Providers and clinical staff who are interested in providing treatment and care to individuals diagnosed with Hepatitis C (providers, nursing, behavioral health, linkage navigators, front desk/scheduling, admin, etc.).
This interactive web-based program provides community-focused primary care clinicians an opportunity to become experts in the delivery of Hepatitis C care through a mentoring-based initiative. Project ECHO, developed by Dr. Sanjeev Aurora at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2003, provides a framework for sharing expertise across the state and as a result will help patients achieve a viral cure and avoid the downstream sequela associated with HCV without leaving the providers they trust and the communities where they live and work. Interested providers do not have to have any prior experience in treating Hepatitis C to participate in HCV ECHO.
The mission is to help centers and primary care providers manage HCV patients at their primary care center to alleviate barriers to care for un/underinsured patients by increasing the providers’ abilities to treat their patients at their primary care health center.
Professional Practice Gap
Iowa Medicaid requires medication treatment for HCV be prescribed by or in consult with a specialist. This creates a barrier to care for un/underinsured patients and a gap in care for patients and primary care providers that do not have access to specialists in their communities where specialists (infectious disease/hepatologists) are scarce or will only see a limited number of Medicaid patients.
The HCV ECHO will allow primary care providers to meet the prescribing requirement for Medicaid patients and to consult with specialists for all of their patients with HCV to allow the patients to be treated by their PCP at their local health center thus decreasing barriers to care and increasing positive health outcomes. The ECHO model allows for PCPs to increase their knowledge and skill set regarding Hepatitis C treatment and care through the didactic sessions and mentoring from specialists.
- Provide essential guidelines and steps to implement a successful MAT program into primary care setting.
- Improve access for patients suffering from opioid use disorder.
Gagan Lamba, MA, MS, MBA, CSM
Iowa Primary Care Association
Iowa Primary Care Association
Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the moderators have no financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose.
Andrea N. Weber, MD, MME
Clinical Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Addiction Medicine, Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Residency
Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the speaker does not have any financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose; however, she does intend to discuss off-label uses of commercial product(s)/device(s).
Continuing Education Credit
- DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.25 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
- MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Primary Health Care, Inc. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.25 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
- Other healthcare professionals: This live activity is designated for 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.
No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the planning committee members and speaker indicated they have no financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.
- 1.25 AOA Category 2A
- 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 1.25 IBON
- 1.25 CE Contact Hour(s)