CCM ECHO (July 18, 2024)

July 18, 2024

Program Information

Project ECHO Complex Care Management (Project ECHO CCM) aims to translate the Project ECHO model, originally intended for physicians, into a tool that supports nurses as they care for their most complex patients. The faculty team on Project ECHO CCM is comprised of:

  • Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Executives
  • Medical Provider
  • Behavioral Health Provider
  • Registered Dietician

Together, the CCM faculty team provide their expert knowledge to assist the nurses participating in the session to practice to the top of their license and provide complex patients with person-centered care at a high quality and low cost.

At each session, nurses present their patient cases to the faculty team and receive expert advice and feedback to enhance their care delivery. The community of participating nurses also benefit from the learning network as well as the opportunity to improve their leadership and collaboration skills.  

Target Audience

This activity is appropriate for nurses.

Registration Information

Enrollment in Weitzman ECHO Complex Care Management is rolling and access is available for a subscription fee for one year based on the number of nurses from your organization who would like access to this activity.  Please contact us here if you would like more information or to sign up for this ECHO.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to do the following:

  • Assist nurses to better manage the care of their medically complex patients. 
  • Empower nurses to guide other team members and better manage and coordinate patient care
  • Train nurses to become successful and effective nurse care managers
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ACPE
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • 1.50 ANCC
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
  • 1.50 CDR
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide CDR credits to registered dieticians at its activities.
  • 1.50 Participation Hour(s)
    If you are not able to utilize any of the above credit types, you are able to download an unaccredited Participation Certificate for your records.
Activity opens: 
12/15/2023
Activity expires: 
01/10/2025
Event starts: 
07/18/2024 - 11:00am EDT
Event ends: 
07/18/2024 - 12:30pm EDT

Schedule

This ECHO meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 11am-12:30pm ET. Below are the dates for all sessions:

  • January 4, 2024
  • January 18, 2024
  • February 1, 2024
  • February 15, 2024
  • March 7, 2024
  • March 21, 2024
  • April 4, 2024
  • April 18, 2024
  • May 2, 2024
  • May 16, 2024
  • June 6, 2024
  • June 20, 2024
  • July 18, 2024
  • August 1, 2024
  • August 15, 2024
  • September 5, 2024
  • September 19, 2024
  • October 3, 2024
  • October 17, 2024
  • November 7, 2024
  • November 21, 2024
  • December 5, 2024
  • December 19, 2024

Faculty

Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAAN is the lead faculty member for Project ECHO Complex Care Management and is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Community Health Center, Inc., overseeing diverse nursing services across the CHC network, including primary care, health care for the homeless, and school based health services. As CNO she ensures the quality and expansion of nursing services, the development of nursing policy, and continuing nurse education. Mary also works collaboratively to ensure Joint Commission and Patient Centered Medical Home compliance throughout CHC. Building upon her service in various missions organizations, Mary continued to develop her passion for meeting the needs of the underserved by earning her MSN at Yale University in 2005. Mary joined CHC as a family nurse practitioner shortly after graduation. While at CHC, Mary has served as the On-Site Medical Director of the New London County Sites, the Vice President of the Medical Staff, the Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and has served as a preceptor for CHC’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. She has earned a DNP at Johns Hopkins University. Mary is certified and holds professional membership in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. While in New London as a primary care provider, Mary was the New London County Project ECHO HIV/HCV representative. Her passion to support the management of hepatitis C within the primary care setting is what promoted her choosing her DNP capstone entitled: “Increasing Identification and Treatment Referral of Individuals with Hepatitis C (HCV) in the Primary Care Setting Through Clinical Dashboards.” She continues to support various other quality improvement projects throughout the agency to increase the visibility of nursing’s contribution to the Medical Home.

