ECHO is 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 is dedicated to a didactic presentation (e.g., motivational interviewing in emergency department settings), and half of the session is dedicated to case review with a panel of experts.
Julie Spohn, LISW-S
SOR Implementation Manager