By Patricia Bomba, MD, MACP
ECHO® MOLST Program Director
At long last, the first ECHO® MOLST: Honoring Patient Preferences at End-of-life clinic will be held on September 13. The initial series will run for eight sessions through November 8. The weekly ECHO® clinics, which are like virtual grand rounds, combine mentoring and patient case presentations. See details on the ECHO MOLST flyer.
Space is limited to the first 50 “spokes.” A spoke is a single site that can include multiple physicians, nurse practitioners and other clinicians. Sign up to participate by emailing Meg Greco at Meg.Greco@Excellus.com. By registering now, you will be guaranteed a spot on the spoke and will receive onboarding training to make the most of ECHO MOLST.
Free CME will be provided. The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
ECHO MOLST provides seasoned physicians and nurse practitioners the opportunity to present challenging clinical cases and pose clinical, ethical and legal questions to the participants. MOLST experts will serve as mentors and colleagues, sharing their medical knowledge and expertise with physicians, nurse practitioners and other clinicians using the “All teach. All Learn.” ECHO model.
The launch of ECHO MOLST was delayed to the fall while awaiting new legislative changes and approval of the proposed revised MOLST form. The key target audience includes physicians and nurse practitioners who will be impacted by the new NYSPHL and MOLST form changes. The topics for the initial series is based on the “Core Elements for MOLST & eMOLST Education,” approved by the MOLST Statewide Implementation Team in 2014, that outline the educational needs based on clinical roles and the 8-Step MOLST Protocol. Combining the case-based ECHO model with the “Core Elements” will meet the needs of the target audience.
Project ECHO was identified as a platform for continued sustainable MOLST education in 2017. The core MOLST team from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield attended ECHO immersion training in October 2017.
The ECHO MOLST planning group was formed in 2018 to launch ECHO MOLST: Honoring Patient Preferences at End-of-life. Members include the core MOLST team from Excellus BCBS: Patricia Bomba, MD, MACP, Katie Orem, MPH, Meg Greco, MPA, Allison Zambito and key leaders from IPRO, one of the nation’s premier quality evaluation organizations: Sara Butterfield, RN, BSN, CPHQ; Carolyn Kazdan, MHSA, NHA; L. Christine Stegel RN, MSN, CPHQ, Fred Ratto Jr., BA, CPH and Lynn Wilson, MS.