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Opioid Facts

in the State of Louisiana*

455 Opioid Involved Deaths by Location

1,281 Opioid Related Inpatient Visits

3,329 Opioid Related ED Visits

*Source: Louisiana Opioid Data and Surveillance System

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) of Substance "Use" Disorders involves a combination of a medications that targets the brain, and psychosocial interventions (e.g., counseling, skills development) aimed at improving treatment outcomes. Research shows that medications and therapy together may be more successful than either treatment method alone.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) combines Therapy and Medications

Project ECHO ModelTM

The ECHO model™ breaks down the walls between specialty and primary care. It links expert specialist teams at an academic ‘hub’, like here at Tulane University, with primary care clinicians in our local communities - the 'spokes' of the model. Together, we participate in weekly teleECHO™ sessions, which are like virtual grand rounds, combined with mentoring and patient case presentations.

The ECHO model develops knowledge and capacity among healthcare provider through on-going telementoring and education.

Model of Project ECHO

Core Principles:

  • To use technology to leverage usually scarce resources like experts and research
  • To share best practices to reduce disparities
  • To use case-based learning to master complexity
  • To monitor and track outcomes using a web-based database solution.

Goals

  • Participants will be able to:
    Increase access to evidence-based practices for treating OUD patients in their practices.
  • Participants will be able to:
    Join a community of diverse practitioners to enhance capacity for treating OUD in their practices with improved outcomes.

Benefits

  • No cost CMEs
  • Professional interactions with colleagues with similar interest (learning community)
  • Mix of work and learning
  • Access to specialists
  • Increased confidence about the subject
  • Ability to treat their patients at a higher level
  • Improved patient outcomes

Process

  • TeleECHO sessions take place via videoconference, using a PC, Mac, or mobile phone with simple software called Zoom, which is available at no cost.
  • Participants will include experts in addiction medicine and partners from Tulane University School of Medicine.
  • Each session will begin with introductions of all participants then a short (~20 minute) didactic presentation, followed by case presentations to be discussed by the entire group. All participants are encouraged to contribute actively to case discussions.
  • Sessions will last one-hour and will begin promptly at 12:00 pm CT.

The Registration Process for Providers

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