Effective Systems for Treating Addiction in Primary Care

Primary care teams are cordially invited to participate in the Effective Systems for Treating Addiction in Primary Care ECHO, funded by SAMHSA’s MAT-PDOA grant program.

This 12 session ECHO series will help clinical teams build or improve systems of care that effectively treat addiction in a primary care setting.

Topics may include:

  • Team-based approaches

  • Administrative policies and protocols

  • Standardized processes and workflows for patient office visits

  • Processes to improve communication

  • Best practices for the exchange of health information

  • Trauma-informed systems of care

  • Community referral pathways

Benefits of participation include:

  • No cost to you or your facility

  • No cost to you continuing medical education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits*

  • The opportunity to present your workflow and systems challenges, and receive feedback from a multidisciplinary team of specialists and your peers

We will select up to 10 primary care teams to participate who are in position to champion change in their organizations and provide care within the primary care setting. Teams might include: clinicians (prescribing MD, DO, NP, PA), nurses, social workers, pharmacists, nurse care managers, behavioral health specialists, administrators, and quality improvement specialists. Ideally staff will participate as part of a primary care team that includes a clinical champion and one or more other staff member. Participants will be selected based on their interest and geographic distribution throughout Oregon. This course is part of the OHSU Addiction Medicine ECHO certificate program; participants who express interest in completing the certificate program will receive priority access.

*Accreditation: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, Effective Systems for Treating Addiction in Primary Care has met the requirements as a MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards: Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine.

This program is registered for MOC through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)



Second and Fourth Thursdays, noon - 1 p.m.
January 9 - June 25, 2020


  • Stacie Andoniadis, B.S., Primary Care Innovation Specialist, CareOregon

  • Brandon Lynch, M.D., Family Physician, Asante Physician Partners

  • Melissa Brewster, PharmD., Columbia Pacific CCO Pharmacist and PGY-1 Residency Program Coordinator, CareOregon

  • Heather Starbird, MA, QMHP, Behavioral Health Clinician, La Clinica