20ME073 - MAHEC's Project ECHO®: WNC Perinatal Substance Use Disorder (4-Part Video Teleconference Series)

Apr 15, 2020 Medicine Mental Health Nursing

20ME073 - MAHEC's Project ECHO®: WNC Perinatal Substance Use Disorder (4-Part Video Teleconference Series)


Project ECHO® is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. ECHO is led by an expert team that uses multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual learning sessions comprised of a short didactic followed by case presentations provided by participants.

New to the ECHO model? Click here to find out how Project ECHO® is changing the world.

Substance use disorders in pregnancy are a major national public health concern. The rates of Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs) are rising significantly and disproportionately in rural, southern women. Major medical associations recommend comprehensive substance use treatment for pregnant women with Perinatal Substance Use Disorders (PSUDs), including integrated delivery of obstetrical care, substance use care, medication treatment, behavioral health services, and coordinated care with linkages to community services.

The goal of this ECHO is to address the ever growing need for dissemination of evidence-based perinatal substance use comprehensive care and create a learning platform to increase inter-agency collaboration to best deliver this care and maximize patient access. The content of these ECHOs have been identified as key learning objectives by the target community of Western North Carolina serving this population.

This program was designed to satisfy, in part, the North Carolina Medical Board's CME requirement for controlled substance prescribers.

Per NCAC rules: As of July 1, 2017 all physicians (other than residents), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, podiatrists, and dentists who prescribe controlled substances must satisfy the controlled-substance prescribing CE requirements as set forth by their licensing boards. Requirements vary by discipline and board.

MAHEC engages in evaluation activities to better understand the impact of our programs. By registering for this course, you agree that we may use your personal information in evaluative research regarding this program. Any reports published will be de-identified and reported in aggregate format.

Modules (Wednesdays 12:15 - 1:15 PM)

This video teleconferencing series, guided by experts, takes place over four bi-weekly modules (1-hour each) during February and April of 2020.

DATES: February 5 & 19 | April 1 & 15

Topics include:
How to Dose Buprenorphine
Screening Inpatient vs Outpatient: How NOT to Screen Pregnant Women for Substance Use Disorders
Pregnancy, Buprenorphine, and Benzodiazepines Prescriptions: Let’s Talk Tapering
When Buprenorphine Does Not Work: When Do You Recommend Evaluation for Methadone?

Provided by UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC and Project CARA at MAHEC, in collaboration with UNC-Horizons:

Project CARAUNC Horizons

Co-sponsored by UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, NPs, PAs and their invited Behavioral Health Professionals.


  • Identify and demonstrate understanding of current evidence based practice recommendations for perinatal substance use disorder and medication assisted treatment
  • Demonstrate increased understanding and application of screening processes for perinatal substance use disorder
  • Define screening, assessment, and treatment options for women in with opioid use disorder on buprenorphine who are also using benzodiazepines


  • Elisabeth A. Johnson, PhD, FNP-BC
  • Nathan Mullins, MD
  • Melinda Ramage, MSN, FNP-BC, CARN-AP


Near Capacity Session 4 | MAHEC's Project ECHO®: WNC Perinatal Substance Use Disorder
4/15 12:15 PM–1:15 PM


.100 CEU

per session

The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.10 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

1.000 NBCC Hours

per session

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5514. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 1.00 hours

1.000 ACPE

per session

The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This program ACPE# 0046-9999-20-055-L01-P will provide up to 1.0 Contact Hours of continuing education. No partial credit will be given.

Credit statements can be viewed and printed from CPE Monitor. In order to receive CE credit, attendance must be acknowledged at the registration desk upon arrival at the program. Participants will evaluate this program using a standard evaluation form.

1.000 CNE Contact Hours

per session

1.0 CNE Contact Hours Activity # AP 008-1762 Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

1.000 NAADAC

per session

This course has been approved by MAHEC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #165445. MAHEC is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Approved for 1.00 hours.

1.000 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

per session

Accreditation: The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Designation: MAHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


FREE Free, but must register to attend
Applies 12/4/19–4/15/20
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