FREE CME WEBINAR SERIES
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted an unprecedented number of changes to the evaluation and treatment of those struggling with substance use disorders including the unprecedented use of telehealth.
As the vaccine is being administered throughout the country and we begin to imagine a post Covid world, it is imperative to reflect upon these changes to determine if they were effective and to understand their potential role in the future.
Over the past few months there has been significant data coming to market about the success of virtual substance use disorder treatment including white paper studies from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the Mayo Clinic supporting its efficacy.
The preliminary findings support the following:
* Virtual treatment outcomes produced similar results to in-person treatment.
* The convenience, elimination of travel and the reduction of the perception of stigma led to higher rates of attendance.
* Substantially higher patient and provider satisfaction.
In the past, regulatory barriers have been the biggest hindrance to the adoption of tele-health for substance abuse treatment including insurance reimbursement and state licensure requirements. During this pandemic, most of these impediments have been at least temporarily removed which provided an incredible opportunity for tele-health to be fully immersed into the market.
Telehealth will play a significant role in a post Covid world in the delivery of clinical treatment for substance use disorders.
I am excited to announce the launch of our new CME webinar series “Treating Physicians – A Roadmap Beyond the Pandemic”. Our first event is on March 9th at 12:30pm (EST). We have an incredible group of panelists – this is an event you do not want to miss.
Tuesday, March 9th | 12:30 PM (EST)
ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS
Michel Sucher, MD
Dr. Michel Sucher is recognized as a pioneer and nationally recognized industry expert in alcohol and drug monitoring and after care programs, particularly for physicians and health care professionals. He is the medical director of the monitored aftercare programs for the Arizona Medical Board, the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners and the State Bar of Arizona, as well as President of the California Physicians Health
program. He also recently served as the acting medical director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Department of Health Services, State of Arizona, and as the chief medical director for Community Bridges, a substance abuse and mental health treatment program. He has been the in-house behavioral health consultant for many of the largest law firms in the country.
William S. Jacobs, MD
Williams S. Jacobs, M.D. is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Jacobs is the Associate Medical Director of the Impaired Practitioners Program for the State of Florida. A Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude University of Georgia undergraduate and graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Jacobs did his Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham before matriculating to UF for his Addiction Medicine Fellowship. He is currently Professor in Psychiatry and Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Georgia. His work has included serving as Medical Director of multiple addiction treatment programs as well as expert witness work, consulting with state and federal agencies, authoring peer reviewed works and as an investigator on pharmacologic studies.
David Zarett, Esq.
Mr. Zarett, a founding member of the law firm Weiss Zarett Brofman Sonnenklar & Levy and leads the litigation and administrative proceedings practice. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches a class in Healthcare Law and Policy. For over
30 years, Mr. Zarett has focused his law practice on the representation of
healthcare providers in state and federal courts, arbitration proceedings, and before numerous administrative bodies such as State disciplinary (OPMC and OPD) investigations and proceedings, coordination with the New York State Committee for Physician Health and physician employment disputes/terminations by hospitals and large health systems.
Maria Kratsios, LCSW
Maria is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City where her focus is on the treatment of PTSD, complex trauma, substance use disorder, depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder, drawing from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Somatic Experience, Internal Family Systems and Psychodrama. Maria facilitates weekly virtual trauma-recovery psychodrama groups for both men and women and works with adults, adolescents, parents, and couples. She specializes in families that are marked by intergenerational trauma, addiction, and other mental illness.
(Includes CME information)