Behavioral Health Identification, Treatment and Referral in Primary Care-Part Two: Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care

Activity description

Substance-use disorders (SUDs) contribute heavily to the burden of disease in the United States. The traditional separation of behavioral health from mainstream health care has created obstacles to successful care coordination. Stigma can also be a barrier to treatment and recovery. This activity will focus on the integration of behavioral health services into the clinical primary care setting for SUD and discuss breaking the stigma and setting the stage for collaboration. Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures related to SUD will also be examined, as well as why these measures are important to establish a therapeutic alliance and a collaborative, stigma-free approach to care.

Provided by
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education, Optum Behavioral Health and UnitedHealthcare, Employer & Individual.

Commercial support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians, PAs, nurses, and nurse practitioners who are interested in learning about pertinent topics in behavioral health, including the screening, referral, diagnosis, and treatment for SUD, along with the related aspects of HEDIS measures.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Examine the aspect of HEDIS measures related to SUD.
  • Describe SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) as an evidence-based approach to delivering early intervention treatment services for individuals with SUD.
  • Explain the role of stigma as a barrier to treatment and recovery in SUD.
  • Discuss Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) as an effective treatment for SUD.

Additional Information

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Steven Daviss, MD, DFAPA, FASAM
Medical Director, Optum
President, Maryland-DC Society of Addiction Medicine (MDDCSAM)
Brian P. Goldstein, MD, MBA, FACP
Chief Medical Officer for Employer and Individual Services
North Carolina and South Carolina
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine
UNC School of Medicine

About the presenters
Steve Daviss, MD, DFAPA, FASAM, is a Maryland-based physician triple-boarded in Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Psychosomatic Medicine, with expertise in the intersection of psychiatry, primary care, health information technology, data science, and healthcare policy. Dr. Daviss is the president of the Maryland-DC Society of Addiction Medicine (MDDCSAM), past president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society (MPS), and is a medical director for Optum Maryland, which manages the Maryland Medicaid contract for specialty behavioral health services.

Brian P Goldstein, MD, MBA, FACP, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at UNC School of Medicine, is an Internist with thirty years of practice experience.  Dr. Goldstein is presently the Chief Medical Officer for employer and individual plans for UnitedHealthcare in North Carolina and South Carolina.  Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Goldstein served in a series of medical and operations leadership roles at academic medical centers, including eight years as Chief Medical Officer and six years as Chief Operating Officer for UNC Hospitals.  Dr. Goldstein‘s interests include improving the safety and quality of patient care and improving the practice environment for fellow healthcare practitioners.

Activity planners
Medical Director
OptumRx Operations

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Valerie Peszka, MS
Director, Quality Improvement
Optum Behavioral Health

Rebecca L. Roberts Martin, Ph.D., LPCC-S
Manager, Clinical Quality Improvement–Ohio, Michigan
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Optum Behavioral Health

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Dr. Daviss has disclosed that he holds stock or ownership interests in M3 Information, LLC; has served as a consultant for Mindoula Health; and currently serves as a consultant for Iris Telehealth. 

Dr. Goldstein has disclosed that he holds stock or ownership interest in Lucerno Dynamics.

The activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education, Optum Behavioral Health and UnitedHealthcare, Employer & Individual. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements

The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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