EOCCO June 2023 Provider Newsletter
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EOCCO June 2023 Provider Newsletter

EOCCO Clinics & Staff,

Welcome to the June 2023 issue of the EOCCO monthly newsletter. Below is a preview of the articles you will find in this month's email:

  • Coming Soon: Social Needs Screening Survey
  • Reminder: Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • OHSU Physician Advice and Referral Line
  • Practitioner's Manual (Revised 2023)
  • New DEA Requirement Renewal
  • Redeterminations

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns or recommendations. We would love to hear from you!

Please contact: EOCCO Provider Inquiry

Thank you,
Your EOCCO Team

Coming Soon: Social Needs Screening Survey

This year, one new measure was added to the OHA incentive measure set called SDoH: Social Needs Screening & Referral.

This incentive measure recognizes the profound impact that social, environmental, and systemic factors have on a person’s health and aims to advance health equity by creating a transformative healthcare delivery system that ensures people’s social needs are acknowledged and addressed.

2023 and 2024 will be CCO self-assessment measurement years. During these initial two years, EOCCO will be engaging in collaborative work with internal and external partners to create policies, develop resource guides, identify/bolster data-sharing systems, and gather information on social needs screening tools/questions used across our service area.

In late June/early July EOCCO will be disseminating a Social Needs Screening Survey to all our clinical and community partners. This survey will ask each organization to provide information on:

  • If they are screening patients/clients for social needs
  • What social needs screening tools/questions are being used
  • How screening and referral data is being documented and shared
  • Barriers to conducting social needs screenings

Reponses to this survey will help EOCCO better understand the social needs screening landscape across Eastern Oregon and guide our approach to implementing the Social Needs Screening & Referral incentive measure.

Please be on the lookout for this survey over the next couple of weeks. We will be sending the web-based survey via email to our primary clinic/provider contacts and are requesting that one representative from each organization complete and submit the survey.

If you have any preference for who this survey gets sent to within your organization or would like to update your contact information for future survey or Social Needs Screening & Referral communications, please do so here: Provider Preferred Contact Information for Social Needs Survey.

We appreciate your time in advance for assisting EOCCO with the Social Needs Screening and Referral incentive measure implementation process. Please reach out to EOCCOmetrics@modahealth.com> with any questions or concerns.

For the survey, please click visit Provider Preferred Contact Information (smartsheet.com)

Reminder: Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

This is a reminder that The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) amended OAR 410-141-3855 by which enrolled providers are required to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) as defined in ORS 431A.655 before prescribing a schedule II-controlled substance pursuant to 42 U.S.C 1396w-3a. The amendment also outlines the following:

“Providers shall maintain documentation of the prescription drug history of the individual being treated; and in the case that an enrolled provider is not able to conduct the PDMP check, the providers shall maintain documentation of efforts, including reasons why the provider was unable to conduct the check."

The PDMP check does not apply to clients in exempt populations:

  • Individuals receiving hospice care;
  • Individuals receiving palliative care;
  • Individuals receiving cancer treatment;
  • Individuals with sickle cell disease; and
  • Residents of long-term care facilities described in) 42 U.S.C. 1396d, or of another facility for which frequently abused drugs are dispensed for residents through a contract with a single pharmacy in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 1396w–3a(h)(2)(B); and
  • Individuals admitted to an inpatient hospital facility. This exemption shall only apply to schedule II-controlled substances provided or administered to the individual admitted to the inpatient hospital facility.

OHSU Physician Advice and Referral Line

New numbers and hours for the OHSU "Physician Advice and Referral Service".

If you are a licensed, direct-care provider in Oregon, you can call the Physician Advice and Referral line, which OHSU provides for free as a service to the state.

OHSU providers can offer:

  • General care condition advice for patients who do not need transfer to OHSU.
  • A few options for treatment considerations.
  • Recommendations for whether a patient would be best served with an OHSU visit (in-person, virtual, telephone).
  • Note: Advice calls do not offer chart review, radiology imaging review or discussions about possible inter-hospital transfers.

Phone: 503-494-4567

Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. - daily for most specialties.

