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Project ECHO Sunflower Health Plan

About Project ECHO

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a self-paced lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities.

Project ECHO creates a bridge to allow collaboration and knowledge sharing. The heart of the ECHO model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing, such as Zoom, to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities.

The ECHO model is not traditional “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes care of the patient, but is instead tele-mentoring, a guided practice model where the participating clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient.

Project ECHO is not just a learning and mentoring network; it is also a professional community. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, provide input and guidance to one another, and engage actively in discussions, both during and after a session.

For more information please visit the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico's Health Science Center.

Four principles comprise the Project ECHO model. The combination of these principles results in a unique and successful approach for improving clinician satisfaction, enhancing clinician knowledge and self-efficacy, and improving patient satisfaction and outcomes:

  1. Amplification: use technology to leverage the expertise of a multidisciplinary team.
  2. Best Practices: Share best practices to reduce disparities and standardize care.
  3. Case-Based Learning: Leverage case-based learning and guided practice to master complex cases.
  4. Database: Apply web-based tools to monitor outcomes.

What is a hub?

A regional center where a team of subject matter experts for an ECHO program is located, replicates the ECHO Model™ and runs their own ECHO program. Sunflower Health Plan is a Project ECHO hub.

What is a Case Study?

Project ECHO is a case-based learning option for care providers. A case is an overview of an individual’s medical history and overall health.

How much does it cost to participate?

Participation is free. You generally only need to have standard internet connections and a computer.

Is continuing education available?

Case by case basis depending on the program. This information will be listed for each ECHO series.

How is patient or member information protected?

All the patient/member information presented in a session are de-identified and reviewed before the session. A HIPAA announcement is given prior to the start of each session to remind both specialists and clinicians about the importance of preserving patient confidentiality.

Who should participate?

Individual clinicians of all levels are welcome and highly encouraged to participate in sessions, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, community health workers and pharmacists. Team participation is encouraged, as team-based care is the ideal model for enabling higher-level care delivery and task shifting.

Sunflower Health Plan Project ECHO Team

Mohamed Radhi, MD; Nan Perrin, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA; Kristine Meier

  • Chair - Dr. Nan Perrin, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
  • Co-Chair - Dr. Mohamed Radhi, MD
  • Facilitator - Kristine Meier, M.S. Ed
  • Project Manager - Erin Pettera

Contact: projectECHO@sunflowerhealthplan.com

Sunflower Project ECHO

Continuing Education Credits Offered

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1022-6. Up to 1.0 contact hour will be awarded to all individuals who attend the entire session and complete the evaluation.

Sunflower Project ECHO: Preventive Health

We invite you to attend this series, which will focus on:

  • Understanding of expectations of Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)
  • Understanding the schedule for preventative care and immunization for youth.
  • Understanding how to access supports related to immunization and preventative care in Kansas.

Please plan to attend our Project ECHO sessions the last three Thursdays in October and the first Thursday in November from 12:00 – 1:00 PM via Zoom video conferencing. Download a flyer (PDF) to print and share.

Recommendations:

  • It would be helpful to understand the root cause of the Cerebral Palsy, whether it be a genetic or physical component.
  • Consider bubble packs or other strategies to help family be more independent with medication administration.
  • Ensure engagement with the PCP, as there are multiple specialists involved in the child’s care. Consider some sort of digital or physical record organization to keep information together.
  • Explore programs/apps that helps with written translation of documents.

Recommendations: 

  • Explore local community resources for grant opportunities, such as through the Autism Society of the Heartland
    • ASH also has resources for elopement
  • Explore telehealth options for ABA therapy
  • Through ABA, or potentially through the Parsons Outreach team, look in to getting a Functional Behavior Assessment completed to understand functions of behavior
  • Look in to other device options that may be covered benefits- Home Buddy, QMedic or a watch through SafeLink
  • Explore historical services through Infant/Toddler to get a comprehensive pictures of therapies/treatments that child has received

Recommendations:

  • Look in to HCBS Waiver options for both siblings, the child may qualify for services through the Brain Injury Waiver. The sibling may qualify for services through the SED Waiver.
  • Due to the drug and substance exposure, seek diagnostic clarification to see if child has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Also screen for behavioral health needs, such as ADHD. Evaluation through a Developmental and Behavioral Health team, such as with Children’s Mercy, may be a good option to get this completed.
    • Provide grandparents with education on what child is working on in Speech Therapy
  • Perhaps recommend that they attend therapy with the child
  • Explore the possibility of the outpatient therapists assisting with administration of the flu shot
  • Provide grandparents with resources for parent training
    • Coordinating through DCF
    • Through the local CMHC- look at options for Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
    • Kids TLC online parent training
  • Connect grandparents with Families Together to help with navigating systems

Recommendations:

  • Explore Telehealth options for services and supports, given the transportation barrier
    • Clarify availability/accessibility of technology and reliable internet
  • Ensure collaboration between the community prescriber and the PRTF prescriber to ensure continuity with medication management
  • Educate parent on importance of engagement and participation with care planning
  • Connect parent with Parent Training resources, potentially through the Family Preservation agency they are already connected with
  • Align case management for siblings (if also on the same health plan) to help mom with coordination

Register for the Sunflower Project ECHO: Preventive Health

Note: After registering you will be given the opportunity to save the series to your calendar of choice. You will also receive an invite via email. Please do not forward your invite as it is specific to each person. Each participant must register individually.

Previous Series

Presentations and recommendations for previous Project ECHO sessions can be found on the Project ECHO archive page.