WHAT IS SC Project ECHO Opioid Use Disorders?

What is Project ECHO?

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement, whose mission is to develop the capacity to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people all over the world. The ECHO model links specialist teams at academic 'hubs' with primary care clinicians in local communities - the 'spokes' of the model. Together, they participate in regular teleECHO clinics, which are like virtual grand rounds, combined with mentoring and patient case presentations. These clinics are supported by basic, widely available teleconferencing technology that enables providers to join from anywhere using a computer or mobile device. ECHO creates an ongoing learning community where primary care clinicians receive support and develop the skills needed to treat a specific condition in an "all-learn, all-teach" environment.

How will SC MAT ACCESS use ECHO to provide telementoring support to South Carolina MAT providers?

SC MAT ACCESS is leveraging the ECHO model to provide telementoring support to current and future MAT providers across the state of South Carolina. Our ECHO clinics feature brief, user-driven didactic content relevant to opioid use disorders and office-based MAT, delivered by national experts in the treatment of opioid use disorders. However, at the heart of the SC MAT ACCESS ECHO is the network of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, counselors, and social workers working together to support each other in treating opioid addiction in their communities.

What topics will experts discuss in the SC MAT ECHO clinics?

 New Series Begins February 7, 2020

1st and 3rd Friday of each month

DateUpdated Schedule Due to Corona Virus Public Health EmergencyPresenter
4/3/20Managing OUD During the Corona Virus Public Health Emergency: Telehealth, Updates, RecommendationsDr. Karen Hartwell & Dr. Sarah Book
4/17/20Managing OUD During the Corona Virus Public Health Emergency: Telehealth, Updates, Recommendations Part 2
Dr. Karen Hartwell & Dr. Connie Guille
5/1/20Panel Discussion: Varying Strategies to Manage OUD During Covid-19 Featuring Local Alcohol and Drug Authorities & Community AgenciesPanel Discussion
5/15/20Updates on Pharmacotherapy for StimulantsDr. Allison Smith
6/5/20Hep CDr. Eric Meissner
6/19/20Co-morbid Borderline Personality Disorder
Dr, Regan Settles
7/17/20Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
Dr. Therese Killeen


Series #5 Specialty Topics with Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) 

February 7, 2020 - April 17, 2020


2/7/2020Pregnancy Dr. Connie Guille
2/21/20Geriatrics Dr. Stephanie Hrisko
3/6/20Mood DisordersDr. Bryan Tolliver
3/20/20Hepatitis C Dr. Eric Meissner
4/3/20Borderline Personality DisorderDr. Regan Settles


Series #4 

Comorbid Substance Use Disorders with OUD

October 22, 2019-January 28, 2020

10/22/19Outpatient DetoxDr. Andrea Maxwell
11/12/19Alcohol PharmacotherapyDr. Paul Bornemann
11/26/19Opioid Use Disorder and TobaccoDr. Karen Hartwell
12/10/19Cannabis Research UpdateDr. Brian Shermann
1/14/20OUD and BenzodiazepinesDr. Tara M. Wright
1/28/20Stimulants-Contingency Management

Dr. Kathryn Bottonari


Series #1

High-Quality Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

December 11, 2018 - March 12, 2019


What is High-Quality MAT?

Dr. Kelly Barth
12/18/18Screening/SBIRTCarolyn Bogdon, FNP
1/08/19Treating OUD During PregnancyDr. Connie Guille
1/22/19Counseling Techniques for Primary Care: Medication Management from POATS TrialDr. Kelly Barth

Opioid and Benzodiazepine Tapering in Primary Care

Dr. Megan Pruitt
2/26/19Determining Level of Care and Patient PerspectiveCaitlin Kratz, MSW, LISW-CP, CAC-I
3/12/19Peer RecoveryRichard Jones, CEO/COO of FAVOR Greenville

Series #2

Common Comorbidities with OUD

March 26, 2019 - June 25, 2019


3/26/19ADHDDr, Lauren Linder, PharmD
4/09/19Depression/Bipolar Disorder
Dr. Bryan Tolliver
4/23/19Anxiety DisordersTBA
5/14/19Personality DisordersDr. Kelly Barth
5/28/19PTSDDr. Therese Killeen
6/11/19Hepatitis C
Dr. Eric Meissner
6/25/19EndocarditisDr. Ben Kalivas

Series # 3

Opioids and Pain - Identifying and Reducing Risk for OUD

July 9, 2019 - October 8, 2019


7/09/19Identifying OUD in Patients with PainDr. Kelly Barth
7/30/19Pre-surgical Measures to Reduce Opioid Needs and RisksDr. Charles Reitman
8/13/19Opioid Tapering and DiscontinuationDr. Kelly Barth
8/27/19Intrathecal Analgesic Delivery Systems
Dr. Gabe Hillegas
9/10/19Post-surgical Opioid ManagementDr. Mark Lockett
9/24/19Reducing Risk of OUD During Chronic Opioid ManagementDr. Kevin Walker
10/08/19Brain Stimulation Techniques to Address Pain and Opioid UseDr. Colleen Hanlon

How can I sign up to join the SC MAT ACCESS ECHO clinics?

If you are interested in joining our SC MAT ACCESS ECHO, please reach out to us by either completing our Contact Us form or emailing our project coordination, Rachel Grater (grater@musc.edu) for more information. We're excited to work with you!