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Michigan OPEN and MEDIC Host Second Overdose Prevention Summit

On Feb. 26 in East Lansing, 62 Michigan emergency department physicians and nurse practitioners attended a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) training coordinated by the Michigan OPEN-MEDIC project team. Dr. Eric Ketcham, an ED physician, addiction specialist and MAT expert from New Mexico, conducted the 8-hour waiver training. Drs. Brad Riley (Spectrum Health), Andy King (Detroit Medical Center) and Nick Rademacher (Hurley Medical Center) served as co-trainers and are MEDIC project physician champions. Nine MEDIC project participating EDs were represented plus five other Michigan hospitals. BCBSM provided financial incentives to physicians to attend the training. Attendees are required to apply for SAMHSA buprenorphine waiver certification.

Dr. Eric Ketcham

The following day, more than 70 Michigan ED providers and other stakeholders attended the “Opioid Overdose Prevention: Emergency Care of the Post-Overdose Patient” winter summit. The summit focused on ED best practices and protocol development of post-opioid overdose care, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The summit was hosted by Michigan OPEN, MEDIC, and the U-M Injury Prevention Center.

From left to right: Cindy Ketcham, EdD, BSN; Warren Lanphear, MD; Eric Ketcham, MD; Eve Losman, MD, MHSA; Lauren Whiteside, MD, MS; Keith Kocher, MD, MPH; Gina Dahlem, PhD, FNP-C