Data-Driven Decision Making for Patients with OUD and other SUD

This presentation will examine the current state of data collection and application for patients with OUD & other SUD. The panelists will highlight how and what information is being collected both locally and nationally. Panelists will also outline responsive efforts, based on this data, to improve retention and outcomes for patients with OUD & other SUD. The panel will describe practical means by which providers can respond to Maine’s SUD data, to try to improve the quality of care for patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the metrics collected for SUD programs and how to use that data in quality improvement efforts
  • Examine public health data collection both locally and on a national scale
  • Explore data decision making in practice

Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Contact Hours
1 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.



  • Jacob "Gus" Crothers
    Jacob "Gus" Crothers

    Dr. Gus Crothers is an addiction medicine specialist and the Chief Outcomes and Medical Officer of Groups Recover Together where he is accountable for the design of the care-delivery model and the outcomes it achieves for community stakeholders, health plan stakeholders, and patients. Gus enjoys leading organizations that use technology and creative delivery models to expand access to high quality care for underserved populations. Gus was born and raised in Portland Maine and returned to Maine in 2016 after venturing as far south as Connecticut.

  • Kimberly Fryer
    Kimberly Fryer
    MD, MSCR

    Dr. Kimberly Fryer completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of South Carolina at Greenville. She then completed a Training in Epidemiology and Clinical Trials Fellowship and a Master of Science in Clinical Research at the University of North Carolina. Most recently while at the University of South Florida, she was the Co-Principal Investigator of CADENCE (Continuous And Data-drivEN CarE) which is an NIH funded study to improve the care for pregnant patients with opioid use disorder using a data-driven approach.

  • Kimberly Johnson
    Kimberly Johnson

    Kimberly A. Johnson, PhD is a research associate professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. She is also the immediate past executive director of the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction where she worked with the U.S. State Department to improve the education of the addiction prevention and treatment workforce worldwide. Prior to her appointments at USF and ICUDDR, Dr. Johnson was the director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the Department of Health and Human Services for the U.S. government. During her tenure with SAMHSA, Dr. Johnson led the federal efforts to address the opioid epidemic including dispersing the first round of state funding to reduce overdose deaths. She has worked as an associate scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where her projects included acting as the co-director of the national coordinating office of the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC) and as co-deputy director of NIATx, a quality improvement network. She has also served as the director of the state of Maine Office of Substance Abuse, and as the executive director of a substance use disorder treatment agency, Crossroads for Women. Dr. Johnson earned her PhD in population health from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Victoria Hynes
    Victoria Hynes

    Victoria is the Director of Substance Use Treatment and Prevention Initiatives for Maine Behavioral Healthcare. In this role, she is responsible for participating in the system-level, substance use disorder treatment and prevention strategic goal development, and the success of goal implementation across the MaineHealth system. She collaborates with MaineHealth hospital practices, the MaineHealth Behavioral Health Service Line and MBH programs on a variety of Substance Use Disorder Initiatives. Prior to starting this role in October of 2022, Victoria was the Program Manager for the Training and Education team at the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, overseeing multiple efforts to educate health professionals statewide about the burden of tobacco use, and increase opportunities for tobacco treatment and referral. Her experience also includes working on SAMHSA funded grants, and as a teacher in Selma, Alabama. Victoria lives in Maine with her husband, ten-month-old, son, Henry, and senior rescue pup, Mr. Snacks.


Apr 02 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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