(When providing advice to you, OHSU physicians are not diagnosing a patient's condition, nor are they providing treatment to a patient. Thus, they are not establishing a physician-patient relationship. All treatment and diagnostic decisions remain with you, the treating provider, when an OHSU physician is providing advice to you.)

For Urgent/Acute Care Issues ONLY: If you have a patient who may need transfer to OHSU:

  • Call our Patient Transfer Center at 503-494-7000 or 800-648-6478, 24 hours a day.

If calling about a mutual patient (A mutual patient is currently receiving care at OHSU related to their current problem.):

  • During regular business hours: Please call the clinic directly.
  • After hours: Please call 503-494-8311 to speak with an OHSU operator who can connect you with the appropriate team.

Practitioner's Manual (Revised 2023)

DEA is pleased to announce the publication of the 2023 Practitioner’s Manual.

This guide will assist you in understanding the federal Controlled Substances Act and its implementing regulations as they pertain to your profession.

Learn more with this guide

New DEA Requirement for Renewal

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Education: New DEA Requirement. Beginning on June 27, 2023, the DEA will require one-time attestation of training on management of substance use disorders (SUDs) prior to renewal of a DEA registration.

This means the eight-hour training requirement must be met before:

  • Applying for a DEA license for the first time on/after June 27, 2023; or
  • One’s next DEA license renewal date on/after June 27, 2023.

This is a one-time DEA requirement. Once you’ve attested to completing eight hours of required training, you will not need to complete additional training for subsequent DEA renewals.>

Most of Oregon’s Addiction Medicine ECHO Programs are eligible towards the 8 hours.

  • Substance Use Disorders in Adolescents
  • Substance Use Disorders in Prenatal and Perinatal Care
  • Substance Use Disorders in Ambulatory Care: Curbsides and Conversations
  • Substance Use Disorders in Hospital Care: Curbsides and Conversations
  • Substance Use Disorders in Ambulatory Care
  • Substance Use Disorders in Hospital Care
  • Chronic Pain and Opioids
  • Substance Use Disorders in Ambulatory Care: Implementing Effective Systems
  • Substance Use Disorders in Jail Settings

For more information and to register for programs:https://www.oregonechonetwork.org/addictionmed


EOCCO has begun distributing lists of members that have received their initial redetermination notices to their respective PCP clinics along with resources that can be used to direct patient's questions to the right place.

If your clinic has not received a list by 6/30 or any communications regarding how to retrieve your member list, please reach out to Mina Zarnegin at mina.zarnegin@modahealth.com

Additionally, Oregon Health Authority has made significant updates to the Medical Redeterminations Dashboard to include statewide member demographic details as well as details on member renewal stages, and status by county.

The OHA dashboards can be found here.

Training and Events

Free, quick online tobacco cessation counseling training (with continuing medical education credits) 

This short online course will improve your care team’s ability to help patients quit tobacco. The course focuses on Brief Tobacco Intervention and Motivational Interviewing techniques. This course is self-paced and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. The course can be started, paused, and resumed later as needed.

Access the training: https://learn.optum.com/redeem/or.

Contact: Rachel Burdon with questions. 

Continuing medical education credits: This training has been reviewed and is accepted for up to 1.0 prescribed credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). For other licensing boards that may not pre-approve continuing education credits (for example, the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists), please submit the certificate of participation to your accrediting body.

Oregon Rural Health Community Conversations; Addressing Workforce Shortages in Rural Oregon

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) is happy to announce the launch of an ongoing, bimonthly virtual event to bring together rural stakeholders and constituents to discuss pressing rural health topics. These events are intended to share information and more importantly, learn from YOU about the needs in your rural communities.

Up next: Addressing workforce shortages in rural Oregon

July 27, 12pm-1:30pm | Register here


Questions related to incentive measures, health equity, traditional health workers, SDoH, and HIT - Please email EOCCOMetrics@modahealth.com

Questions related to claims and payment information - Please email EOCCOProviderInquiry@modahealth.com

Need to verify if your provider or group NPI is active? Please use OHA’s verification tool

Need to register your practitioner, group or facility? You can find forms on EOCCO.com/Providers/becomeaprovider

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