Written by: Center for Care Innovations

This webinar explores ways in which primary care health centers can work with emergency departments in using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for patients with opioid use disorder.

The session features Alinea Stevens, MD, MPH, a board-certified family medicine physician at Chapa-De Indian Health. In her work Dr. Stevens has worked closely with the local emergency department to start buprenorphine treatment in the emergency room and build a referral database between primary care and emergency medicine.

Who should watch this webinar?

Primary and emergency care team members interested in collaborating with each other to provide MAT for patients with opioid use disorders

Our big takeaways:

    • Evidence shows that initiation of MAT in the ED increases chance of 30-day treatment with decreased mortality
    • There are a lot of myths about how partnering between primary care and emergency departments will create headaches for both sides – Dr. Stevens addresses these myths and highlights the great benefits that come from partnering for both patients and providers.
    • Dr. Stevens lays out a practical, multi-step plan for initiating and maintaining a strong working relationship between health centers and ED to provide medication-assisted treatment to their patients.

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