A Rural Primary Care Clinic's Successful Response to the Opioid Epidemic
Date & Time
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Heather Bell, MD, Family Physician, Family Medical Center, CHI St Gabriel's
Kurt DeVine, MD, Family Physician, Family Medical Center, CHI St Gabriel's
David Baker, Minnesota State Representative, Chief Executive Officer, Baker Hospitalities, Inc.
Moderator: John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health, and Member, National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Advisory Board
CE Certified By: AMA,AAFP,ACPE,ADA,ANCC,APA,CHES/NCHES,NAADAC,NASW,NBCC
In rural Minnesota, CHI St. Gabriel's Health clinic serves a community of 8,700 people and county of 33,000. The Morrison County Drug Task Force and the clinic's Controlled Substance Care Team work collaboratively to reduce narcotics in their community. Key components of the model include a thorough evaluation by the clinic’s nurse and social worker of each situation and person for additional social or medical needs, treating the whole person. Also, the clinic works closely with community organizations and law enforcement to gain insight into its patients in efforts to keep the community safe and healthy. Finally, the clinic has two buprenorphine-naloxone prescribers, reaching an often neglected and underserved patient population. The comprehensive program addresses the needs of addicted individuals presenting to the clinic, as well as the emergency room and county jail.
Presenters will explain their narcotic reducing model, which they believe is reproducible and necessary to address and treat the narcotic epidemic. They will review the statistics and results associated with implementation, which drew the attention of state and national agencies and leaders. Presenters will explain how they are now utilizing Project ECHO to reach other rural communities in Minnesota and will outline plans to replicate the program with $1 million in legislative funding, giving participating communities the model and tools needed to reduce opioid prescribing and treat addiction.
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Describe a patient-centered model to reduce opioid prescriptions in the community.
- Explain how to use medication assisted treatment as part of a normal primary care clinic in a rural community to treat patients with opioid use disorder.
- Identify local and state resources to engage in order to address the opioid epidemic collectively.