Healthcare Provider Outreach Education

Offers providers and prescribers education through evidence-based information to support therapeutic decisions specific to pain management and substance use disorder to optimize clinical decisions and improve patient care. The goals of this pilot include: Improving opioid prescribing practices, increase clinician use of the PDMP, prevent overdose and prevent rampant access and reduce youth and adult access to prescription medication for non-medical purposes deaths.  Program Coordinator: Janet Canar -  [email protected] or 410-313-3568

  • Mentoring, training and education for providers
  • Resources for treating Opioid Use Disorder
  • Provider support for Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) waiver. To learn more about the MAT waiver, click HERE.

 

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

The Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was created to support providers and their patients with the safe and effective use of prescription drugs. The PDMP is part of Maryland's response to the ongoing opioid epidemic in Maryland and across the country.

Beginning October 1, 2016, practitioners authorized to prescribe Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) in Maryland must be registered with the PDMP prior to obtaining a new or renewal State CDS Registration by July 1, 2017, whichever occurs sooner. This applies to physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, dentists, podiatrists and veterinarians. This mandate does not apply to nurses.

For more information, visit the Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring page.

Hub and Spoke Program

A Hub and Spoke program is designed to support buprenorphine-waivered prescribers with serving individuals who have an opioid use disorder. The program facilitates the transfer of patient care between Hubs - substance use disorder treatment programs and Spokes - community-based opioid prescribers. The Hub and Spoke Care Coordinator provides support to physicians and other prescribers of opioid medication providers through the referral process. The care coordinator assists providers with accessing wrap around services that will improve the care provided to their patients through:

  • Case management
  • Referrals to clinical treatment services
  • Transfer of patients back to your practice once treatment is complete

The Hub and Spoke can also offer patients access to other important recovery services, including:

  • Insurance
  • Peer support services
  • Housing
  • Transportation to medical appointments

Program Coordinator: Thomas Benner - tbenner@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-6281.

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