Strategies for SUDs in the Primary Care Setting Series - Screening to Billing and Everything in Between

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Target Audience

Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, coders, practice administrators, and others interested to learn about this topic.


In an effort to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs, many states and healthcare plans are adoption Value-based payments. These financial levers are being used to encourage AUD/SUD treatment in primary care settings. This program is designed to give you an understanding of how to apply harm reduction strategies for AUD/SUD in primary care setting, including quick interventions and next steps if patients are deemed in need of immediate intervention-crisis.

During the first session we will outline the basics of substance use disorders/addiction, specifically opioid use disorder, and discuss various models of treating substance use disorders (biomedical, psychological, and biopsychosocial). We will address stigma and biases related to substance use, as well as harm reduction strategies. In addition, the session will provide information on some aspects of the nuts and bolts of what it takes to provide opioid use disorder treatment through an integrated care team approach. This session will include some information on how to use SBIRT in primary care.

The second session will discuss and explain the use of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model. This model approaches the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with SUDs and those at risk of developing these disorders. We will also review the DSM 5 definition of substance use disorders as a chronic illness and explain evidence-based screening tools for substance use disorders. We will also discuss the referral process to link patients to higher levels of care.

During the third session we will examine how appropriate billing and coding for screening with standardized tools, brief intervention, and counseling for unhealthy alcohol use are reimbursable services that can generate revenue for your practice.

Sessions & Speakers
Crisis Intervention/Harm Reduction Strategies in Primary Care
Session 1: September 29 | 12:00 – 1:30
Blake Fagan, MD

BH/SUDs Screening Tools & Referral Process
Session 2: October 13 | 12:00 – 1:30
Melinda Ramage, Melinda Ramage , MSN, FNP-BC, CARN-AP

Behavioral Health/SUDs Billing & Coding
Session 3: October 27 | 12:00 – 1:30
Vanessa D Coles, RHIT, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

Registration information
Healthcare providers working in Stanly Co. might be able to register for free by using a registration code. To get the code please reach out to at Stanly Co. Health Dept.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Atrium Health and Stanly County Department of Public Health. Atrium Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
Atrium Health designates this Live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

AAPA accepts certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 4.5 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

ANCC and the North Carolina Board of Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from the organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

* Each session is assigned to 1.5 credit hours. Participants will only receive credit for the sessions they attend.

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Funding provided by the STop UNhealthy Alcohol Use Now (STUN) Project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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  • Discuss and compare the several treatment models in relation to substance use disorders
  • Define the SBIRT Model and explain evidence-based screening tools for substance use disorders
  • Summarize the documentation, procedure, and diagnosis codes requirements for Medicare SBIRT services


Maria E Velez, MFA CHCP


Sep 29 - Oct 27, 2021
Check-In Time
12:00 PM
Sep 29 - Oct 27, 2021
Charlotte AHEC
Live Webinar
Pre-registration fee before September 22
Stanly Co. healthcare providers registration fee. Must have code to register.
Practice support scholarship fee. Must have code to register
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM
Contact Hours