UNC ECHO for MAT is a project supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ), and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS)/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that is focused on understanding the barriers healthcare networks and medical providers face when deciding to offer MAT in their practice. We evaluate strategies which can address those obstacles and implement practice supports and education that downstream enable expanded access to medication assisted treatment in North Carolina. We work closely with healthcare providers and community and state partners to develop learning communities, to facilitate reflective assessment, dialogue about evidence-based care and ways to address barriers to treatment, and to expand access to life saving MAT in all 100 counties of North Carolina.
At the core of the UNC ECHO for MAT project are ECHO clinics which are live, web-based sessions in which participants and clinical experts engage in conversation about real cases providers are currently managing and share knowledge and experience. Each session also includes a didactic presentation from a specialist. Free CME credits are provided to participants, as well as free DATA 2000 waiver training.
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