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PROJECT RAMP VISION

The Rural Access to MAT in Pennsylvania (RAMP) Project will increase patient access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) and addiction specialty services by providing primary care physicians in rural Pennsylvania with the knowledge, skills, tools, and support to provide the highest quality MAT services to their patients who suffer from opioid use disorder (OUD).


PROJECT RAMP

Project RAMP is a three-year initiative funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The project is directed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with the Department of Health, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Graduate School of Public Health. The project will target a total of 25 primary care practices located in 23 rural counties in Pennsylvania:

Project RAMP Map

Northeast

Northwest and Southwest

Bradford

Clarion

Clinton

Clearfield

Juniata

Crawford

Mifflin

Elk

Northumberland

Forest

Schuylkill

Indiana

Snyder

Jefferson

Susquehanna

Lawrence

Tioga

McKean

Union

Potter

Wayne

Venango

 

Warren


Project RAMP includes four main components designed to support MAT adoption among primary care practices:


Training Remote Infusion of MAT. Project RAMP will utilize the Training Remote Infusion of MAT program that will provide primary care physicians with the knowledge, skills, tools, and support to provide MAT services to patients. Interactive webinars and peer-to-peer mentoring will provide ongoing education and support. Physicians can receive Continuing Medical Education credits for participating. Physicians may also receive Maintenance of Certification points for participating in a quality improvement initiative.

Implementation Team. An Implementation Team of highly experienced healthcare professionals and content experts will assist primary care staff along every step of the implementation process and tailor implementation to the sites’ individual needs, resources, and environments. The Implementation Team will work closely with physicians and staff to ensure that they have the resources to implement MAT seamlessly, without disrupting workflow or other aspects of patient care. The Implementation Team will provide ongoing technical assistance throughout the duration of the program beginning with assessing each site’s workflow and capacity to implement MAT and assisting sites in monitoring progress and developing sustainability plans.

Teleconsultation. Physicians will have access to substance use disorder and behavioral healthcare specialists on-site through teleconsultation via phone and email. This teleconsultation group will be comprised of physicians and other healthcare professionals with expertise in addiction. The teleconsultation group will supply a dedicated telephone line. Physicians can call this line during regular office hours or make inquiries via email. The teleconsultation group will be required to respond to telephone inquiries from physicians within 30 minutes and respond to general inquiries via email within 24 hours.

Care Management Support. A Care Management Team, staffed by organizations in the Department of Human Services Centers of Excellence program, will support physicians throughout the program. The Care Management Team will coordinate behavioral health and teleconsultation services and guide the patient through these steps. The Care Management Team will also help connect patients to community-based resources and specialty treatment.


Multiple outcomes related to Project RAMP will be measured, including:

  • Supply of MAT providers;
  • Prevalence of opioid use, opioid use disorder, and overdose;
  • Utilization of various services, including MAT and behavioral health care; and
  • Patients' satisfaction with their treatment.
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