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Opioid Program

Led by a panel of pain and addiction experts, ECHO Idaho helps participants learn best practices for treating patients with chronic pain or opioid use disorder, connect with peers from around the state to discuss what really works and get feedback on difficult patient cases. These sessions create a dialogue among clinicians about best practices and resources for identifying and treating opioid use disorder.

When

Sessions are on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 12:15–1:15 p.m. MT.

Audience

The target audience is primary care providers (MD, PA, NP, RN, etc.), but all clinicians are welcome including behavioral health and addiction/recovery specialists.

Cost

Participation in ECHO Idaho is free for clinicians and organizations.

Participate

Join on an ongoing basis and attend sessions as you are able. You’ll have the opportunity to claim CME up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and receive a certificate by completing a survey for each live session attended. 

Schedule

Sessions are on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 12:15–1:15 p.m. MT.

The full session schedule is here.

Register

Benefits

  • Professional Development: Participants gain new skills and competencies for managing patients.
  • Creating Community: Clinician teams can increase professional satisfaction and decrease isolation, thus creating a sense of community.
  • Increased Patient Satisfaction: Patients can continue to work with their trusted clinician instead of traveling long distances to be seen by a specialist.
  • Improved Quality of Care: Healthcare professionals who participate in ECHO increase their knowledge and self-efficacy.
  • No-Cost CME: ECHO Idaho offers free continuing education (CME) credits. CME is available for participating in live sessions only, not for watching recorded sessions. To claim continuing education credit and provide feedback, please complete this post-session evaluation survey.

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program designates each live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PAs, NPs, RNs, CADC/ACADC/CPS, Social Workers, Counselors and Therapists and others: Learn how ECHO Idaho can help support your continuing education need here.

ECHO Idaho Provides Opioid Education

Magni Hamso, MD, MPH, describes Project ECHO Idaho as a ripple effect of positive outcomes. “The idea is that you educate a provider and then they can have an enormous impact because you’re helping many, many patients,” she said. “Project ECHO is very different from telehealth or telemedicine where you’re actually seeing a patient through the screen. That’s still provider to patient. Here, you have a ripple effect. You build up the capacity of that provider to help multiple patients.”

Hamso is the medical director for the Division of Medicaid - Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and has been an active member of Project ECHOs led by other states, most recently in Idaho’s growing program at the University of Idaho.

ECHO includes a panel of specialists that hosts a didactic session and patient case study discussion with program participants across Idaho. The need for resources on opioid use disorder treatment has been growing tremendously, which prompted the program’s conception. From 2013-2017, 59.8 percent of Idaho resident drug-overdose deaths involved opioids, which amounted to 493 deaths, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

“Probably about a third to half of my time is spent taking care of patients struggling with opioid use disorder and it’s definitely not always perfectly straightforward, and I think having a group of experts where you can go back to every couple weeks and present your own cases or hear cases that your colleagues throughout the state are seeing [will] really make a difference in your community,” she said.


ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and the WWAMI Medical Education Program.

Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street, Ste. 222
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4698

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu