<i>Medical Insiders:</i> Overcoming Barriers to the Timely Identification and Treatment of OUD in Rural Communities
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Medical Insiders: Overcoming Barriers to the Timely Identification and Treatment of OUD in Rural Communities

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Webcast Webcast



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Webcast Webcast


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Overview: In this 45-minute, accredited CME webcast, expert faculty discuss the opioid epidemic, highlighting methods to screen for opioid use disorder (OUD), as well as insight on overcoming barriers to the treatment of OUD in rural America.

CME Information:

Counseling and Trauma Services, LLC
Canonsburg, PA
Elenore Bhatraju, MD, MPH
Department of Internal Medicine
Virginia Mason
Medical Provider
Evergreen Treatment Services
Seattle, WA
Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, DFASAM
Unit Chief Physician
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

Activity Planners
Julie Blum, PhD
Senior Clinical Content Manager
Baltimore, MD

Samantha Gordon
CME Specialist
Baltimore, MD

Kathryn Schaefer, MSN, RN
Lead Nurse Planner
Lansing, MI

Learning Objectives
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the risk factors associated with OUD in rural communities
  • Outline strategies to overcome barriers to identifying and treating OUD
  • Implement strategies to effectively identify patients with OUD and assess their readiness for behavioral change

Target Audience
This activity is intended for US-based primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses practicing in rural settings.
Statement of Need
As a result of skyrocketing rates of opioid misuse, there has been a significant rise in the number of people affected with opioid use disorder (OUD), a condition associated with high morbidity and mortality. Although effective pharmacologic treatments are available for OUD, evidence suggests that these medication-assisted treatments (MATs) are underutilized in clinical practice. Studies indicate that clinician-related barriers hinder the adoption of MATs in clinical practice, including stigma regarding addiction and treatment, lack of knowledge regarding the effectiveness of MATs, and lack of familiarity with best prescribing practices. In particular, data indicate that rural clinicians face unique challenges in providing high-quality opioid abuse treatment that their urban colleagues do not, such as access to specialists and resources. In addition, just 3% of the rural clinicians who service more than 30 million rural Americans have obtained waivers to prescribe buprenorphine to treat OUD. Furthermore, clinicians may miss opportunities to identify prescription drug abuse and addiction in the clinic without specific training on that topic. To meet these needs, this activity will educate rural clinicians about strategies to effectively address opioid addiction within their practice setting.

Providership Statement
Provided by Med-IQ. Endorsed by NRHA.
Accreditation/Designation Statements
Med-IQ is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Med-IQ designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Med-IQ is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This nursing activity has been approved for up to 0.75 contact hour.

Physician assistants and other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity will receive a Statement of Participation indicating the maximum credits available.
Instructions to Receive Credit
To receive credit, read the introductory CME/CE material, watch the Webcast, and complete the evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.

Initial Release Date: December 22, 2017
Expiration Date: December 21, 2018
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 45 minutes

The evaluation, attestation, and post-test may be accessed by clicking the “Get Credit” tab at the bottom of the Webcast activity.
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Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation. 

Carolyn Baird, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, CARN-AP, CCDPD/CAADC, FIAAN, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.

Elenore Bhatraju, MD, MPH, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.

Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, DFASAM, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.

The peer reviewers and activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

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