Dan Wilensky, MD is a Family Physician who has been with CHC since 2003. He obtained his MD from University of Virginia Medical School in 1992 and completed the U.Conn Family Medicine Residency in 1995. In addition to providing direct patient care to his patients at CHC's Meriden site, Dr. Wilensky serves in several roles in the Weitzman Institute focused on educating the next generation of health care providers and expanding their scope of practice. He is the Chief of Preceptor to CHC's APRN Residency Program, and provides the same support for remotely hosted residency programs. He is the medical faculty for Weitzman ECHO - complex cases, the first ECHO for nurses. He is the Medical Director for ConferMED (CHC/Weitzman's national eConsult company.) Dr. Wilensky is also a Clinical Instructor for U.Conn, having taught their Medical Students for over 20 years, and a Community Preceptor for the Middlesex Family Medicine Residency, providing supervision to MDs of 4 different training years. He likes yoga, movies, triathlon training, spending time with family, and advocating for a vegan diet, health care as a right not a privilege, and environmental issues. 

Daniel Bryant, MSEd, LPC, CCTP is the behavioral health expert on the Project ECHO CCM faculty team. He brings extensive experience and education in working with trauma and substance abuse and has worked in the Middletown community for the past three years. He works at CHC and spends most of his time treating adult and adolescent individual behavioral health clients. In addition, Dan runs the CHC Middletown Suboxone group, is a member of CHC’s Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Team, supervises Master’s level LPC interns, trains CHC’s Nurse Practitioner residents in substance abuse treatment and diagnosis, and facilitates the In It 2 Quit group to help individuals struggling to quit smoking. He also practices Complex Care Management in the community by coordinating care for CHC patients at a local shelter and working on the Middletown Community Care Team through Middlesex Hospital.

Mary Braisted, RD is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, licensed in the state of CT.  She completed her B.S in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut and completed her didactic internship with Western Connecticut Health Network through Danbury Hospital. Since becoming a dietitian in 2018, Mary has worked in various nutrition related fields to help build her experience and wide-ranging knowledge. Mary has worked in inpatient clinical, outpatient counseling, eating disorder treatment, retail dietetics, long-term care, and more. Mary delivers excellent patient care with a positive outlook and motivational interviewing skills. Mary excels in public speaking and enjoys working with interdisciplinary team members to provide the best nutrition care that is up to date with the current research.

Weitzman Institute Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of the Weitzman Institute to ensure that Continuing Education (CE) activities are independent and free of commercial bias. To ensure educational content is objective, balanced, and guarantee content presented is in the best interest of its learners' and the public, the Weitzman Institute requires that everyone in a position to control educational content disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. An ineligible company is one whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Examples can be found at accme.org.

Faculty participating in a Weitzman Institute-sponsored activity must disclose to the planning committee and audience all financial or other relationship(s) with ineligible companies.

Faculty Disclosures

No faculty disclosed a relevant financial relationship for this program.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Moses/Weitzman Health System Inc. and its Weitzman Institute is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.   

By completing this activity, you provide Moses/Weitzman Health System Inc. the permission to share completion data with the ACCME and the certifying board(s).

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Please note that continuing education credit requirements differ by state, jurisdiction, and licensing agency. It is your responsibility to confirm if your licensing/credentialing agency will accept the credits offered by this activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 ACPE
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • 1.50 ANCC
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
  • 1.50 CDR
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide CDR credits to registered dieticians at its activities.
  • 1.50 Participation Hour(s)
    If you are not able to utilize any of the above credit types, you are able to download an unaccredited Participation Certificate for your records.
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Enrollment in Weitzman ECHO Complex Care Management is rolling and access is available for a subscription fee for one year based on the number of nurses from your organization who would like access to this activity. Please contact us here if you would like more information or to sign up for this ECHO.

  • Please register for this activity prior to the start of the first session you would like to attend.
  • If you are attempting to join an in-progress activity and it says it has expired, please email us at weitzmanceu@chc1.com.

Required Hardware/Software

  • This online activity requires use of a device connected to the Internet, such as a computer tablet or mobile device. 
  • The activity will take place over Zoom, which must be accessed directly from within the activity.