A joint effort of three initiatives led by IHPI members aims to improve overdose survivors' odds of receiving evidence-based medication-assisted therapy
On Thursday, February 27, more than 70 emergency medicine professionals from across Michigan gathered at the Opioid Overdose Prevention: Emergency Care of the Post-Overdose Patient Winter Summit.
This summit facilitated discussion among stakeholders on best practices and protocol development of post-opioid overdose care in the emergency department, with a specific focus on medication assisted treatment (MAT). The summit was hosted by the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, and the Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative.
Despite continuous snowfall in East Lansing on February 26, 58 Michigan ED physicians, one resident and three nurse practitioners attended a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) training organized by the Michigan OPEN-MEDIC project team. Dr. Eric Ketcham was the primary presenter for the 8 hour waiver course and is an ED physician and addiction specialist for the Presbyterian Healthcare System in Santa Fe and Espanola, NM). Drs. Brad Riley (Spectrum Health), Andy King (Detroit Medical Center) and Nick Rademacher (Hurley Medical Center) were co-trainers and are Michigan OPEN-MEDIC physician champions.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun (MDHHS Chief Medical Executive & Chief Deputy Director for Health) attended the training. Michigan OPEN-MEDIC Co-Investigators Drs. Keith Kocher, Aaron Dora-Laskey and Gina Dahlem and MEDIC Project Lead Joan Kellenberg also attended. Alison Walding coordinated the event.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan provided a financial incentive to physicians to attend the training. Nine of the Michigan OPEN-MEDIC project participating EDs were represented as well as five other hospitals.