We offer three quality improvement CME (Continuing Medical Education) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV programs. They are aimed at strengthening early identification and reducing the prevalence of 1) childhood dental disease, 2) depression, and 3) opioid addiction. Our programs are designed for clinicians as well as health professionals in non-clinical settings. Each program is explained below.
The SmileConnect® CME helps reduce childhood dental disease by providing quality improvement training for primary care providers with the goal of increasing preventive oral health services. These services include oral health screenings, fluoride varnish applications, and dental home referrals during appropriate well-child visits. This program is available nationally and offers Smiles for Life certification. It is also in alignment with the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule. Our experts have trained over 1,550 primary care providers through SmileConnect CME. The program has yielded clear results. In fact, our clients have reported a 70 to 90 percent increase in the provision of preventive services, which is critical to improving children's oral health.
Advancing Responsible Opioid Prescribing
Our opioid prescribing program helps improve ambulatory providers’ ability to appropriately identify, prevent, and monitor opioid dependency or misuse among patients, and use enabling technology, such as Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. Goals of the program include increasing evaluations for risk of opioid misuse and completing follow-up evaluations for patients that have been prescribed opioid therapy. For more information, read our white paper, “Advancing Responsible Opioid Prescribing: Supporting Ambulatory Providers through Clinical Education, Training, and Technical Assistance.”
The Transforming Depression program improves primary care providers' ability to identify and manage patients with depression. Outcomes are aligned with Quality Payment Program quality measures and include program goals focused on increasing depression screening using standardized evidence-based tools and documentation of patient follow-up plans.
While the Transforming Depression program is currently focused in Michigan and Ohio, it can be made available nationally.
Eligible participants of our quality improvement programs earn 30-50 Performance Improvement CME and 20-30 MOC Part IV Improvement in Medical Practice credits. Performance improvement based education is a unique model of CME that allows participants to earn more than the traditional one CME credit per one hour of education by completing two linked cycles of data guided Plan-Do-Study-Act.