Alaska’s Pain & Opioid Management ECHO

I mentioned this training in my letter at the beginning of this newsletter. This offers a virtual network for medical providers to learn best practice care through real-time access to experienced specialists, including an addiction medicine physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, family medicine physician, and anesthesiologist. Through the use of a hub and spoke model, ECHO gives participants the opportunity to take an active role in rich dialogue with the hub team and their fellow spokes in an interdisciplinary teaching and learning environment. Each session includes a brief lecture, de-identified case presentation for participants to receive feedback on complex cases, and open discussion facilitated by an interdisciplinary team. Continuing medical education (CME) are available to participants at no cost. Upcoming sessions will be from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., on Jan. 13 and Jan. 27. If you take care of patients with pain or opioid misuse, come join, learn along and consider sharing a case to have the states experts weigh in and provide guidance.

Two Continuing Education Opportunities

A fall 2018 course offered by the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), “Addiction, Opioid Dependency and the Understanding of Pain,” was made available on the DHSS’ training site. This eight course program provides 11 hours of continuing education and includes an in-depth analysis of opioids, risks and benefits in the treatment of pain, addiction and interventions. Note: this training is offered in addition to a one hour course called “Pain Management, Opioid Use and Addiction in Alaska,” also available on the same learning management system. Registration is required, and the courses are offered at no charge. Click here to access login information.

CME Opportunities

There are additional educational resources and practice tools available here to assist in pain management, opioid prescribing, and addiction. You can also view CME opportunities on these topics here.

Clinician Consultation Center on Substance Use Management

Providers can access free, clinician-to-clinician advice through a federally-supported call line at the University of California, San Francisco, at 1-855-300- 3595 or on the web. This free service assists providers with specific patient questions, access to complex specialty consultation and helps support you or your office if you have questions about providing addiction medicine. Operational hours are Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alaska Time.  


From Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, MD, FACEP

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Medicaid Updates

Behavioral Health Updates

Explaining the Regulatory Process

Response Resources: Support Opioid/Substance Use Disorder

Podcasts, Books, Journal Articles and Resources

DHSS Highlight: Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Webinars

DHSS Online Public Notices

Upcoming Conferences, Webinars, Trainings and Events

Recent DHSS News and Publications


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