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Cardi-OH ECHO Welcome Packet

Cardi-OH ECHO Welcome Packet



About Cardi-OH

    • The Ohio Cardiovascular Health Collaborative (Cardi-OH) is a statewide network of seven academic medical institutions funded by the Ohio Department of Medicaid.
    • Cardi-OH is focused on reducing hypertension and addressing social determinants of health to improve the health of Medicaid patients.


    About Project ECHO®

    • Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an innovative educational program developed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Cardi-OH has partnered with Project ECHO® to increase the capacity of primary care providers to safely and effectively treat cardiovascular disease.
    • Cardi-OH ECHO uses a combination of multi-point videoconferencing technology, case-based learning, promotion of best practices, and the monitoring of outcomes to create and support professional communities of learning and practice.


    Structure of ECHO Clinics

    Duration Item
    5 mins Introductions, roll call, announcements
    10-20 mins Didactic presentation on a particular topic, followed by a Q&A period
    30-40 mins Patient case discussions (2 per clinic)
    5 mins Post-Clinic Survey completion


    Cardi-OH ECHO Hypertension Clinic Curriculum (Winter 2019)

    Week Course Title Date (Thursdays, 8-9 AM)
    1 Update on Blood Pressure Guidelines: With a Focus on Social Determinants of Health February 7, 2019
    2 What's new in measurement? February 14, 2019
    3 Unrecognized hypertension – Strategies to improve diagnosis February 21, 2019
    4 Team-based approaches to hypertension management February 28, 2019
    5 What's new in recommendations for pharmacotherapy? March 7, 2019
      No session Cancelled on March 14, 2019
    6 Update on lifestyle changes for blood pressure control March 21, 2019
    7 Overview and treatment of resistant hypertension March 28, 2019
    8 Treatment of hypertension in special populations April 4, 2019
    9 Integrated approach to cardiovascular risk management  April 11, 2019
    10 Diagnosis and evaluation of secondary hypertension April 18, 2019
    11 Shared decision making in hypertension management April 25, 2019
    12 Wrap-up/Questions May 2, 2019


    CME Accreditation/Designation Statement

    • The MetroHealth System is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    • The MetroHealth System designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    Expectations of Participation


    Case Presentations

    • Present 1-2 cases during the 12-week session (You will be scheduled to present on a specific date).
    • The submission of cases for presentation and discussion is a key component in the Project ECHO® model and critically important for knowledge building and sharing. We welcome cases that involve common clinical scenarios as well as difficult, complex, or challenging presentations.
    • We will provide a case study form 2 weeks prior to your case presentation date to collect demographic and relevant clinical information about the patient. Please submit the form 1 week prior to the presentation date. This is an electronic form that will be assigned an ECHO ID # upon submission and returned to you as a PDF copy for your files prior to your case presentation date. 
    • NO HIPAA IDENTIFIERS MAY BE MENTIONED OR SHOWN DURING CASE PRESENTATIONS. In addition, no other information that might identify the patient - such as social history details that may identify a patient residing in a small community - may be mentioned.
    • During the Cardi-OH ECHO clinic, the Facilitator will call on you to present your case. The Clinic Coordinator will scroll through your Case Form on screen as you present your case. Please verbally summarize your case in 10 minutes or less.

    Program Evaluation

    • Complete the Needs Assessment before the series begins (due 2/6/19).
    • Complete the Practice Profile (1 per practice) before the series begins (due 2/6/19).
    • Complete all Post-Clinic Surveys (each week during the last 5 minutes of each clinic).
    • Complete the Exit Survey after the series ends (due 5/17/19).

    Use of Zoom Technology

    • Cardi-OH ECHO will support practices' use of web conference technology (i.e., webcam, microphone/telephone audio, Zoom software) including a 1-on-1 tech check prior to the beginning of the 12-week series.
    • Participants are encouraged to be visible on video while in the clinic and contribute actively to the case discussion.
    • Please note that the Cardi-OH ECHO clinic may be recorded for educational purposes. By participating in a clinic, you are consenting to being recorded. The recordings will be made available on a secure website for access by Cardi-OH ECHO participants.




    Cardi-OH ECHO will consider individuals interested in attending a clinic as an “Observer.” These individuals must submit a written request to the Clinic Coordinator and be granted permission to join. Observers will attend as non-participants and will be listen-only.

    To-Do List

    1. Accept all meeting invitations for the Cardi-OH ECHO series so the times and Zoom links are on your calendar (email invitations sent from Cardi-OH).
    2. Schedule a ‘Tech Check’ with Shannon Swiatkowski, ECHO Clinic Coordinator, to ensure your technology is working properly (1/23/19 - 2/6/19).
    3. Complete the following forms (due 2/6/19) which will be emailed to you from Ann Nevar:
      • Needs Assessment Survey
      • Participant Commitment - Statement of Collaboration form
      • Practice Profile (one per practice) emailed to your practice’s point person
    4. Shannon Swiatkowski will email you with the dates for your case presentations.


    Contact Information


    Shannon Swiatkowski, Cardi-OH ECHO Clinic Coordinator


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