Nearly a third of adults in the US drink alcohol at levels above recommended limits. MI-SPARC supports your practice by integrating alcohol screenings, offering preventive advice, and evidence-based treatment options into your clinical workflow.
Addressing alcohol-related concerns is essential for your patients’ well-being. It is especially important during the ongoing pandemic, with its corresponding rise in stress, depression, and alcohol use. Primary care physicians can deliver alcohol-related advice and recommendations for those who indicate unhealthy alcohol use and treatment for alcohol use disorders. Still, research by Altarum shows 85 percent of Michigan residents with alcohol use disorder have not received treatment yet.
How can your practice improve this statistic and ensure alcohol screening, counseling, and treatment are delivered effectively and consistently? Enroll in MI-SPARC—a FREE alcohol and health initiative provided by Altarum and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute that supports your practice in the implementation of evidence-based approaches to alcohol-related care. The training covers screening for unhealthy alcohol use, offering brief intervention, and engaging patients in shared decision-making regarding their treatment, including participating in counseling or taking medications that treat alcohol use disorder.
Who is eligible to participate? If you are a primary care provider, caring for patients 18 years and older that is Michigan-based, you are eligible to participate in MI-SPARC.
What is required of participants? Practices will participate in 2 virtual or in-person training sessions and 6 months of practice facilitation. Practice facilitation provides comprehensive technical assistance, behavioral health integration, and access to a community resource guide supporting alcohol use disorder treatment.
Altarum is offering a unique opportunity for clinicians to earn 20 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV and 30-50 Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education (PI CME) credits. Learn more about our CME and MOC program.