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ECHO Clinics

Intro to ECHO 

Mock ECHO case discussion

MACS ECHO™ Clinics follow a collaborative model of medical education that improves access to specialty care by linking expert specialist teams with healthcare providers and their practices through real-time, online learning sessions. Knowledge-sharing networks create a learning loop where community providers learn from specialists and each other. This allows best practices to emerge and increases access to high quality specialty care serving local communities. More about Project ECHO...

MACS currently offers three ECHO Clinic learning communities for providers in the primary care, maternal health, or opioid treatment program setting. Participants apply de-identified case based learning to master complexity. Each virtual ECHO clinic session will include didactic learning and case-based discussion. 

If you would like to present a case, please submit the Case Presentation Form to MACS.ECHO@som.umaryland.edu or fax to 855-337-MACS.

Project ECHO FAQs


Primary Care

Providers in a Primary Care Setting

Fall/Winter Cycle: September 2022 - February 2023 
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm 

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Starting September 21, 2022, join our learning community every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm for presentations and discussions with Drs. Devang Gandhi, Michael Fingerhood, and Bethany Dipaula, PharmD.

  • September 21: Interventions to improve retention and care continuity
  • October 19: Primary care pearls when caring for patients with a substance use disorder
  • November 16: Opioid use disorder and hepatitis C
  • December 14: Community naloxone distribution to prevent overdose 
  • January 18: Providing primary care to patients on methadone
  • February 15: Depression and opioid use disorder

Register for cycle here

Registration is accepted on a rolling basis.

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Benefits

  • Access to team of addiction specialists and peer learning community
  • Increase personal and practice capacity for high quality addiction treatment and patient care
  • Acquire new skills, competencies, best practices in substance use care
  • Continuing education credit (CME/CEU)

Who should participate?

  • Physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Counselors and other staff involved in patient substance use care

Opioid Treatment Program

Providers in an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Setting

Fall/Winter Cycle: September 2022 - February 2023 
Every 1st Wednesday of the month from 12:30 - 1:45 pm

Starting Wednesday, September 7, join our learninig comunuity every 1st Wednesday of the month from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm for presentations and discussions specially designed for providers in an OTP setting with Drs. Devang Gandhi and Aaron Greenblatt.teal icon of a clinic

  • September 7: Methadone and QTc
  • October 5: Understanding the treatment infrastructure in Maryland
  • November 2: Knowing your local opioid supply: Cuts, Buffs, and future directions from quinine to isotonitazene (cancelled due to 2022 AATOD Conferece)
  • December 7: Helping patients with mental illness - PTSD
  • January 11: Adapting restorative justice principles to OTP care
  • February 1: Marijuana use in OTP patients

Register for cycle here

Registration is accepted on a rolling basis.

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Benefits

  • Monthly case-based learning sessions
  • Consultation with experts and your peers on how to manage challenging cases
  • Focus on patient-centered care, harm reduction and best practices
  • Better understanding of OTP regulations
  • Free CMEs/CEUs

Who Should Participate?

  • Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants working in OTPs
  • Clinical directors of OTPs
  • Counselors and other clinical staff in OTPs
  • Other clinicians involved in the care of OTP patients

Maternal Health

Providers in Maternal Health Settings

Fall/Winter Cycle: September 2022 - February 2023
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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Starting Tuesday, September 13, join our learning communities every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 8:00 am to 9:00 am for presentations and discussions designed for providers in maternal health settings with Drs. Katrina Mark, Lorraine Milio, and Christopher Welsh.

Registration is accepted on a rolling basis.

For registration and more information including session details, visit the MACS for MOMs TeleECHO Clinic webpage.

 

MACS for MOMs is made possible through funding from the Maryland Department of Health.

MACS for MOMs is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CMS/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

What is Project ECHO?

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to connect local primary care teams with inter-disciplinary specialist teams to spread knowledge and amplify local capacity to provide best practice care for complex chronic health conditions. ECHO’s goal is to enable rural and traditionally underserved populations to receive high-quality care, when they need it, close to home. This low-cost, high-impact intervention is achieved by leveraging technology to connect expert mentors and multiple local primary care providers in online video-conferencing TeleECHO clinics.

The ECHO model™ links expert specialist teams at an academic institution with prescribers in local communities to address the inadequate supply of culturally appropriate and accessible specialty care in rural and traditionally underserved areas. Together, they participate in weekly teleECHO clinics, which are like virtual grand rounds combined with mentoring and patient case presentations. TeleECHO clinics focused on the treatment of substance use disorders and behavioral health disorders have been operating since 2005 with significant success in increasing the number of waivered prescribers as well as improving geographic access to medication-based treatment in rural and underserved areas. Find out more from the University of New Mexico.

How to request information about MACS ECHO Clinics

 

The Maryland Addiction Consultation Service is administered by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and funded by the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration.